Norwich City vs Ipswich Town fixture looks set to clash with major rail engineering works

17:34 26 June 2014

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Canaries fans face a rail replacement bus mission to Portman Road for the first Old Farm Derby of the season.

The fixture was originally scheduled for Saturday, August 23 when the initial Football League fixtures were announced earlier this month.

But it appears set to be moved to the Sunday - clashing with major engineering work on the London Liverpool Street to Norwich line.

Network Rail has scheduled track renewals in the Ipswich area, with buses replacing trains between Colchester, Manningtree, Ipswich and Stowmarket from the start of service.

There will also be overhead line renewals taking place between Ilford and Shenfield, with buses replacing trains between Shenfield and Ilford until 8am on the Sunday.

A Network Rail spokesman said engineering works would not be moved.

“As part of our ongoing investment to improve the railway we are replacing the track in the Ipswich area on Sunday, August 24,” the spokesman said. “This work involves specialist engineers and equipment and was planned months in advance and before any football fixtures had been set.

“As a result of the work, there will be changes to services so we advise passengers who are travelling on that day to check with Abellio Greater Anglia or the National Rail Enquiries website.”

A spokesman for train operator Greater Anglia said the firm would be in contact with Norwich City and the police about how to offer the “best possible service”.

The date is set to follow the pattern of most recent derby fixtures, with a Sunday kick-off, most likely around lunchtime, due to advice from police.

The two clubs will meet for the first time since City’s 5-1 victory at Portman Road in April 2011.

Before that, the last 16 East Anglian derbies had been played with a Sunday lunchtime kick-off since the autumn of 1998 – when Norwich won 1-0.


  • It's our master plan to de-rail Norwich's season unless of course NA decides to park the bus :)

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    blue tractor

    Sunday, June 29, 2014

  • The Norwich - Liverpool Street line has been beleaguered by major engineering works since I moved to Norwich in 1969. Jeez, when are Network Rail ever going to sort it out this major embarrassment?

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    Friday, June 27, 2014

  • Anybody criticising the policeclubcouncil for moving this game clearly wasn't at the last one or has a short memory

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    Friday, June 27, 2014

  • Why move it if not on TV and with engineering works? More plod over-reaction!

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    Bob Hunt

    Friday, June 27, 2014

  • Blackdog, For once Archant are correct, it is "The Old Farm derby", the one you are thinking of is in Glasgow.

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    Thursday, June 26, 2014

  • Better to move it to a weekday evening perhaps and miss the engineering works completely.

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    Thursday, June 26, 2014

  • no mention of tv coverage yet, so it must be another occasion when public servants tell the public what to do, rather than do as their name suggests.

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    Thursday, June 26, 2014

  • As the title to this piece is "Old Farm Derby" could it be that the cattle trucks are not available? Come on Archant use a spell checker!!!!!!!!

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    Thursday, June 26, 2014

  • Sounds like 1p5wich are conspiring with the railway people to try and ensure City fans cannot get to Portaloo Road. Probably worried that we may score too many goals again for their liking. Last time we hit 9 against them in 2 games. Got to be looking at 10+ this season - just to keep them happy !

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    Dubai Canary

    Thursday, June 26, 2014

  • Is it being switch for TV coverage or have the police put the boot if, if they have they should re-consider, and put it back to Saturday with a 3 o'clock KO. You don't to much aggro these days, common sense should prevail

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    Derek McDonald

    Thursday, June 26, 2014

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