Norwich City vs Ipswich Town fixture moved back to a Saturday ‘for television coverage’

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Monday, July 7, 2014
1:24 PM

Norwich City has confirmed that the first Old Farm Derby of the season has been moved back to Saturday, August 23.

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The fixture was originally scheduled for the Saturday when the initial Football League fixtures were announced last month, but was switched to the Sunday on police advice.

This would have spelled rail replacement bus misery for many fans, with major rail engineering works planned that day.

In an announcement on the Canaries’ website today, a spokesman said the fixture had been moved back to the original date for TV scheduling.

The statement reads: “Norwich City’s game against East Anglian rivals Ipswich Town at Portman Road has been moved to a 12.15pm kick-off on Saturday, August 23 for television coverage.

“The first meeting between the two sides for over three years will be shown live on Sky Sports.”

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.

12 comments

  • quite right dubai should have been suffolk police. Whilst on police matters does the Downham Market cop shop still have the wording ' norfolk joint police' on the building. often wondered what that meant ,

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Tuesday, July 8, 2014

  • Pl*d C**kup averted.

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    Sherbert

    Tuesday, July 8, 2014

  • It may look unusual, but on 23 August, for the first time in several years, they might not have the usual 13,000+ empty plastic blue seats on display at Portaloo Road. However, it will also bring back memories of the last time all those seats were full - as they were thrashed 1-5 !

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    Dubai Canary

    Monday, July 7, 2014

  • Sky get Suffolk Constabulary off the hook.

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    Sherbert

    Monday, July 7, 2014

  • Indeed, when it comes down to Hand of God is in the Sky.

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    Swiss Canary

    Monday, July 7, 2014

  • Are we still on the old points system for away game tickets ???????

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    superfan59

    Monday, July 7, 2014

  • Very Odd. The change back to Saturday was announced by the BBC on 5th July. The reasons were clearly stated that the police had been unaware of the train disruption on the Sunday. They still wanted an early kick off so that we didn't all have time to get plastered before kick off. Also, there's nothing on the Sky site yet about this fixture being televised, let's hope it's true.

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    MartinL

    Monday, July 7, 2014

  • I would have thought it was more a case of Sky TV 1-0 Suffolk Police. The Ipswich police would have wanted a 12 noon start on Sunday, double time pay, maximum inconvenience for the Norwich supporters and still be home in time for a late Sunday Roast.

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    Dubai Canary

    Monday, July 7, 2014

  • Hurrah! A Little sense. Just got to try and get a ticket now!

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    Mattias333

    Monday, July 7, 2014

  • Yes, isn't it amazing that the game was moved from a Saturday to a Sunday following Police advice, but funnily enough can be played on a Saturday if SKY wants it to happen. So really it shouldn't have been moved in the first place, inview of the rail problems on the Sunday.

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    Mills is even worse than Brazil

    Monday, July 7, 2014

  • sky tv won,everybody else didn't.sky rule football,not the fa.

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    tonyb

    Monday, July 7, 2014

  • sky tv 1-0 norfolk police

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Monday, July 7, 2014

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