Police call for East Anglian derby clash move
22:29 04 July 2014
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Police are calling for Norwich City’s derby clash with Ipswich Town next month to be moved from its Sunday slot back to the day before.
Suffolk Constabulary made the recommendation to the authorities today after a meeting with other bodies, including representatives from Ipswich Town, to discuss the fixture.
It had previously been proposed that the Portman Road match should be played on Sunday, August 24, a day after it was originally scheduled to take place.
Assistant chief constable for Suffolk police, David Skevington, said the meeting looked at all the issues surrounding the clash, including rail works planned for the 24th, which would have made travel difficult for Canaries fans.
Mr Skevington said the force would now recommend the game be played on Saturday, August 23, with a kick-off time of 12.15pm.
The proposed fixture shift had caused some controversy, particularly among fans of both clubs.
Mr Skevington said: “We have listened to the views of fans as well. That is important to us.”
The recommendation will now be sent to the league before a final decision is made. The Sunday date would clash 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 stations from the start of service.