Norwich City boss Neil Adams knows the stakes are high against Ipswich Town

Neil Adams in derby action for Norwich City back in 1996. Picture: Archant Neil Adams in derby action for Norwich City back in 1996. Picture: Archant

Friday, August 22, 2014
7:15 AM

Neil Adams knows what it would mean for Norwich City’s support if his men can inflict more misery on Ipswich Town in Saturday’s Championship derby tussle.

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Adams has experienced the ecstacy of winning at Portman Road in Norwich colours and he is urging his players to embrace the special occasion when they return to Suffolk for the first time since a 5-1 win during the last Championship promotion success back in 2011.

“It’s massive,” he said, “It will be intense and you will have two teams desperately wanting to win. It will be a great occasion and we go into it on the back of two home wins so I’m really looking forward to it. I played in a good few and watched plenty since and to be down in the technical area is something I can’t wait to experience.

“People outside of East Anglia often don’t understand how big it is. They have the Manchester derby and the Merseyside derby and the Midlands derbies and many others, but the Norwich versus Ipswich rivalry is just as fiercely contested. Both sets of supporters want it as much as anything else. They’re great to play in once you’re out there and you’re involved in it.”

Adams starred in a notable 2-1 televised top flight league win in enemy territory back in 1994.

“My best memory of the derby was when I got man of the match in a live game on Sky in the Premier League,” he said. “I think it was 1994, we beat them and in those days you got the big magnum of champagne, so I have some good memories. We did quite well home and away but beating them on television on Portman Road was a special game.

“I watched their first game this season and they looked competitive and organised. I think one thing we’re guaranteed from Ipswich on the day is 100% commitment and desire, which we have to match and better. They’ve got talented players but like I’ve said all along, it’s about us. It’s about how good we are, and if we’re at it and we play as well as we have done in the last two games then we’ll be confident to win the game.”

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  • Hucks - yes of course you are invited. Normally a weekday lunchtime ,the first two have been at the Plasterers,just off Magdalen. Perhaps second half of September as I'm away in Holland hoping to visit the house where RVW was born. Igno is also popping along.

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    Steely Dan

    Friday, August 22, 2014

  • Winenhoe, Riuddles Old Speckled Abbot! What an horrendous thought. Although, to give GK their due, the take over of Morelands was a clever move. They took Hen and reduced the gravity, thereby filling a gap in their range at around 4.2 and at the same time removed the main competitor to Abbot.

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    Igno Rance

    Friday, August 22, 2014

  • Michigan, deepest sympathy regarding lack of decent tipple in the colonies. However, I seem to remember ( albeit thirty odd years ago), some quite drinkable wheat beers brewed in up state New York. Bit of a drive I suppose.

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    Igno Rance

    Friday, August 22, 2014

  • Peace has broken out...... a couple of good wins exciting matches (one blessing of the champ) and a local derby. OTBC all for one and all that and lots of mention of gathering in Norwich is that an open invitation???

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    OhhhhHuckerrrrby

    Friday, August 22, 2014

  • If we win it will be " Top of the League at Portman Road" again,well for about 3 hours anyway.I reckon that Troll has been on all that ale you have been on about.

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    irongloves

    Friday, August 22, 2014

  • If we've given up on football and talking beer, spare a thought us poor ex-pats in the U.S.A., stuck with Budweiser and the likes, although I did come across an excellent IPA the other day call Sacred Cow in the Arbor Brewing Company in Ann Arbor, served by hand pump and not too cold. We are seeing quite a few micro breweries starting up in Michigan, but most serving strong beers under pressure. OTBC

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    MichiganCanary

    Friday, August 22, 2014

  • Igno - I remember M&B Brew XI (eleven) was popular around our way in the 70's. Dreadful stuff but it sold like hot cakes in those days.

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    Steely Dan

    Friday, August 22, 2014

  • GK also bought out Hardy and Hanson of Kimberley ,Notts. They had been brewing since the 1850's. Not any more - GK closed them without a second glance. Only interested in their pubs which have now been converted to GK gastro eating houses or hungry horses. Hundreds made redundant.

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    Steely Dan

    Friday, August 22, 2014

  • Gales was affine ale, as was Harvey's in that neck of the woods. mr. Brewer, whilst in your archives, look up Homers of Birmingham, used to be owned by the wife's great uncle. Taken over by Mitchell's and Butler I believe, therefore must have ended up in the tender care of Bass Charrington. There's no justice, brother in law and I would have cherished it. Now that GK have their grubby mitts on Morelands it's wrist slitting time, hey Ho.

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    Igno Rance

    Friday, August 22, 2014

  • Cheers Brew. So its now down to GK in BSE too produce, great , will probably taste like Ruddles Old Speckled Abbott. .Too many brews not enough water sources. Never mind an old fav of mine Gales HSB is now made elsewhere than Horndean and thats been stuffed up as well.

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Friday, August 22, 2014

  • Sed Jott- You need some medical help Muppet!.

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    dave123

    Friday, August 22, 2014

  • Btw, I cannot remember Tolly beer as being anything other than sh!t€ since circa 1966.

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, August 22, 2014

  • ... and Ellerman`s Shipping Line came into it somewhere. Maybe the Barclay Boys picked up the debris & did a bit of asset stripping. Would need to delve into my archives!

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, August 22, 2014

  • Yes, Wiv. Cameron`s of Hartlepool were part of the same company. I think it was a venture of the Barclay Brothers. At my last look, Greene King now own the Tolly `brands` having taken over Ridley`s of Chelmsford (nearer Braintree, really) who had taken over and closed Tolly`s. Of course, GK took over and closed Ridley`s PDQ. Pidley Ridley`s... I was with Woodforde`s when we raided the Hartford End Brewery for bits and pieces. All legal and above-board, of course. Amazing how much brand new stuff there was, just before closure. A pallet of ashtrays in the smoking ban. Brilliant.

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, August 22, 2014

  • Brew did you ever try Tolly Cobbold when it was brewed way up north.just after a merger shut the Ipswich brewery. Now that was bad.

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Friday, August 22, 2014

  • hir - yes would be great as their are several in our office, some fearing the worst! We do need to start better than we did on Tuesday though. MY - don't like them either but not that bad, a few butterflies only luckily! Really hope for a repeat performance of the last one at Portaloo Rd. COYY.

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    FXT Canary

    Friday, August 22, 2014

  • Respect to @Mellow_Yellow. Agreed peace. All praise to Steely and Brew. Now let's shaft'em tomorrow. Ps looking forward to next pub meet:)

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    el dingo

    Friday, August 22, 2014

  • Fison`s beer would be a good deal better than Tolly`s was, Steely. That was a load of Cobbolds. I don`t suppose Adman`s will ever sponsor that pleb game, football. Not at all "Green Welly" territory.

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, August 22, 2014

  • Nice one Mellow - you are living up to your name. Will try and get you and Dingo together at one of our gatherings. Prior to Brew's ex employer GK, the Town were sponsored by that other Suffolk brewery, Fisons. Geraint must have been drinking the sponsorship freebies and I think he was at Derby when Marstons Pedigree was the sponsor.

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    Steely Dan

    Friday, August 22, 2014

  • At last, a troll. Welcome "Sed".

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, August 22, 2014

  • I fear for us tomorrow. Ipswich have a manager with PL and international experience and he has created a lot better squad of players this year. I think we will see the start of years of Ipswich domination again. I believe our 3 years of premiership football (albeit at the bottom of the league and fending off relegation) will be the last we see for many years whilst we have to sit back and again watch Ipswich be far more successful.

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    Sed Jott

    Friday, August 22, 2014

  • I imagine Townman hiding behind a 20 year old bargain computer with a dial-up modem.

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    Swiss Canary

    Friday, August 22, 2014

  • Thanks el dingo........are we friends again? Lets put our (minor) differences aside on the eve of battle - us fans need to stay united. It's the 'bigger picture' that counts the most i.e. Project Premiership Promotion; but to do another job on those lot would of course be fantastic. I'm not expecting another 'smash and grab' as it was last time around, but confident we have the necessary fire power to come out on top. OTBC!!!

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    Mellow_Yellow

    Friday, August 22, 2014

  • Will LIZ SNOTT and TOWNMAN be there? No they will be hiding behind there laptops as usual!

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    dave123

    Friday, August 22, 2014

  • A shock to see my old employers` sponsorship plastered all over Chubby`s ballooning shirt. Hey, we all have to make a living already. I got an occasional complimentary ticket to Portaloo Alley `way back when (`70s). Sitting there, amongst the Donkeyboys, keeping schtum. Had to pretend I had laryngitis. Easier to feign stupidity; would`ve been undetectable then.

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, August 22, 2014

  • For once in my life. .. I agree with M_Y. I don't feel that way for the "home leg" because I'm at the game but the away day I don't really look forward to. Trepidation is the word. I think we should be too good for them tomorrow. &^^#ing hope so!

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    el dingo

    Friday, August 22, 2014

  • I will be watching this live game on my laptop on the island of Komandoo in the Maldives so when City score I will ne cheering 30 sec's later !!!!, like Frankief I would love Ryan Bennett to start in the defence with Martin right back. start Murphy instead of Redmond but if you do play him put him on the right, I don't ask for much !!!

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    Colby Army!

    Friday, August 22, 2014

  • Wac - I think it's Geraint Williams (ex Bristol R and Derby).

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    Steely Dan

    Friday, August 22, 2014

  • I remember the game Neil refers to in 94. Big Rob Newman sort of slid in lumbered in at the far post to slide the ball home. Rob was my favourite player at the time and so I was delighted at the following home game to purchase the Never Mind The Danger fanzine (what happened to them) with the headline. Rob Newman - Superstar. A sad footnote to that season is that after winning the return match (3 nil or 3 one) City never won another game and were relegated. Mr Chase introduced us to his survival wallchart and we were gone.

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    Steely Dan

    Friday, August 22, 2014

  • Fat Boy Fat Boy give us you name, Fat Boy give us your name.

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    waclor

    Friday, August 22, 2014

  • Think I've been ethered. I asked who the Fat Boy was seen chasing Neil in the photo. Neil, please confirm he didn't catch you.

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    waclor

    Friday, August 22, 2014

  • Pay back time for Bryan Hamilton whose knighthood must be in the post with Alf Ramsey's and Bobby Robson's for services rendered to ITFC particularly when manager of NCFC.OTBC.

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    Peter Watson

    Friday, August 22, 2014

  • Personally I wish this game wasn't happening. I've not been able to sleep last night, I'm off my food, and have to stay within close proximity of the lavatory at all times. Never enjoy the local derby - far too much at stake. With that said, come on boys do a right job on this lot and make yourselves heroes! OTBC!!!

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    Mellow_Yellow

    Friday, August 22, 2014

  • Go for it Neil. I will be there. COME ON YOU YELLOWS.

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    Egyptian canary

    Friday, August 22, 2014

  • Get yourself another Chapter in the Norwich history book Neil. Sainthood and the Freedom of Naaaridge await...

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, August 22, 2014

  • ... and I do remember Messrs Crawford & Phillips, Bogaz. Agree, Josh should feature. Perhaps from the bench, but early enough to take advantage of a defence already well beaten up by our front men. That`s if Redmond, literally, fails to `deliver` again. I`m sure Adams (and Hucks??) can get Nate`s mind right. He plays OK for England U21s.

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, August 22, 2014

  • CF&BPT. (Crab`s Fragmentation & Brewer Précising Technique).

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, August 22, 2014

  • Bogaz; reference miserly ticket allocation, it seems Gippeswic don`t want the revenue from sales of an extra 2,000 tickets, and the other Boys in Blue have already secured their Spanish villas?

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, August 22, 2014

  • Dubya: `many a slip `twixt cup and lip`. Save triumphalism for after a triumph!

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, August 22, 2014

  • Triply ethered. Twice edited for latent `rude` words. This one is headed for plagiarising.

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, August 22, 2014

  • Dubya alludes once more to Ipswich`s mean and curmudgeonly ticket allocation. As has been referred to before, we could probably fill an end with ease, and then some. It seems they`d rather lose the revenue from selling an extra, say, 2,000 tickets than risk their fans being out-shouted by our boys in yellow. A word, or several, of caution to my old pal from the Unified Arabian Expats:- `Many a slip `twixt cup and lip`. Triumphalism is best left until there has been... a Triumph. The Ipswich players will be just as `up for it` as ours. Likewise the fans, who have been given an unfair advantage by the Blue Meanies of both ITFC and the Local Constabulary. (Don`t those boys in blue to buy yet more Spanish villas?? ... (See another message board). If Neil wins this one, he will have gone a very long way toward convincing the most doubtful of doubters, me included! If he doesn`t, hopefully there will still have been a good performance, and a growth in the hope that this is a real recovery from the slow suffocation of the previous 2 years. OTBC. - Bogaz, yes indeed, I remember those chaps! ;-)

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, August 22, 2014

  • Dear santa Neil, please can i have the same back 4 that we finished with on tuesday? except could i possibly have the Cuellar version at right back (Russ needs time to prepare his cliches). Also can you give me murphy on the wing to start...please santa? This is all I want and ive asked my sister not to bother you this year, so you may concentrate on me. Thank you, Frankie (aged 45 and a half)

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    frankief

    Friday, August 22, 2014

  • After Ivar The Boneless put Gippeswic to the sword he moved on to Dublin so maybe Wes can do a similar job. OTBC.

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    cutty

    Friday, August 22, 2014

  • Certainly this is a massive game, but I don't sense for a minute it is going to be close. Last time we played at Portaloo Road it was an annihilation and there is no reason to think this Saturday's game should be any different. Norwich have a far stronger squad than 1p5wich and have started scoring goals a-plenty in the last week. I predict that we will win and win well ! Hopefully should be enough goal difference to see city at the top of the table come Saturday night. It has to be 100 goals and 100 points this season and this should be one of our easier away games. Now I can see reasons why they want to play in front of 1,000's of empty seats - 1) They are used to playing in an half empty ground 2) They don't want the added humiliation of having to do lose again in the presence of 7,000+ City fans. They will pay for their narrow-mindedness ! OTBC

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    Dubai Canary

    Friday, August 22, 2014

  • At least we won't have Ray Crawford and Ted Phillips against us! Now that WAS a pairing. Even MB will remember them. Have good feelings about tomorrow with new signings, 6 goals in 2 games and best goal difference in the league. Best feeling of all though is that Josh Murphy starts...or he'd better.

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    Bogaz John

    Friday, August 22, 2014

  • Hear! Hear to that hlr. As a former resident of Suffolk for 20 years (in 2 separate terms), including 7 years in the hotbed of Donkey-Worship amid the Stowmartians, a Norwich win is most welcome!

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, August 22, 2014

  • for all the Canaries fans in Ipswich who have to face work again on Tuesday - come on you yellows!

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    hlr

    Friday, August 22, 2014

  • Indeed Neil, it is all about us. You keep biggin' our team up .......... we're the ones everyone wants the scalp of, fear nobody, pass that white line, no regrets .......... OTBC, Bring it on !

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    nevermindthedanger

    Friday, August 22, 2014

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