It’s a classic game for starters – and Norwich City have 1p5wich to thank

Simeon Jackson celebrates after scoring City's third. Photo: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

Simeon Jackson celebrates after scoring City's third. Photo: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images - Credit: Focus Images

Today we kick off a special mini-series – Norwich City Greatest Games.

Gareth McAuley (4) puts through his own net to make it 2-0 to Norwich City. Photo: Paul Chesterton/F

Gareth McAuley (4) puts through his own net to make it 2-0 to Norwich City. Photo: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images - Credit: Focus Images

We've selected 10 games for you to vote on – but in the interests of fair play, we will go into extra-time... with your suggestions.

First up, this classic...

Andrew Surman gets City up and running with the opener at Portman Road. Photo: Paul Chesterton/Focus

Andrew Surman gets City up and running with the opener at Portman Road. Photo: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images - Credit: Focus Images

Ipswich Town 1 Norwich City 5

Russell Martin - seen the good times and the bad with the Canaries.

Russell Martin - seen the good times and the bad with the Canaries. - Credit: Eastern Daily Press � 2011

It created a 'new word' in the East Anglian lexicon, confirmed the status of potential heroes, rubber-stamped those who were already granted iconic status in Nelson's County – and gave a reason for Norwich City fans to forever smile at their rivals from across the border.

Beating the old enemy is nice. Thrashing them out of sight is even better. And make no mistake, this was a thrashing of the highest order.

No derby match was complete without a Grant Holt smile.
Picture: James Bass

No derby match was complete without a Grant Holt smile. Picture: James Bass - Credit: Eastern Daily Press � 2011

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City had already beaten Town 4-1 at home in November, 2010, but this was the business end of the season – April 21, 2011. After Ipswich there were just three games to go. City were gunning for automatic promotion and a victory was essential to push them into the top two,

When we awoke on Good Friday, City were six points behind leaders QPR and two ahead of Cardiff, albeit from a game more.

City go nap as Dani Pacheco scores the fifth. Photo: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

City go nap as Dani Pacheco scores the fifth. Photo: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images - Credit: Focus Images

And guess what? It could have been more. Andrew Surman and the obligatory own goal by Gareth McAuley (it was his third og against City) gave the visitors a comfortable lead by half-time. Simeon Jackson added a third on 73 minutes before Jimmy Bullard gave Ipswich some hope shortly afterwards. But Russell Martin and Dani Pacheco got in on the act in the final 10 minutes and that was it.

Once again, following the December 21, 2003 game at Portman Road, the neighbours had lent a helping hand in City's promotion. It was a game witnessed by 29,258 fans – 2,125 in yellow and green – and played on a Thursday evening, rather than just after breakfast on a Sunday.

The atmosphere was, as you'd expect, electric. But only one team was on a charge. From the very beginning, City were the local authority. Four fifths of the ground was silent. One corner ecstatic.

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