It’s a classic game for starters – and Norwich City have 1p5wich to thank
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Today we kick off a special mini-series – Norwich City Greatest Games.
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...
Ipswich Town 1 Norwich City 5
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.
- 1 A47 closed in both directions after serious crash
- 2 Care home which has sat empty for four years to be revived by new owners
- 3 Family sue Wetherspoon after man falls to death in city pub
- 4 7 dogs looking for new homes in Norfolk
- 5 7 of the prettiest villages in north Norfolk
- 6 Revealed: Where dangerous parasite has been reported in Norfolk
- 7 Norfolk deli owner suffers severe spinal injuries in Ibiza diving accident
- 8 Possible foot and mouth disease case investigated at pig farm
- 9 'Great relief' as vets rule out foot and mouth disease at Norfolk farm
- 10 Traffic delays after car plunges into underpass in Yarmouth
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.
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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