Rivalry remains fierce in battle for superiority between Norwich City and Ipswich Town

Hugh Curran scores one of his three goals in a 4-2 win at Portman Road in the League Cup in Septembe

Hugh Curran scores one of his three goals in a 4-2 win at Portman Road in the League Cup in September 1968. - Credit: Eastern Counties Newspapers

Ahead of two of the biggest East Anglian Derby games of all time David Freezer takes a look back at who has laid claim to being the Pride of East Anglia through the years

Laying claim to the 'Pride of East Anglia' title will always be battled for by supporters of Norwich City and Ipswich Town – but it is the Blues who have the edge in the record books.

The Suffolk side have won 40 of the 85 major competitive fixtures they have played against the Canaries, 38 of which have been won by City.

Which means that overall statistical edge could be levelled if Alex Neil can guide the Norfolk boys to two victories in the upcoming Championship play-off semi-final East Anglian Derby matches.

Two victories would bring the two sides level on 40 victories apiece from 87 matches – and would also see City set another record in the history of the bitter rivalry.


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That is because the Canaries go into Saturday's first leg at Portman Road on the back of four consecutive victories over the Tractor Boys.

Paul Lambert's team completed the double over Ipswich on their way to promotion to the Premier League in the 2010/11 season and the current Canaries crop repeated that feat this season.

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Home and away victories during the regular season extended the winning streak to four matches – the best Norwich have ever managed.

Four consecutive victories is also the most that the Blues have ever managed, completing the double in Division Three South in 1956/57 and Division Two in 1960/61.

Can the Canaries now make history and become the first club to make it five in a row? If so, they will be taking a huge step towards the fourth Wembley final in the club's history.

However, despite the 5-1 win at Ipswich in April 2011 being City's biggest ever margin of derby victory, Portman Road has not always been a happy hunting ground.

The Tractor Boys have enjoyed 5-0 home derby victories on three occasions throughout the history of the fixture, in the first ever East Anglian Derby in the Football League in September 1946, February 1977 and February 1998.

The highest scoring derby fixture in history was at Carrow Road though, in February 1968.

Two goals from Hugh Curran and another from Charlie Crickmore did not prove to be enough on that day for City, going down to a 4-3 defeat in front of over 29,000 supporters, in a season when Town would go on to win the Division Two title.

The fixture is rich in history and great memories on both sides of the border – now the current set of players at both clubs have the opportunity to write their names into the history books and lay claim to their club being the Pride of East Anglia.

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