Warning issued to Norwich City fans over derby day tickets

Connor Wickham and Josh Carson Town look on as Norwich City celebrate their fourth goal in their 5-1 win at Portman Road  in April 2011. Connor Wickham and Josh Carson Town look on as Norwich City celebrate their fourth goal in their 5-1 win at Portman Road in April 2011.

Thursday, August 21, 2014
8:57 AM

Norwich City fans have been warned not to try to buy tickets in home areas for Saturday’s local derby.

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Portman Road’s capacity is just over 30,000 and an Ipswich Town spokesman said the club had sold more than 23,500 tickets to Blues fans as of yesterday, with Norwich City’s allocation of 2,000 tickets already sold out.

A club spokesman said it was an all-ticket match, with no tickets available on the day.

Ipswich Town spokesman Steve Pearce said the club had stepped up measures to prevent Canaries’ fans buying tickets for seats designated for home supporters at Portman Road.

He said: “Only Blues fans who have bought tickets, memberships or season tickets from the club in their own name or customer number over the last 10 years can buy tickets online. Our staff are well trained in dealing with fans from other clubs trying to buy home tickets. We do our best to check that people are genuine fans, but there’s only so much we can do to prevent fans from other clubs buying home tickets.”

Away supporters face the possibility of being escorted out of the stadium on match day if they are seated in areas designated for Town fans.

Extra police will be on duty on Saturday with officers from Norfolk and Suffolk working alongside British Transport Police.

It comes after the policing operation at the last derby match at Portman Road three years ago was criticised by Norwich supporters’ groups for being “inadequate”, and for unnecessarily compromising the safety of supporters.

Police are urging supporters to get to the ground early for the eagerly-anticipated Championship fixture to avoid congestion.

Policing operations commander, Inspector Matt Rose, hopes that both sets of supporters enjoy the game – which is the first since the 2010–11 season following Norwich’s relegation from the Premier League in May – in a “responsible and respectful way.” He said: “We will not tolerate anti-social behaviour, violence, racial chanting, mindless vandalism or any alcohol-fuelled disorder.”

Suffolk police initially requested that the match be moved to a noon kick-off on Sunday, to minimise any trouble. But the request sparked concern from the Norwich City Supporters’ Trust, and the original date was kept.

56 comments

  • Good ,John Dab has been taken down. Not needed on here. Prefer friendly banter.

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    Steely Dan

    Friday, August 22, 2014

  • Where did this `dab` creature surface from? How did that stuff get through Archie`s net? This is NOT the sort of banter needed on these boards. So much sensible stuff is obstructed, yet this sub-literate effluvia is OK. It discredits NCFC fans generally. Disgraceful, Archant.

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, August 22, 2014

  • Kudos to James Laughlin for a civilized contribution. Dunce`s Cap and the Corner for stejambro who completely missed the point.

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, August 22, 2014

  • I think the allocation has more to do with the ability of Suffolk police to control the crowd. I remember on several occasions they have done a disappearing act at full time and had no presence at the station. I know most City fans are a mixture of Chuck Norris and Sylvester Stallone, but being hopelessly outnumbered, were turned into punch bags.

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    Steely Dan

    Friday, August 22, 2014

  • John Drab, just to give you the heads up, we have people here from all ethnic backgrounds for your discerning white cloak wearing 'fans!'. And yes we do have a history that we are proud of... So do you lot, you should be proud of your heritage! You were in a cup tournament, you were in division one, you were in the Premiership too. But the difference is you won fcuk all! ha ha! COYB's!

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    C D

    Friday, August 22, 2014

  • You lot might want to get down here early and ask to take a look at a trophy cabinet that's full of silverware or you could have photo's taken with the statues of Sir Bobby or Sir Alf? By comparison you have a 'dinner lady' and your league one trophy! ha ha! Your only a poor bunch of budgies, with feathers all tattered and torn....COYB's

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    C D

    Friday, August 22, 2014

  • @James Laughlin,Enjoy the empty ground at 3 o'clock, The rest of us will hopefully be having a pint by then. OTBC . ps... Kick off is1215

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    stejambro

    Friday, August 22, 2014

  • wivenhoebudgie

    Thursday, August 21, 2014

  • @James Laughlin my second team in Germany is FC Union Berlin, looks like we are rivals in many countries. OTBC

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    THE_LOWER_BARCLAY

    Thursday, August 21, 2014

  • A nice Ip'wich fan. Don't like the trolls but prepared to listen to real football fans. Just like the old days when there were no away or home areas. Had plenty of banter with away supporters in the River End. And applauded the Birmingham supporters after the Cardiff play off a few year ago, and we got clapped back.

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    cutty

    Thursday, August 21, 2014

  • As an Ipswich fan, I'd much rather we gave a larger allocation to Norwich if we're not going to fill the stadium as things stand. Given the way Suffolk Police have acted in recent years, I wouldn't be surprised if they have refused any overtures by the club to increase the allocation (all events have to be given their own, individual, safety certificate, don't they? I may be wrong)... It's been done before - I remember cup matches where the away club has been given the entire Cobbold Stand and made for an excellent atmosphere (yes... I know...), so it certainly seems like the club itself is amenable to it. My second team (Hertha Berlin) allowed an away following of 25,000 Union Berlin fans at their 75,000-seater Olympiastadion a couple of years back for the Berlin derby, and that was probably the best atmosphere I've ever experienced at a match. Anyway... I digress... I'm looking forward to what should hopefully be a good game on Saturday, whatever the result. Hopefully the mindless minority (from whatever side) will stay away, and both sets of fans will be able to prove that this match is worthy of the 3pm Saturday kick-off it deserves!

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    James Laughlin

    Thursday, August 21, 2014

  • There is no rule to set a limit on the number of away fans but the home team can cap it at different percentages dependent upon the competition. In the FA cup the away team has to be offered at least 25%, I think it is just 10% in the Championship. So Ipswich either didn't give us more seats because they thought that they would sell out the home area (wishful thinking) or because they didn't want to increase the away support. The police would need to publicly justify any request to reduce numbers which hasn't happened in this case. To conclude, Ipswich are either stupid or scared.

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    Ellie

    Thursday, August 21, 2014

  • So they have sold more than 23,500 tickets to Blues fans - that is a laugh ! 1p5wich don't have 23,500 fans. Sounds like a few thousand yellows are squeezing in there too ! Easy to sort out - count their fingers on the way in, if they have more than 10 they are probably Blues fans. They normally have 13,000 empty seats, so if they sold 23.5K + 2K = 25.5K then they still have 4.5K left for City fans. Are they so scared of us that they don't want to sell these seats to Canary fans ? It will be the first time they could have a full house at Portaloo Road in donkey's years (if you'll pardon the pun) ! OTBC

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    Dubai Canary

    Thursday, August 21, 2014

  • Regarding the racism incident. The latest case was from Watford fans, the case before was reported by Norwich fans and Ipswich have a bad reputation in this area. I watched a documentary following Ipswich Police around Portman Road about 10 years ago. The racist chants harked back to the 70s and the Police said that was typical of the town and nothing they could do. I was brought up near Ipswich and that was an issue there in those days, never really seen it as much in Norwich

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    JohnnyH

    Thursday, August 21, 2014

  • The allocation should have been at least 10% and could have safely been increased to allow 4,000 away fans. We will give more to them when they come to us and will not throw any out in case they cause trouble outside the ground. The only trouble in the last two matches were Ipswich fans stopping our fans getting into their ground and when they came to Carrow Road they decided to throw a bit at their own fans. Couldn't make that up!!!

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    JohnnyH

    Thursday, August 21, 2014

  • Ipswich did not allow us enough tickets so we have scrounged some in there end! Bring it on

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    dave123

    Thursday, August 21, 2014

  • Swiss Canary

    Thursday, August 21, 2014

  • Shall we fill your ground for you?!!!

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    Steady On

    Thursday, August 21, 2014

  • Nice one, Swiss. I give that comment 12 out of 12. ;-)

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, August 21, 2014

  • BoF, that would make it appx. 1,800 tickets pro rata. My original, ethered, effort did contain caveats. I don`t know what the allocation rules are, for starters! All I meant was, if the rules permit, Ipswich could have allocated us 4,000 tickets (my guesstimate).

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, August 21, 2014

  • To answer KeithS' jibe about the banned fans, I think the fact that were identified and reported by other Norwich fans reflects well on the cub and its supporters. Let's put that unacceptable stuff away and get on with the usual family-friendly jibes about genetic deficiencies and farm animals.

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    Swiss Canary

    Thursday, August 21, 2014

  • To answer KeithS' snipe, it was other Norwich fans that took the initiative to identify the racists and get them dealt with. I think that reflects very well. Hopefully we can put that unacceptable prejudice behind us and get on with the usual family-friendly jibes about genetic deficiencies and farm animals.

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    Swiss Canary

    Thursday, August 21, 2014

  • Back in the good old days City would have been allocated an entire end , and seating tickets where you liked . ( Apart from one F A fine for cushion throwing , seated fans did not misbehave ) This is a conspiracy between the ITFC and Suffolk Police to minimise the number of travelling support . Fine , let the six-fingered neighbours have the same miserly proportion of tickets in February at Carrow road then , Sauce for the Goose is Sauce for the Gander . This is all part of football's habit of treating it's fans as bloody nuisances , with the result you see on the Continent , teams playing in near-empty stadia .

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    Bring on Foggo

    Thursday, August 21, 2014

  • Seriously KeithS, no matter how good a fan base is there will always be idiots among them. It's unavoidable.

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    LittleYellowBirdie

    Thursday, August 21, 2014

  • There are rules concerning the allocation of tickets to away fans and they are there for good reason. At least City have two less fans given their behaviour which has reflected badly upon the club as well as themselves. "Best fans in the league" .... don't make me laugh!

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    KeithS

    Thursday, August 21, 2014

  • CH for Palace, Swiss? They`d need to be insane or suicidal (in a Machianallian sense of the word). I think Tim Sherwood is still available, but he might find Palace`s philosophy as unacceptable as Pulis did. Chrissy might get it by default: nobody else wants the job. Then there`s Goddle Hoddle. Back to the insanity issue...

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, August 21, 2014

  • I did some sums. Ethered. Précis: Attendance significantly below 27,500 and Ipswich have lost revenue City fans could`ve generously provided. Ticket allocation could`ve been 4,000.

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, August 21, 2014

  • Even if extra large "void spaces" are created to separate the fans (how sad, how tribal) surely NCFC can be allocated, say, 4,000 tickets:- Capacity: 30,000.. Voidage: 2,500 ** Home fans: 23,500 ** NCFC allocation: 4,000. Total: 30,000. It should be easy. Or is it a `sour grapes` issue, as `we` cannot allocate more to them because of home demand? Nose. Cut. Off. Spite. Face. The attendance on Saturday will be interesting. Significantly below 27,500 and Ipswich have lost revenue `we` could have generously given them. Just theorizing...

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, August 21, 2014

  • Good point el Dingo, but I think it's actually the show-ponies rather than the corgis.

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    Swiss Canary

    Thursday, August 21, 2014

  • well if it wasn't for some idiots intent on causing trouble then it shouldn't matter where people sit, as it is for the love of the game. Friendly rivalry, nothing wrong with that. So Norwich 4- Ipswich 2

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    che bramley

    Thursday, August 21, 2014

  • Dear CD, now does that stand for Cross Dresser (which you will be when you lose on Saturday) or Compact Disc ? I would have thought that you would wanted to sell out at least once this season. Still it shows just how petty minded you are over the border.

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    Egyptian canary

    Thursday, August 21, 2014

  • @JB: I am sure Bradders and Tettey will do just that. It's great to see some desire back.

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    el dingo

    Thursday, August 21, 2014

  • @swiss: is that the job where you have to look after the corgis?

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    el dingo

    Thursday, August 21, 2014

  • LYB - if that tractor is allowed to get loose then all hell will let loose. They will be chipping away forever. We need to take out the engine.

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    JB

    Thursday, August 21, 2014

  • From what I hear (from a reliable source who is currently operating behind enemy lines in secret) the Towns claim that 23,500 have been sold is somewhat of an exaggeration. Apparently its more like 20,000.

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    Mellow_Yellow

    Thursday, August 21, 2014

  • Although if I'm not right, I suppose the tractor would be running us all over, not just me.

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    LittleYellowBirdie

    Thursday, August 21, 2014

  • LittleYellowBirdie

    Thursday, August 21, 2014

  • LYB - we all hope you are right and that the tractor does not come and run you over

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    JB

    Thursday, August 21, 2014

  • Ah, been a while since we've seen an Ipswich troll on here. :-) You may recall when we last had a visit after our loss in the first game of the season when you won yours, that I predicted that it wouldn't be long before the wheels came off your tractor and we'd be flying high above you depositing something on your head? Well, the first bit's come to bear and the deposit is coming this Saturday. ;-)

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    LittleYellowBirdie

    Thursday, August 21, 2014

  • Just when Palace seem to be about to appoint MMcK, another sh1tstorm breaks out and CH expresses interest in the Palace job. Good luck with that.

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    Swiss Canary

    Thursday, August 21, 2014

  • Small time-----that's why they will never get in the Prem;

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    superfan59

    Thursday, August 21, 2014

  • Hundreds, if not thousands of seats left open as they can't be bothered to sort out the security. That's what happens when you don't own the ground.

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    Swiss Canary

    Thursday, August 21, 2014

  • There won't be any issues here as the stewards will be counting the number of fingers on each persons hand... So you lot can chirp away like little budgies in your own area! COYB's!

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    C D

    Thursday, August 21, 2014

  • Empty seats at a local derby when there are so many Canary youngsters desperate to find out what a local derby is all about is a major embarrassment to ITFC.They should be ashamed of themselves.

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    Peter Watson

    Thursday, August 21, 2014

  • Totally agree with LYB, Colin and MB, ect... Terrible to think there will be empty seats that Canary fans could be allocated,it is a pathetic excuse, but the 2,000 yalla army will still outsing the Donkey boys pathetic showing, im sure the club are just happy to see a crown again, just goes to show, who has the most loyal support!!! OTBC Come on the powers that be, if you cant fill your own flee pit, lets some loyal fans have a bigger allocation

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    Shannock993

    Thursday, August 21, 2014

  • Police are warning passers by on Saturday to steer clear of Portman Road or risk being thrown in to the ground!

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    B Inners

    Thursday, August 21, 2014

  • I just hope they treat the muppets from Ipswich in the same, who try to sell them on!

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    JB

    Thursday, August 21, 2014

  • I'd expect the return allocation to be about the same. Difference is, Carrow Road will be sold out.

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    LittleYellowBirdie

    Thursday, August 21, 2014

  • MB last season average was under 17,000. (according to Google) It will be interesting to see how many they are allocated for the return fixture. OTBC

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    Jakarta Canary

    Thursday, August 21, 2014

  • You're probably right Colin, but I think the balance of home and a way supported in general, never mind Derbies, has become way out of whack. It would also mean the League as a whole would be better off, since across the whole league, grounds will be fuller on match days. Not a problem at Carrow Road of course. :-)

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    LittleYellowBirdie

    Thursday, August 21, 2014

  • As a matter of interest, what will be the 1p5wich allocation at Carrow Road?

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, August 21, 2014

  • It is less than 10% of ground capacity, is there not a rule on the allocation being linked to capacity? Agree Colin the fun police would clamp down on giving an additional 2 - 3,000 tickets. OTBC

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    Jakarta Canary

    Thursday, August 21, 2014

  • 2,000 allocation does seem a tad miserly, specially if Ipswich struggle to attract their own supporters. Looks like it`s heading toward a gate of 26,000-ish. What`s the norm for them? About 17,000 perhaps, does anyone know?

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, August 21, 2014

  • The Suffolk Constabulary have a habit of disappearing at the final whistle leaving City fans exiting through those big gates to be human punch bags.

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    Steely Dan

    Thursday, August 21, 2014

  • There's no way the police would sanction the club giving Norwich 4,000-5,000 tickets to ensure a sell-out.

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    Colin

    Thursday, August 21, 2014

  • Bit inept on Ipswich's part isn't it? They could sell out if they'd organised the allocations better.

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    LittleYellowBirdie

    Thursday, August 21, 2014

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