Ipswich Town boss Mick McCarthy jokes that fixture computer must be a Norwich City fan

Ipswich town manager Mick McCarthy. Picture: Lucy Taylor Ipswich town manager Mick McCarthy. Picture: Lucy Taylor

Thursday, March 6, 2014
4:04 PM

Ipswich Town manager Mick McCarthy seems to be missing his side’s rivalry with Norwich City, after joking that the Football League fixture computer is a Canaries fan.

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The Tractor Boys have had to watch on as City have battled in the Premier League for three seasons, while they have bounced around mid-table in the Championship.

It has meant the Suffolk side has yet to have a chance to avenge their two heavy defeats in the 2010/11 season, as Norwich rose from League One and immediately secured promotion to the top flight.

During that season Paul Lambert’s side beat their local rivals 4-1 at Carrow Road, with Grant Holt scoring a hat-trick, and 5-1 at Portman Road.

Now it seems McCarthy is ready for a taste of the famous rivalry, as his side look to close the four-point gap to the Championship play-off places in the closing stages of the season.

The former Republic of Ireland boss made light of his ‘geographically challenged’ side’s busy schedule for the remaining 13 games of the Championship campaign.

The Blues face a 500-mile round trip to the north east for Saturday’s game at Middlesbrough, and will then cover 400 miles for next Tuesday’s match at south-west side Yeovil.

The beginning of April also presents a similarly gruelling Saturday-Tuesday scenario, with Town travelling to the north-west twice in the space of four days for games against Blackburn and Huddersfield.

“It is what it is, it’s not ideal,” McCarthy said. “I think the computer is a Norwich fan!”

With six home games left, the Blues also have trips to Brighton, Watford and Burnley to play.

“With the Blackburn-Huddersfield one the question is do you go up and stay up (in the north-west)?,” McCarthy added. “If you do then it’s a long old time from leaving on Friday afternoon and getting back on Wednesday morning.

“I think the benefit of being up there and preparing is counter-balanced by players not seeing their kids, being bored out of their box and not being able to do what they want to do on their day off.

“We take them to the pictures or bowling but they don’t want to be there.”

12 comments

  • I cannot tell a lie, I was not the first to spot that, Matt. I have forgotten who it was - a year or more ago. A regular contributor at the time and maybe still is. Timbo? The Crab? People come & go - and change identities. Though I`ve never heard Calderwood speak, (there IS a God or is he just shy and retiring?), I imagine he`d sound like the sinister Scottish villain, Charlie Endell, from "Budgie". Or wee Jimmy Krankie, God bless his\her little heart.

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, March 7, 2014

  • He wants to see the stadium more than half full. Most of the Ipswich fans only come to see the Norwich.

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    Jarroldr82

    Friday, March 7, 2014

  • Oh behave Burt.

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    Mattias333

    Friday, March 7, 2014

  • Google 'Burt sesame street' and look at the images. Then look back at any image of Mick Mccarthy and all will become clear ;)

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    Mattias333

    Friday, March 7, 2014

  • Mike from The Young Ones!!!! Thats bloody brilliant! I may even laugh from now on during an Hughton Interview because that will be in my head!

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    Mattias333

    Friday, March 7, 2014

  • I give up! Matt, who`s Burt??

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, March 7, 2014

  • So Huddersfield is in the North West? He's not much good at geography either!

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    Mikanary

    Thursday, March 6, 2014

  • I was not the first to spot that, Matt. I have forgotten who it was - a year or more ago. A regular contributor at the time and maybe still is. Timbo? The Crab? People come & go - and change identities. Though I`ve never heard Calderwood speak, (there IS a God or is he mute?), I`d imagine it`d be like the nasty Scottish villain Charlie Endell from "Budgie". Or wee Jimmy Krankie, God bless his\her little transgender heart.

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, March 7, 2014

  • Thanks, Matt ;-) You do faces, I like voices. Hughton sounds just like Mike from `The Young Ones`. Has anybody ever heard Trollderwood speak? Delia sounds just like that footy club owner who came on the pitch after a few chalices of Chablis and entreated `let`s be `avin` ya!` Oh, sorry, that WAS Delia. Bless her li`l ol` heart. ;-)

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, March 7, 2014

  • awwww poor old mick and his players don't want those prancing donkeys getting bored tup North!!!

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    OhhhhHuckerrrrby

    Thursday, March 6, 2014

  • Mikanary, I think that was down to our geographically challenged reporters. The (...) bit looks like it was added by them? They also believe Estonia is in the Balkans, Slovenia is in the Baltic and Crimea is the up-market end of The Heartsease.

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, March 7, 2014

  • I like McCarthy, but he wouldn't say that if he saw our run in!

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    jigs69

    Thursday, March 6, 2014

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