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Countdown to the biggest East Anglia derby ever

With less than a couple of hours to go until kick off, it seems everyone is getting in the football mood.

Even the flowers in Norwich cathedral have been decked out in Canary colours!!!


Fans bid fond farewell to "legendary" former manager Chris Turner

Friends and family bid farewell to Chris Tuner today. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Football fans have bid a fond farewell to former Peterborough United and Cambridge United Manager Chris Turner.

Fans joined friends and family at the funeral for the 64-year-old which took place at Peterborough Cathedral this morning.

He died last month after being diagnosed with dementia eight years ago.

Chris Turner. Credit: ITV News Anglia

"There's only one word for Chris and that's immense.

He is the epitome of the word legend. He's done everything at the Football Club, right through from owning it, running it, managing it, playing for it.

He's never to be forgotten. He was a wonderful man."

– Bob Symns, Peterborough United Chief Executive

Click below to watch a report from ITV News Anglia's Stuart Leithes

Video: Former stars wish Ipswich Town luck ahead of East Anglian derby showdown

Former Ipswich Town stars Pablo Couñago and Shefki Kuqi have wished their former team luck for tomorrow's play-off semi-final second leg against rivals Norwich City.

The strikers, who are both now based in Finland, tweeted a video earlier today.

They had a simple message for the current Town squad, telling them to "go and beat the Canaries."

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Norwich City fan back on home soil after mammoth 9,000 mile trip

Sam Wood. Credit: Sam Wood

A Norwich City fan who has travelled over 9,000 miles to watch his team take on Ipswich Town this weekend has arrived safely back in the UK.

Sam Wood started the mammoth trip from Perth in Australia yesterday and landed at Heathrow this lunchtime.

He will be hoping that his team can beat their bitter rivals at Carrow Road tomorrow and make it to Wembley.

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Wembley hopefuls Norwich City and Ipswich Town facing rail chaos

A final at Wembley Stadium awaits for the winners. Credit: PA

Norwich City or Ipswich Town fans hoping to travel by train to Wembley for the Championship play-off final on bank holiday Monday may be forced to have a re-think, after rail workers announced that they'll go on strike.

Signallers, maintenance staff and station workers will all walk out from 5pm on May 25.

It's due to a dispute about pay and the strike will last for 24 hours.

Talks aimed at averting the strike by Network Rail are to be held next week, the conciliation service Acas announced today.

The second leg will be played at Carrow Road tomorrow. Credit: PA

The semi-final between Norwich City and Ipswich Town will be decided at Carrow Road tomorrow.

The winning team have been allocated over 38,000 tickets at Wembley.

Colchester United stalwart Okuonghae to leave the club

Magnus Okuonghae. Credit: PA

Colchester United's longest serving player Magnus Okuonghae is set to leave the club.

The centre-half has been with the U's for six years, but is now being allowed to move on after his contract came to an end.

He missed much of last season after rupturing his achilles tendon.

“Magnus has been an excellent servant to the club and has been club captain.

It was a difficult decision to let him go, especially with the serious injury he sustained, but with the direction in which the club are going, it was felt that it would be in both parties’ interests for Magnus to seek his football future elsewhere.

As a player and a person, he served the club well and we wish him all the best wherever he goes next."

– Tony Humes, Colchester United Manager

Southend United through to League Two play-off final at Wembley

Southend United will play in the final on May 23. Credit: PA

Southend United fans are planning for a day out at Wembley after making it through to the League Two play-off final.

More than 8,000 fans were in attendance to see Southend beat Stevenage at Roots Hall to win 4-2 over the two legs.

In dreadful conditions the first goal of the game was scored by Stevenage's Tom Pett after a bit of ping pong in the Southend box in the second half.

Michael Timlin celebrates scoring Southend United's third. Credit: PA

But just like the first leg they couldn't hold onto the lead with Ryan Leonard levelling soon after.

Stephen McLaughlin scored to make it 2-1 in extra time and then Michael Timlin, injured in the first match, scored another to make it 3-1 on the night and 4-2 the final score over the two legs and to take Southend into the League Two play off final.

Southend will now play Wycombe Wanderers at Wembley Stadium on May 23.

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