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Police thank fans after derby match


Police have thanked football fans from Ipswich and Norwich for showing ‘good spirit’ at today’s East Anglian derby match.

A large policing operation was carried out around Portman Road for the first leg of the play-offs yesterday, which has been deemed a success, with supporters from both counties enjoying the game safely.

Five people were arrested in the lead-up, during and after the game at Portman Road.

Around 2000 Norwich City supporters travelled to the town for the play-off match, which was held this afternoon.

Police officers from Suffolk, Norfolk and the British Transport Police promoted an ethos of firm, friendly policing, with the aim of helping all supporters to enjoy the match.

A 28-year-old man from Norwich was arrested on suspicion of a football offence (throwing a missile onto the pitch)

A 54-year-old man from Ipswich was arrested in connection with a Section 5 Public Order Act offence.

A 17-year-old youth from Cromer was arrested on suspicion of a racially aggravated public order offence.

A 23-year-old man from Ipswich was arrested on suspicion of a racially aggravated public order offence.

A 29-year-old man from Ipswich was arrested in connection with a Section 5 Public Order Act offence.

"I am very pleased to say that overall, the atmosphere at today’s match was lively but good natured, with minimal need for police intervention.

"Extensive planning went into the policing operation, which was firm in places, with a significant presence of officers. This was necessary to ensure supporters enjoyed the game and to cause the minimum impact possible on other members of the public in the area.

"I am very pleased to say that the operation was carried out exactly as planned with supporters enjoying a fantastic atmosphere.

"A very small number of people behaved unacceptably and were dealt with accordingly. This behaviour is not tolerated and swift action was taken to lessen the impact on individuals and families attending the game."

– Supt Louisa Pepper, Suffolk Police

Promotion derby ends all square: Ipswich 1 Norwich 1

Daryl Murphy and Alex Tettey Credit: PA

Billed as the biggest derby match in years, the first leg of the Championship Play-off semi-final ended all square.

For the first half at least the game lived up to the hype.

Ipswich started much the better, forcing a brilliant reaction double save from John Ruddy when Freddie Sears and then Paul Anderson had chances.

Norwich gradually grew into the game and opened the scoring just before the break. Cameron Jerome finding Jonny Howson who finished well.

Howson celebrates his goal Credit: PA

But Ipswich did level deep into first half stoppage time, six minutes were added on following an earlier injury to Luke Varney.

Norwich's keeper couldn't hold onto a Freddie Sears shot, it eventually fell to Paul Anderson who couldn't miss.

Anderson levels Credit: PA

The second half couldn't match the first for intensity, and it means there's all to play for in the second leg at Carrow Road next week.



Secretary: Ipswich Town's goal during minute's applause was an "unbelievable moment"

Chris Reynolds. Credit: Rookery Park Golf Club

The Secretary of the golf club where Ipswich Town fan Chris Reynolds used to play has described Daryl Murphy's goal during a minute's applause as "unbelievable".

Town supporters were in the process of celebrating Mr Reynold's life in the 21st minute of The Championship clash with Nottingham Forest on Saturday when Murphy broke the deadlock.

Chris used to play at the Rookery Park Golf Club. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Mr Reynolds passed away at the age of 21 last week.

He was "massive" Ipswich Town fan and also regularly played golf at the Rookery Park Golf Club near Lowestoft.

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"It meant a tremendous amount to the family, who I know quite a few of them are members, and they go along to watch Ipswich.

It just meant so much to them that the fans were supporting them, and the club were supporting them.

When that goal went, at that time, it was just unbelievable. It was a great moment."

– Robert Pettett, Rookery Park Golf Club

Ipswich Town star Murphy shortlisted for Championship Player of the Year award

Daryl Murphy has been in the form of his career. Credit: PA

Ipswich Town striker Daryl Murphy has been shortlisted for The Championship Player of the Year award.

The Irishman has enjoyed the best season of his career, and leads the goalscoring charts with 24 goals.

Nathan Redmond is in the running for the Young Player of the Year award. Credit: PA

Murphy is up against Watford's Troy Deeney and Middlesbrough forward Patrick Bamford for the accolade. The winner will be announced on Sunday.

Former MK Dons loanee Bamford is also in the running for the Football League Young Player of the Year prize.

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He'll have to see off competition from Norwich City star Nathan Redmond and current Dons wonderkid Dele Alli.

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