As a Norwich City fan I am delighted to be given the opportunity to cover some of the best games between Norwich and Ipswich. But of course the natural tendency is to write about all the fantastic wins Norwich had over Ipswich; however I have tried to be fair and also included some of the good win that Ipswich have had. Most of the games are from the relatively recent history and as always is based on my personal opinion.
10 Ipswich 0 Norwich 1 (2005)
Away wins are always nice but nothing is better than one over your closest rivals. Going into this game both sides had disappointing form in the league. The game really turned on the sending off of defender Sito for Ipswich. This allowed Norwich to start to dominate the game and eventually Darren Huckerby scored the only goal of the game. This game is included in my list due to its tight and competitive nature.
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9 Norwich 1 Ipswich 2 (2006)
Ipswich showed terrific spirit to win this local derby in front over 25,000 people at Carrow Road. Norwich took the lead just after the half hour mark through Jonathan Johansson, but Ipswich responded quickly through a Juan free kick. It looked as if Norwich might hold on to the draw as chances came and went – but Danny Haynes had the last laugh with a close range header, just a couple of minutes before time. Again this was another competitive derby match and worthy of a place on my list.
8 Ipswich 3 Norwich 2 (2009)
Ipswich turned on the style with a fine win against Norwich and it was probably more comfortable than the scoreline suggests. It was Norwich though who took the lead through the on-loan David Mooney. But Alan Quinn quickly had Ipswich back on level terms, following some great play by Giovani Dos Santos. However, the game turned on a penalty decision that perhaps should not of been given. Ipswich though converted the penalty through the impressive Dos Santos and duly added a third. By the time Norwich pulled a goal back through a penalty of their own, the game was already done. When five goals are scored in a derby match it’s hard to suggest it doesn’t belong on my list.
7 Norwich 2 Ipswich 2 (2007)
Ipswich must have thought this game was dead at half time when they led 2-0. Goals from Alan Lee and Pablo Counago looked to have the game wrapped up, but the truth be told Norwich didn’t deserve to be 2-0 at the break and at times offered some top quality football. The introduction of John Hartson in the second half was vital for the way Norwich turned it around and an own goal and Jamie Cureton got Norwich back level. This was a great derby comeback and certainly worthy of a place on the list.
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6 Norwich 2 Ipswich 0 (2008)
This was one of the more comfortable successes Norwich has had against Ipswich and the points were massively important to keep Norwich out of the relegation zone. Goals on the day were scored by Lee Croft and Matty Pattison. It is debatable if this game should make the list or not – but I think there is place for an impressive home win in difficult circumstances.
5 Ipswich 0 Norwich 2 (2003)
This was the year that Norwich won the league title and Norwich fans enjoyed this one more than most – because it’s the game that took them top of the league. The game will also be remembered for Leon McKenzie. The striker signed from Peterborough just days before – but delighted Norwich fans by grabbing a brace. For those reasons this game simply has to make the list.
4 Ipswich 3 Norwich 1 (2006)
Ipswich would have enjoyed this fine derby win, it was certainly a day to forget for Norwich. But again Norwich did take the lead in the first half through Chadwick. Ipswich quickly levelled the game up through Legwinski and then the game was won by a late brace by substitute Danny Haynes. Haynes has a fine record scoring against Norwich in derby matches. This was a fine win for Ipswich and one they savour.
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3 Norwich 4 Ipswich 1 (2010)
This game occurred earlier this season and with Norwich going well and Ipswich struggling the result was not that surprising. But Norwich would have been surprised on how bad Ipswich was on the day and in particular how badly their defence played. Grant Holt was the real star of the show and scored a superb hat-trick. At one point Ipswich were level at 1-1 but Norwich really were superior the whole match and deserved the win. At the time this was Norwich’s biggest derby win – so really no surprise to see it on the list.
2 Ipswich 1 Norwich 5 (2011)
This game was just played this Thursday night and just became Norwich’s biggest win in a derby. It was expected to be a close game – but Norwich again was just too good on the day. It really was a fantastic all round team performances with Norwich having 5 different goal-scorers (including an Ipswich player). No real explanation needed why this makes the list.
1 Ipswich 5 Norwich 0 (1998)
As the most emphatic derby win to date it has to take the No 1 spot. On the day Norwich were not at the races and were soundly beating by an Alex Mathie hat-trick and a Bobby Petta brace. Due to the convincing nature of the win, this remains one of the most memorable derby results to this day.