Mick looking forward to adding East Anglian version to his derby collection
Mick McCarthy is looking forward to his first ever East Anglia derby and says he fully understands what the game means to the supporters but he won’t be treating it any differently.
The Town boss will add the Ipswich v Norwich clash to his collection of derbies he has been part of as either a player or manager at kick-off tomorrow but while he accepts local pride is at stake, it’s the three points that concerns him most.
“I’ve been involved in a number of derbies as both a manager and a player and they are great occasions, especially for the supporters with braggings rights at stake.
“Celtic v Rangers, Man City v Man United, Millwall v West Ham, Wolves v West Brom. I’ve played or managed in some big derbies and this one will be no different.
“They mean a lot to the people in the local areas. Even in France, and the genteel towns of Lyon and St Etienne, they are genteel until they play each other at football!
“I do understand what it means to people and we will be doing our best to win the game as we do every game but it’s worth remembering that there are another 44 matches in the Championship aside from the two derby fixtures.
“It’s consistency over that time that I’m looking for but I’m under no illusions what this game means to the supporters.
“The players are fully aware of what it means as well but we will be treating it as any other game. They are one of the favourites for promotion and we know we will be in for a big challenge but they will know they will be as well.”
Town: Stephen Hunt is on the way back from a calf injury but Cameron Stewart is still three weeks or so away from a return after sustaining a fractured jaw in pre-season.
Norwich: Javier Garrido is a doubt with a hamstring injury. Jonny Howson and Gary Hooper are still sidelined and Martin Olsson is suspended after his red card at Wolves. New signings Carlos Cuellar and Cameron Jerome are available.
Referee: Keith Stroud. Assistants: Ian Fissenden, Gavin Muge. Fourth official: Stuart Attwell.
Foot in both camps
Trevor Putney spent six years at Portman Road, clocking up more than 100 appearances for the Club and winning the Supporters’ Player of the Year award along the way. He left Town in 1986 following relegation and joined Norwich, where he spent three years and played over 80 times for the Canaries. Putters also went on to play for Middlesbrough, Watford, Leyton Orient and Colchester.
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