Police hope for peaceful rivalry among fans when Ipswich face Norwich

General view of Portman Road, home to Ipswich Town ENGPPP00220120302150002
General view of Portman Road, home to Ipswich Town ENGPPP00220120302150002

Football supporters from both Ipswich and Norwich should expect a “firm, friendly and fair” policing operation on derby day in Suffolk’s county town later this month, according to Suffolk Police.

With over 2,000 Norwich City FC fans expected to travel for the Ipswich Town FC game on Saturday, August 23, police are encouraging both sets of fans to arrive at the ground early in order to enjoy the derby-day atmosphere.

Turnstiles and stadium bars will be open from 10.45am, with kick-off at 12.15pm.

Policing operations commander, Insp Matt Rose, hopes that both sets of supports enjoy the game in a responsible and respectful way.

“We have been working closely with our partners during recent weeks, with officers from Suffolk, Norfolk and British Transport Police working side-by-side on match day to ensure the smooth running of our policing operation,” said Insp Rose.

“We hope that people enjoy the match sensibly and in the right spirit. We will not tolerate anti-social behaviour, violence, racial chanting, mindless vandalism or any alcohol-fuelled disorder.

“However, we know that the vast majority of fans attending will be there to enjoy the game and we will be there to welcome them.

“Officers will be approachable and are there to ensure the safety of those attending the game and members of the public wishing to go about their normal business.

“People intent on causing disorder should remain at home.”

Supporters and the general public alike are reminded of planned rail engineering work during the bank holiday weekend.

There will be a special match-day rail service for fans travelling to and from Norwich.

Those planning to leave Ipswich by train directly after the match should not be affected by the engineering work.

Access to Portman Road will be restricted before, during and after the match.

Entrance to the stadium for away fans and those with tickets for the Sir Alf Ramsey Stand will be from the Portman Road/ Princes Street junction.

Entrance to all other parts of the stadium will be via the Sir Alf Ramsey Way/ Handford Road end of Portman Road.

Availability of spaces at the Cattle Market Car Park will be greatly reduced.

Insp Rose added: “We will be dealing with fans as they would expect to be treated themselves. Our policing style will be firm, friendly and fair.”