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OTBC: City legends preview the East Anglian derby

6 February 2019

Sunday’s 116-page programme includes a special Derby Day Legends pull-out, featuring interviews with Norwich City icons Jeremy Goss, Darren Huckerby, Iwan Roberts, Bryan Gunn, and Darren Eadie.

The programme, which is guest-edited by Iwan Roberts, also includes six collectable exclusive player cards, all featuring a player’s signature.

The bumper issue is a one-off £4 for the game, with £1 from every programme sale going directly to the fan-driven crowdfunder to raise money for more flags and banners inside Carrow Road. The campaign has been led by local fan groups Along Come Norwich and Barclay End Norwich.

You can order the programme HERE.

We caught up with the five legends interviewed in for the pull-out to ask them what they expect ahead of Sunday’s match.

Darren Huckerby

Paul Lambert coming back is a huge factor for Ipswich. We all know he had a really good spell here but that’s gone now. We’re flying and I’m not sure form can go right out the window, like it normally does in a derby. They’re struggling for a reason and we’re first in the league for a reason. So, if we play as well as we can do, I’m sure we’ll have enough to beat them. But they’ll be right up for it, and will make things difficult. It’s massively important game for both clubs.

Darren Eadie

You look back to the last game and where the two teams were when they played each other then – since that game, one team has climbed up the league and the other has tumbled down. Paul Lambert will be desperate for a win and he’ll hope that can spark a run for them to get them out of trouble. If they end up going down this season, this game could be their cup final. It’s hard to see another result than a home win because of the quality I’ve seen from Norwich this season. Norwich are rightly going to be favourites, but strange do things can happen.

Bryan Gunn

It will be very tight game once again, derbies always are. The atmosphere will be red hot. But if Norwich continue to play the way they have been recently, I can only see one winner. Because it’s a derby match, I’m sure there’ll be extra motivation from the Ipswich dressing room and the manager. The fans in the corner will drive their players on and want them to end that winless run. Putting my head on the block, I can only see a positive result for Norwich. But they’ll have to play well and fight hard to get it.

Iwan Roberts

The players will approach it as any other game. There’s a lot at stake for both teams, with us in the promotion race and them battling against relegation. There’s a long way to go, but Norwich will be thinking a win in the derby will give them great momentum. It’ll be a tasty atmosphere, and sometimes it’s who handles that the best that goes on to win the match.

Jeremy Goss

The mentality going into a derby from when I played is still the same. Those sleeves have to be rolled up, and you have to fight and scrap, and you make sure everyone is sent home proud. I’m really impressed by the current team this season. They maintain possession so well and it does remind me of how we played in the early 1990s– playing in little triangles and two-touch football all over the park. This current squad keeps the ball really well and they have a real thrust in the final third. I have total belief in the players. They’ve proved how good they are this season, and I never fancy them to lose. I always think they’re going to get at least a point, if not three. But you can’t take anything for granted in a derby, no matter the form going into it. Paul Lambert will have his side right up for it, and they will be pumped up. They’ll make it really tough, but as long as our players are ready for it then they’ll play better football for sure.


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