'Rivalry isn’t hating, it is a partnership in disguise. If you want to give it your all and be your best, you need a rival. Without one, you wouldn’t give anything at all'.
At the latest Norwich City Fans Social Club event, Norwich City and Ipswich Town revived their infamous rivalry but this time, it wasn’t about their respective abilities on the football pitch but rather their intellect that was being tested.
The title of who was the ‘Pride of Anglia’ was at stake, with the Ipswich team determined to do something that their side have failed to do on the pitch since 2009, record victory against Norwich City. Could they end this run?
Those tasked with returning to Suffolk with the win was esteemed journalists Stuart Jarrold and Mel Henderson. Captaining the Blue corner was Ipswich and England legend Terry Butcher, without anyblood-soaked bandage visible, who recalled anecdotes of his illustrious career much to the delight of our audience. Terry’s devotion to Ipswich is something he has never hid from view, but he was very complimentary about Norwich, whilst stopping for pictures with everyone who asked.
Norwich’s team were hoping to replicate the success on the pitch but also looking to gain a further advantage over their arch nemesis. Radio Norfolk duo Chris Goreham and Rob Butler provided Norwich’s team with footballing knowledge, whilst captain and Derby hero Grant Holt offered some much-needed insight into greyhound racing and American football. Cheers filled the room as the Ipswich side were unable to recall a single player who played in blue and white during the last East Anglian Derby played in 1994/95 but done so in a good spirit.
This was a night that was honoured well by all sides, who recognised the cause was the most important factor and provided entertainment for everyone in attendance. Among those in attendance were senior Norwich City figures, Joe Ferrari our Director of Communications and newly appointed Chief Operations Officer Ben Kensell, who drove directly from Heathrow airport to specifically attend this event. Also, from the opposition, ten Ipswich supporters made the trip up the A140 to support their team, whilst being vastly outnumbered.
Rivalry turned to respect, as Terry Butcher accepted a donation made by the NCFSC towards the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation, something Terry appreciated. He then proceeded to thank Norwich supporters for observing the applause in remembrance of his son who tragically lost his life.
Fun, entertainment and healthy competition were the overarching themes in an action-packed quiz hosted by Norwich City legend and our friend Darren Eadie, who played chaperone expertly ensuring proceedings ran smoothly but also allowing the event was humorous and interactive between guests. On course with recent history, Norwich ran away as quiz winners, but it was the last round which captured the audience’s imagination most, with charades being played. Both team captains Butcher and Holt, were required to act out a series of sporting actions, event and activities including Canary Call, Dressage, Speed Skating and 110m Hurdles.
Proceeding the quiz was an opportunity for our audience to pose any pressing questions on our legends football careers, the matters of both clubs and hypothetical ‘who would you take from the opposing side for you team’ style of questions which gripped our audience. Whether you be of a yellow and green or blue and white persuasion, charity was the ultimate winner
on a great night.
Our volunteer Eddie Edwards deserves praise for an amazing quiz, but we also extend our thanks to Darren, our guests from both teams but also to our audience, without whom these events wouldn’t be possible.
Thank you to Norwich City Football Club for their continued support in providing free rooms for us to host our events and to Ipswich Town Football Club for their help in advisement, preparation and ensuring their supporters could come and support our event.
Anyone for a rematch?
We’re now busy planning our next event which is coming very soon plus lots of other events throughout the season and look forward to seeing you all there.
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