Ok, hands up, who thought drawing with our increasingly quiet neighbours could be so much fun?!
Last year’s results and performances certainly weren’t much to shout about.
I struggle to recall Cameron Jerome’s goal at Portaloo Road eighteen months ago. Likewise Dickson Etuhu’s finish at Carrow Road in 2007.
Jamie Cureton’s leveller in November of the same year is only slightly more memorable. And that only because it completed an unlikely, John Hartson inspired, second-half comeback.
Much more distinctive are Lewis Grabban’s and James Maddison’s goals in recent 1-0 wins over the Suffolk side.
I’m fairly confident Timm Klose’s late, late leveller will etch itself into derby folklore too.
There, he’ll join an illustrious list of Derby Day heroes. Grant Holt for his 2010 hat trick. Wes Hoolahan for his 10 game unbeaten streak. Jamie Cureton’s green hair. Steve Bruce for his own, last-gasp winner in the Milk Cup semi-final…
So what if this game was one of the poorest in recent times. What it lacked in quality, it made up for in almost every other way.
Ipswich fans airing their dirty laundry in public, criticising their manager and his style of play. Mick McCarthy’s x-rated response to their chants following his side’s late ‘winner’.
Those five minutes of hope. That long ball. That rush of blood from the goalkeeper. That cross. That header. That moment the hopes and dreams of almost 2,000 Ipswich supporters were crushed right in front of us.
Radio Suffolk’s commentary. Oh no… how awful!
This Ipswich fan’s Vlog.
Klose’s fist pump. Hanley’s gesture to the away fans.
When points don’t matter – we’re not going up, we’re not going down – pride is all there is on offer.
When it’s local pride, it’s even more important.
Leaving Carrow Road I overhead a conversation. One fan turned to his mate and said: “You know, there are one or two moments each season that make buying my season ticket worthwhile.”
That was true of Sunday.
As it has been many times over the past nine years.
When are Ipswich Town ever going to beat us?
Maybe next year Ipswich fans.
Or maybe 2027…