Feast your eyes on top 10 derby delights

PUBLISHED: 15:48 21 April 2007 | UPDATED: 10:15 14 September 2010

If there is one sure-fire way to guarantee a special place in the hearts and minds of Norwich City supporters for all time, it is to play the decisive role in vanquishing the old enemy.

If there is one sure-fire way to guarantee a special place in the hearts and minds of Norwich City supporters for all time, it is to play the decisive role in vanquishing the old enemy.

As City skipper Adam Drury rightly reminded us at Colney yesterday, the East Anglian derby is an occasion for heroes - and it is not always the obvious candidate who delivers that magical moment.

Tomorrow's Coca-Cola Championship clash with Ipswich Town at Carrow Road offers the Canaries the chance to win back a bit of goodwill after a second successive season of under-achievement.

Victory would certainly give Peter Grant's team a timely boost, given that tomorrow is also the second renewal deadline for season tickets for 2007-08.

You will have your own thoughts on who might potentially be a matchwinner for City, but to get you in the mood here is a reminder of 10 classic East Anglian derby heroes. Oh, and just in case you think I'm being diplomatic and impartial, I'm not. They all played for Norwich . . .

1 STEVE BRUCE (1985): Can anyone imagine a better scenario than scoring two minutes from time to take your team to a Wembley final at the expense of your biggest rivals? Probably not. Mark Barham swung a corner in from the left and defender Bruce powered in a header, only his second goal for the club, to clinch a place in the Milk Cup final. Terry Butcher was so livid he kicked in the door in the portable dressing room, which made victory even sweeter. Ex-City skipper Duncan Forbes had, uncannily, predicted the goal down to the last detail during a radio commentary. Did the iron man have crystal balls?

2 JIM BONE (1972): There could be no more appropriate place for City to register the first Division One victory in their history than at Portman Road - and it was Bone who grabbed the decisive goal. Terry Anderson gave the Canaries an early lead, before a certain Bryan Hamilton equalised. But Bone, who three days earlier had scored City's first top-flight goal against Everton, struck again with a 72nd-minute winner. Oh, those long, hot, summer nights.

3 TERRY ALLCOCK (1962): Remarkably, the record books show that only three of Terry Allcock's 127 goals for the Canaries came against Ipswich, and all in the space of four days in January 1962. He scored in a 1-1 FA Cup fourth round draw against Town at Carrow Road, then grabbed both goals in a 2-1 replay win. City were beaten 3-1 at Sheffield United in round five, while Alf Ramsey's Ipswich went on to win the Football League title. Why do they always get the last laugh?

4 MALKY MACKAY (2004): Hard to imagine a more popular matchwinner than Mackay, below, after his famous Carrow Road double in a 3-1 win took City a step nearer to promotion to the Premiership. The big centre-half conceded a penalty late in the game, but it wasn't allowed to ruin his big day. Mackay was all too hastily offloaded without playing for Norwich in the top flight. His next club, West Ham, beat Town in a play-off semi-final the following year.

5 JOHNNY MILLER (1974): Winger Miller had mixed fortunes playing for John Bond's side after a £40,000 move from Portman Road, but enjoyed his finest hour in Canary colours against his former club. City had drawn a thrilling League Cup quarter-final 1-1 against Town at Carrow Road, but Miller made light of their underdogs tag in the replay by scoring both goals in a 2-1 win. He was brilliant in the semi-final, second leg against Manchester United, too, but had a nightmare in the final against Aston Villa at Wembley, when he was not fully fit.

6 KEITH BERTSCHIN (1983): Another Town export who came back to haunt them, striker Bertschin, a £200,000 signing from Birming -ham, struck an early winner in the FA Cup fifth round at Carrow Road in front of the BBC Match of the Day cameras and a crowd of 28,001 - never did find out who the one was. Bertschin once recalled suffering some pretty rugged treatment from his former colleagues, but it was worth it, wasn't it?

7 HUGH CURRAN (1968): Ipswich were still getting re-accustomed to Division One status after four years out of the top flight when they were cut down 4-2 in a League Cup second round tie on their own ground by Lol Morgan's youthful City line-up, which included three teenagers in Neil O'Donnell, Max Briggs and Clive Payne. It was Scottish ace Curran who stole the headlines with a hat-trick, making it five goals against Town in a calendar year.

8 IWAN ROBERTS (2000): In one of those bizarre twists, similar to Nigel Worthington's Walkers Stadium reappearance just last week, Bryan Hamilton's first match in caretaker charge of the Canaries, following the resignation of Bruce Rioch, was against his former club. Welsh international Roberts settled the contest with a first-half double, his first effort deflected past Richard Wright, but his second a superb finish in the Bergkamp mould from a Paul Dalglish pass. However, Town did recover from the defeat and won promotion, beating Barnsley 4-2 in the play-off final at Wembley.

9 LEON MCKENZIE (2003): Surely one of the most extraordinary debuts in club history as McKenzie struck once in each half to sink Town 2-0 on their own ground and hand City supporters the perfect Christmas present. “Top of the league at Portman Road” was the chant - and later the car sticker - as Nigel Worthington's team marched on to the Nationwide League title. Ipswich eventually made the play-offs but lost out to West Ham United in their semi-final clash over two legs.

10 ALF ACKERMAN (1951): It was a very happy Christmas for City fans and, in particular, for South African forward Ackerman. He scored in a 2-0 win at Portman Road on Christmas Day and, the following day, grabbed another as the Canaries completed the double with a 2-0 win at Carrow Road. City finished third in Division Three South as Town could only manage a lowly 17th place in the league - but it was to be 43 seasons before the Canaries doubled their old rivals again.

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