Andy Marshall on the ‘vicious’ atmosphere of his derby day return to Carrow Road in 2003
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Nelson Oliveira fired the opening shots ahead of derby day and excitement is already building ahead of Sunday’s battle at Portman Road.
The Canaries striker has made it clear that Daniel Farke’s squad will travel south with the intention of maintaining City’s superiority in the East Anglian Derby.
Norwich are unbeaten in eight games against their bitter rivals and Town have not come out on top in over eight years, with the play-off clashes of 2015 now a big part of the fixture’s history.
As the tension builds on either side of the border, players and fans of both teams have started talking about their derby memories.
The man who knows both sides of the bitter rivalry all too well is goalkeeper Andy Marshall, who famously played for both teams.
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After leaving City in 2001 as player of the season and signing for Ipswich on a free transfer, he returned on the pitch as a Blues player in March 2003.
“When I went back to Carrow Road it was vicious,” Marshall admitted, in a documentary on the rivalry which is being shown on Sky Sports this evening.
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“I do remember when we turned up at Carrow Road on the coach, Joe Royle was the boss and as we turned up, all the fans have come charging around the coach, placards, banners, throwing things at the coach.
“Joe just stood up and said ‘there you go Marsh, off you go’ and Joe just led the way and let me go. That created the atmosphere within the players and the club, because all the players and the staff just started laughing and I had to walk off and face it.”
The focus on Marshall meant the 2-0 win for the Tractor Boys was almost a sideshow, as the attention brought the best out of the keeper in the pressure-cooker atmosphere.
With so many new players in the Canaries squad set for their first taste of the derby this Sunday, Marshall can tell them all about what to expect.
“Did the fans cross over the line? Maybe a little bit but I do understand Norwich’s point of view,” he continued.
“The first half I was defending the Barclay end and I was getting no end of stick, every time I picked the ball up, every time I went near the goal they were throwing things – and then second half we went on and won the game.”
• Watch a clip from the documentary above