Pride of Anglia

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The various football clubs located in East Anglia vie for being the Pride of Anglia, an unofficial title celebrated by fans of the clubs involved.

Description[edit]

League positions for Ipswich Town & Norwich City; main claimants to the title

The title is claimed for winning the East Anglian derby and/or for finishing highest in the league.

East Anglian derby[edit]

The main rivals are Ipswich Town and Norwich City. Other professional clubs in the region include Peterborough United, Cambridge United, and Colchester United.

When Norwich and Ipswich meet it is known as the 'East Anglian derby'.[1] Over the 138 matches played between Norwich and Ipswich since 1902, Ipswich boasts the better record, having won 45% of the matches to Norwich's 37%.[2] The most recent encounter ended in a 1-0 win for Norwich at Portman Road in August 2014. This fixture is sometimes referred to as the "Old Farm derby", a humorous reference to the "Old Firm derby" and the rural nature of East Anglia.

League position[edit]

Another commonly employed measure for "Pride of Anglia", and one that encompasses all of the East Anglian teams, is the side finishing as the highest placed East Anglian team in the English football league system.[3] Norwich claimed this position in 2010–11 by finishing second in The Championship, and, by being the only East Anglian team in the Premier League, did so from 2011 until the end of the 2013-14 season.

Previously in 2007, Colchester United finished in the highest league position of clubs in the region and were awarded a special trophy by Anglia Television to mark the event.[4]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Ronald Atkin (2006-11-19). "East Anglia derby: Grant ready with his shark riposte". The Independent. Retrieved 2007-03-19. 
  2. ^ "East Anglian derby". Ipswich Town F.C. Retrieved 2007-03-16. 
  3. ^ Chris Lakey (2007-04-01). "Cureton tells fans good times are coming". Norwich Evening News. Retrieved 2007-04-20. [dead link]
  4. ^ U's gain Anglia acclaim, Colchester United FC, 2007-05-18. Retrieved 2013-05-23.