Frustration as Ipswich Town’s game at Derby County is postponed at late notice
PUBLISHED: 18:05 31 August 2017 | UPDATED: 18:05 31 August 2017
PA Wire/PA Images
Ipswich Town managing director Ian Milne has spoken of his frustration after the Blues’ scheduled match at Derby County in less than a fortnight’s time was postponed at late notice.
Mick McCarthy’s men were due to travel to the iPro Stadium for a Championship clash on Tuesday, September 12, but the Rams will now play a Carabao Cup tie at Barnsley on that date instead.
A series of events have led to this decision which will affect Town fans who have already paid out for their travel to the East Midlands.
Derby’s Carabao Cup first round tie against Grimsby at the start of August was abandoned after 19 minutes because of a waterlogged pitch. That game was rescheduled for August 22, the week of the second round games, with Gary Rowett’s side winning 1-0.
Derby were then due to play their second round tie against the Tykes on September 19, the date of the third round games in the competition, but the EFL have brought that match forward a week in order to make sure the winners can play Tottenham in the scheduled week for third round matches.
Spurs – who are playing their home games at Wembley this season – have Champions League games on September 13 and September 26 so must play their Carabao Cup tie the week in between.
A rearranged date for Town’s trip to the iPro Stadium will be announced in due course.
Milne told the club website: “It’s very frustrating for all concerned, especially our supporters given the short notice but we have no influence on the decision at all. It’s completely out of our hands.”
An EFL spokesperson said: “The EFL would like to apologise to the clubs involved and importantly the supporters of those teams for any inconvenience caused.”
Meanwhile, the Town’s home match against Norwich City on Sunday, October 22 has been selected for broadcast by Sky Sports. Kick-off remains at midday.
• Martyn Waghorn has been voted Town’s Player of the Month for August. The striker, recruited from Rangers for a reported £250k, scored four goals in his first three league games for the Blues.