We caught up with former England and Ipswich player Terry Butcher ahead of his old team's trip to Carrow Road for the East Anglia derby.

28 Feb 2015

Ipswich have continued their form throughout this season, and Norwich are on a great run too, how do you see the East Anglian derby panning out?

Norwich will be buoyed by a five game winning streak that has taken them well into the playoff positions as well as knowing that the Canaries have beaten Town in the last three meetings.

On current form City is the outstanding team in the top six, and a 1-0 victory back in August at Portman Road should give Norwich plenty of confidence and belief.

However, Ipswich smashed four past Birmingham on Tuesday and Freddie Sears and Darryl Murphy have gelled well, just at the right time to encourage the Blues' fans.

Have Ipswich got the strength in depth to go the distance and make it to the Premier League automatically? Or do you think Mick’s team will be happy with the playoffs?

I believe that Town has the squad to take it into the playoffs, definitely, and to finish in the top two, as no one, apart from Norwich lately, has been able to string a consistent run together.

However, after the start of the season left the team at the wrong end of the table, to get into this position having only spent £10,000 on the entire squad speaks volumes for the spirit, organisation and leadership of the team.

Mick has been here before, remember, and knows what it takes to get over the line at the beginning of May.

Mick’s done some great work in the transfer market, which signings do you feel have really made the difference this season?

Virtually everyone Mick has signed has played a significant role in the side this year, but it has been the older Tractor Boys who have done just that bit extra that really stand out.

David McGoldrick has show glimpses of his best form before missing out recently through injury, and he has been partnered up front superbly by Daryl Murphy, who has banged in an outstanding 21 goals so far this campaign.

Cole Skuse has also been dominant in the holding role in midfield with captain Luke Chambers playing well either at right back or centre half.

And if Ipswich are promoted, do you think the will is there at the club to fund more than a survival campaign in the top division?

The club and the fans have waited so long to be back in the big time that the onus will be on Marcus Evans and the Board to ensure that they remain in the Premier League for as long as possible.

Everything is geared up to getting into the top division and I am sure that funds will become available to Mick if, and when, promotion is secured.

However, I do have to say that there will have to be a radical overhaul of the squad if survival is to achieved in the Premier League, and that is also true if Town just fail to get there

What does the East Anglian derby mean to the players on the day?

Having lost to Norwich early on in August really hurt everyone connected to the club, so to go to Carrow Road and win would be perhaps the biggest three points of the season.

And what did it mean to you playing for Ipswich?

It meant everything to me to play for my schoolboy heroes, and to captain Town as well was the icing on the cake. 

Did you play in any memorable East Anglian derbies in your playing days?

Everyone was special and to win was like Christmas Day and your birthday all rolled into one. I have scored in them; lost a semi-final too (1985) and been knocked out in one as well (Justin Fashanu!) But they are always special occasions and the atmosphere will be sensational.

Terry Butcher played for England, Ipswich, Rangers, Sunderland and Clydebank across a 17 year career. In June 2015, 25 years on from one of the greatest moments in England's World Cup history, Terry will be joining Men United on the London to Amsterdam Challenge (12-14 June 2015). You and your mates can join him and create some more great moments to help beat prostate cancer.

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