It’s fair to say that Nelson Oliveira is a player that isn’t liked by the majority of the Ipswich Town fan base at this moment in time.
The forward spent two seasons with their local rivals Norwich City, and has certainly made his feeling clear about what he thinks of the Ipswich supporters.
Oliveira spent time with Reading on loan last season, and definitely made an impact for the Royals as they retained their Championship status.
The forward was subjected to chants from the Ipswich Town supporters in their game against Reading towards the end of last year’s campaign, but Oliveira responded with a goal in front of them, which led to him celebrating in front of the frustrated Portman Road faithful.
Speaking in an exclusive interview with The Tilehurst End, Oliveira spoke out on the relationship he has with the Ipswich Town supporters, and stated that Norwich are still a bigger club than the Tractor Boys.
“I never had an easy relationship with Ipswich fans. One time playing for Norwich I said that we should win the derby because Norwich is a bigger club. Maybe I didn’t look at the stories of both clubs, as I know Ipswich is also a good club. But I still think Norwich is bigger.”
Oliveira then revealed that his ‘yellow and green heart’ came through when he scored against Ipswich last season with Reading, and stated that Norwich will always be bigger than their local rivals.
“I have love for the people of Norwich and for the fans. In my opinion, Norwich will always be a much bigger club than Ipswich. So when I scored that goal, my yellow and green heart came through. I celebrated with a little bit more passion, and it helped us get an important win as well.”
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His comments are certainly going to frustrate the Ipswich Town supporters.
Oliveira is a player that they certainly dislike, and that will have only grown when he celebrated in front of them when scoring the opener for Reading in a crucial win for the Royals last season.
I’m not going to be drawn into a decision on deciding which team is ‘bigger’ at this moment in time, but Ipswich certainly need to show improvement if they’re going to win promotion into the Championship this season.
If they can do that, then it seems likely they’ll face the Canaries once again in league action.