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Player Awards Evening 2015 – a clean sweep for Daryl Murphy
The Supporters Club Player Awards Evening took place in Legends Bar and the Sir Bobby Robson Suite after the Blackpool home game, the 3-2 win getting us off to a good start. The event was sold out weeks in advance, and we collected thousands of votes for Player of the Year around the ground before the game, in addition to the huge online vote.
Huge thanks to BBC Radio Suffolk’s Mark Murphy, who expertly hosted the evening for us, and to Mick McCarthy and the whole first team squad, who made it a night to remember. We held a reception is Legends Bar, with autographs, selfies and chat, before moving downstairs for the awards.
It was no great surprise that Daryl Murphy won the Player of the Year (we’ve waited ages for a striker to win, and he has had such a great season), as well as Platinum Members Player of the Year, and Junior Blues Player of the Year.
Daryl in turn presented the Young Fan of the Year award to Ben King. The Dales Roberts Academy Player of the Year was Teddy Bishop, who has had such a fantastic breakthrough season.
Many thanks to Franc MacKenzie for the photos.
Legends on the Town with James Scowcroft
Our latest Legends on the Town event – the third of the season – saw James Scowcroft as a very late sub for David Wright (who had had to travel up to Huddersfield with the Under-16s). We had another sell-out crowd at Academy sponsors, the Dove Street Inn, for an evening expertly hosted by Simon Milton.
There were many of our Swedish fans present, and questions focused largely on how the Academy is run, and how our coaches (“Scowie” is one of them, of course) work with the players and help them to manage the pressures at the start of their careers.
Many thanks to Iain Blacklaw for the photos.
This letter has been received from The Football Supporters's Federation
Football fans are the cornerstone of the professional and non-league game in England. Regardless of age, disability, gender, race, faith, sexual orientation or any other identifying feature, fans should feel safe and welcome at games.
Kick It Outand the Football Supporters’ Federation jointly launched the ‘Fans for Diversity’ campaign in March 2014, supported by the Premier League’s fans fund, to help target a number of fan initiatives to promote diversity and inclusion across the professional and non-league game.
As a result of a successful year please find attached (click HERE to open in PDF format) our first 'Fans for Diversity' annual report. Should you wish to receive a hard copy of this document please just let me know the best postal address to send this to.
The campaign continues to have funding for any fans lead initiatives. If you think this is something your club's supporter organisations would like to get involved in please pass on my email and ask them to get in touch with any ideas/suggestions to our Diversity and Campaigns Manager Anwar Uddin at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Nina Donkin, The Football Supporters' Federation.
ITFC On the Road - West Suffolk
On Monday 16th February 2015 we held our third – and biggest yet – West Suffolk On The Road event at Bury Town FC. Over 100 fans packed the bar, and enjoyed an evening with Cole Skuse, Darren Ambrose and Alan Lee, all expertly compered by Bury Town (and Ipswich) legend, Simon Milton.
There was a short ITFC quiz, raffle and auction, as well as a chance for all fans to chat to the players and collect photos and autographs. Managing Director Ian Milne was also on the top table, fielded several questions and also chatted informally with fans – he attends almost all our events, giving all fans personal access to the club’s top management.
The evening raised £660 for the ITFC Academy. Huge thanks go to Russell Ward (Chairman of Bury Town), Chris Ward (Bury Town), Martin Swallow (Bury’s stadium announcer) and Nigel Cole of the Bury St Edmunds Branch of the Supporters Club.
Biggest and best Supporters Weekend
Friday 20th February through to Tuesday 24th February 2015
Our 6th annual Supporters Day turned into a whole weekend, with fantastic support from fans around the world and from ITFC as well. We began with six teams competing in a football tournament at Goals, with our Norwegian fans finishing a very close second to a local side captained by Julian Tyndale-Biscoe.
Matchday began with a huge crowd at the Dove Street Inn, for our Q&A with Town MD Ian Milne and Town Legends Mick Stockwell and Terry Butcher. With Mark Murphy broadcasting Life’s a Pitch for Radio Suffolk, we managed to kidnap Kevin Beattie to join the panel – it took them a long time to get him back on air. Fabulous too, that many fans managed to get onto the radio during the programme.
After the match, Bryan Hamiton hosted a Q&A with John Wark and Allan Hunter in a packed Legends Bar – they stayed for autographs, photos and chat, which was hugely appreciated by so many of our fans, both regulars and visitors.
The evening continued in the pubs, restaurants and bars of Ipswich, with our Italian branch enjoying a proper, traditional English curry (thanks to the Dhaka for looking after us so well).
Come Sunday, and the huge group of Norwegians made their way to Bury St Edmunds for a Greene King brewery tour and pub crawl, before stopping off at various hostelries on their way back to Ipswich.
On the Monday, they had a stadium tour as well as a trip up to Playford Road to meet some of the players, before it was their turn to hit the curry trail, again back at the Dhaka.
The weekend officially finished Tuesday night, when we enjoyed that wonderful 4-2 win over Birmingham.
An Evening with Terry Butcher - 4th December 2015
We had a brilliant evening with Town and England legend Terry Butcher at the Dove Street Inn on 4th December 2014. Terry told us some quite hilarious stories from his many years at Portman Road, as well as giving us some fascinating insights into the modern game. It was great also to welcome Tyrone Mings, who turned up to meet Terry, and found himself the subject of one of the questions – Terry was asked what advice he would give Tyrone at this stage in his career, and he responded with an immediate: “Stay!”
Asked about highlights from his international career – 77 England caps – Terry said: “Standing there when the national anthem is played – that’s the best thing”.
Terry also recalled a game at Wembley when he accidentally injured a match official: “I kicked the linesman in the tunnel – just below the kneecap, catching him with the back two studs as I had a stretch. He hobbled the whole game”.
The evening raised funds for the ITFC Academy with entrance, raffle and auction raising £840.
Here are a couple more photographs taken during the evening.
These 4 photographs were taken by Iain Blacklaw.
Fans get a new place to talk football - The Wall
Fans of The Football League now have a new place to talk football following the launch of The Wall on the new-look League website.
The Wall draws together news, pictures, video and social media content from The League and its 72 member clubs, making it an ideal place for fans to find out what is going on around the grounds.
Click HERE for more information.
Bury St Edmunds Branch of ITFC Supporters Club
The Bury St Edmunds branch are running a coach to all ITFC home games again this season. The fares are only £6.00 return for adults & OAP's, and £4.00 return for Juniors and Students.
They pick up and drop off at 9 locations around Bury, including Moreton Hall. The coach parks very close to the ground in Ipswich.
For full details visit the Bury St Edmunds branch page in this website.
NEW COACH TRAVELLERS ARE MADE VERY WELCOME.
Italian Branch YouTube channel - the Italian Branch of the ITFC Supporters Club have a YouTube channel which can be visited at this link: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCHb8lIfs57QbEszJB9nqmjw
Italy Branch - interview with Turnstile Blues
The Italy Branch were recently interviewed by the fanzine Turnstile Blues. The interview can be found at this website location: http://www.turnstile-blues.co.uk
Australasia Branch Newsletters
Volume 8, Issue 8 of the newsletter "The Punch Downunder", produced by the Australasia branch, can be downloaded by clicking HERE
Volume 8, Issue 7 of the newsletter "The Punch Downunder", produced by the Australasia branch, can be downloaded by clicking HERE
Volume 8, Issue 6 of the newsletter "The Punch Downunder", produced by the Australasia branch, can be downloaded by clicking HERE
Volume 8, Issue 5 of the newsletter "The Punch Downunder", produced by the Australasia branch, can be downloaded by clicking HERE
Volume 8, Issue 4 of the newsletter "The Punch Downunder", produced by the Australasia branch, can be downloaded by clicking HERE
Volume 8, Issue 3 of the newsletter "The Punch Downunder", produced by the Australasia branch, can be downloaded by clicking HERE
Volume 8, Issue 2 of the newsletter "The Punch Downunder", produced by the Australasia branch, can be downloaded by clicking HERE
Volume 8, Issue 1 of the newsletter "The Punch Downunder", produced by the Australasia branch, can be downloaded by clicking HERE
These issues, and previous back issues, are all downloadable from the Australasia Branch page within this website.
Football League Guide to Disabled Facilities and Ticketing at Championship grounds
Please find below a link to the Football League Guide to Disabled Facilities and Ticketing at Championship grounds:
ITFC Supporters Forum
A supporters forum has been set up by the football club, the aim of which is to help the Club to improve its performance in a range of areas including retail, ticketing, match entertainment, communications, programmes, safety, security and catering (not a forum for the debate of either on-field/player issues or the Club's finances).
The group which consists of 13 members plus Football Club representatives will meet at Portman Road prior to home fixtures.
If you would like to raise any specific issues for discussion please email email@example.com
Radio Suffolk is after your views on Town matches.
So if your a follower of the Super Blues home or away why not give your view of the game on the Breakfast Show.
If your interested in becoming a fan on the phone then contact Kate Arkell via email or call 01473 340707
If you'd really like to save some petrol money, why not consider lift sharing to matches? Apart from saving on fuel, you'll reduce wear and tear on your car as well as helping to ease congestion. ITFC have a group on the web-site to promote this activity. Not only would this save money for people but also help towards the saveyourenergyfortheblues campaign.
If you don't know anyone locally to share with, why not sign up with Liftshare.org - they can put you in touch with other drivers and passengers willing to car share.