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An Evening with Terry Butcher
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.
One of the problems some fans face is getting to the game, and the cost of travelling.
If you live closeby to one of the locations where our supporters branches run a coach to home matches you may wish to consider travelling by coach - see the TRAVEL page in this website for full details. A few of our branches run a coach to home matches, and in some instances away matches with very affordable fares and in a friendly atmosphere.
ITFC have joined forces with myfanzone. Please check out the link below and pass it on to others, there are currently 300 active fans using the service. Neilos’ aim is to hit the 1000 members mark by this Christmas. Please give him a hand and in doing so - assist others who may enjoy a lift, or giving a lift to others, making new footie friendships, helping finances etc. etc.
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.
ITFC Education Programme
Town boss Mick McCarthy and midfielder Cole Skuse were at Coldfair Green Primary School in Saxmundham on Monday 13th October 2014 to launch a new education initiative aimed at inspiring youngsters in literacy.
Full details of this initiative can be found on the official Ipswich Town Football Club website, by clicking HERE
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.
ITFC Open Day July 2014
The club made a huge effort with the recent Open Day at Portman Road, with around 500 fans taking part in a squad photo – and every one getting their own souvenir photo as a Thank you. In all, 4,700 fans, many of them families with young children, took part in activities on the field turf, watched training and patiently queued for autographs. Mark Murphy presented his Radio Suffolk show live, and we saw Town Legends John Wark and Terry Butcher signing for hour after hour.
Our Supporters Club stand gave out hundreds of badges, stickers and fixture lists to young and old fans alike.
The Three Arrows pub, Heaton Park, Manchester
Here is an email received from The Three Arrows pub, near Manchester, which may interest our fans who are travelling to any of the away matches in that area during the season:
"We are modern, friendly and conveniently located pub called the The Three Arrows, at Heaton Park near Manchester. We are ideally located at the end of the M66 and 2 minutes from the M60 motorway, so a great stopping point for some of your Lancashire/Greater Manchester based away fixtures..
Whilst at present we don't have SKY, we do have BT Sport where you can watch some of the 12:45 Premier League fixtures.
A game where you may consider using us as a pit-stop are as follows;
Blackburn 2nd May 2015 (25 mins away)
The pub has excellent coach parking and is available pre-booked for away supporters. If coach bookings are made in advance free food will be provided. The Three Arrows features a fine range of beers and lagers to include at least three real ales on at any one time and craft lagers such as Peroni on draught, Estrella on draught and Budweiser on draught and Moretti on draught. We have the facility to accommodate several hundred supporters and you are always guaranteed a friendly welcome.
Please feel free to e-mail your feedback, along with any questions or alternatively to pre-book please telephone the Three Arrows on 0161 643 5278 or the manageress Deanna
on 07717 057176.
Our website is http://www.thethreearrows.co.uk
A book - profits being donated to Colchester Hospital Special Care Baby Unit
You may be interested in a new book, available on Amazon and at locations listed further in this report, and written by longstanding Town fan Graeme Brooke.
Adventures of a Tractor Boy written by life long Town fan and Manningtree Branch member Graeme Brooke is now available on Amazon.
PUBLICITY SHOT (Shows Graeme with the book & Leah with a picture of her when she was in SCBU)
An extract from the book can be downloaded, in PDF format, by clicking HERE
The book has its own dedicated website www.adventuresofatractorboy.co.uk
The author is trying to create a cult thing by getting folk to submit a photo of the book from places around the globe, home & abroad and also alternatively, of any well known person can be persuaded to have their photo with it. These should be emailed to: email@example.com
Whilst thanking everyone for their support to date, may we also request those kind enough to have bought the book to please post a review on either amazon, or the website, however brief as this all helps to spread the word and it is all for a good cause - Colchester Special Care Baby Unit, Colchester Hospital.
The book also has its own facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/adventuresofatractorboy
Ipswich Town Football Club are an official distributor of 'Adventures Of A Tractor Boy'.
Please also continue to follow the books news & travels from around the globe & submit your own photo of the book - full details on the website www.adventuresofatractorboy.co.uk
The book is also on sale at The Brantham Bull Public House on the A137 Ipswich to Manningtree road, and also at Greetings & Gifts in Manningtree High Street.
“Adventures of a Tractor Boy” was published at the end of May 2014 and follows the mad exploits of someone obsessed with getting to their next Town game. It covers the 1970s through to last season – so any Town fan over that period may find themselves mentioned in it at some point!
Graeme had the idea for the book when he was trying to find a way to support the Neonatal Unit at Colchester Hospital after his daughter Leah spent four weeks there, having been born eight weeks premature, weighing just over 4lbs.
Leah, now eight and also a Blues season ticket holder, joined her father along with Town legend Terry Butcher for the presentation of a cheque for £1,150, representing the profit from the sale of 600 copies to date, on Friday 19th September 2014 at the ward.
Terry Butcher was on the front cover of the book, pictured at a pre-season friendly in Ludvika, Sweden in 1984. Terry says "It is great that Graeme has been able to raise much needed monies for a great Charity as a result of his devotion in following Ipswich Town.
The book is a great read and for a fantastic cause and will hopefully sell many more copies. We love the idea of people sending a photo of the book from around the globe into the website to help raise awareness of the book and the charity. Here are some 'photos received to date:
Above left - Avignon, Above right - Underwater !
Above left - Pisa, Above right - Sydney Harbour Bridge
Toronto v Boston Red Sox baseball match
Three Lions and an Anorak - Book
Please see below an email from Andrew Clark who is co-author of "Three Lions and an Anorak". Andrew is offering a discount of £2 for ITFC fans.
I am the co-author of a brand new football book called Three Lions and an Anorak: an England World Cup Quiz Odyssey that has just been released to coincide with Brazil ’14 and am writing to offer a discount for all members of the Ipswich Town Supporters Club who would like to purchase the book.
The book is a light-hearted quizzing journey through the highs and lows of England’s World Cup history and will amuse, entertain and inform England football fans of all ages. It has 30 themed rounds covering questions on a variety of England World Cup-related themes, including goals, gaffes, triumphs, tribulations and even our World Cup songs.
A number of former Ipswich players, as well as one legendary manager, feature within the book.
Three Lions and an Anorak is available to purchase directly from the authors via Chapter Close Books on Amazon Marketplace. The following link will take you directly to this page:
Any Ipswich Town supporter can receive £2 off the cover price of the book by using promotional code – ITFCFANS. To obtain the discount Ipswich Town supporters simply need to follow the above link which will take them onto the Chapter Close Books page on Amazon Marketplace and enter ‘ITFCFANS’ in the ‘Gift Cards & Promotional Codes’ box on the payment page during the checkout process.
Italian Branch in Tournament Action - 31st May 2014
Report by Simone Longo:
Great day Saturday 31st May 2014 for the most important tournament of the year that involving 16 official supporters club of UK teams.
Our objectives were improve the last year performance and finish the tournament in the top 8; and we are pleased to have done it.
We were in the group C with supporters of Manchester United, Aston Villa and Manchester City.
Our team: Fabio Cardillo Piccolino, Emile Delle Foglie, Simone Longo, Luca Capellini, Dario Cristofalo, Ipponello, Andrea Soler, Giacomo Grossoni, Francesco Rezzonico, Andrea Bobbiesi, Caludio Longo, Frank Ferrari, Davide Casati, Francesco Caldarola, Mattia Pirola and Marco Soler.
Our Mascotte: Ipponello!
In the first game we were confident from the start and we beat the red devils for 6 – 1 with goal from Davide Casati, Emile Delle Foglie, Andrea Soler, Dario Cristofalo and a brace from Simone Longo. In the second match we faced the Villans and we were unlucky to lose the game for 1 – 0. The latest match against the Citizen was crucial for passing at knockout stage and goals from Andrea Soler and Dario Cristofalo have allowed us to pass the first round. At the end of group stage we were classified at the second place with 6 points and +7 of goal difference.
Andrea Soler in action vs ManU
In the quarterfinals we faced Everton and we were once again unlucky…in a very balanced game we missing all our occasion and despite a good performance, we are beat for 1 – 0.
Now we were out to the competition for the first place but we could played for a place between 5 and 8th place. A little bit unmotivated for missing the semi final, we were beat (in this case deservedly) 5 – 2 by Tottenham with goal for us from Emile Delle Foglie and Dario Cristofalo. The last game of the tournament were for the 7th/8th position against Liverpool: we just wanted to finish well and honored until the end the tournament and the ITFC shirt. With pride we pulled out the last bit of energy and with 5 goal by Simone Longo, 3 by Dario Cristofalo and 1 by Emile Delle Foglie we defeated the reds for 9 – 0!!!
At the end therefore we finished in 7th place but, more important than result, we really enjoy the game, the spirit of group of our branch and shared our passion with others supporters in a friendship atmosphere!
The team at the closing ceremony: Andrea Soler, Ipponello, Dario Cristofalo, Emile Delle Foglie, Francesco Rezzonico, Luca Capellini. Andrea Bobbiesi, Giacomo Grossoni, Simone Longo, Mattia Pirola and Claudio Longo.
The winners were the Villans that have beat Everton (both our opponents during the tournament): our congrats to them (that admitted at the end that our team was the most hard to beat!) and all the participants!
Australasia Branch - Newsletter
Volume 8, Issue 8 of the newsletter "The Punch Downunder", produced by the Australasia branch, can be downloaded by clicking HERE
Players Awards Evening 2014
The 2014 Players Awards evening was held in The Sir Bobby Robson Suite on Saturday 12th April 2014. Approximately 150 supporters attended the event, which was hosted by the Supporters Club. Tim Edwards was the MC for the awards ceremony.
The player who received the most votes for the 2013 / 2014 Player of the Season was Christophe Berra. Runner up was Daryl Murphy, with David McGoldrick in third place. Christophe (without doubt one of the best free-transfer signings made by Town) was a very popular winner of the award and thanked fans for their support since he joined Ipswich.
David McGoldrick won the Away Match Passport Holders Player of the Year award.
It was recognised that the whole squad had contributed to what has been a very positive season which has seen Ipswich challenging for a Play-Off spot.
As well as awards for the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place, each permanent player who made their debut for Ipswich during the season was awarded with a salva by representatives of supporters club branches who were in attendance. Players who picked up a salva were Tyrone Mings (from the last game of last season at Burnley), , Cole Skuse, Dean Gerken, Frederic Veseli, Christophe Berra, Paul Anderson, RyanTunnicliffe, Stephen Hunt, Sylvan Ebanks-Blake, Paul Green, Jonny Williams and Frazer Richardson.
The Academy player of the year was Kyle Hammond, who has impressed hugely during this season. His award was given to him by June Stroud. Kyle collected his award whilst walking with crutches after his recent injury. The Supporters Club wish him a speedy recovery and we hope to see him in first team squad again next season.
The evening included a superb buffet, and the chance for fans to meet the players, obtain autographs, and to have their photo taken with players. The players were very happy to mingle and chat with the fans and this made for a very enjoyable evening. Mick McCarthy made a great speech, and answered many interesting questions put to him by compere Tim Edwards.
It was acknowledged that since Mick McCarthy became Ipswich Town manager early in November 2012 supporters have seen a massive improvement in results and team spirit, and we all look forward to the remainder of this season and next season with much optimism and enthusiasm.
Many thanks go to Tim Edwards, all the staff of The Sir Bobby Robson Suite, the ITFC Security team in attendance, ITFC and Franc MacKenzie who took photographs for the Supporters Club during the evening.
Here are a some further photographs from the evening:
The ITFC Supporters Club Young Fan of The Season Rachel Goode is pictured here with her parents.
During the Player Awards Evening we raised £555 from the raffle for Team ITFC who are taking part in the London to Amsterdam Cycle Challenge. Team ITFC includes Simon Milton, Alan Lee and ten others. The money raised goes to Prostate Cancer UK and the ITFC Academy
We would like to thank everyone who purchased a raffle ticket in aid of this good cause.
If you were unable to attend the Players Award Evening and would like to support the challenge you can sponsor the team at the following link.
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
South West Branch
The South West Branch have recently enjoyed two evenings where they have had the company of Russell Osman, and Tyrone Mings.
Full details of these events can be found on the South West Branch page in this website, by clicking here: South West Branch
If anyone in the South West area wants to get involved with our branch, or be put on the mailing list, please contact James Farthing by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The South West Branch Facebook page is at this link:
ITFC ITALIAN BRANCH TROPHY 2014 - REPORT
Held on Saturday 05/04/2014
Start from 3:00 pm (local time)
Centro Sportivo Vittorio Pozzo (via Pozzobonelli 4, Milano)
ITFC ITALIAN BRANCH TROPHY 2014
ITFC ITALIAN BRANCH (IPSWICH TOWN)
ITALIAN CELTS (CELTIC FC)
LEONES ITALIANOS (ATHLETIC BILBAO)
ITALIAN BLUE MOON (MANCHESTER CITY)
Semi 1: ITFC ITALIAN BRANCH 3 ITALIAN CELTS 2 (ITFCIB goalscorers: Casati, Bovolenta, S.Longo)
Semi 2: LEONES ITALIANOS 6 ITALIAN BLUE MOON 2
final 3/4 place: ITALIAN CELTS 5 ITALIAN BLUE MOON 3
FINAL: ITFC ITALIAN BRANCH 2 LEONES ITALIANOS 3 (ITFCIB goalscorers: Casati, own goal)
1 LEONES ITALIANOS (CHAMPIONS)
2 ITFC ITALIAN BRANCH (RUNNERS UP)
3 ITALIAN CELTS (3RD PALCE)
4 ITALIAN BLUE MOON
From above from the left:
Luca Capellini, Ennio Bovolenta, Mirko Dalla Rosa, Claudio Longo, Daniele Longo, Fabio Cardillo Piccolino;
Michael Ferrari, Frank Ferrari, Giacomo Grossoni, Simone Longo, Davide Casati.
Report by Simone Longo:
The semi-final against Celts was a spectacular game: we start very well, with confidence and we go 2 -0 for us with goals from Davide Casati and Ennio Bovolenta. The Bhoys come back in the game with a free kick before that Simone Longo puts the ball in the net the for the 3 – 1 for the blues. In the latest minutes of the match the Celts's pressure produced the goal that fixed the score on the final 3-2.
The final vs Leones Italianos has had a tough start for us, and after few minutes we were under 2 – 0, but after a reorganization we had a great reaction and we leveled the score on 2 – 2 (Casati again and an leones’s own goal); both teams try to take the lead in a thriller-final and at the end the trophy goes to Bilbao that won the game 3 - 2. Congrats to our opponents: they deserve it! We are however satisfied for our very good performance!
Longo’s cousins with 2nd place’s cup:
Above: Simone, Daniele, and Claudio
Our ITFC ITALIAN BRANCH cabinet has more trophies than Norwich!
Supporters’ Day 2014 – the biggest and best yet - Saturday 15th March 2014
We enjoyed a really great, and biggest ever, supporters’ day, which stretched over most of the weekend for many. It all started Friday night – we had 13 members of our Italian branch in town, and they took on the more locally-based Punch Drunk at the Goals Soccer Centre. Untypically, the Italians were modest in victory, an 8-7 win in a very well-fought game.
We made an early start the next day, setting up Legends Bar for a lunchtime Q&A, interview, photo and autograph session with David McGoldrick, Frank Nouble, plus joint MD Ian Milne, all expertly hosted by Simon Milton. Many of the children there found the white sleeve of their home shirts a perfect place for autographs – I do hope their mums weren’t too upset when they got home.
Huge thanks to Radio Suffolk and Mark Murphy, who broadcast the lunchtime show ‘Life’s a Pitch’ directly from Legends, with a chance for many fans to get on the air. In addition to the Italians, we also welcomed fans from Northern Ireland, as well as new friends from Australia and South Africa.
There was also a wonderful display of the ITFC “Memories Project”. This is an initiative by Steve Robbins (who also does the hospital radio commentaries of Town games). Steve brought along a selection of old programmes, player cards, books and papers and pictures, and explained how these can be used to help people who are developing memory problems. We are looking to launch this initiative in full towards the start of next season and are looking for volunteers, as well as resources (old programmes, photos, papers etc).
After the match,it was our annual ‘Legends in Legends’ event - we were delighted to welcome newly-inducted Hall of Fame members Paul Cooper and Bryan Hamilton along with Allan Hunter,Mick Stockwell,Ted Phillips, Ray Crawford and John Wark.What a fantastic group of players,each of them playing a massive part in our glorious past,and how wonderful it was to see fans wanting to spend time with them and relive those memories.
As if all that was not enough, Crazee turned up to promote his trot around Ipswich for Sports Relief, and then we were entertained by Irish Band, Bric-a-Brac, with a late opening seeing record sales of Adnam’s superb beers.
Massive "On The Road" evening in Brantham:
Carlos Edwards, Stephen Hunt, Tyrone Mings, Alan Lee, Simon Milton and joint MD Ian Milne attend Supporters Club’s event - at Brantham Bull Public House, Brantham, on the Suffolk / Essex border.
Our latest “ITFC On the Road” event took over the Brantham Bull, as ever devotedly hosted by licencees and season-ticket holders, Paul and Gemma Chenery. In addition to Milts, we also welcomed Carlos Edwards, Stephen Hunt, Tyrone Mings and Alan Lee, all of whom had some great stories for us throughout the evening, as well as chatting to fans, posing for pictures, and signing all kinds of memorabilia.
With Milts and Alan Lee about to embark on the Football League’s Amsterdam cycle run, the evening raised £1,041 for Prostate Cancer charities and the Academy, from raffle and auction. They’ll be joined by James Hacker, known to some as a fan, and to others from contact with the ITFC ticket office. The quiz was not quite as impossible as I feared – it was won with a very, very high score by Clacton Branch members Mark and Lewis. I’d like to say they were given a close run by Carlos Edwards and Tyrone Mings, but that might have been stretching things a bit too far.
ITFC Supporters - Italy Branch - New T-Shirt
This is the new italian branch t-shirt 1936.
The t-shirt is “retro style” 100% peach cotton and the crest is a pocket!
The cost is 30 € (with 10% for Inspire Suffolk)
All size are available (from S to 3XL)
For information or to order send an email to Paolo at: email@example.com
Christophe Berra, Paul Anderson, Alan Lee, and Simon Milton attend Supporters Club’s West Suffolk event - at Bury Town Football Club in Bury St Edmunds
The Supporters Club took ITFC “on the road” to Bury Town Football Club, in Bury St Edmunds on Monday 10th February 2014. The club was well represented, with Christophe Berra, Paul Anderson, and Alan Lee answering questions, posing for photos and signing autographs.
Approximately 100 fans were in attendance.
Former world darts champion Keith Deller was also in attendance and contributed some amusing stories during the evening.
The evening raised £423 for the Academy, through an auction of a pair of tickets for attending a forthcoming match in the directors box, and football shirts recently worn in matches by Christophe and Paul, plus a raffle.
There was a quiz, devised by Supporters Club committee members Nigel Cole and Paul Voller, which tested the knowledge of Ipswich Town.
The Q&A saw fans ask many interesting questions, and they received excellent, interesting, and often amusing answers. All in all it was a hugely enjoyable evening.
Thanks are due to Martin Swallow (ITFC Supporters committee member, and Bury Town fan as well as Ipswich Town fan), and his mate Richie Moss for their hard work at the venue on the day of the event and during the evening at the event.
Thanks are due to Martin Swallow (ITFC Supporters committee member, and Bury Town fan as well as Ipswich Town fan), and Chris Ward for their hard work setting the venue up, and to Richie Moss for doing a great job manning the door at the event.
We are also very grateful to ITFC for the support given to this event.
Thanks are also due to Bury Town Football Club Chairman Russell Ward, his son Chris, and his bar staff for making this event held at their venue the success that it was. We wish Bury Town FC well for the remainder of this season and beyond.
The Bury Free Press interviewed Alan Lee at the end of this event.
A video of Alan responding to the interviewer can be found on the Bury Free Press website at this page:
The Bury Free Press article on this event can be found at this page:
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
Ipswich Town Supporters Club 2013 AGM
The ITSC AGM was held in Legends Bar at Portman Road on Wednesday 30th October 2013. All seven members of the committee put themselves forward for re-election. No other nominations were received. All seven were re-elected to the committee, namely, Elizabeth Edwards (Chair), Rita MacKenzie (Secretary), Stephen Doe (Treasurer), Irene Davey, Paul Voller, Martin Swallow and Nigel Cole.
Following the AGM there was a Q&A with joint MD Ian Milne and Club Secretary and Supporters Liaison Officer Sally Webb. A write up of this can be found at the following link, http://www.twtd.co.uk/ipswich-town-news/23895/milne-still-no-contact-from-fai
ITFC Supporters - Italy Branch - opportunity to purchase polo shirts
In co-operation with CALCIO RETRò (old style football shop in Milan) the Italy Branch of the ITFC Supporters Club have created the new Italian Branch old style polo shirt.
Visit this website for details: http://calcioretro.wordpress.com/2013/10/24/collezione-polo-old-style-per-la-itfc-italian-branch/
- NAVY: M - L - XL
- WHITE: S - M - L - XL - XXL
- BLACK: M - L - XL - XXL
- RED: S - M - L - XL - XXL
- KHAKI: S - M - L - XL - XXL
For order the polo send your enquiry with size and address to:
Here are two photographs of Carlos Edwards modelling an Italy Branch polo shirt:
Here is some information on the ITFC Academy and opportunities for sponsorship as the Club aims for Category 1 status:
The link to the Academy website can be found here http://www.itfcacademy.com/A video has also just been launched on the Academy Vision. This can be found at the following link, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Peo_R_3f9JA#action=share
New White Shirt for Italian Branch
Here are photographs of the new white with logos made by the Italian Branch of the Supporters Club:
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.
Witham Branch - away coach travel question
Message from Secretary, Paul Heath:
I'm Paul Heath, secretary of the Witham branch. a few of us have been chatting and wondering if the new wave of optimism that is flowing around being a town fan at the moment might mean that a few more fans would like to travel to away games on a local supporters coach?
I have spoken to a local coach company that will be happy to take us and would pick up in Witham and Chelmsford, all I need to do now is find if it would be viable this is where I ask for your help in getting the question out to the good folks of Witham and district. Supporters can contact me on 07734 320618 or the preferred route of firstname.lastname@example.org
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:
Ipswich Town Football Archive
Since its launch on 18 August 2012 at the home game against Blackburn Rovers the Ipswich Town football archive project has made outstanding progress. This was clear when the team brought items from the archive to our supporters’ event on 16 March 2013. Supporters enjoyed the opportunity to get up close to rarely seen items including trophies from the 1970’s and an old style leather T ball signed by the 1938/39 team in fountain pen!
The archive project, which has been generously supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) has catalogued and will use the Club's unique collection of football artefacts, programmes, trophies, historic documents, visual images, audio recordings and other memorabilia as a source of inspiration. In particular it will support the ITFC Charitable Trust develop new materials to support its teaching programmes and a range of learning initiatives, particularly in numeracy and literacy where the stories that surround items from the archive offer a strong and exciting motivation to learn. The project is also capturing oral histories on topics and themes thrown up by the archive, researching local history and staging exhibitions from the archive on-line, within the Portman Road stadium and elsewhere.
Overall the project aims to enable local people to explore the links between the development of Ipswich as an urban centre within a predominantly rural county during the 20th century and the inter-related development of the football club from its amateur beginnings in 1878, its progression to professional status in 1936 and its more recent periods of national and international success.
The project is being lead for the ITFC Charitable Trust by Suffolk-based heritage experts Oakmere Solutions Ltd.
To find out more about the Archive project visit: http://www.itfccharitabletrust.org.uk/football-activities/25-what-we-do/180-ipswich-town-football-archive
Can you help the project?: learn more about the Club’s heritage and its place in the local community? Do you have stories or artefacts to contribute and share? If so please let the project know by emailing us at email@example.com. The project team will get back to you. The project is particularly interested to discover more about the history of Portman Road just before and after the two world wars, including match programmes for the period 1936 – 1939, and stories around the move towards professional football in Ipswich during the 1930’s.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.