Ipswich Town Club Profile
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Ipswich Town : Club Background
Ah, remember the days when we were on a par with Ipswich Town, Non-League outfits in the Southern League together? Nope, me neither. In the last season we met competitively, 1937-38, Ipswich finished third and got elected to the Football League whilst Yeovil & Petters United finished two points behind in fourth and er, didn't - as per usual. Although The Blues (The Tractor Boys is a modern nickname) took three out of the head to head four points in the league it was Yeovil who dumped them out of the F.A. Cup 2-1 in the First Round Proper, and went on eventually to lose 3-0 at Old Trafford in the Third Round. So, a 100% record against Ipswich Town in cup competitions to defend.
The Cobbold Stand Upper Tier and our travelling support from 2005
Photo © 2005 Ciderspace
Ipswich Town were formed in 1878 by the Cobbold family, local brewers. The Cobbold family kept their connections with beer going through various twists and turns, latterly as Tolly Cobbold, until the last brewery was bought up and closed down in 2002 by Ridley's. The family connection with the club still remains.
The club's early years were spent in local football, with the Suffolk Challenge Cup the first silverware in 1886-87. For the 1888-89 campaign they left their first home at Brook’s Hall and moved to their current location at Portman Road. The following season the game in Suffolk was strong enough to be reorganised into Senior and Junior football, and Ipswich Town won the first Suffolk Senior Cup.
In 1890-91 Ipswich entered the F.A. Cup for the first time, and made it through three Qualifying rounds before falling at the Fourth to the 93rd Highland Regiment.
In 1894-95 Ipswich declined the invitation to become founder members of the Southern League, preferring to continue as amateurs playing a mixture of cup games and friendlies. It wasn't until 1899-00 that they entered their first league competition, the Norfolk & Suffolk League. By 1903-04 they were playing in the South-East Anglian League as well as the Norfolk & Suffolk League, taking the title in the former. By 1907-08 various rows and football politics had seen them resign from both these leagues and they were founder members of the Southern Amateur League. It was not a initially a success, either on the pitch for Ipswich or off the pitch generally. One league game in 1909-10 attracted twelve spectators. Their best achievement during this era was reaching the Semi-Final of the Amateur F.A. Cup in 1913.
After a six year break occasioned by the First World War football returned to Portman Road in 1920. Town remained amateur and finally won the Southern Amateur League in 1921-22. The next high point was reaching the Final of the 1927-28 Amateur F.A. Cup, but they were defeated by Bank of England. Two seasons later they won the Southern Amateur League for the second time. The title was again captured in 1932-33 and 1933-34.
The pressure to move forward and turn professional had been growing for some years, and eventually the threat of a breakaway group forming an alternative club in Ipswich forced the decision. On May 1st 1936 it was agreed to apply to join the (semi-) professional Southern League. The histories of Ipswich Town and Yeovil (& Petters United) would come together - briefly. In their inaugural season Ipswich were Champions. The Glovers finished sixth that campaign. One more season and The Blues were gone. They had failed in their first bid to get elected to the Football League in their title season, but succeeded on their second attempt, replacing Gillingham in the Third Division South.
After the Second World War they needed re-election to retain their place in 1949-50, but in 1953-54 they were Champions and promoted to Division Two. However they were immediately relegated the next campaign. As a result a new manager was brought in, Alf Ramsey. He took them to third in his first season and the title in his second. Three mid-table seasons in Division Two followed before Ipswich were ready to move on again, winning the title in 1960-61 and reaching the First Division. Having taken 83 years to get there they won it at their first attempt.
Such dramatic success had a price, and they lost Alf Ramsey to the England job - for which the English part at least of the nation will remain forever grateful. Sir Alf has a statue outside Portman Road. After a poor season in 1962-63 they were relegated in last place the next year.
In 1967-68 Bill McGarry took them back into the elite as Second Division Champions, pipping Queens Park Rangers, where Alec Stock was General Manager, for the title by a single point. QPR sacked Stock and went down, Ipswich lost McGarry to Wolverhampton Wanderers, appointed Bobby Robson, and stayed up. Robson would keep them in the First Division throughout his tenure. These were great days, with three third places and two runners-up spots, though they never quite clinched the title. However they did win the Texaco Cup in 1973, the F.A. Cup in 1978, defeating Arsenal 1-0, and the UEFA Cup in 1981. Sir Bobby left in 1982 to take the England job. The second statue outside Portman Road is his.
After thirteen years in charge Robson was a hard act to follow, and Ipswich slipped from a club consistently challenging near the top into mid-table, and then out of the First Division altogether by 1986. It took them six seasons to get back, John Lyall taking them to the Division Two title in 1991-92. They thus became founder members of the Premier League.
Two seasons of struggle finally saw Ipswich relegated at the third time of asking. For the next five seasons they were there or there abouts but couldn't get through the play-offs. In 1999-2000 they managed it, defeating Barnsley 4-2 in the penultimate club game ever staged at the old Wembley. The first season they finished fifth and were back in Europe. The next season they were relegated, with the 2001-02 campaign being their last sight of top flight football.
Since then they have missed out in the play-offs twice, losing to West Ham United on both occasions in 2003-04 and 2004-05. Thereafter they've not really looked like regaining their top flight spot, and in the past four seasons have occupied a fairly consistent lower mid-table slot - 15th, 13th, 15th and 14th currently shows what sort of a side they are - too good to get seriously involved in relegation scraps, but at present not good enough to worry the serious promotion candidates.
An angled view of the Cobbold Stand Upper Tier
Photo © 2005 Ciderspace
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|Ipswich Town : We've Met Before|
|Previous Results for Yeovil Town First Team vs Ipswich Town
|23/08/2005||Away||CC1||W||2-0||11299||Way 45, Gall 87|
Results Summary For Yeovil Town First Team vs Ipswich Town
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Ipswich Town : Club Statistics
Highest League Attendance: Not Applicable
Lowest League Attendance: Not Applicable
Average League Attendance: Not Applicable
CURRENT LEAGUE SEQUENCE STATISTICS
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Ipswich Town : Club Information
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Telephone Number : 01473 400500
Fax : 01473 400040
Managing Directors : Ian Milne and Jonathan Symond
Fixtures Secretary : Sally Webb
Press Officer : Steve Pearce
Manager : Mick McCarthy
Capacity : 30,311
Seated : 30,311
Covered Terrace : N/A
Colours : blue shirt with white sleeves, white shorts, blue and white socks
Record Attendance : 38,010 v Leeds United, F.A. Cup R6, 08/03/1975
Nickname : The Blues, but more recently The Tractor Boys
Ticket Prices : The away fans area is situated on the Portman Road side of the Stadium at the south end of the Cobbold Stand (Upper Tier, Blocks V1 and V2). This holds 1,700. It gives a side on view at one end of the ground (i.e. much like the Screwfix Stand away allocation at Huish Park). Tickets for our 2013-14 fixture are on sale from the Huish Park ticket office and are as follows:
Adults: £26.00; Concessions: £19.00; Under-16s: £10.50.
If you purchase your tickets on the day of the game, you will pay the following prices:
Adults: £28.50; Concessions: £21.50; Under-16s: £12.00.
Concessions apply to Over-60s, Under-20s, NUS Card carrying students and disabled supporters.
In the club owned car park there are 40 bays for disabled drivers, pretty much on a first come first served basis, or phone ahead. The other two car parks are council pay and display and have no provision. There are 120 wheelchair spaces in the stadium but none in the Cobbold Stand, so you won't be able to sit with your own supporters. The 12 places designated for away fans are in the East of England Cooperative Stand that is on the opposite side of the ground. Access is by ramp. There are 60 places for the ambulant disabled, low level counters and purpose built toilets, but these are all in the designated areas, so none in the away sections. For the visually impaired there are 12 seats open to home and away fans with connection to the Hospital Commentary Service. These are all at the back of the Cobbold Stand. Portman Road's Disability Liaison Officer is Warner Duff who can be contacted on 01473 400556 or via firstname.lastname@example.org if you need any special arrangements for the game.
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Ipswich Town : Directions To The Ground
Yeovil Town fans from our 2005 visit in the Cobbold Stand Upper Tier
Photo © 2005 Ciderspace
444 miles there and back from Yeovil. On top of that Ipswich and Norwich must be the largest towns (city in Norwich's case) furthest from a motorway in all of England.
From the South
You are most likely to be approaching Ipswich up the A12 (dual carriageway throughout). At the junction of the A12 and A14 south of the town take the A1214, signposted Ipswich. Over the next two and a half miles (dual carriageway for about the first mile and a half) pass through five sets of traffic lights and two roundabouts (not in that order). At the third roundabout take the third exit into West End Road (A137). This is signposted 'Football Ground'. Portman Road Stadium is less than a mile down on your left and clearly visible. Look out for the first parking on your right before you get to the ground.
From the North
Unless you live in the depths of East Anglia near the North Sea you are most likely to be appoaching Ipswich on the A14. On the outskirts of the town drop off the A14 left onto the A1156. Go through two roundabouts and continue another mile and a half until meeting the A1214. Turn right onto the the A1214 and follow the road round for half a mile to the first roundabout. Take the second exit into West End Road (A137). This is signposted 'Football Ground'. Portman Road Stadium is less than a mile down on your left and clearly visible. Look out for the first parking on your right before you get to the ground.
There are three car parks around the stadium, with space for around 800 cars in total, two pay and display and one pay on admission. Suggestions are New Portman Road (Postcode: IP1 2BP), Ipswich Village (Postcode: IP1 2DZ). Sample pricing is £3.30 for three hours and £4.60 for four hours. However, a number of Ipswich car parks owned by the Borough Council are putting charges down to just £1.00 in a special offer (between September - November 2013) so check the signage upon entry and hopefully you'll save yourself a bit of money.
Portman Road is in the town, so there are a number of multi-storey town centre car parks within ten minutes walk.
On street parking is extremely scarce close to the stadium. Be prepared for quite a trek if that's the option you choose.
There are two stations in Ipswich, Ipswich Station and Derby Road, and one on the northern edge of the town, Westerfield. Ipswich Station is what is needed for the ground. The stadium can be seen from the station and is less than five minutes walk.
Leaving the station via the main entrance, walk directly ahead over the bridge towards the Town Centre. Cross the A137. After Staples, turn left into Portman Road. That's it.
Trains are One Railway out of London Liverpool Street. Three trains an hour throughout the day, with extra services at 'rush hour'. The fastest leave on the hour and take roughly just over an hour. For the slower stopping trains add anything up to twenty minutes more to that. The last trains back to London are the 22.23 (arriving 23.48) and 22.43 (arriving 00.05). There is of course no possibility of getting back to Yeovil after an evening game, and an overnight stop somewhere will be necessary.
There are two Park and Ride schemes which operate around Ipswich. These are situated at Copdock Interchange (junction of A12 and A14, phone 01473 686300 for details) and Martlesham (north of Ipswich, junction of A12 and A1214).
A selection of Ipswich taxi companies can be found here.
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|Ipswich Town : Web Resources|
Ipswich Town Club Website
Ipswich Town's main club website. PTV chain format. Slightly better in content than many others.
Ipswich Town Independent Supporters Trust
This site is also known as 'Ipswich Town 1st' - housing their club's Supporters Trust collective and associated news.
Ipswich Town Mad
Was known as Blues Web and at that time was manned. Now seems to be another of these pointless Mad franchise sites that just reposts PA-fed stuff that you can read on other sites.
Official Ipswich Town Supporters Club
The title of this website tells you what to expect - no football club news, but stuff aimed at supporter gatherings, away days etc.
Pride of Anglia
Hurrah! A proper independent unofficial site. A dying breed these, as the good gets driven out by formulaic dross as elsewhere in life.
Singing The Blues
Sports Network website. Last updated February 2011, so only worth a visit if you want archive info.
This site is still alive - an independent fans site - but appears to have stopped being updated around 2009, and thus is only worth visiting if you're after some archive info.
Easily the most active of Ipswich's independent websites and the good news is that it's not hosted on a chain platform. These are a dying breed and visiting them should be encouraged.
|Web Message Boards|
Tractor Boys Town Talk
Not to be confused with the website that is called Tractor Boys, this is on a slightly different URL and only hosts a forum.
Message board running as an off-shoot to the TWTD independent website.
E-Mail Mailing Lists and Newsletters
On-line dedicated section for Ipswich Town from the Ipswich Star.
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Ipswich Town : Food & Drink
Portman Road is a town ground, not out on a trading estate or in the middle of the countryside. As such the whole of the town centre is available, within ten to fifteen minutes walk, with dozens and dozens of pubs, bars and eating outlets. Obviously some will have their own rules and won't like colours, or even football supporters per se. We've tried to list enough below to cover most tastes, but give no guarantees on admittance. The local Police have various restrictive policies they can implement for certain matches but we'd be surprised if they get over excited by our visit.
Greene King, based in Bury St Edmunds, is the biggest brewer in Suffolk. In recent years it has expanded into a 'super-regional' swallowing up smaller breweries in the process. It now owns over 1,700 pubs and supplies another 3,000 outlets. Its stable of beers includes some classic names such as Abbot, Ruddles, and Old Speckled Hen, but increasingly living on their reputation in this author's opinion. Standards and quality are sadly falling. Their website can be found here.
Adnams is the second largest brewer in the county and can be found by the sea in Southwold. It has 85 pubs and supplies around another 750. In terms of its beer it's doing all the things right that Greene King has been doing wrong. Although production has been expanded quality has not suffered due to volume. And it is still maintaining an interesting range of seasonal ales. Go here if you want to find out more about the brewery and its beers.
There are about another dozen small and micro- breweries in Suffolk. One we would particularly recommend is Nethergate, based at Clare (though moving). Established in 1986 it is an innovative brewery that has set new trends and styles, rather like the Hop Back Brewery, which fans from the West Country may be more familiar with, has. For a brewery this size to have had two Champion Beers of Britain in the last twenty years is mightily impressive. If you see it, try it.
Club Bar :
Dependent upon the number of visiting fans there will be one bar or more open for away supporters which sells alcoholic drinks (before kick-off only). The usual sort of soft drinks, hot drinks, pies and snacks are available inside the stadium. Mobile catering outlets are located in the vicinity of Portman Road outside the stadium.
Local Pubs :
|Black Horse Inn: Just a few minutes walk from the ground, but not right on the doorstep so less likely to be completely packed with home fans. Juke box is 60's to 80's rock and heavy metal so attracts the biker types at weekends. Above average range of drinks. Food served. Opening hours 11.00a.m. - 11.00p.m. with an hour extension on Saturday nights. On Sundays they open at 6.00p.m. - 10.00p.m.|
Black Horse Inn, Black Horse Lane, Ipswich, Suffolk, IP1 2EF. Tel: 01473 214741. Map: Click Here.
|Dove Street Inn: Sister pub to, and about five minutes further from the stadium than, the Milestone Beer House (below). The pub was refurbished and reopened in 2004 and has developed well, winning the Great British Pub Awards Cask Ale Pub of the Year for 2013. Ten real ales, and a wide selection of hot food. Any pub that splits its drinks selection into "Hand Pumps" and "Fizz" gets the thumbs up from us!|
Dove Street Inn, 76, St. Helens Street, Ipswich, Suffolk, IP4 2LA. Tel: 01473 211270. Website: Click Here. Map: Click Here.
|Fat Cat: Only really likely to be of use if you are alighting at Ipswich Derby Road Railway Station for some reason, about ten minutes walk away, as the football ground is two miles from the pub. The tap room serves around twenty different real ales a week by gravity, with up to fifteen on at any one time. The policy is to ensure a number from the locality are always available. They also do a number of foreign bottled beers, with Belgian beers specifically listed. No food available on Saturdays, and only minimal 'pub snacks' on other says. Despite the beer garden, they have a strict no dogs and no children policy. They also promise explicitly, no televisions, fruit machines or music. Opening is 12.00 noon - 11.00 p.m. weekdays, 11.00 a.m. - 11.00 p.m. Saturday and 12.00 noon - 10.30 p.m. Sunday.|
Fat Cat, 288, Spring Road, Ipswich, Suffolk, IP4 5NL. Tel: 01473 726524. Fax: 01473 424526. Email: email@example.com. Website: Click Here. Map: Click Here.
|Greyhound: Busy two bar pub just off the town centre and around 20 minutes walk from the ground. Varied home cooked menu on the chalkboard served lunchtimes and evenings. Beers are from the Adnams brewery, plus guests. Terrace at the back and some parking. They provide sponsorship for Ipswich's Youth Academy and recently hosted a launch for Blues fanzine Turnstile Blues, so are very supportive of their town's football club. Opening is 11.30a.m. – 2.30p.m. 5.00p.m. – 11.00p.m. Monday - Thursday, with 11.30a.m. - midnight (Friday) and 11.30a.m. – 11.30p.m. (Saturday) and 11.30a.m. – 10.30p.m. (Sunday) over weekends.|
Greyhound, 9, Henley Road, Ipswich, Suffolk, IP1 3SE. Tel: 01473 252862. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Website: Click Here. Map: Click Here.
|Lord Nelson Inn: Down close to the dock/marina, 15 minutes walk east of the stadium and also 15 minutes walk from Ipswich (Main) Railway Station. Adnams pub stocking a wide range of the brewery's beers, regulars and seasonals. Has a pretty extensive menu of bar meals, and also slightly more expensive fare meeting the bridge between pub and restaurant. Food served 12.00 noon until 9.00p.m. Patio town garden. Child and wheelchair friendly.|
Lord Nelson Inn, 81, Fore Street, Ipswich, Suffolk, IP4 1JZ. Tel: 01473 254072. Fax: 01473 219904. Email: Info@lord-nelson.co.uk. Website: Click Here. Map: Click Here.
|Mulberry Tree: Was known as the Milestone Beer House but has disappeared and then reopened in March 2012 under the original name of the pub. Its former guise used to do good food, but as yet they're just concentrating on the beer - up to 16 real ales and up to 8 scrumpy cider offerings. Opening hours 12.00 noon until 11.00p.m. If you can successfully navigate through the back streets it's less than ten minutes walk to the ground. Children and dogs are welcomed, provided they're well behaved.|
Mulberry Tree, 5, Woodbridge Road, Ipswich, Suffolk, IP4 2EA. Tel: 01473 252425. Email: email@example.com. Map: Click Here.
|Plough Inn: Unexceptional town centre pub a third of a mile from the stadium. Standard range of drinks, with some mainstream real ale. Has satellite TV, pool table, beer garden, unspecified facilities for disabled people and a family room / play area. Food served 12.00 noon - 7.00 p.m. Monday to Saturday. Opening 12.00 noon - 11.00 p.m. Monday - Wednesday, 12.00 noon - 12.00 midnight Thursday - Saturday. Closed all day Sunday.
Plough Inn, 2, Dogs Head Street, Ipswich, Suffolk, IP4 1AD. Tel: 01473 288005. Map: Click Here.
|Punch & Judy: Younger children in tow and time to kill? This is a Fayre and Square pub with Wacky Warehouse attached a few minutes walk from the ground in the Cardinal Entertainment Park. Naturally children are allowed (until 9.30 p.m.) Patio area, wheelchair access, adapted toilet, baby changing facilities, car parking 60 spaces, disabled car parking 8 spaces. Opening is 11.00 a.m. - 11.00 p.m. with food served 12.00 noon - 9.30p.m. What else is there to mention? Oh, said nothing about the drink. Carling, Carlsberg, Stella, Tetley Smooth, Guinness, Strongbow Cider. Hmm, should have let it remain unsaid really.
Punch & Judy, 41, Grafton Street, Ipswich, Suffolk, IP1 1UZ. Tel: 01473 210979. Website: Click Here. Map: Click Here.
Riverside Hotel: This has had a name change in November 2011 - it used to be more simply known as the Station Hotel. That will tell you that it's situated right outside Ipswich (Main) Railway Station, and as such 500 yards from, and within sight of, the stadium. Much frequented by and thus used to away fans, though tolerant rather than overtly welcoming. A fairly standard establishment whose main recommendation is its convenience - don't be fooled by thinking that the word "Hotel" is going to give you a posh location. Courage Directors and Best, plus a guest sometimes. Keg is Fosters, Kronenbourg, John Smiths Smooth, Guinness and Strongbow Cider. Has two TVs and two big screens showing sports, a pool table and a juke box. Beer garden, wheelchair access and limited car parking for about fifteen vehicles. Opening is Monday - Saturday 11.00 a.m. - 11.00 p.m., Sunday 12.00 noon - 10.30 p.m. Obviously for an evening game you'd be sharing it with the commuters dropping in for one or two before heading home or further into town.
On the way from the station to the stadium.
© Hugh Gleave
Riverside Hotel, Burrell Road, Ipswich, Suffolk, IP2 8AJ. Tel: 01473 602664. Map: Click Here.
|Spread Eagle: Traditional old-fashioned local on the fringe of the town centre. No food or gimmicks. Usual range of drinks including the odd real ale. The pool table is in a separate room. Beer garden. Not far from the college so tends to attract students. Ten minutes walk at most from the stadium. Opening 12.00 noon - 11.00 a.m.|
Spread Eagle, 1 - 3, Fore Street, Ipswich, Suffolk, IP4 1JW. Tel: 01473 256338. Map: Click Here.
|The Cricketers: About 100 yards from the other Wetherspoon (below), so also around five minutes from the ground. Doesn't have own parking.|
The Cricketers, 51, Crown Street, Ipswich, Suffolk, IP1 3LD. Tel: 01473 225910. Website: Click Here. Map: Click Here.
|Wetherspoons: Name rather gives it away. Five minutes walk from the stadium. Doesn't have parking.|
Wetherspoons, 10, Corn Hill, Ipswich, Suffolk, IP1 1DB. Tel: 01473 210334. Website: Click Here. Map: Click Here.
Likelihood the Natives Will Understand You :
Conversations about the respective merits of Massey Ferguson and John Deere may while away the odd hour or two so check that subscription to Classic Tractor is up to date. Apart from that the chances of finding someone old enough to have memories of the last time our football worlds occupied the same planet in the Southern League are remote.
All that matters out there on the prairies is what the scummers to the north are doing. All that matters in N*rw*ch is what the scummers to the south are doing. When the duelling banjos start up get out of the crossfire.
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Ipswich Town : Local Amenities
Local Guesthouses and Hotels
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Other Points Of Interest
Ipswich has the standard range of facilities, entertainment and nightlife one would expect of any place its size, but if there's anything special one would go out of one's way to see or experience it has completely passed me by. The only good reason to halt in Ipswich is that keep on eastwards and you'll end up in Felixstowe. DON'T DO IT!
[No responsibilty is taken for any inaccuracies. This page is entirely the product of bias and prejudice.]
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