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Chris Brammer

Sports reporter covering Suffolk and north Essex

Around 1,200 school pupils took part in the latest instalment of the Suffolk School Games last week.

Ipswich-based athlete Anton Dixon finished joint-seventh in the Long Jump at the Canadian Track & Field Championships, in Ottawa, on Saturday.

It’s not every day you get to share a bowling green with an FA Cup winner.

Ian Marshall admitted he used to ‘hate’ pre-season as a player, ahead of his former side Ipswich Town kicking-off their pre-season friendly schedule at Drogheda United this afternoon.

Ipswich Town take on League of Ireland side Drogheda United on Saturday, keeping up with the recent tradition of playing pre-season games in the Republic of Ireland.

Former Ipswich Town skipper Terry Butcher has heralded the arrivals of midfield duo Tom Adeyemi and Emyr Huws.

Ipswich Town youngsters Ben Morris and Conor McKendry have joined up with the Blues squad in Ireland, ahead of the team’s first pre-season friendly of the summer, at Drogheda United tomorrow.

Former Blues striker Ian Marshall would like to see a big targetman ruffling defenders’ feathers at Portman Road next season.

Ipswich Town duo Josh Emmanuel and Kieffer Moore remain season-long loan targets for League One side Rotherham.

More than 150 Ipswich Town supporters have applied to be part of the Blues‘ ‘Voice of the fans’ panel.

Ipswich Town midfielder Andre Dozzell starred for England’s Under-19s as the young Three Lions team defeated their Dutch counterparts, 1-0, at the UEFA U19 European Championship, in Georgia, on Thursday.

Ipswich Town play their first pre-season friendly of the summer tomorrow, when Mick McCarthy’s men face League of Ireland side, Drogheda United, in a friendly at United Park.

Ipswich-based Paul Bugg says his managerial career is all but over after he quit Thurlow Nunn Division One side, Diss Town, after just 42 days in charge.

Ipswich Town boss Mick McCarthy will run the rule over a number of the Blues’ young prospects, against League of Ireland Premier League side, Drogheda United, on Saturday.

Ipswich Town target Jordan Hugill could be set to team-up with his former manager, Simon Grayson, at Sunderland, according to reports in the North East.

Ipswich Town’s bitter rivals, Norwich City, have made an official enquiry for ex-Blues striker, Daryl Murphy, according to the Northern Echo.

With Ipswich Town set to play their first pre-season friendly of the summer, at Drogheda on Saturday, CHRIS BRAMMER explains why the summer period is crucial, despite Mick McCarthy’s disdain for it.

Rumoured Ipswich Town target John Marquis has turned down a new, improved contract at League One side, Doncaster Rovers.

Ipswich Rugby Club have rung the changes during the close season and are looking forward to the new campaign in London 2 North East.

Stowmarket Rugby Club have appointed John Holton as the new first-team coach at Chilton Fields.

Leiston manager Glenn Driver believes Kyle Hammond would be challenging for a place at Ipswich Town, and not plying his trade in the Bostik Premier, had he not been hit by injuries.

Ipswich Town legend Frans Thijssen hopes the Blues will play to new signing Bersant Celina’s strengths, after the Kosovan winger flourished in the Dutch top flight.

Former Ipswich Town favourite David Norris says ‘life-changing’ money and a set-to with Jim Magilton saw him move to the Blues from Plymouth in 2008.

Terry Butcher believes Ipswich Town still need to replace Tom Lawrence, but says it’s not imperative the club wrap up their transfer business before the new Championship season starts.

Leiston manager Glenn Driver admitted his decision to release Gareth Heath was not taken lightly, but says his new signing, Chris Henderson, can have just as big an impact at Victory Road.

New Ipswich Town winger Bersant Celina hopes his temporary stay at Portman Road can be as successful as his loan stay in Holland.

Ipswich Town have emerged as favourites to sign Reading’s 23-year-old striker, Dominic Samuel, according to reports in The Sun this morning.

Anton Dixon wants to give something back to Ipswich.

Ipswich Town have completed the season-long loan signing of Manchester City winger, Bersant Celina.

It was only two years ago that Anton Dixon decided to take up the long jump seriously.

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