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Chris Brammer

Sports reporter covering Suffolk and north Essex

Nearly 60 per cent of Ipswich Town fans would like to see Luke Chambers start in the heart of the Blues defence, alongside Adam Webster, when the Championship season begins next Saturday.

Ipswich Town boss Mick McCarthy won’t sacrifice results to satisfy supporters’ thirst for more attractive football at Portman Road this season.

Colchester United manager John McGreal insists his players still have a lot of room for improvement, ahead of the U’s League Two opener at Accrington Stanley, next Saturday.

Summer signing Joe Garner scored his sixth goal of pre-season as Ipswich Town defeated Colchester United, 1-0, in a friendly at the Weston Homes Community Stadium on Tuesday evening.

Mick McCarthy has named a team mixed with youth and experience for tonight’s pre-season friendly at Colchester United.

Ipswich Town head to local rivals Colchester United tonight, as the Blues’ preparations for the new Championship season step up a notch.

Scorelines may not matter during pre-season, but the manner of performances and the attitudes of players in friendlies, such as tonight’s at Colchester United, do. Chris Brammer looks ahead ​to the game in Essex.

The no.9 shirt at Ipswich Town has been left vacant after the Blues announced their squad numbers this morning, while Mauritian midfielder Kevin Bru has not been handed a number.

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.

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