NEW Blues striker Aaron McLean has apologised after launching a scathing attack on Ipswich town centre.

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The 29-year-old signed for Ipswich on Friday, joining on loan from Championship rivals Hull City for the rest of the season.

But while out shopping yesterday with team-mate David McGoldrick – who also joined the Portman Road club on loan on Friday – the footballer took to social media website Twitter to describe his thoughts on the town.

The forward tweeted to his 15,000 followers: “Just walked round Ipswich shopping centre wiv [sic] #Mcgoldrick and to say the shops are dead is an understatement! London it is!!!”

In a series of further messages, which appear to have been subsequently deleted from his Twitter account, he also said Ipswich made Hull look like Oxford Street. His comments are all the more damning because Hull was voted as the worst place to live in the UK in a Channel 4 poll in 2005.

However, McLean later posted an apology on Twitter, saying: “Anyone taken offence to me saying the shops in Ipswich are rubbish I apologise.

“I’ve been coming to Ipswich for 10 years and my lil sis is from here so it’s banta [sic] wiv [sic] us. Please don’t take it the wrong way. Club wise it’s brilliant and I’m buzzing to be here.”

Councillor David Ellesmere, leader of Ipswich Borough Council, said: “He is clearly new to the town and is still finding his way around, but I would be more than happy to show him around the centre and show him all the great gems we have to offer.

“But I think he should be concentrating his efforts on the pitch.

“Like all town centres Ipswich is suffering because of the tough economic climate but we are working very hard to try to improve the situation.”

When McLean joined the Blues on a temporary basis, he said he was “delighted to be joining such a good club” – adding: “You never know what’s going to happen in the future.”

Meanwhile, Ipswich supporters were quick to reply to their new striker on Twitter.

@KesHawkins‏ offered some advice, saying “simply shop online and stop moaning then.”

‏@Kieron_Wegg warned McLean, “I am afraid you will have to get used to that!”, while @Pablobirdman tweeted McLean “welcome to the perils of clothes shopping in Ipswich. Thank god for Internet shopping!!”

Ipswich Central chief executive Paul Clement said: “I am sure Mr McLean would prefer I did not comment publicly on his footballing performances and therefore I am surprised that he has chosen to send these off-the-cuff comments publicly.”

Ipswich Town declined to comment.

What do you think? Was Town’s new striker wrong to criticise our town centre? Let us know by commenting below.

45 comments

  • Nice to get a balance to the comments from Scott Brock, and surprisingly I am in total agreement with his comment, ". I would agree Ipswich is rubbish for men's clothing... but there are a few places to a go". In fact one can go to Bury St Edmunds, Colchester, Norwich, Cambridge etc, for quality retailers.

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    england1770

    Thursday, January 10, 2013

  • Having returned to Ipswich for a visit home 2 years ago we found the Town in a shocking state. Croydens had moved the Great White Horse was no longer Great but turned into cafejunk shop. Far to many mobile phone shops and 2nd hand stores. Shame on the Councillors who have made what was a pretty homily Ipswich Town into a place we will never want to see again.

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    chris

    Thursday, January 10, 2013

  • @ Citizen - there are many cities in the Uk with smaller populations than Ipswich's - what's your point?

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    Scott Brock

    Thursday, January 10, 2013

  • At last the poor state of Ipswich Town centre is being highlighted for the poor state it is. As a true blue supporter it pains me to say you're better off shopping in Norwich!

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    True Blue

    Saturday, January 12, 2013

  • What a negative headline! Young Aaron is very astute and spoton.Only own goal is by the Star showing how blind they are to reality and to how they are part of the problem by publishing the council and Mr Clements propaganda without question. Until the extent of the problem is recognized by those in power nothing is going to improve.

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    Billy Knowbend

    Thursday, January 10, 2013

  • We all know the town centre is not brilliant - but surely anybody should realise this before they actually move here ?????? Hull is a city with over 4 times the population of Ipswich & their shopping centre reflects this. We are a small market town - but hey have been for a very long time & it should come as no surprise to those that move here for whatever reason. There also seem to be a number of new arrivals who complain that it's 'very flat' - whereas a quick perusal of any atlas would have confirmed this long before they made the decision to live here. Ipswich is what it is - it has it's attractions & faults but surely people should be aware of this before they make the move. As Suffolk people we are proud of our county & welcome incomers - but if those coming in expect to see the hanging gardens of Babylon they will be very much dissappointed .

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    Old Timer

    Thursday, January 10, 2013

  • Let's not worry too much about this. It's always been difficult for the vast majority of footballers to engage brain before opening their mouths, for obvious reasons.

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    floridaboy1

    Thursday, January 10, 2013

  • Yet another person saying what they thought of ipswich is there a message there, If the truth hurts you are on the wrong side of the fence. ipswich town center is a skip and thats to good a word to say what it`s like walking through on any working day, Norwich, Colchester Bury and Cambridge put the town center to Shame.

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    a west

    Thursday, January 10, 2013

  • Ipswich with a population of 138,000 a "small market town"? What century do you people live in? Maybe you are getting confused with Bury St. Edmunds since a few of you on here seem to love that place so much.

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    Ken Kernow

    Thursday, January 10, 2013

  • @Scott Brock - City status is not always about population and there is no longer a clear definition. It used to be a town needed a cathedral or two before they could become a city. Nowadays it's about status and there's no easy way to measure population either (Ipswich has more people living there than Cambridge?) Don't tell me that you can compare the two. Ipswich is punching above its weight if it thinks its a city, its a town at best.

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    Citizen

    Friday, January 11, 2013

  • own goal?? the Town is rubbish we have no shops which would draw anyone from other towns here. It is the worst place to shop for mens clothing, The Next stores outside of the centre are the only half decent shops for blokes. It still makes me laugh how the star done a story when we got the iStore, claiming apple was coming to ipswich..

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    Townie83

    Thursday, January 10, 2013

  • I've lived in Ipswich since 1999 and I am quite happy living in here. However at the same time I agree with the majority of comments here that Ipswich town centre is now a dump. Now to avoid the crowds of school kids and asylum seekers I do my shopping for clothes, books and gadgets etc online. By shopping online I suppose I am partly responsible to the closure of shops!

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    CheZee Bell3nd

    Saturday, January 12, 2013

  • Totally agree with RC..

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    Deg

    Thursday, January 10, 2013

  • This is one of the reasons our town centre is a failure... no-body wants to hear the truth! Especially our Labour controlled council!

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    Fat Lady Sings

    Thursday, January 10, 2013

  • as a former worker for jessops, who has just been made redundant. i completely agree with him, the town centre is awful, has been going steadily down hill for a few years now, i agree with other comments made on here that until the people in charge of making the rent rates change their view that they will be attracting 'big name stores' the problem will only get worse, the views of the ipswich central chief is completely narrow minded, but of course we will only expect that from him and of course the star for reporting it a biased as always. This is from someone who has lived here all my life and have worked in the town centre for several years.

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    tonybfcb

    Saturday, January 12, 2013

  • Aaron Mclean does have a point. Ipswich town centre is heading down. I prefer to shop in Colchester or Bury St. Edmunds. Shopping is better there.

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    Andrew Berry

    Thursday, January 10, 2013

  • Poor bloke - being criticised for saying what we all think.And Paul Clements should realise that footballers get slated in the press, on TV and on the fan websites, If his performances are poor he's out of work, can our town centre regeneration "experts" say the same? Ipswich town centre bosses gets off lightly by comparison

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    Citizen

    Thursday, January 10, 2013

  • Perhaps he should go to our much vaunted waterfront where he'll find no shops ... restaurants only... but at least he can fine tune his soccer skills by dribbling around the dog mess. He won't want to trip and fall into the water though unless he wants to count plastic bottles and condoms

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    djay

    Thursday, January 10, 2013

  • ipswich is a shadow of its former self pound shops bookies charity shops.the council are obsessed with the waterfront and have neglected the town for years.

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    gabi

    Sunday, January 13, 2013

  • Small market town? We are the county town of Suffolk. The town centre is abysmal and the council useless. Spend a bit more time and money on the town centre and stop digging up our roads. Why should he apologise for telling the truth. Well done for giving it some publicity.

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    Rex Ide

    Thursday, January 10, 2013

  • IPSWICH DULL HAHA. I bet his scoring rate for ipswich town will be dull to,another flop for the town ?.

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    dummyboy

    Thursday, January 10, 2013

  • Finally someone from the club who speaks the truth. RC couldnt agree more.

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    fence sitter

    Thursday, January 10, 2013

  • He has 1 point there isn't the shops here that use to be but I love my town. I always will no matter what. I'm Loyal to my home town unlike some.

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    IpswichTownFC4Ever

    Thursday, January 10, 2013

  • Poor bloke - being criticised for saying what we all think.And Paul Clements should realise that footballers get slated in the press, on TV and on the fan websites, If his performances are poor he's out of work, can our town centre regeneration "experts" say the same? Ipswich town centre bosses gets off lightly by comparison

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    Citizen

    Thursday, January 10, 2013

  • @Old Timer - Did you say that Ipswich was a "small market town"? be careful Paul Clements doesn't get the Star to wirte an article about you, it was only a few years back that Ipswich Borough Council (laughably) sought CITY status. Bear in mind as well that some people get sent here to work, no choice about it. Google all you want beforehand to find out how flat it is but your job brings you here. The town is a mess along with many many others, some of the inhabitants make it even worse where you wouldn't walk through the town at night like many other towns but Ipswich grandees won't accept this, they keep telling us how great it is. It never will be great, but it could do better.

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    Citizen

    Thursday, January 10, 2013

  • Poor bloke, apologising for being truthful.

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    Anon

    Thursday, January 10, 2013

  • @ working warrier - this isn't his first impression of Ipswich he's been coming here for 10 years!!! He even says he's engaging in a bit of Ipswich banter as a result, and the banter of ipswich is to moan about the shopping is it not? You make a good point in your article about the length of time people live in a place. Of course it becomes boring and other places become appealing. A change is as good as a rest as they say. As for business rates, well they are set by central government. AND there are new retailers coming into town, though so far they are much more female orientated LUSH being a good example. I would agree Ipswich is rubbish for men's clothing... but there are a few places to a go.

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    Scott Brock

    Thursday, January 10, 2013

  • I think he has a point about the town centre.

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    felixblue

    Thursday, January 10, 2013

  • Poor bloke, apologising for being truthful.

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    Anon

    Thursday, January 10, 2013

  • Hull is such a lucky town - they have 8 Tesco stores as opposed to 7 in Ipswich, mind you we have another one opening soon on the Waterfront and that will make it such a better town - as good as Hull surely?

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    Citizen

    Thursday, January 10, 2013

  • own goal?? the Town is rubbish we have no shops which would draw anyone from other towns here. It is the worst place to shop for mens clothing, The Next stores outside of the centre are the only half decent shops for blokes. It still makes me laugh how the star done a story when we got the iStore, claiming apple was coming to ipswich..

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    Townie83

    Thursday, January 10, 2013

  • Factually he is right, Ipswich is a backwater culturally with no quality university like Cambridge or Oxford etc to support it, or thriving professional services industry, so it doesn't attract enough professional or middle class people with money, who would service more upmarket shops, better restaurants and good art and culture. Sure, there are some, but not many. The museum is pathetic, there is no airport, average earnings are below the national average, the town desperately wanted to be a city but failed abjectly. But Aaron is clearly a silly boy for insulting the very fans who will be paying his wages. That said, is it really a surprise that a footballer doesn't engage his brain before firing off twitter remarks? By the content and spelling in his tweets, we're not missing much of any interest. He should do his talking on the pitch.

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    Tom

    Thursday, January 10, 2013

  • Fairpoint, Ipswich is not man friendly, clothes wise i mean, unless yr slimfit even then there's not much choice(topman, burton, river island, next all the same stuff, urban vintage, expensive Debenhams good but limited,animal and yahoo good for summertime) shops seem to be open 1 week n closed the next

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    LeeMunchie

    Thursday, January 10, 2013

  • Arrows McLean is only telling the truth. Ipswich is awful for shopping, thank goodness for the Internet and other towns with more choices then just charity shops, coffee shops, bookies and pound stores. And as for men's shopping yeah it is rubbish I have to do all my shopping online as I can never find what I want in Ipswich.

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    james

    Thursday, January 10, 2013

  • the ipswich council in the face of a prosperous area have for many years neglected the town center. i am not an expert on these matters but ipswich to me as a visitor is full of charity shops estate agents tattoo shops under a pound shops i dont think the council members visit other places and understand the difference between say norwich, bury, and ipswich. im sorry but ipswich center is run down shabby, and run by parish council

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    luigi

    Thursday, January 10, 2013

  • He is entitled to his opinion and is not saying anything that is not true or what alot of other people think. Agree with Citizen...everyone will be slating him if he does not put in a good performance on the pitch. Maybe Councillors should concentrate their efforts on the town centre rather than be worrying about peoples tweets. For a start rather than keep giving planning permission to stores on the outskirts of the town why not give some incentives to stores to be in the town centre.

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    spain25

    Thursday, January 10, 2013

  • He has got a point. The shops aren't great, and the streets are filling with chavs and eastern europeans.

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    RC

    Thursday, January 10, 2013

  • My point Scott is made from someone who lived in Ipswich for many years, but have (as you will be pleased to hear) moved out of Ipswich, but have to work in the town. So as far as both living and leisure go, I do follow your advice and go elsewhere..............as it would appear many many others do or would like to do. One only has to look at the Ipswich Tourist guide book at the Tourist Office to see that it is full of places that are nothing to do with Ipswich. Please enlighten all of the posters here as to what you would include to entice vistors to Ipswich. I should say to entice visitors back, as once they have been here, would they really choose to return over other towns?

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    england1770

    Friday, January 11, 2013

  • @England - I'm sure any of those places would be happy to have you....permanently

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    Scott Brock

    Thursday, January 10, 2013

  • "all the more damning because Hull was voted as the worst place to live in the UK in a Channel 4 poll in 2005" - Hull was voted the worst place to live on things which had nothing to do with its retail offering. But now people will read it and think it equates to Ipswich being the "worst place to live". Well done Ipswich Star, i thought you were running a campaing called "i Love Ipswich"

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    Scott Brock

    Thursday, January 10, 2013

  • Sack Mick McCarthy! - Marcus Evans should appoint May Portas now! ITFC may get relegated but at least the shops will be nice.

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    Citizen

    Thursday, January 10, 2013

  • He has a point, I was recently in Hull and it had all the artisan shops and big names missing from Ipswich.

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    Groovalax

    Thursday, January 10, 2013

  • There are not many people who don't love living in Ipswich, or should i say people who have grown up in Ipswich USED to love living here. The town center is tired and the Councillors are too blind to see it. We all talk between ourselves, at work and at home, about how much we dislike going into town, about how we prefer to go to other towns or city's like Colchester or dare i say it Norwich because the shopping and the vibe that is created in these places is so much more comfortable than staying in Ipswich. McLean only stated, what in all honesty most of us really think behind closed doors. Councillors of ipswich stop making excuses, lower your horrendous rates, encourage new businesses to come here and lets make Ipswich something we can be proud of again. Lets be honest McLean is stuck here for now but if that's his honest first impression of Ipswich then why would any other visitor come back twice?

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    working warrior

    Thursday, January 10, 2013

  • ipswich high street is an abomination for mens clothing, thats all there is to it, if you're female, its fine, theres lots of lovely little independant shops scattered around, nice cafes, delis etc (not the chains), but mens clothes? woeful

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    tony cowling

    Thursday, January 10, 2013

  • Fair comment,Ipswich is a dump

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    mike blunt

    Thursday, January 10, 2013

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