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A decade of Marcus Evans at Ipswich Town in numbers

PUBLISHED: 17:58 18 December 2017 | UPDATED: 18:03 18 December 2017

Marcus Evans has owned Ipswich Town for a decade. Picture: PAGEPIX

Marcus Evans has owned Ipswich Town for a decade. Picture: PAGEPIX

Today marks the 10th anniversary of Marcus Evans completing his takeover of Ipswich Town. STUART WATSON looks back at the key quotes and statistics.

Who is Marcus Evans?

A self-made entrepreneur who founded his first company – focussed on corporate

hospitality – aged 20 in 1983.

The Marcus Evans Group is a ‘global, multifaceted media, corporate marketing and information company, employing 3000 professionals in 59 worldwide locations’.

Former Ipswich Town chairman David Sheepshanks. Photo: Archant Former Ipswich Town chairman David Sheepshanks. Photo: Archant

The latest Sunday Times Rich List estimated his fortune to be £765m.

In the beginning

On December 18, 2007, Marcus Evans completes his takeover of Ipswich Town Football Club.

He purchases the club’s £32million debts with Norwich Union and Barclays Bank for a reported 20p in the pound and injects £12m in exchange for an issue of new shares, which gave him an 87.5% stake.

“We believe Marcus Evans’ investment provides the best opportunity for this football club to move forward, return to the Premier League and stay there,” said outgoing chairman David Sheepshanks.

Evans, a boyhood Chelsea fan, explained his decision to buy the club in an interview with this newspaper back in August 2015.

He said: “Buying a football club is something I had been thinking about for a while. Ipswich was in an understandable financial state, while I had a closer affinity to Ipswich than any of the other clubs that I was looking at because I had a period of time that I’d lived fairly close to Ipswich, albeit a weekend cottage.

Town sold homegrown striker Connor Wickham to Sunderland for £8.1m in 2011. Photo: Archant Town sold homegrown striker Connor Wickham to Sunderland for £8.1m in 2011. Photo: Archant

“And really, any football fan who grew up in the 70s, whoever you supported, Ipswich was always the Cinderella club back then.”


Season Profit/loss Debt

Roy Keane paid £1.6m to buy Lee Martin from Manchester United. Photo: Pagepix Roy Keane paid £1.6m to buy Lee Martin from Manchester United. Photo: Pagepix

07/08 –£5.8m £28.5m

08/09 –£12.7m £45.5m

09/10 –£14.2m £57m

10/11 –£3.2m £66.6m

11/12 –£16m £72.5m

12/13 –£9.8m £82.4m

13/14 –£7.2m £86m

14/15 +£5.3m £87.2m

15/16 –£6.6m £86.5m

16/17 –£4.3m £89m


Jim Magilton

When: (from takeover - Apr ‘09) Games: P74 W26 D25 L23 Win% 35

Roy Keane

When: (Apr ‘09 - Jan ‘11)

Games: P81 W28 D25 L28 Win% 35

Paul Jewell

When: (Jan ‘11-Oct ‘12)

Games: P86 W30 D18 L38 Win% 35

Mick McCarthy

When: (Nov ‘12 - present)

Games: P258 W100 D72 L86 Win% 39


Season Pos Pts Average crowd

07/08 8th 69 21,934

08/09 9th 66 20,960

09/10 15th 56 20,840

10/11 13th 62 19,614

11/12 15th 61 18,266

12/13 14th 60 17,526

13/14 9th 68 16,654

14/15 6th 78 19,606

15/16 7th 69 18,989

16/17 16th 55 16,981

17/18* 8th 35 16,393

* After 22 games

Most expensive signings

Magilton: David Norris (£2m), Luciano Civelli (£1m), Damien Delaney (£750k).

Keane: Grant Leadbitter (£2.6m), Tamas Priskin (£1.7m), Lee Martin (£1.6m), Carlos Edwards (£1.3m).

Jewell: Michael Chopra (£1.5m), Paul Taylor (£1.5m), Jay Emmanuel-Thomas (£1.1m).

McCarthy: Emyr Huws (£1m), Joe Garner (£750k), Jonas Knudsen (£300k), Martyn Waghorn (£250k).

Most expensive sales

Conor Wickham (£8.1m), Tyrone Mings (£8.1m), Aaron Cresswell (£3.75m), Daryl Murphy (£3m), Jon Walters (£2.75m).

In it for the long haul...

Speaking in August 2015, he said: “I always looked at the club as a long-term investment. From an emotional point of view you want to get promoted immediately. From a financial point of view, as the Premier League monies were getting greater and greater, the time over which you could actually get a return on your investment actually lengthened.

“If we get promoted within 15 to 20 years I think there would still be an opportunity to get one’s money back.

“It’s never been a case of me feeling that I need to change tack completely from what I was trying to achieve. It wasn’t that I thought ‘if this doesn’t work now, I don’t want to do this’.

“I’ve always felt that I will continue to be around for as long as I can invest to get us promoted. There is a long-term plan in my mind for that.”

Five-year plan

In January this year, Evans outlines a five-point strategy in a 2,000 word self-penned programme article.

1 – ‘To provide a significant ongoing financial commitment to the club’s academy, enabling a steady flow of players into the first-team’

2 – ‘To provide a sustainable and competitive squad salary budget’

3 – ‘To make annual investment funds available to purchase players in the early stages of their career and to assist in their development’

4 – ‘Maintaining a stable management and coaching team’

5 – ‘To develop a team to play attractive and exciting football’

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The incident took place on Wellington Street, near Norwich Road, this afternoon.

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