A group of  Ipswich Town fans are to travel to Germany in a few months to support a promotion-chasing team to continue a special friendship between the two clubs.

A group of Blues are organising a trip to go and watch Fortuna Dusseldorf play in what could be a huge game for the German second-division team.

Ipswich Town and Fortuna Dusseldorf have a special link, formed through fans, with Dusseldorf supporters coming over to Suffolk once a season since 2006 for an Ipswich game.

This year, they visited Ipswich on Saturday, January 13 for the victory over Sunderland at Portman Road.

Now, Town fans are planning to go to the Merkur Spiel-Arena in Dusseldorf to watch Fortuna play against Magdeburg on Sunday, May 19.

The Germans are flying high in their league and could win promotion to the Bundesliga – the top flight – at the end of the season.

Ipswich Star: Nathan (second from right) with fellow Town and Fortuna fansNathan (second from right) with fellow Town and Fortuna fans (Image: Nathan Parris)

Nathan Parris, one of the organisers, said: "It's always a fantastic experience.

"For people that haven't been, it will be one of the best experiences of your life.

"The atmosphere is something else, you go into the stadium, handfuls of beer, flares, pyros, drums, people with microphones, it's crazy and I love it."

Last year, a group of about 60 to 70 people went over to support the German side – and this year Mr Parris is hoping for even more people.

Ipswich Star: Nathan (centre) at the stadium in GermanyNathan (centre) at the stadium in Germany (Image: Nathan Parris)

He added: "Tickets are all sorted through contacts over there, so everyone who registers interest will sit together in the ground, so all people need to worry about it travel and accommodation, but when people register interest I add them to a group chat and offer advice and recommendations so people can travel over together and similar hotels.

"We already have around 50 people interested, so this trip will hopefully be really good."

With the match being on May 19 it is after the English football season has finished, with no EFL Championship play-off fixtures scheduled for that date thus far.

Ipswich Star: Town fans will travel to Germany in MayTown fans will travel to Germany in May (Image: Nathan Parris)

Ipswich, of course, will have hoped to have secured promotion to the Premier League by then.