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Blues boss' pledge in memory of Rob

PUBLISHED: 16:04 31 August 2001 | UPDATED: 10:29 03 March 2010

AS Ipswich Town Football Club pledge to do something in memory of Rob Giles, one of their most ardent fans, his band mates, hope it will mean they can pay the most fitting tribute to their friend.

AS Ipswich Town Football Club pledge to do something in memory of Rob Giles, one of their most ardent fans, his band mates, hope it will mean they can pay the most fitting tribute to their friend.

Guitarist Rob, who died with his friend Will Stokes when fire tore through their Felixstowe home on Wednesday morning, dreamed of

playing at Portman Road.

His band, Boot50, had been inspired by Town's victory against Barnsley in the play-offs last year and penned the track, These Are The Days, in tribute to the team.

Rob had made it one of his

ambitions to perform the song at the club's ground and though he will sadly never fulfil that dream, his bandmates, Jonathan Robinson and Jamie and Marcus Legg, hope to accomplish it in his memory.

And Ipswich Town chairman David Sheepshanks has said he hopes to be able to work with them to arrange a tribute to the teenager Marcus described as "the biggest" Town

supporter.

Mr Sheepshanks said: "I was very, very sad to hear of this tragedy and, if the other members of the band get in touch with the club, we will endeavour to do something appropriate in his memory."

Boot50, named after the number of boots on a football pitch including the referee and two assistants, were more than a band focused on writing songs about football and their favourite team.

They were a pop/rock outfit who were on the up and up.

Only days before the fire in Holland Road took the life of Rob and Will, who had moved in to the house only two weeks previous, Boot50 had been talking with one of London's concert promoters following a gig in the

capital.

They had also played the Army & Navy in Chelmsford on Friday and were one of the bands to enjoy a spot on stage at Colchester Free Festival, on Monday, the last time the rest of the band were to see Rob.

Marcus, Jamie and Jonathan are still in shock at the loss of Rob and though they are taking a break from Boot50 to look at the future, they intend to carry on with the band in their friend's

memory, knowing that this is what he would have wanted.

Marcus said: "We were looking forward to the coming year, things were looking up for us and we were starting to make ground and turn heads. This has obviously now been shattered."

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