Jubilant Town fans forget belongings

IPSWICH: Most of the Ipswich Town fans who witnessed the incredible injury-time Portman Road scenes were today still agog at the drama of it all.Many of them were so overjoyed at the last-gasp winner scored by Pablo Counago, that they left in a daze - forgetting belongings at all points of the ground.

IPSWICH: Most of the Ipswich Town fans who witnessed the incredible injury-time Portman Road scenes were today still agog at the drama of it all.

Many of them were so overjoyed at the last-gasp winner scored by Pablo Counago, that they left in a daze - forgetting belongings at all points of the ground.

Meanwhile, thousands of fans were red-faced at having left the ground early, following Coventry's injury-time equaliser.

Some were open about their match-day blunder - but many others were trying to keep a low-profile at their mistake.

Back at Portman Road today - as Town fans pondered on their team's narrowing 10-point gap to the Championship play-off zone - Operation Lost Property was under way.

Town's lost property department was bursting at the seams after dozens of fans left possessions behind. A record number of items left in the stands as fans leapt out of their seats in celebration, said a club source.

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In the excitement that followed Pablo Counago's winner, many left behind their possessions - with stewards handing in enough umbrellas to “keep a whole street dry”, plus cameras, shopping bags, hold-alls and accessories.

A spokesman for the club said: “We always get a number of items handed in but nothing like we had on Saturday.”

All items are awaiting for collection at the club.

Phil Ham, fanzine editor and Evening Star columnist, said: “It was a fantastic ending to the game. It was that kind of massive low of them scoring, and then suddenly, it turned around again.

“It was a euphoric atmosphere for the last ten seconds of the game. Everyone was excited so you can understand people leaving things in their jubilation at a hard-won victory.”

Town stadium announcer, Rob Chandler, even got in on the act. After the game, the radio presenter led chants in salute of hero Counago - Ole, Ole, Ole, he called and the remaining crowd chanted Pablo, Pablo, Pablo in tribute to the Spanish ace.

There were no reports of any trouble after the game but Suffolk Police ensured there was a high visibility presence at Ipswich railway station, given the fact that Division One Norwich fans passed through on their way back from an away-day victory at Colchester.

Around a dozen Norwich City fans were thrown out of Colchester's stadium on Saturday after obtaining tickets among the home supporters.

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Two of the Ipswich Town fans who left their seats early- missing the winner- confessed their shame today.

Devoted Blues fan Mike Shout, of Trimley St Mary, left his seat after the score became 2-2, and was in the Sir Bobby Robson Stand toilets when “an almighty roar erupted from the stands.”

“On the coach back to Trimley none of the other supporters would let me forget what I had done,” said Mike, who has pledged never to leave his seat early again.

Another early leaver was Evening Star newsdesk man and True Blue Josh Warwick.

Josh, aka ITFC Evening Star blogger The Badger, was also in the loo, this time in Lower Cobbold, when the winner was scored.

“This isn't the first time I have missed a goal but this one was so crucial, he said, vowing “never again.”