Town prepare for crucial match

CAN Ipswich Town chop down the Forest - or will Nottingham cut down Jim Magilton?That's the debate today as struggling Ipswich Town travel to the east Midlands to play bottom-of-the-pile Nottingham Forest at the City Ground.

CAN Ipswich Town chop down the Forest - or will Nottingham cut down Jim Magilton?

That's the debate today as struggling Ipswich Town travel to the east Midlands to play bottom-of-the-pile Nottingham Forest at the City Ground.

Let's blow away any fog surrounding Ipswich Town at the moment - the team isn't playing well and manager Magilton is currently losing on a number of fronts.

One is that his team is losing any kind of grip on the pacesetters of this year's Championship, who are pulling away at the top of the division as Town languish.

The second is the loyalty of Ipswich Town fans who last Saturday at Portman Road again showed that their patience is being strained.

Questions being asked by the fans - against a backdrop of a major spending campaign in the summer - include:

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Has the manager got the continuing confidence of millionaire owner Marcus Evans?

Does mystery magnate Marcus know enough of what is going on at Portman Road?

Has manager Magilton won hearts and minds in the dressing room?

Does the manager know what his best team is?

Good results will, of course, turn the corner for Jim. But bad ones, in the short term, will turn the whispers for change into a clamour.

ORGAN donations save lives - and the story of brave Emily Gentry shows just how vital it is that we all sign up to the scheme.

The 13-year-old struggles to breathe or do any exercise but longs to be just like any other carefree teenager.

And the only way that is possible is if she can find another heart to replace the one in her body which is gradually letting her down, making her weaker and weaker.

The first time Emily needed a transplant she was lucky enough to get a new heart within weeks, but seven years on she has not been so fortunate and has already spent three agonising months on the transplant list.

Doctors have tried innovative techniques in a bid to keep her fragile heart working, but ultimately Emily needs a new heart transplant to survive.

Many people may prefer not to think about their own death, but for Emily and her family it is a reality they face every day.

So carry the card, let your loved-ones know your intentions, or sign up to the register online.

If more people follow these simple steps it will help to keep people like inspirational Emily alive.

FELIXSTOWE'S Café Boost has been a great success - providing a place to chill for dozens of youngsters.

Now the group behind the project is taking it on the road, literally, in a double-decker bus.

The aim is to take the café to the youngsters, visiting different parts of the resort and nearby villages on regular nights, which will help those communities with few facilities for their youth and the youngsters who are unable to get into town.

Most teenagers don't want expensive or amazing attractions, they just want somewhere they can meet their friends in safety, away from parents, to sit and chat, eat and drink, and be themselves.

The Boost Bus is an excellent idea - let's hope it is well used, respected and appreciated.

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