Video: Ipswich Town fans praised for vocal support against Manchester United at Old Trafford
PUBLISHED: 07:23 25 September 2015 | UPDATED: 07:32 25 September 2015
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Ipswich Town fans have been praised for their loud and proud performance at Old Trafford on Wednesday night.
Around 5,500 Blues fans attended the spirited 3-0 defeat against Manchester United in the Third Round of the Capital One Cup.
Seventeen coaches took up hundreds of supporters, arriving two-and-a-half hours before kick off and allowing fans to build up and take in a thrilling atmosphere.
A couple of hundreds of fans gathered at the famous spot down the South Stand where the team coaches arrived. Luke Chambers, the Town captain, triggered roars of laughter when beeping the coach horn as he stepped off before smiling to the fans.
And once inside the East Stand – a home stand usually rented out by United to the away side for cup ties such as these – the Blue Army made the night an unforgettable experience by rattling off a series of old favourite songs and improvised witty put downs. Ashley Young was treated to a booming rendition of Swing Low, Sweet Chariot for one particular poor effort better accustomed to a rugby pitch. “We support our local team” and “We forgot you were here” were other highlights.
Liz Edwards, chairman of the Ipswich Town Supporters’ Club, said: “When I saw the team sheets I was really concerned: £200m-plus of Manchester United’s best versus £8,000 of Ipswich’s fringe players and youngsters. But we did ourselves proud.
“It was a bit of managerial genius to go with the fringe players – keeping the first team for Saturday’s vital league game against Bristol City, and at the same time giving players who may not see too much league action a night they will never forget. That’s how you motivate a whole squad.
“And to take 5,500 fans such a huge distance for a midweek game is remarkable. Town fans were impressed with but not overawed by the stadium, and the Town team were no doubt equally impressed with but clearly not overawed by the opposing team.
“I think most fans would say that they really enjoyed the occasion, and were rightly proud of our performance. The vocal support was superb, of course.”
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