Alan to go Shrimping

IPSWICH Town manager Joe Royle would love to see striker Alun Armstrong net a pot of goals against the Shrimpers from Harwich and Parkeston tonight.Royle will be officially opening a new changing room complex at the Jewson League club's Royal Oak ground before the start of a friendly game that is causing great interest in the Essex town.

By Elvin King

IPSWICH Town manager Joe Royle would love to see striker Alun Armstrong net a pot of goals against the Shrimpers from Harwich and Parkeston tonight.

Royle will be officially opening a new changing room complex at the Jewson League club's Royal Oak ground before the start of a friendly game that is causing great interest in the Essex town.

Royle has selected a reserve squad that includes Armstrong and a number of youngsters on the fringe of the first team.


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The ex-Middlesbrough striker scored against Inter-Milan in both legs of last season's UEFA Cup battles with the top Italian club.

But a succession of injuries has affected his first team appearances since, and Royle is desperate to get him match fit.

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"Alun is a doubt tomorrow as he has tight hamstrings," said Royle. "But hopefully he will play. I am desperate to give him games, and keen for him to get a goal or two under his belt.

"Alun has been blighted by injuries, and he is as frustrated by it all as we are. A number of good players have come out of non-league football, and I am looking forward to visiting Harwich."

It is 50 years since Harwich reached their peak when they played in front of 100,000 fans at Wembley Stadium in the final of the FA Amateur Cup – losing 6-0 to Cambridge University-based Pegasus.

Town squad: Pullen, Okay, Boardley, Bloomfield, J Miller (capt), Bonwick, Abidallah, Westlake, Armstrong, Bowditch, Richards, Morrow, Price, Murray, Manning, Smith, Mitchell, Atay.

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