Heavy Showers

Heavy Showers

max temp: 3°C

min temp: 2°C

Search
Kings of Anglia Issue 9 Magazine Offer

Bolton Wanderers defender grateful to Ipswich Town boss for giving him his league break

Mark Little

Mark Little

PA Archive/PA Images

Bolton Wanderers defender Mark Little is looking forward to a reunion with the man who gave him his professional break almost 11 years ago – Mick McCarthy.

Little was at Wolves under McCarthy when the current Town boss gave the then-18-year-old his debut, and he has a lot to thank the Blues boss for.

“It’s a long way to go for a reunion,” he told The Bolton News.

“But I’m up for it 100 per cent. I only got into Mick McCarthy’s team at Wolves because he wanted big, physical players who’d work as hard as they possibly could.

“Mick gave me my first season as a professional at Wolves and I’ll always be grateful to him and his assistant Terry Connor for that. They taught me a lot.

“They are very good coaches and whatever club they are at, you know they’ll be in and around it. They’ve done a good job at Ipswich.

“Every time I come up against the old gaffer it seems to be really tough game, I suppose it’s the nature of this league.

“With all the travel involved it adds an extra challenge but there’s no use moaning.

“We need a result and in this dressing room we’re okay. We’ll come out fighting even though things are going against us at the moment.”

Wanderers are without a win in the league this season, but manager Phil Parkinson thinks a victory in the Championship is imminent.

“It is still very early in the season but I do believe we can turn this around quickly,” Parkinson added.

“It has been a very, very poor start – we can’t hide away from that.

“But I do believe the lads showed the right spirit against Sheffield United and we have got to keep that tenacity in our play against Ipswich on Saturday.

“I thought that performance was right up there with when we beat Sheffield Wednesday in the Carabao Cup and if we can maintain those levels, I can’t ask any more.

Find out how long criminals of East Anglia will spend behind bars with our jailed round-up.

Free iCards for Ipswich youngsters last summer cost £100,000 it has emerged, as latest figures have revealed the extent of take up.

Dogs, cats and rats feature in this weeks round-up. Do you have room in your home for one of these cute creatures from the RSPCA centre in Martlesham?

A conservative club that survived through two world wars is set to close next week, with its committee blaming a ‘stay-at-home’ drinking culture for the dwindling bar takings.

A man has been fined almost £300 for taking his hands off the wheel to make a two fingered gesture at a speed camera in Suffolk.

In the latest of our series in celebrating community heroes we spoke to The Wildlife Gadget Man, Jason Alexander about his work helping to fight plastic waste across the county.

Greater Anglia’s first new “bimode” diesel and electric train for rural routes has ventured out on to the region’s rail network for the first time.

With talented well-known stars, unscripted fits of laughter and something for everyone to enjoy - The Regent have pulled off another unforgettable Christmas pantomime.

Beyond the Christmas tree, decorations and pudding, do you have any special customs unique to your family? Here’s a look at some weird and wonderful festive traditions.

Drivers are warned of possible treacherous road conditions this evening as “freezing rain” could turn roads icy.

Most read

Hot Jobs

Show Job Lists

Topic pages

Newsletter Sign Up

Ipswich Star daily newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

MyDate24 MyPhotos24