Fans have grounds for wanting away days

WHO do Ipswich Town want to play next season? Who do fans want to be in the Coca-Cola Championship along with the Blues in 2008/09?Town fans are already assured of a trip to Derby County which is fine as Pride Park is easy to get to and a decent stadium.

Elvin King

WHO do Ipswich Town want to play next season? Who do fans want to be in the Coca-Cola Championship along with the Blues in 2008/09?

Town fans are already assured of a trip to Derby County which is fine as Pride Park is easy to get to and a decent stadium.

Taking as the criteria the ease of travelling and stadium facilities then few Town fans will appreciate the nightmare journey to the heart of London to play Fulham at Craven Cottage.

With parking out of the equation and tube stations a mile away it can take as long to get to Fulham as somewhere like Sheffield Wednesday.

Birmingham and Reading would be a much better bet, while most Ipswich supporters would be happy to see Crystal Palace or Hull City move up from the Championship play-offs.

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Palace for the same reason as Fulham - a hellish journey and poor facilities - while a trip to the KC Stadium is not the best although just about feasible at the weekend.

Bristol City at the right time of the year - and not a winter midweek as last season - can be a pleasant day out, while Watford is a comfortable journey and a visit most Town fans would be happy to continue to make.

From the teams in the League One play-offs Leeds would be a no go after the dreadful way Town fans were treated on their last visit to Elland Road.

Many will feel that how Leeds escaped punishment for the pitch invasion and aggravation to Blues fans is a disgrace.

A journey to Carlisle would be a difficult proposition for supporters, but a challenge many would savour, while Doncaster's new ground would be nice to visit and not too far up the A1.

But the logical favourite would be Southend - just down the road even if the stadium has seen better times. But a sunny day in August or September please!

Swansea are already up and will be a new trip for many while the City Ground at Nottingham is a doddle to reach.

So Birmingham, Reading, Bristol City, Hull, Watford and Southend it is then. Good - or bad luck - to these teams in the days ahead.

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