Club Profile

Ipswich Town

This club has been stuck in a football swamp for some time. But they have a proud history, a classic old ground and a fanbase which has stuck with them through mostly “thin” for years.

LOCATION: Ipswich, Suffolk, is just over an hour east of London by train.

CONTACT: itfc.co.uk, 03330 05 05 03, #ITFC

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History

We bet you didn’t know there’s a European trophy at Ipswich Town! In fact, if you’re pretty new to this English football thing, you might not know Ipswich Town even exists – because they kind of haven’t for a while. The club’s history can best be divided into three segments: the Ramsey days, the Robson days, and the current malaise. Ramsey is Sir…

Rivalries

As noted, it’s all about Norwich City, essentially the only major club anywhere near them. Another factor here is that they are each in a different county, so most of their fans don’t know any of the others. So it is county versus county with few friendships mixed in. It is, in a word, tribal, somehow made more so because no one outside of either…

Women's Team

Ipswich Town Women are in the FA Women’s Premier League Southern division, the third tier. Home games are at the Goldstar Ground, home of Felixstowe & Walton

Songs

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Stadium

It’s not often one walks out of a train station and is greeted by the sight of the local football ground, but this is another good aspect of seeing a game at Ipswich Town. The long sides look positively old school, with the Cobbold Stand (named for former owners) built in 1971 and the West Stand in 1957, although updated in 1990. Behind each…

Going to a Game at Ipswich Town

It’s a 10-minute walk from the main rail station. You can go from Liverpool Street Station in London to the Portman Road turnstiles in about 90 minutes. PUBS: The Station Pub is, you guessed it, right by the station on the River Orwell — and yes, that’s where Eric Blair, aka George Orwell, got his pen name. That’s the main away supporters’ pub….

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