Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 29°C

min temp: 17°C

ESTD 1874 Search

Ipswich Town: Die-hard fans set for 500-mile trip to Preston in FA Cup replay

17:20 13 January 2014

Liz Edwards, chairman of the Ipswich Town Supporters Club, is making the trip to Preston tonight

Liz Edwards, chairman of the Ipswich Town Supporters Club, is making the trip to Preston tonight

More than 150 die-hard Ipswich Town fans are set to embark on a 500-mile round trip tomorrow as the Blues travel to Preston North End in an FA Cup Third Round replay.

Following the side’s 1-1 stalemate earlier this month, travelling to Deepdale, approximately 33 miles north of Manchester, on what promises to be a cold and potentially wet Tuesday night isn’t ideal but that hasn’t stopped some of Ipswich’s ‘travelling heroes’ from making the journey.

None more so than lifelong fan Richard Townsend, who will leave his house in Halesworth early tomorrow morning just to go and watch his beloved Blues.

Mr Townsend is the chairman of the Ipswich Town Halesworth branch of the club’s supporters group which has ran since 1985 and usually takes between 30 to 40 dedicated fans to away games.

However, Mr Townsend will be the only one of these committed bunch who makes the mammoth journey up north tomorrow, with the season ticket holder set to meet his son, Matt, in Manchester before travelling to the game together.

“Matt lives and works in Manchester now so I thought I might as well take the opportunity to go,” said Mr Townsend.

“It’s a pretty mad thing to do but I think you should support your team through thick and thin, through the highs and the lows and through the ups and the downs.”

Mr Townsend is set to catch the bus to Norwich before getting the train to Manchester where his son will drive to the game before staying over and venturing back to Halesworth on Wednesday.

“It’s a day out and beats working,” joked the print manager.

And Mr Townsend is not the only one who is adopting similar thoughts ahead of the game.

Horry Money, branch chairman of the Blues’ London supporters club, is also attending with two fellow members from his set-up.

“We’re just completely mad,” said Mr Money, who has been following Town for over 40 years.

“It’s part and parcel of being an Ipswich fan though, and judging by the previous game I think they’ll need our support!

“It’s the FA Cup and we’re hoping we can play our part in the magic of the cup.”

Liz Edwards, chairman of the Ipswich Town Supporters Club, is also heading to Deepdale and has echoed her fellow Town fans’ voices.

“There are so many Town fans who are loyal and passionate beyond belief and for those travelling from Suffolk, this is about as testing as a game gets,” said Mrs Edwards.

“But with football, there’s the uncertainty of it all - what if we were to confound the odds and progress all the way? How dreadful it would be to have missed even a single game in such a season?”

If Town are to progress against Preston, their avid fans will be on the road again in the next round with a trip to Nottingham Forest on Friday, January 24.

Journey details

Ipswich to Preston - Not one for the faint-hearted.

Estimated journey time - Four hours, 13 minutes. Without traffic!

A14 and then M6 to Coventry/Birmingham, merge back onto M6 via M42 towards Burnley/Blackburn/Preston before merging onto M65 and A6 for Preston and Deepdale.

If the match is finished in 90 minutes, fans travelling back to Suffolk won’t get home until at least 2am while if the tie goes into extra-time and penalties it could be as late as 3am, at least!

7 comments

  • These fans are the salt of the earth. Much respect to them all.

    Add your comment |

    Lee Davies

    Monday, January 13, 2014

  • Liz Edwards is a Tottenham fan.

    Add your comment |

    Tedbundy

    Tuesday, January 14, 2014

  • Plus the possibility of snow on the high ground "up north".

    Add your comment |

    The original Victor Meldrew

    Monday, January 13, 2014

  • They gotta be bonkers , all that way to watch a game that MM is not even interested in , no wonder they call it SILLY SUFFOLK

    Add your comment |

    MIGUEL100

    Tuesday, January 14, 2014

  • 150, thats something to be proud of.

    Add your comment |

    clever canary

    Monday, January 13, 2014

  • Is that Liz Snott?

    Add your comment |

    stephen davis

    Monday, January 13, 2014

  • Canary bore, sorry boy, send us your pictures from Fulham, sorry forgot you'll be too busy typing here to follow your team!

    Add your comment |

    threenewknees

    Monday, January 13, 2014

The views expressed in the above comments do not necessarily reflect the views of this site

Marcus Evans

Brazilian police investigating allegations of Olympic ticket-touting have released emails between a senior Irish official and Ipswich Town Football Club owner Marcus Evans.

Traffic on the A14 is being diverted using the entrance and exit slip roads. Image: Keith Mindham

The A14 at Bury St Edmunds has reopened after a woman who was spotted on the wrong side of the bridge at junction 44 was talked down by officers.

Andrew Bloomfield took this photo of Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service fighting the fire in the old Fisons building in Paper Mill Lane, Bramford.

A fire at the old Fisons building in Paper Mill Lane, Bramford, has been extinguished.

Tower Ramparts, Ipswich, as staff poured from William Prettys works in the mid 1890s

The site of one of Ipswich’s major employers until the 1980s - Willaim Pretty’s - is now a car park, writes David Kindred.

The RNLI at Aldeburgh investigate an empty boat that turned up on Wednesday 24th August.

A yacht named after a lucky star had the good fortune of being rescued off the Suffolk coast today having drifted unmanned past Britain’s biggest container port.

Abellio Greater Anglia managing director Jamie Burles.

The average speed of trains between London and Ipswich will be cut to just over an hour in three years’ time – but the Ipswich in 60 ambition will depend on Network Rail carrying out improvement work.

Ronald King, 87, of Cedar Close, Walton-on-the-Naze

A pensioner who shot his 81-year-old wife dead at a care home has been sentenced to six years in a psychiatric hospital.

Most read

Great Days Out

cover

Click here to view
the Great Days Out
supplement

View

Most commented

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Streetlife

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

MyDate24 MyPhotos24