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Derek Bowden appointed as new chief at Essex Cricket

PUBLISHED: 13:15 04 February 2013 | UPDATED: 13:15 04 February 2013

Derek Bowden, who has been appointed as chief executive of Essex Cricket

Derek Bowden, who has been appointed as chief executive of Essex Cricket

FORMER Ipswich Town CEO Derek Bowden has been appointed as the new chief executive of Essex Cricket.

Bowden, who will take up the post early in the season, will bring a wealth of experience from both the business and sporting worlds.

During his time at Portman Road he successfully restructured the finances of the Championship side, spearheading commercial activities whilst managing the playing budget.

Bowden previously spent over 18 years in various senior management roles at Saatchi & Saatchi and is delighted to be now starting in his new position at Essex Cricket.

He told www.essexcricket.org.uk, “I’m really looking forward to joining the team at Essex and working with them to create the success that Essex Cricket deserves.”

Nigel Hilliard, Chairman of Essex Cricket, said: “Derek has a wealth of experience in the commercial and sporting world, which will be of great benefit to the club at a time when we are embarking on a major redevelopment of The Essex County Ground. Once completed the stadium will be a fitting centrepiece to the new City of Chelmsford.”

Former chief executive David East left his role at the end of 2012 after 12 years in the post.

Ipswich Town host rivals Norwich City in the first East Anglian derby of the season this Sunday lunchtime (12pm ko) and you can watch back what Blues boss Mick McCarthy had to say in his pre-match press conference earlier today.

East Anglian rivals Ipswich Town and Norwich City faced each other in a two-legged Championship play-off semi-final back in May 2015 – it may only be little more than two years ago, but can you name the 30 players who featured for both sides in those matches?

Ipswich Town star David McGoldrick says he and his team-mates ‘owe the fans a victory’ over fierce rivals Norwich City, on Sunday.

There’s nothing to beat derby day as Ipswich and Norwich go head-to-head on Sunday. Mike Bacon previews the game.

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Daniel Farke has warned Norwich City they will have to fight fire with fire to match ‘aggressive’ Ipswich Town in Sunday’s Championship derby.

Fans have a big role to play in the “massive” East Anglian derby this weekend – and must cheer on the Blues all the way to victory.

Punters are tipping Ipswich Town to win Sunday’s hotly-anticipated derby clash with old rivals Norwich City.

Ipswich Town skipper Luke Chambers says the new-look Blues squad should fear no-one in the Championship – and that includes Norwich this Sunday.

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