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Mark Heath

Every day in the run-up to Christmas, we’re counting down Ipswich Town’s greatest-ever players, culminating in the Blues’ best featuring on Christmas Day.

Today we start a special countdown to Christmas, Ipswich Town style, with the 12 Greats of Christmas - a rundown of the 12 greatest Town players who’ve ever laced on boots, culminating on the big day itself with the Blues’ best-ever.

A big effort by a team of local cyclists led by Steve Grimwood of Elmy Cycles resulted in a fine weekend of National Trophy cyclo-cross at Trinity Park, Ipswich, writes Fergus Muir.

In his latest column, Nino Severino reports on the highlight of his year – the Elena Baltacha Foundation Awards.

Suffolk official Abi Marriott said becoming a FIFA referee is the ‘pinnacle of her career’ so far, writes Nick Garnham.

Coach Andy Northcote has described Suffolk’s 2019 fixture list as ‘arguably the hardest campaign we will enter’ in the Unicorns Championship.

Suffolk’s rising UFC star Arnold Allen has his sights set on the biggest year of his career in 2019 – one in which he hopes to break into the world’s top ten rankings and make his long-awaited American debut.

Copdock & Old Ipswichian are to become the first cricket club in Suffolk to employ a full-time sports development officer.

In our latest round-up of rugby action from the region, there are wins for Colchester, Southwold, Stowmarket, Chelmsford, Braintree, Hadleigh and the Bury Foxes.

Ipswich heavyweight talent Fabio Wardley makes his debut on the big stage at the O2 later this month – and the Suffolk stylist believes he can ‘definitely’ win a world title one day.

WNBL Division One

Southwark Pride 67

Ipswich 59

Ipswich battled hard but could not overcome a poor second and third quarter, falling to their third consecutive defeat in WNBL Division One at the hands of Southwark Pride.

Bostik North

Brentwood Town 1

Bury Town 1

Bury Town picked up another point on their travels but had to hold on at the end to secure another draw, writes John Alcock.

Thurlow Nunn Premier

Stowmarket Town 3

Framlingham Town 0

Stowmarket Town are up to third in the Thurlow Nunn League Premier Division table after a 3-0 win against Framlingham Town saw them stretch their unbeaten run to nine games, writes Alex Moss.

Evo-Stik Southern Premier

Leiston 0

Stourbridge 3

Leiston lost again at home and dropped to 10th in the league table as an excellent Stourbridge side left with all three points, writes Craig Cooper.

Bostik North

Felixstowe & Walton United 0

Canvey Island 4

It was a bad Saturday for the Seasiders – first, a heavy home defeat, followed by news that joint boss Kevin O’Donnell had resigned.

Evo-Stik Southern Premier

Needham Market 3

Banbury United 3

The Marketmen maintained their sixth place in the table following this entertaining match at Bloomfields against the league’s draw specialists, Banbury United, who are enjoying an unbeaten run of six games, writes John Campany.

Leiston look to get back to winning ways tomorrow afternoon when second-placed Stourbridge visit Victory Road, writes Craig Cooper.

Ipswich Town’s under 18s will travel to Gillingham in the next round of the FA Youth Cup.

A disconsolate Kieran Jarvis won the Eastern Senior Cyclo-Cross Championship at Stanborough Park, Welwyn on Sunday, writes Fergus Muir.

Ipswich Town boss Paul Lambert faced the media this lunchtime ahead of his team’s tough trip to Stoke on Saturday – and revealed key man Cole Skuse is facing time on the sidelines with a knee injury.

Ipswich Town have rubbished reports that owner Marcus Evans has put the struggling club up for sale.

They may be bottom of the league, but Ipswich Town players are enjoying their football again after new boss Paul Lambert ‘took the shackles off’ his squad.

Ipswich Town fans overwhelmingly want to see left back Jonas Knudsen moved on rather than be offered a new deal, according to the results of our poll.

Ipswich Town’s Baby Blues won through to the fourth round of the FA Youth Cup at Portman Road last night – and you can watch the highlights here.

Heartfelt tributes have been paid to Copdock & Old Ipswichian Cricket Club Chairman and Leiston FC Board member Keith Cracknell, after he passed away at the age of 73, writes Nick Garnham.

In his latest column, Nino Severino discusses a new idea from the University of Suffolk Hub, and how an old friend from Ipswich Town is still helping athletes in the town.

FA Youth Cup Third Round

Ipswich Town 4

Andover Town 0

Ipswich Town’s youngsters comfortably knocked out non-league Andover Town to book their place in the fourth round of the FA Youth Cup, writes Liam Young.

Ipswich Town left back Jonas Knudsen is being eyed by two top clubs back in his homeland, it has been reported.

In our latest rugby round-up, there are good wins for Colchester and Stowmarket, while Sudbury run riot in a battle of local rivals against Diss.

WNBL Division One

Ipswich 83

Anglia Ruskin 93

Ipswich welcomed the reigning WNBL D1 Champions to Copleston, and both teams entertained the crowd with a thrilling encounter.

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