At home with - Ipswich Town

FIRST there was Ozzy Osbourne, then came Chris Eubank - and now it could be Joe Royle.Film crews have been following Ipswich Town for a new fly-on-the-wall documentary on football clubs.

FIRST there was Ozzy Osbourne, then came Chris Eubank - and now it could be Joe Royle.

Film crews have been following Ipswich Town for a new fly-on-the-wall documentary on football clubs.

Television company Seek TV is making the series, which could be shown on the BBC next year.

It could make for entertaining reality TV in the mould of The Osbournes - featuring the dysfunctional family of heavy metal star Ozzy - or former boxer Chris Eubank's show Meet The Eubanks.


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Cameraman have been visiting Portman Road about once a fortnight to film events such as the club's golf day and 'meet the players' events.

They have trailed Dutch star Fabian Wilnis for a day, from his home to the training ground, and interviewed players and staff, including groundsman Alan Ferguson.

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The Town defender revealed: "I was hooked up to a microphone and the cameraman followed me everywhere - to the training ground, in my car, in my house.

"Surprisingly, I didn't mind having a camera watching my every move. I felt at ease and was totally relaxed about it.

"I didn't play up to the camera and you see is what you get with me.

"I have no idea why they chose me but I thought it would be interesting and agreed to it. Secretly, I think Martijn Reuser is a bit miffed that I got the TV job over him."

Seek TV is believed to be in negotiations with other clubs and intends to feature football clubs from different leagues.

A spokeswoman for Ipswich Town said: "The filming started about two months ago and the film crew have been at the club about once a fortnight.

"It's for a programme about the life of a football club. They have been with us when we have had a big event, like the golf day, and they are following us throughout the season."

Details of the project are being kept under wraps by Seek TV but the filming is expected to continue until the end of the season, with the series starting in May.

A spokesman for the BBC said: "It is an idea we are developing, but we can't give any more details at the moment.

"We develop lots of ideas, and not all of them make it into TV programmes."

n Ipswich Town fans heading to Portman Road on November 22 for the home game with Sheffield United have been warned the A12 will be closed at Yoxford.

The road will be closed from 6am on November 22 until late on November 23 for resurfacing work to be completed.

Traffic will be diverted via the B1121 and B1119 through Saxmundham and Leiston, rejoining the A12 via the B1122. Signs will be put up warning of the closure and suggesting alternative routes, but Blues fans have been advised to allow extra time for their journeys.

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