Tim’s T-shirts are raising money for cancer charity and the Town Academy
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Town fan Tim’s “We Don’t Wear Yellow” T-shirts
Come on you Blues!
Ipswich Town fan Tim Hodgson’s special We Don’t Wear Yellow T-shirts have a special signifance as the Super Blues prepare to take on the Norfolk minnows in the second leg of the Championship semi-final.
The score stands even at 1-1 after Saturday’s first leg at Portman Road.
The Canaries have had little to crow about over the years in comparision with legendary Town - internationally known as Football League champions, UEFA Cup Winners and FA Cup Winners and as employers of two England managers, Sir Alf Ramsey and Sir Bobby Robson.
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Graphic designer Tim Hodgson designed his two We Don’t Wear Yellow T-shirts, - in Blue and Orange (Home and Away), and has been selling from his local pub. The Greyhound.
Tim,40, is in training for a very special challenge of his own- and will be wearing his own T-shirts - in June when he cycles from London to Amsterdam (Yes, where Town won the UEFA Cup in 1981.)
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He said: “I’m fundraising for Prostate Cancer UK and the ITFC Academy by taking part in the 2015 London to Amsterdam Challenge with the Football League. I will be cycling 150 miles in 48 hours.
“I was keen to get involved in the ride as over 20 years ago my Dad (Chris) was diagnosed with prostrate cancer. Thankfully he is now fully rehabilitated - luckly he knew the signs to look for, and had an early diagnosis.
“I wanted to do something to help raise awareness and funds to help tackle the disease.
“The idea of the T-shirts came from a desire to link the two sports together, cycling and football (and specifically ITFC).
“In cycling the ultimate symbol of success is the yellow jersey.
“Obviously being Town fans the thought of wearing yellow is a complete anathema, in fact, I only really enjoy supporting Brazil is wheren they’re in their away colours.
“So I come up with the line We Don’t Wear Yellow (with apologies to Stowmarket Cycling Club).
“The T-shirts have sold very well, and I have only got a few left.”
Tim and his dad Chris were invited to Portman Road and out onto the pitch for the Blackpool home game.
Tim added: “My target is to raise £2,000 and to split it between the two good causes.”
The staff team at The Greyhound are also supporting the T-shirt campaign.
“We have only got a handful of T-shirts left,” said Tim, at £15 each.”
“Perhaps I will come up with a new design then.”