Ipswich: Travelling Town fans in for shock as giant poster of departing striker Michael Chopra could remain at Ipswich train station at start of season
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Loyal Super Blues fans travelling to Portman Road by rail for the first home game of the new season in two weeks could be in for a surprise.
Troubled striker Michael Chopra ended two controversial years at Town yesterday after it was confirmed he had signed for Championship rivals Blackpool.
He leaves behind a lasting legacy with most fans, none more so than at Ipswich train station.
That’s because a giant poster of the forward remains slapped across the wall behind the ticket office, welcoming visitors in to the town.
Club officials have told the Star plans are in place to replace the poster – but they admit it might not be changed before the start of the season, with Town’s first home game coming on Saturday, August 10, against Millwall.
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An historical Ipswich figure was the most popular choice (31%) as a replacement when Star readers were polled online yesterday.
Town boss Mick McCarthy came second (18%) and third was Tommy Smith (17%).
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But an Ipswich Town spokesman said that while they would listen to the opinions of the fans it was “very likely” that the new poster would not feature another player, explaining a more generic image of the club would probably be used instead.
He said: “The club is looking into changing the club poster at the station.
“There are cost factors and a lot is involved in the process. The station has got to be closed for the poster to be replaced.
“We will work with our colleagues at the station to try to get that to take place and we will endeavour to get it done before the start of the season
“We will listen to our supporters but it is unlikely that it will be another player because of the fact that we could be in this situation again in six months’ or 12 months’ time for whatever reason.”