Town legend Mills steps down from mike

IPSWICH legend Mick Mills will not be covering his former club's bid to regain Premiership status next season.Mr Mills is stepping down as BBC Radio Suffolk's expert summariser after attending every game, home and away, in the eventful 2002-2003 campaign.

IPSWICH legend Mick Mills will not be covering his former club's bid to regain Premiership status next season.

Mr Mills is stepping down as BBC Radio Suffolk's expert summariser after attending every game, home and away, in the eventful 2002-2003 campaign.

The absence of the former Town and England skipper will not be the only change in the station's line-up for the new season.

Brenner Woolley will take over as the main commentator, with Bryan Knights reverting to the role of summariser alongside him.


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BBC Radio Suffolk managing editor, Gerald Main, said: "Mick was very loyal and very committed, and it was a pleasure having him as part of our team. We want to thank him for his outstanding contribution."

Mr Mills still intends watching a lot of football next season, but he will concentrate his efforts on keeping tabs on the many clients signed to the thriving agency he helped set up 10 months ago.

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He said: "My contract was for one year and I enjoyed the experience immensely. It was always my intention to do it for one season and no longer.

"It provided me with a great insight into the club. There was always something to talk about and look forward to, right from the start to the finish of an amazing season.

"At first it was a question of how the club would cope with relegation, then there was a change of manager, the financial problems leading to administration, and finally the valiant attempt to make the play-offs."

Mr Knights, who attended his first Town game at Portman Road in 1948, had a spell on the sidelines last season through ill-health.

But he was back behind the microphone for the run-in, sharing commentary duties with Mr Woolley as Joe Royle's team just failed to finish in the top six.

Mr Woolley's performance as Mr Knights' replacement has earned him promotion to the number one slot, with Mr Main admitting: "He knocked the socks off me when I was listening.

"He not only has a superb eye for detail, but also for the game in general, and the reaction from listeners was terrific. We had a lot of letters and emails about him.

"We are fortunate that he will have Bryan, with all his experience, alongside him. We think we have quite a formidable team for the new season."

Mr Main said BBC Radio Suffolk was looking for more fan involvement in the station's coverage of Ipswich Town next term.

He added: "We have one or two things up our sleeve. There certainly won't be any less time devoted to the club - if anything there will be more."

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