Bad boys clash

TOMORROW'S FA Cup clash is shaping up to be the battle of the bad boys, with Ipswich and Swansea both at the wrong end of their respective disciplinary tables.

TOMORROW'S FA Cup clash is shaping up to be the battle of the bad boys, with Ipswich and Swansea both at the wrong end of their respective disciplinary tables.

Town have the joint most bookings in the Championship this season, while only Millwall have a worse disciplinary record than Swansea in League One.

Premiership referee Mark Halsey has been put in charge of the match at Portman Road after officiating last week's bad-tempered affair between Reading and Sheffield United.

In that game at the Madjeski, Halsey sent off Royals first-team coach Wally Downes and Blades boss Neil Warnock following a touchline altercation. United substitute Keith Gillespie had earlier been dismissed for an elbow to Nicky Hunt's face just seconds after he entered the fray.


You may also want to watch:


Halsey is no stranger to handling ill-discipline, having now handed out four red cards in 13 Premiership games this season and an average of nearly three booking per match.

Town boss Jim Magilton said: “It's all about getting in the hat for round five now.”

Most Read

Swansea, who moved into the League One play-off positions on Tuesday night following a 2-0 win over Gillingham, will have new Polish striker Pawel Abbott available for selection.

By yesterday afternoon, Ipswich confirmed they had sold 14,800 tickets for the game, while Swansea have so far taken up more than half of their 4,362 allocation.

Become a Supporter

This newspaper has been a central part of community life for many years. Our industry faces testing times, which is why we're asking for your support. Every contribution will help us continue to produce local journalism that makes a measurable difference to our community.

Become a Supporter