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Coplestonians on the crest of a wave and getting bigger all the time

Dave McGregor (Coplestonians' Junior Boys' Football Director), right, receives the Outstanding Contribution to Community Football Award from McDonalds representative Richard Campbell in 2014

Dave McGregor (Coplestonians' Junior Boys' Football Director), right, receives the Outstanding Contribution to Community Football Award from McDonalds representative Richard Campbell in 2014

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It’s fair to say Coplestoninans are on a crest of a wave.

Off the back of the club’s best-ever finish in the SIL Senior Division, Cops are currently unbeaten again this season, ahead of their home clash with Benhall St Mary on Saturday.

But there is so much more to the story than just having an ever-improving first-team, Cops officials believing that theirs is the first club to field four different teams in the SIL set-up – a first-team, reserves, A and B team.

Currently, the club has 547 players and fields 25 boys’ teams – spearheaded by Junior Boys’ director of Football Dave McGregor, five girls’ sides and two vets teams.

The club also hosts walking football and plans are in the pipeline to introduce wheelchair football too.

Cops’ vice-chairman, Tony Robinson, said: “The whole club is absolutely booming.

“In 2010-11 we had three teams and were struggling for players at that time and the number of children coming to the club through the schools was petering out.

“We formed a youth section, with under-eight and under-10 teams and it’s just really gone on from there.

“The youth section has become a great source of pride and I am really pleased for our chairman, Wolfe Powell, who has been at the club since it was formed.

“Now, on Saturday mornings we have kids come from all over the local community, all in their Coplestonians tops and we put on free training for four to seven-year-olds (on Saturday mornings) between 9 and 10am.”

Cops’ first-team are aiming to maintain their unbeaten start to the league season today, with a team made up mostly of homegrown talent – a result of the successful youth system at the club.

“We have provided a pathway for the kids and they can play all the way through to the vets’ teams,” added Robinson.

“The majority of our first team are kids that are in their mid-Twenties that have been with us since they were in our under-18s.

“It’s been a massive success to go from where we were 10 years ago to where we are now.

“There is a lot of loyalty at this club as there is at a lot of other teams in the league – the likes of East Bergholt and Old Newton United.”

Captain Luke Chambers wants his Ipswich Town future sorted sooner rather than later but knows the club’s precarious position means he may have to be patient.

Paul Lambert believes striker Ellis Harrison has something to offer his side as the Welshman works towards full fitness.

Callum Connolly expects to take on an Ipswich Town side ‘playing with freedom’ when he makes his return to Portman Road tomorrow afternoon.

Oxford United boss Karl Robinson wants to sign Ipswich Town loanee Jordan Graham as soon as the January transfer window opens.

Ipswich Town take on a Wigan Athletic side including a number of familiar faces tomorrow. ANDY WARREN takes a look.

Ipswich Town’s East Anglian Derby visit to Norwich City will be shown live on Sky Sports.

Today we start a special countdown to Christmas, Ipswich Town style, with the 12 Greats of Christmas - a rundown of the 12 greatest Town players who’ve ever laced on boots, culminating on the big day itself with the Blues’ best-ever.

Ipswich Town have taken up their option to extend Freddie Sears’ contract until the summer of 2020.

Jon Nolan is back in the team under Paul Lambert. STUART WATSON spoke to the midfielder about Paul Hurst’s sacking, stepping up to the Championship and the visit of Wigan.

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