Derek Davis' Football Chatter

THE BLUES emerged triumphant in a golfing competition between the four East Anglian Championship rivals.Town, along with players and staff from Norwich City, Southend and Colchester United, took part in a Stableford tournament at Ufford Park Golf Club near Woodbridge, and thanks in the main to reserve team coach Richard Hall came out on top.

THE BLUES emerged triumphant in a golfing competition between the four East Anglian Championship rivals.

Town, along with players and staff from Norwich City, Southend and Colchester United, took part in a Stableford tournament at Ufford Park Golf Club near Woodbridge, and thanks in the main to reserve team coach Richard Hall came out on top.

Hall was Town's best scorer as they reached a total of 207 points in the Stableford competition.

Blues manager Jim Magilton took part along with skipper Jason de Vos, top scorer Alan Lee and keeper Shane Supple as yesterday's event was held on their day off from training.


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De Vos had beaten fitness coach Simon Thadani at squash earlier in the morning, showing his foot is back to its best.

As Colchester are playing on Friday night at Derby County, their players and manager didn't have the day off so a number of ex-players represented the U's.

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Ipswich came first with a total of 207 points, followed by Norwich with 199, Southend with 181 and Colchester with 154.

The successful day will raise money for the East Anglian Air Ambulance.

THE message seems to be sinking in at long last as three more Premiership clubs today announced they would be reducing or freezing ticket prices next season.

Everton, Blackburn and Sheffield United joined Chelsea and Bolton in making such a move amid fans' concerns over the current cost of watching top-flight football.

Everton revealed season-ticket prices for 2007-08 that will see a 10% reduction if fans buy early.

But even if supporters fail to renew their tickets in the April 1-April 28 window, Goodison Park fans will see prices frozen at the current 2006-07 levels.

Currently the top-rate Goodison season ticket is £574, and the lowest a £238 family enclosure ticket, but the latter will now be dropped to £190 a season for youngsters.

Blackburn, meanwhile, will follow Bolton's example by reducing season-ticket prices later this week.

Wanderers last week became the first Premiership club to cut prices for season tickets as they bid to combat falling attendances.

And now Rovers chairman John Williams has revealed their Premiership neighbours will follow suit when they announce their prices for next season.

Sheffield United, meanwhile, are offering supporters a price freeze on early season-ticket renewals.

United have maintained the costs charged in last year's early discount period and fans renewing their season ticket for the 2007-08 campaign will receive savings of up to £167 by guaranteeing their seat during March.

Chelsea were the first club to announce they would freeze prices on all non-corporate tickets for Premiership matches next season.

YOU know the feeling - middle of the night, need to go to the toilet, strange hotel - ouch - walk straight into a solid coffee table.

Not very funny at the best of times and for Simon Whaley it could mean missing out on Preston's promotion push.

After stubbing his toe on the table the marble top fell off and landed on his big toe, breaking it.

You also have to feel for his room-mate David Nugent who was awoken at 3am thinking Whaley was have a bad dream - a nightmare, more like.

SEPP Blatter has waded into the row about Manchester United fans' treatment in the Champions' League match in Lens against Lille that almost ended in tragedy.

The FIFA president has questioned whether the ground, which has been criticised in the past, should have been used with its metal fences caging supporters in.

Lens stadium bosses have blamed United for releasing tickets too early and allowing forgeries to be made.

AS from today all those players on four bookings will not face a ban if they pick up another caution, which will be a relief for the Blues.

And if they can get to the end of April without reaching 10 cards then they will avoid a two-match ban but will get a slap on the wrists.

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