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Seasiders set for historic clash with Bury Town

Sam Ford and Seasiders fans celebrate promotion to Bostik North. Picture: STAN BASTON

Sam Ford and Seasiders fans celebrate promotion to Bostik North. Picture: STAN BASTON

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The waiting is almost over.

Since clinching promotion back in April at home to Walsham-le-Willows, the Seasiders have been busy preparing for a new season, playing at the highest level the club has ever reached, writes Barry Grossmith.

Felixstowe director of football Tony Barnes alongside Kevin O’Donnell, Ian Watson and Stuart Stevenson. Picture: CAROLE ROBINSONFelixstowe director of football Tony Barnes alongside Kevin O’Donnell, Ian Watson and Stuart Stevenson. Picture: CAROLE ROBINSON

Pre-season has brought with it mixed rewards with two wins, two defeats and a draw. But as everyone knows, pre-season is mainly about bedding in new players and building up to match fitness. Results are rarely good indicators for the campaign ahead.

The opening fixture on Saturday at The Goldstar Ground sees Felixstowe pitted against their Suffolk rivals Bury Town, who finished in a creditable ninth place last season.

Bury, managed by Ben Chenery, bring with them plenty of experience following promotion from The Eastern Counties League back in 2006/7 and have now spent the last 12 years at a higher level than their hosts.

Speaking to Seasiders TV, Bury assistant boss Christian Appleford said: “We’re happy with where we finished last season when we had a small, inexperienced and young squad.”

Asked about expectations for this season, he added: “I’d like to think we’ll be hitting the play-offs. That’s our aim. We’re ambitious.”

And when quizzed on the sides he thought might do well in this league he added: “Coggeshall and Heybridge Swifts will be there or thereabouts as will Maldon and Tiptree.”

Felixstowe and Walton joint manager Kevin O’Donnell, speaking earlier said: “This is the strongest squad we’ve ever had at Felixstowe, there’s a blend of youth and experience and for many teams in The Bostik North we will be an unknown….our aim for Saturday is clear. We’re looking for three points against Bury Town.”

Adding to this, joint manager Ian Watson said: ”I’m looking forward to this, but consistency is going to be very important and success will mean being competitive the season through.”

Amongst the many fans, hopes and dreams vary but above all else, people seem to simply want the season to get under way as soon possible.

An opening fixture against Suffolk rivals brings with it just that little extra spice.

Shrewsbury Town chief executive Brian Caldwell has ruled out Paul Hurst returning to the club following his recent sacking by Ipswich Town.

More than 500 tickets have been donated for Ipswich Town’s home game against West Brom next Friday evening after one small act of kindness gained online momentum.

Toto Nsiala may currently find himself on the fringes of the Ipswich Town first-team but the central defender continues to make an impact off the field each and every week.

We’ve ranked the home kits of all 24 Championship teams. So who comes out on top?

Andre Dozzell has revealed his frustration as his return to action stalled earlier in the season but the teenager is now hungry for minutes on the field after returning to the first-team picture.

In past columns I have talked about a divide between athletes that earn large amounts of money, and those that do not, and how there is a movement in Ipswich to bring this sporting diversity together.

ANDY WARREN spoke to Ipswich Town No.2 Stuart Taylor about his journey from cleaning Paul Lambert’s boots at St Mirren to assisting him at Portman Road.

Striker Kayden Jackson scored a hat-trick as Ipswich Town defeated QPR 5-1 in a behind-closed-doors friendly at Playford Road this afternoon.

Trevoh Chalobah has been training with the full England squad today ahead of the Three Lions’ clash with the United States tomorrow night.

Jordan Graham is training with Oxford United after being given permission to move on by Ipswich Town.

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