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Former Ipswich Town defender Colin Harper dies

PUBLISHED: 15:54 30 March 2018 | UPDATED: 15:54 30 March 2018

(L-R) George Burley, Colin Harper and Bruce Twamley pictured in January 1974. Picture: ARCHANT

(L-R) George Burley, Colin Harper and Bruce Twamley pictured in January 1974. Picture: ARCHANT

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Former Ipswich Town defender and club stalwart Colin Harper has died at the age of 71.

Harper, from Ipswich, passed away yesterday after a long illness.

He made his debut in the first team in February 1966 against Plymouth Argyle, having signed as a junior and been a regular in the reserves.

Left-back Harper went on to make 171 full appearances for the Blues, with five off the bench, scoring six goals. He helped the side to the Second Division title in 1967-68 and went on to play for the Blues in Europe.

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Harper was released in June 1977 and then served as player/manager at Port Vale and Waterford. He also managed Chelmsford City before running his own successful building business back in Ipswich.

He was still a regular at the Suffolk club and often attended Portman Road to cheer on his beloved Blues over the years.

He leaves a wife, Carol, and three children.

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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