Gallery: Hundreds of fans watch Ipswich Town stars train

HUNDREDS of Ipswich Town fans flocked to see their heroes in action at a free public training session at Portman Road today.

For many it was their first chance to see several of Paul Jewell’s new signings, including recent captures Jay Emmanuel-Thomas and David Stockdale.

The lower half of the Cobbold Stand was packed out with families and “Blues Crew” members. They got the opportunity for photographs at the end of the players’ training.

In all more than 2,000 fans attended, and they were enthusiastic about the upcoming season.

Sydney King, 67 from Mildenhall, said: “I think we’ve got a better squad than last year.

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“We have been playing good football. It makes a change from the last two years which just wasn’t exciting enough for me.”

Keith Digweed, 65 from Woodbridge, said: “I think a lack of goals let us down last season. Michael Chopra should get a few goals this season though.

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“It will take time to get promoted. There are a lot of good clubs in this division, like Leicester who have brought in some good players.”

41-year-old Tracey Foxlow said: “We should aim for top ten this season - on paper we’ve got a half decent striker which we didn’t have last season.”

After their final pre-season friendly at home to Wolves this Saturday, Town’s first league game is away at Bristol City on August 6.

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