Ipswich Town to switch to Wanderers ground?

IPSWICH TOWN: The Blues could be playing their reserve games at Humber Doucy Lane next season – the home of Ridgeons League Ipswich Wanderers.

The Wanderers ground is over the hedge from the Town training ground and would make an ideal venue to save wear and tear on the Portman Road pitch.

Wanderers have floodlights and stands and are planning new dressing rooms. They have recently re-painted and renovated their clubhouse.

A plan to turn the Wanderers pitch around and use it for Ipswich Town matches was mooted six years ago, but those ideas came to nothing.

But with the Championship club involved in pitch work currently taking place at Humber Doucy Lane there are believed to be moves afoot for Town to use Wanderers’ facilities.

This would benefit the First Division, Ridgeons League club that has struggled to make an impact in recent seasons having to compete against rivals with far bigger player budgets in 2010/11.

A deal with Ipswich Town would no doubt increase revenue for Wanderers and enable manager Steve Buckle to extent his search for players to strengthen his squad.

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Wanderers chairman Ed Nicholls stressed that nothing has been finalised, adding: “There is a possibility it might happen, but we can say no more at the moment.”

To help raise revenue for their new changing facilities, Wanderers are holding a Real Ale Festival at their ground on Thursday, Friday and Saturday June 17, 18 and 19.

On the Thursday evening there will be a band playing with opening times 7.30pm to 11pm on the first two nights and 3pm to 11pm on Saturday.

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