Marcus pays first visit to Portman Road

TYCOON Marcus Evans has seen the Super Blues in action for the first time, I can reveal today.The likeable and secretive magnate has witnessed at first hand what his huge investment is all about - as Town defeated the league leaders in a New Year's Day thriller at Portman Road.

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TYCOON Marcus Evans has seen the Super Blues in action for the first time, I can reveal today.

The likeable and secretive magnate has witnessed at first hand what his huge investment is all about - as Town defeated the league leaders in a New Year's Day thriller at Portman Road.

The millionaire arrived incognito and was quietly ushered into Portman Road, going unnoticed as the Blues beat West Brom in one of their best Coca-Cola Championship displays of the season.

Mr Evans has taken over the club's £32million debt and also given manager Jim Magilton £12m to bolster his football budget during the current transfer window.

And now he has taken the Blues to his heart as well as his wallet.

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Evans took a seat away from the public glare - not in the directors' box and possibly in the Sky TV studio - and arrived at the ground anonymously.

Last week he saw heads of department at his office in London including Magilton, and is keeping a firm finger on the pulse of how the club is being run.

Evans is unlikely to make himself known to fans - he has yet to have his picture taken for public use - but he is expected to make contact with certain sections of the media in the coming weeks.

His aim is for the Blues to win their way into the Premier League and although he is always likely to remain in the background he has already become a convert to the Ipswich way of doing things.

Magilton is under no pressure to gain promotion this term, but Evans has set his sights on seeing the Blues as a long-term fixture in the Premier League.

He is set to watch further games in the future, but like his visit on January 1 it will be unannounced and planned to go off without any public knowledge.

A Portman Road onlooker says that Evans was thrilled with the way Magilton's side played against league leaders West Brom, and the atmosphere created by 24,000 fans.

He has backed the Blues with his wealth - now he is backing them with his support.