Stockwell behind the mike at SGR

MICK Stockwell will be SGR's summariser when they start their full Ipswich Town coverage this season.

Derek Davis

MICK Stockwell will be SGR's summariser when they start their full Ipswich Town coverage this season.

The former Town and Colchester United midfielder will start his career behind the microphone when the Blues kick off the new campaign at home to Preston North End on August 9.

Stockwell last night said that he plans to tell it as he sees it, even though he appreciates he will inevitably be a little biased.

He said: “After 19 years at Ipswich Town I obviously have a soft sport for the club but for credibility's sake I will have to be honest in saying what is happening on front of me.

“I'm looking forward to being a pundit. It will be a new challenge for me after years as a player and managing.”

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Chelmsford-born Stockwell made more than 600 appearances for the Blues between 1982 and 2000 before joining Colchester United. He came through Sir Bobby Robson' famed youth set up and played for England youth and later helped Town to the inaugural Premier League, winning player of the year in 1993.

Stockwell was similarly honoured at Layer Road in 2001 after playing in every league and cup match and finishing that season as the U's top scorer.

Stockwell was manager at Woodbridge Town from May 2004 until last November when he resigned because of the club's financial situation, and had been looking at other similar roles when he was approached to sit alongside a main match-day commentator.

He said: “BBC Radio Suffolk also asked but I was swayed by the fact SGR have full coverage.”

SGR won the rights to broadcast Town's home games from Radio Suffolk who plan to continue full commentary on away games and broadcast bulletins from Portman Road.

The 43-year-old's day job is currently as a kitchen fitter and in May he featured in Sky TV's Where Are They Now? series.

The independent radio station are close to announcing who their main commentator will be, believed to be IRN's Mark Scott, who will only be covering Town on match days.