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Kings of Anglia Issue 9 Magazine Offer

Ipswich Wanderers on the pursuit of FA Cup glory against Hoddesdon

PUBLISHED: 14:07 27 August 2014 | UPDATED: 14:07 27 August 2014

Ipswich Wanderers' manager Glenn Read

Ipswich Wanderers' manager Glenn Read

They are the team to beat, and Ipswich Wanderers will look to cast another spell at the weekend when the magic of the FA Cup arrives at Humber Doucy Lane.

Glenn Read’s side are unbeaten in five league and cup games this season – have dropped just two points in the Thurlow Nunn Premier Division – and topped the pile ahead of last night’s fixtures featuring second-top Hadleigh United and fourth-top Norwich United.

This Saturday, Hertfordshire-based Hoddesdon Town come to Ipswich and will battle it out for almost £2,000 and a place in the competition’s First Round qualifying stage. The prize money may be a drop in the ocean, compared to the £1.8m picked up by the winners, but for a club like Wanderers, it’s a welcome source of income.

“We had a decent run in the FA Vase last year and success like that brings in a bit of money,” said Read, who guided his side to promotion from Thurlow Nunn Division One last season.

“We have attracted more people through the gate as a result of our promotion last season and that brings in more revenue, as will an FA Cup run, which keeps the chairman and directors happy.

“I think there will be a decent crowd on Saturday, but we have a group of fans who follow us home and away and make enough noise anyway.”

Since the start of the season, Wanderers have defeated Diss, Whitton and Thetford in the league and have seen off Stansted in the cup.

“I think we have surprised a few people. We finished behind Whitton and Fakenham on our way to promotion last season and I think a few people thought we might come up and go straight down again,” Read, whose team have already made £1,500 from their FA Cup run this season, added.

“But we took points off the top two last season and that created a bit of interest.

“We have got a fantastic pitch which is looked after by Ipswich Town and it suits my philosophy, which is to get the ball down and play.

“Come Christmas if we are still in the top half, that will represent a good start for us. We don’t want to be battling down at the bottom.”

Ipswich Town goalkeeper Bartosz Bialkowski discussed being left out of the team by former boss Paul Hurst, new coach Jimmy Walker and Paul Lambert’s positive impact when he spoke to the media this afternoon.

Paul Lambert sees Janoi Donacien as a central defender.

Paul Lambert has confirmed Jordan Graham is no longer in his plans at Ipswich Town with the winger’s loan set to be cut short in January.

Ipswich Town manager Paul Lambert has told owner Marcus Evans that he believes defender Jonas Knudsen is worthy of a new contract.

Ipswich Town manager Paul Lambert spoke to the media this afternoon ahead of the Friday night clash with West Bromwich Albion, and discussed the importance of the club’s fans creating a rocking Portman Road atmosphere as they try to escape the drop zone.

Mick McCarthy is the early favourite for vacant Republic of Ireland job following the departure of both Martin O’Neill and assistant Roy Keane.

In our daily feature, we take a look at what happened on this day in Ipswich Town’s history. Today we look back to David Gregory scoring a hat-trick as Town progressed to the next round of the League Cup.

Ipswich Town boss Paul Lambert is impressed with what he’s seen of the Blues’ academy during his early weeks of his reign.

Titus Bramble says Ipswich Town duo Andre Dozzell and Flynn Downes were stand-out performers at the recent England Under-20 camp.

Mark Heath, Andy Warren and Stuart Watson are back with another episode of the Kings of Anglia podcast.

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