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Kings of Anglia Issue 10 Magazine Offer

New group for Town fans

PUBLISHED: 07:00 29 January 2003 | UPDATED: 16:13 24 February 2010

Ipswich Town Supporters' Club has extended its North Essex network with the formation of the Manningtree Branch.

Dozens of fans from Manningtree, Mistley, Lawford and the surrounding villages regularly make the trip to Portman Road to see the Blues in action – but until now they have missed out on many of the social activities open to members of ITSC.

Ipswich Town Supporters' Club has extended its North Essex network with the formation of the Manningtree Branch.

Dozens of fans from Manningtree, Mistley, Lawford and the surrounding villages regularly make the trip to Portman Road to see the Blues in action – but until now they have missed out on many of the social activities open to members of ITSC.

A group of like-minded local fans – guided by the ITSC main committee organisers – have held an inaugural meeting, adopted a set of rules and regulations and are now actively seeking new members to expand their number.

The branch has decided to meet on the first Tuesday of every month – except when that clashes with games at Portman Road – in The Hedgerows Pub, Clacton Road, Horsley Cross.

The next meeting will be on Tuesday, February 4, starting at 8pm.

New branch chairman James Shippen said: "The idea really came about during our travels into Europe this season and last.

"A few of us from here travelled together – as we do up to home games in Ipswich – and we met members from other branches along the way.

"There is a very active inter-branch social life with quizzes, competitions and open evenings attended by the management and playing staff at Ipswich Town and we wanted to be a part of that."

Apart from the social aspects of membership, the branch also intends to raise funds to subsidise travel to selected away matches in the way that other branches do now.

Anyone who wishes to join the new branch is welcome to go along to The Hedgerows next Tuesday – at which time several members of the main ITSC committee will be in attendance to answer questions and offer guidance.

If anyone needs further information beforehand, then they can contact the branch secretary Dick Lumsden on 01206 391891.

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