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A look back with the Ipswich Witches who made speedway history

The new speedway season is fast approaching and Ipswich will stage its first meeting tonight - the Billy Sanders Memorial.

Forty years ago the club celebrated its first league title.

The team, assembled by former promoter John Berry and led by ex-British champion John Louis, became a dominant force in the mid-1970s.

Donovan Blake has been to meet some of the members who made speedway history in Suffolk.

Cobblers reveal new signing

Diego De Girolamo is the Cobblers' new signing. Credit: Northampton Town Football Club.

Northampton Town have revealed their new signing - Sheffield United striker Diego De Girolamo - on loan until the end of the season.

De Girolamo has so far made three starts and six substitute appearances for the Blades at Bramall Lane.

He has also scored four times for York City during a number of loan spells this season.

His contract with Sheffield United comes to an end this summer and he has already been linked with moves to Juventus and a number of Premier League clubs.


Strong Saints presence for England's crucial 6 Nations clash

The Twickenham dressing room. Credit: Rob Halden-Pratt.

Three Northampton Saints players have been named in England's starting line-up for Saturday's crucial 6 Nations clash with France this weekend.

Luther Burrell, Dylan Hartley and Courtney Lawes will play alongside Norfolk-born Leicester player Ben Youngs at Twickenham.

His brother Tom Youngs and Saints' Tom Wood have been named as replacements.

England head coach Stuart Lancaster has made just one change to the starting line-up following last week's victory over Scotland, with Geoff Parling replacing Dave Attwood.

Luton Town to rename their stadium in support of cancer charity

Kenilworth Road will be called the Prostate Cancer UK Stadium. Credit: PA

Luton Town have announced that they will change the name of their stadium for one match - to raise awareness for a cancer charity.

Kenilworth Road will be called the Prostate Cancer UK Stadium for the League Two clash with Wycombe Wanderers next Tuesday (24 March).

The Hatters are the first Football League club to ever take the step.

The number of men who die from prostate cancer every year, and also Kenilworth's Road capacity.

“We are extremely proud to be the first club to partner with a charity such as Prostate Cancer UK by renaming our stadium, albeit temporarily.

When we first hinted at the idea we were met with a mixed reaction – which is understandable given the history of the ground, and the amount of affection our supporters hold for Kenilworth Road.

We felt sure that once the full story emerged about our supporting Prostate Cancer UK, our supporters would understand and fully support the move.

This is a first for Luton Town and a first in football and we are delighted to be teaming up with a charity which has supported the game, in particular supporters and players past and present, so well."

– Gary Sweet, Luton Town Chief Executive

Tour of Britain to return to Norfolk and Suffolk

The Tour of Britain in Norwich in 2012. Credit: ITV News Anglia

The Tour of Britain cycling race will return to Norfolk and Suffolk this autumn after a three-year absence.

The counties will host the penultimate stage which will take place on 12 September.

The 225km (139 mile) course will start at Fakenham Racecourse before heading to Norwich and eventually ending in Ipswich.

The route will also pass through Aylsham, Wymondham, Attleborough and Thetford among other towns and villages.

“In previous years the Tour of Britain has brought significant economic investment into Norfolk and proved to be a hugely popular event, so the race returning to the county is welcome news.

We are the only east of England stage and as well as giving a boost to Norfolk's profile and businesses, it may also lead to increased cycling among residents, with consequent health benefits."

– Paul Smyth, Norfolk County Council

Ipswich Town player gets England call

Portman Road, Ipswich Credit: Credit: PA Images

Ipswich Town player Ted Bishop has been called up by England to play in their European Under-19 Championship elite round qualifiers.

The midfielder has established himself as a first-team regular for the Blues after breaking into the side in August.

He recently signed a new deal to stay at Portman Road until 2018.

The U19's kick-off the tournament against Denmark on March 26th, before facing Azerbaijan two days later. England will then play hosts France, with the winners of the group qualifying for the finals in Greece in July.


Norwich City winger Murphy joins Wigan Athletic on loan

Josh Murphy in action for Norwich City against Blackpool. Credit: PA

Norwich City winger Josh Murphy has joined fellow Championship side Wigan Athletic on a month's loan.

The 20-year-old was part of the Canaries under 18s side that won the FA Youth Cup in 2013, and has featured in the first team on a number of occasions in the past two seasons.

Murphy could make his Wigan debut in tomorrow's game against high-flying Watford.

Wigan are managed by former Norwich defender Malky Mackay.

“Josh will be another great addition to what is still a small squad here.

He is a great young talent and we thank Norwich for allowing this to happen.

Hopefully Josh can make a successful contribution during his time with us and we’re delighted to have him on board.”

– Malky Mackay, Wigan Athletic Manager

Josh's twin brother Jacob also moved out on loan last week, joining Colchester United.

Northamptonshire to host longest stage of Women's Tour

The route of the Northamptonshire leg of the Friends Life Women's Tour has been announced.

County launch of women's tour Credit: ITV News Anglia

The county will host stage three, the longest of this year's five stage cycle race. The 86 mile route will start at Oundle and go through Corby and Desborough before the finish in Kettering.

The race will get underway on 19 June.

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