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Ipswich Town star Murphy shortlisted for Championship Player of the Year award

Daryl Murphy has been in the form of his career. Credit: PA

Ipswich Town striker Daryl Murphy has been shortlisted for The Championship Player of the Year award.

The Irishman has enjoyed the best season of his career, and leads the goalscoring charts with 24 goals.

Nathan Redmond is in the running for the Young Player of the Year award. Credit: PA

Murphy is up against Watford's Troy Deeney and Middlesbrough forward Patrick Bamford for the accolade. The winner will be announced on Sunday.

Former MK Dons loanee Bamford is also in the running for the Football League Young Player of the Year prize.

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He'll have to see off competition from Norwich City star Nathan Redmond and current Dons wonderkid Dele Alli.


Ipswich Town strike late deal for Crystal Palace pair Williams and Fryers

Jonny Williams has joined Ipswich Town for a third time. Credit: PA

Ipswich Town have signed Crystal Palace pair Jonny Williams and Zeki Fryers on loan.

Midfielder Williams has joined for a third spell at Portman Road, and is eligible to make his latest debut in the clash with Bournemouth on Good Friday.

The Welshman saw a loan spell cut short earlier this season after picking up an injury.

Zeki Fryers in action for Tottenham Hotspur. Credit: PA

Meanwhile, left-back Fryers has also joined.

The 22-year-old was seen as a big prospect at Manchester United, before he agreed a controversial move to Tottenham Hotspur.

However, he failed to make the grade at White Hart Lane and moved to Palace last summer.

In terms of outgoings, Ipswich striker Paul Taylor has joined Blackburn Rovers on loan until the end of the season.

Ipswich Town loanee Varney to remain at Portman Road until the end of the season

Luke Varney will stay at Ipswich until the end of the season. Credit: PA

Ipswich Town have extended the loan deal of Blackburn Rovers forward Luke Varney until the end of the season.

The 32-year-old initially joined on a month's loan, but Town had the option to extend that deal if they wanted to.

Varney will now stay at Portman Road until May 2, with an option also in place to cover the play-offs - should Ipswich make it.

Richard Chaplow is also staying put. Credit: PA

Town have also extended the loan of midfielder Richard Chaplow.

Again, he will stay until the end of the season.

Chaplow scored the winner in Ipswich's 1-0 win at Watford on Saturday (21 March).

Christophe Berra scored Scotland's winner last night. Credit: PA

In other news, defender Elliott Hewitt has been recalled from his loan spell at Colchester United to help cover for the suspension of Tyrone Mings and an injury to Jonny Parr.

Elsewhere, Ipswich defender Christophe Berra scored the winning goal for Scotland last night in their 1-0 triumph over Northern Ireland at Hampden Park.

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.


Ipswich Town to ban under fives from lower tiers

Ipswich Town have decided to ban children under the age of five from sitting in the lower tiers at Portman Road next season, because the club is worried about them getting hurt.

Portman Road, Ipswich Credit: PA Images

The move comes after several youngsters were hit by footballs flying into the crowd recently.

The decision has upset some families who will now have to relocate to other areas of the ground, but the club says that they had to take action to avoid any more incidents.

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Ipswich Town midfielder Chaplow: "We must be more ruthless"

Daryl Murphy's late penalty is saved. Credit: Nigel French/EMPICS Sport

Ipswich Town midfielder Richard Chaplow says it's important they bounce back quickly and be more ruthless in front of goal, with their Championship promotion hopes dented by back-to-back defeats.

The Blues lost 2-1 at Leeds United, three days after their 2-0 reverse in the East Anglian derby at Norwich.

Freddie Sears equalised for Ipswich after they trailed to an Alex Mowatt goal, but they conceded a second from Billy Sharp shortly afterwards.

And Leeds goalkeeper Marco Silvestri denied Ipswich the chance of salvaging a point by saving Daryl Murphy's late penalty.

"Murph's been brave enough to step up and try and stick it in the back of the net.

He's had a tremendous season so far, he's our leading goalscorer, and when all is said and done the 'keeper's made a good save.

He tipped it onto the post and it wasn't quite our day. Hopefully on Saturday (against Brentford) when we get our chances we'll be a bit more ruthless and stick them away, and if we do that I've no doubt in my mind that we'll get the win."

– Richard Chaplow, Ipswich Town

Back-to-back defeats for Ipswich Town

Mick McCarthy. Credit: PA

Ipswich Town stay a point outside the play-off zone following their defeat against Leeds.

They were a goal down at Elland Road before Freddie Sears benefitted from a goalkeeping mistake to equalise. The Blues conceded again shortly afterwards with Billy Sharp on target. Ipswich had a late chance to salvage a point after winning a penalty but Daryl Murphy's spot-kick was saved by Marco Silvestri.

It's now back to back defeats for the Suffolk club.

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