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Rivals take on ice bucket challenge

The East Anglian derby returns this weekend, and to celebrate many players past and present have been taking the ice bucket challenge.

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Ipswich Town pre-season friendlies

Ipswich Town will wrap up their pre-season programme with a trip to Leyton Orient on Saturday, August 2. Blues will kick-off against last season’s beaten League One Play-Off finalists at 3pm, at the Matchroom Stadium (better known as Brisbane Road).

  • 12 July - Shelbourne (A) 3pm
  • 16 July - West Ham (H) 7.45pm
  • 23 July - Colchester (A) 7.30pm
  • 26 July - Gillingham (A) 3pm
  • 29 July - Southend (A) 7.45pm
  • 2 August - Leyton Orient (A) 3pm

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Loach wastes no time in finding new club after sealing Rotherham United switch

Scott Loach could come up against Ipswich Town next season for Rotherham United.
Scott Loach could come up against Ipswich Town next season for Rotherham United. Credit: PA

Former Ipswich Town goalkeeper Scott Loach has wasted no time in finding a new club after sealing a switch to newly-promoted Championship side Rotherham United.

The 26-year-old left Town by mutual consent earlier this afternoon.

Loach has signed a two-year deal in South Yorkshire.

Read more: Loach heads for the Ipswich exit door

Ipswich Town keeper Scott Loach heads for the exit door

Scott Loach has left Ipswich Town.
Scott Loach has left Ipswich Town. Credit: PA

Ipswich Town goalkeeper Scott Loach has left the club by mutual consent.

The former Watford man has hardly featured since joining in 2012.

Loach, who is a boyhood Ipswich fan, is now free to join another club.

“My time at the club is over but I just want to thank everyone for making me feel welcome here,” Loach told the club's official website.

“I’ve always had a great reception from the fans and I think the club is a credit to itself. The people at the club and the fans who support Ipswich all deserve a big future and I hope they get just that.”

Republic call ups for Ipswich and Norwich stars

Daryl Murphy Credit: PA

Martin O'Neill has named his squad for the Republic of Ireland's end-of-season friendlies.

Among those getting a call were Ipswich Town's Daryl Murphy and Norwich City's Anthony Pilkington and Wes Hoolahan.

Former Town stars Damien Delaney and Jonathan Walters will also feature.

O'Neill said the games against Turkey, Italy, Costa Rica and Portugal would help him get to know his squad. "The matches will be about getting to know the players better and changing them around a little bit in terms of personnel in different matches."

Aaron Cresswell and Britt Assombalonga selected for PFA teams by fellow professionals

Aaron Cresswell has been in superb form for Ipswich Town.
Aaron Cresswell has been in superb form for Ipswich Town. Credit: PA

Ipswich Town left-back Aaron Cresswell and Peterborough United striker Britt Assombalonga have been named in the PFA Championship and League One teams of the year respectively.

The duo were selected by their fellow professionals.

Former Tranmere Rovers man Cresswell has enjoyed a superb season for Town, who now know that they can't make the play-offs in The Championship following Saturday's narrow defeat to already promoted Burnley.

Britt Assombalonga has hit over 30 goals this season.
Britt Assombalonga has hit over 30 goals this season. Credit: PA

Meanwhile, Posh forward Assombalonga has hit over 30 goals since joining in a club record deal last summer from Championship side Watford.

Championship Team of the Year: Kasper Schmeichel (Leicester City), Kieran Trippier (Burnley), Jason Shackell (Burnley), Wes Morgan (Leicester City), Aaron Cresswell (Ipswich Town),

Andy Reid (Nottingham Forest), Danny Drinkwater (Leicester City), Will Hughes (Derby County),

Craig Bryson (Derby County) Danny Ings (Burnley), Ross McCormack (Leeds United)

League One Team of the Year: Carl Ikeme (Wolves), Sam Ricketts (Wolves), Danny Batth (Wolves), Harry Maguire (Sheffield United), Jake Bidwell (Brentford)

Bakary Sako (Wolves), Adam Forshaw (Brentford), Kevin McDonald (Wolves), Ben Pringle (Rotherham United),

Britt Assombalonga (Peterborough United), Callum Wilson (Coventry City)

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Ipswich to battle buoyant Burnley to keep play-off place dream alive

by Donovan Blake

Ipswich Town manager Mick McCarthy insists his team must be ready to take advantage of buoyant Burnley - if they've relaxed after winning promotion to the Premier League.

The Blues have to win to take their chase for the Championship play-offs to the final weekend. Anything less and their hopes will end if Reading win on Saturday.

Burnley sealed their return to the top flight on Bank Holiday Monday by beating Wigan on Bank Holiday Monday, to go up with champions Leicester City.

"I guess I'm hoping that Burnley will have enjoyed themselves this week. They've took their eye off the ball slightly because you do if you get promoted", said McCarthy, speaking ahead of their trip to Turf Moor.

"It's hard to get back to that intensity that you had for 44 games. Some people may say 'That's bonkers. Why is it?' Because it is, let me just tell you. Because you've been as tight as a piano wire working at it, and then suddenly you relax.

"You've achieved what you've set out to achieve, its hard then to get back to that level. And I'm living in hope that it's the case for Burnley because if they're right bang at it, they're the second best team in the league, and we'll have a real tough afternoon."

Ipswich's Cole Skuse: "We've given ourselves a great chance, more than good enough to get in the play-offs"

Ipswich Town are now just two points outside of the play-off spots in the Championship after winning 2-nil away at Huddersfield on Tuesday night.

On the day after the match Ipswich midfield player Cole Skuse was answering questions at a corporate event with the Co-op, one of the club's sponsors. A promotional do ahead of a possible promotion maybe?

Skuse said: "Two points off it with five to go we've given ourselves a great chance. We've got more than a good enough squad to get in the play-offs."

Town play Doncaster on Saturday, and with the club offering free tickets to local schools, they're hoping to have more than 20,000 at Portman Road.

Click below to watch a report by ITV News Anglia's Malcolm Robertson

Ipswich Town announce new kit deal

Ipswich Town has announced a new deal with sportswear company adidas who will become the club's official kit supplier for the next four seasons.

The deal starts in July and will see adidas producing everything from Academy to first team level and cover training and replica kit too.

Ipswich winning the FA cup in 1978 Credit: PA Wire

It's the first time Ipswich has worked with adidas for 25 years. The company produced the kit during the Club's heyday when the FA Cup and UEFA Cup trophies were held at Portman Road.

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