The Ticket Donation Story – November 2018

In November 2018, a work colleague appealed for Christmas Shoeboxes to be made up for her to deliver to underprivileged children in Romania. My Twin daughters, Lola and Angel, had done this before at their primary school and wished to partake in this again.

Their generosity inspired me to want to do the same for somebody and when ITFC announced a cheap ticket deal on black Friday in November for a game against West Brom, I simply tweeted that I would like to buy a pair of tickets for someone who ordinarily could not afford to go to games.

I was immediately flooded with offers from other Town fans and ex-players who wanted to donate too and within six days, I had a total donation o f£2500.00 in my account. Captain Luke Chambers had also made a donation as well as current players donating tickets.

Ipswich Town matched the donations in what was a truly magnificent gesture by the club and local charities and schools became the beneficiaries. Almost a thousand free tickets were donated to those that could not ordinarily afford to go and this will no doubt forever remain the most humbling experience of my life. As the days that followed my gesture of donating two tickets grew into something that I could never have imagined, the weeks since have constantly reminded me that we can all do so much more for those less fortunate than ourselves and also, on a more regular basis.

I have received words of thanks from some of those that benefitted but without wanting to sound like those words have fallen on death ears, the enormous feeling of satisfaction gained in knowing how happy so many people were made to feel was enough gratification needed.

Two days after Christmas Day (2018), I came across a Big Issue vendor in Colchester. As I always do when I meet these vendors, I purchased the magazine. I parted company with a fiver, told the lady to keep the change and wished her a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. My heart was warmed again, a fuzzy feeling if you like in giving something to someone whose needs are greater than mine – I just wish it could have been more.

I am frequently asked why the idea took off as well as it did. I do think that Ipswich fans react well to novel ideas, but it was an affordable way for so many people to help others as well as helping the club benefit too. Would I do it all again? You bet I would. Will it be as big a success? Who knows, but many have said they would donate again. When the time is right, we’ll have another go for sure and I just know that our great fans will be equally as generous.

Here is just some of the coverage that this story attracted:

East Anglian Daily Times

Ipswich Star

BBC

ITFC

Hold The Front Page

TWTD

Daily Gazette

 

 

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East Anglian Daily Times & Ipswich Star Newspaper Columns – March 2019

Here are my columns for March 2019 that can be found in both the East Anglian Daily Times and Ipswich Star newspapers as well as on their on-line pages.

Please don’t forget that you are always welcome to contribute to the column (Contact Karl is the link above to get in touch) and I am extremely grateful to Archant Suffolk for their permission in reproducing the column. Happy reading and COYB!:

01/04/2019: The bubble of optimism has been well and truly pricked!

18/03/2019: We have turned performances around on and off the pitch and the tide is turning!

11/03/2019: We might be down but we’re certainly not out.

04/03/2019: My heart feels broken, with no doubt more horrible defeats on the horizon. 

 

 

 

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Does it matter how we in? This week’s Fuller Flavour…..

On Saturday, Town beat Bolton Wanderers 2-0. The result was great, the performance not so. Does it matter how we win? I suggest that as our attendance was the lowest for over 19 years, it seemingly does. Ipswich Town must be concerned at how and when the missing thousands are going to return…

To read this week’s column, please click on the link below:

Fuller Flavour 18-09-2017

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Beattie could have had so many more England caps – This week’s Fuller Flavour

With no Town game at the weekend and with two England games in the offering, I caught up with the man that many regard as Ipswich Town’s greatest-ever player Kevin Beattie to discuss his very brief England career.

But for injury, the ‘Beat’ would have won so many more caps for sure. He had a goal disallowed on his debut v Cyprus, scored in a 5-1 win over Scotland and actually earned more money per game from his boot sponsor than the FA.

To read more, please click on the link below to read this week’s edition of the Fuller Flavour:

Fuller Flavour 04-09-2017 Beattie could have had so many more England caps…The end of another transfer window…and Debut Scorer – Ryan Fraser.*

*Each week for the 2017/18 season, the Fuller Flavour in the East Anglian Daily Times and Ipswich Star looks back at debutant goalscorers in chronological order.

Please don’t forget that you are always welcome to contribute to the column (Contact Karl is the link above to get in touch) and I am extremely grateful to Archant Suffolk for their permission in reproducing the column. Happy reading and COYB!

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Decent start to 2017/18 despite first league defeat

Back by popular demand (ok, at the request of a mate), I am now uploading the full digital version of my column again that appears every Monday in the East Anglian Daily Times and Ipswich Star.

Saturday saw our first league defeat of the season at the hands of an excellent Fulham side. Having taken 12 points from a possible 15, with so many players missing through injury and illness every game so far, going into the international break in second place is more than any of us could have dreamt of after last season. So thank you for taking the time to read my nonsensical ramblings for another season and Please click on the link below to read this week’s edition of the Fuller Flavour:

Fuller Flavour 28-08-2017 Sometimes you have to accept losing to a better side…Praise for youngsters and Debut Scorer – Josh Yorwerth.*

*Each week for the 2017/18 season, the Fuller Flavour in the East Anglian Daily Times and Ipswich Star looks back at debutant goalscorers in chronological order.

Please don’t forget that you are always welcome to contribute to the column (Contact Karl is the link above to get in touch) and I am extremely grateful to Archant Suffolk for their permission in reproducing the column. Happy reading and COYB!

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Unbeaten February more than we could have dreamed of but a long way to go still…

Who would have thought that with the fixtures we had to fear in February, we would come through them unbeaten.  Only one win might take the gloss off that statistic for some but performances have been better and it’s a foundation to build on for the remainder of the season.

As for yesterday’s derby, a fair result I thought, a result that did more harm to Norwich than us so therefore, must be deemed as a good result.  I’m still seething over the penalty that we did not get early on.  We’ll bank that decision along with Jonathan Douglas’s goal ruled out for offside in the home fisture earlier in the season for when some real luck goes our way.

Penalty for Town? Nope, just a free-kick to Norwich….

Please click on the link below to read this week’s edition of the Fuller Flavour:

Fuller Flavour – 27 February 2017 Did you hear the booing?  From Norwich fans that is…..and Liverpool v Ipswich in the FA Cup remembered in the Fuller Flashback feature.*

*Each week, the Fuller Flavour in the East Anglian Daily Times and Ipswich Star looks back at games in chronological order of the 1991/92 season as I celebrate 25 years of Town winning the Second Division Championship.

Please don’t forget that you are always welcome to contribute to the column (Contact Karl is the link above to get in touch) and I am extremely grateful to Archant Suffolk for their permission in reproducing the column. Happy reading and COYB!

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Lincoln IMPressive as Town continue to struggle…

Nigh on 5000 Lincoln City fans made Saturday for me.  Watching them enjoy their day reminded me of all those that I have enjoyed as an Ipswich fan too – even if they were a while ago now.

Real football fans deserve the really good days and for every bad day we suffer, the sweeter the better days are.  As I discussed with a few Lincoln fans after the game, those that suffered emotionally when their team dropped out of the Football League, you just have to hang in there and hope that you get rewarded again for the time and money spent on following your team.  Saturday belonged to them, hopefully we’ll have good days again that will belong to us.  I suspect much needs to happen though before we see those days….

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Fuller Flavour 9 January 2017  Impressive Lincoln made sorry Blues look like non-league team…..Pet Shop Boys’ songs sum up current mood…..and Defeat on Teesside followed by Cup replay win at Hartlepool.*

*Each week, the Fuller Flavour in the East Anglian Daily Times and Ipswich Star looks back at games in chronological order of the 1991/92 season as I celebrate 25 years of Town winning the Second Division Championship.

Please don’t forget that you are always welcome to contribute to the column (Contact Karl is the link above to get in touch) and I am extremely grateful to Archant Suffolk for their permission in reproducing the column. Happy reading and COYB!

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