World News – UK – City fans are excited to return to Portman Road before the game

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The Blue Army is back in service! Fans are returning to Portman Road for the first time in nine months.
– Photo credit: Neil Didsbury

After nine months, the fans were finally allowed to step back on Portman Road – and most of the lucky 2. 000 with tickets couldn’t believe their luck.

Andrew Mason has been a town fan for years and was delighted when his name was pulled out of his hat – he was looking forward to getting behind the team.

Andrew Mason hoped fans would view the return to Portman Road positively.
– Photo credit: Neil Didsbury

He lives in Felixstowe despite being born and raised in Ipswich – and he looked forward to the crowd playing a part in the match.

He said, « I hope everyone is positive and cheering them on – I hope there aren’t too many moans. It will be great to be back. « 

Gerry Summons from Bury St. Edmunds has been coming to Portman Road for 52 years – since Town was promoted to Bill McGarry in 1968.

Gerry Summons was worried about Covid’s numbers in Ipswich before coming to the match.
– Photo credit: Neil Didsbury

But he admitted he was a little concerned when his name was pulled out of the hat. He said: « I’ve been a regular for all these years but I’m a little worried about this Covid and I know there is a lot going on in Ipswich but I felt like I had to come. « .

« I hope it will be positive for the team. I would love to see the money man (club owner Marcus Evans) give a little more so we can buy some seasoned men to go with the guys. But I think Paul Lambert is the right man for the job and I hope they do well today. « 

Brothers Ollie and Marcus Smith of Henley Road, Ipswich have been coming to Portman Road since childhood in the 1990s – and looked forward to their return to the stadium.

Ollie said, « We saw the games online, but it’s not the same – it’s great to be back on the ground. « 

And getting back to the ground was important for Wendy Smith of Maldon, Essex.

Wendy Smith had come from Maldon to support Town – and would enjoy the day regardless of the outcome.
– Photo credit: Wendy Smith

She said, « It’s just great to come back. To be honest, whatever the result, I’m happy to be here – but of course I’d love to see a win. « 

And news reporter Olly Sullivan was also among those whose name came out of the hat.

Before the game he sent a message from the floor: « What an incredible feeling when he went up the stairs for the first time in so long and saw the square on Portman Road. It all felt so surreal.

« To see the players warm up and see the joy among the city’s fans. . . It was amazing. Hopefully it will get better in spring and we’ll see this fantastic stadium full of fans again. « 

All fans had to have their temperature taken before heading to Portman Road.
– Photo credit: Neil Didsbury

Only the co-op booth and the Sir Alf Ramsey booth were for the 2nd. 000 fans were opened to enter the stadium. They all had to watch social distancing even though bubbles could sit together. Everyone had to undergo a temperature control on the way to the stadium.

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World News – UK – City fans are excited to return to Portman Road ahead of the game

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