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5 June 2013

Blues take part in 7-a-side tournament with Academy scholar Michael Crowe also lending a helping hand

The season may be done and dusted for the first-team, but a number of Town sides were in action this weekend as they took part in the annual Norwegian Supporters Club Cup.

Three different Blues sides (named Ipswich 1, 2 and 3) all took part in the 7-a-side tournament, which has been running annually in the first week of June since 1991.

The tournament sees fans take to the field to represent their team, with a number of supporters clubs from up and down the country travel to Norway to take part, with the matches taking place at Hundsund, Fornebu, which is located just south west of the city of Oslo.

This year the title was taken by Tottenham, which represented a third victory for the North Londoners.

Both Ipswich 1 and Ipswich 2 both won one game and lost two, with Ipswich 1 beating West Ham 1-0 but losing to Liverpool 1 by 4-0 and slipping to a 1-0 defeat to Aston Villa.

Meanwhile Ipswich 2 were beaten 4-0 by Manchester United 1 and 1-0 by Hull City, although were handed a 2-0 walkover victory over Nottingham Forest, who withdrew their side.

Ipswich 3, who couldn’t play in the main tournament as not enough teams withdrew, took part in the ‘show tournament’ and recorded a landmark 3-1 victory over TV2 Sporten, a team made up of celebrities and former players including Claus Lundekvam and managed by former Spurs man Erik Thorstvedt.

There was a familiar face amongst the Ipswich ranks, with Academy scholar Michael Crowe lining up for the side- however the Norwegian born ‘keeper played outfield!

The relations between the British and Scandinavian ITFC supporters clubs remain strong and a celebration barbecue was put on after the tournament for members to mingle, before people departed for Britain on the Saturday.

Town currently sit in 32nd place in the Supportercupen ‘marathon’ table, which is made up of 50 separate clubs, of which Blues have played 60 matches, won 11, drawn 5 and lost 44.

The tournament runs annually each year and members of the Supporters Club are encouraged to get involved.

Thanks to Stig Persson for the information and photos.   


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