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8 August 2014

Club calling for a 'Wall of Colour' from the terraces with the support of the Blue Army praised by Mick

 Town are calling on supporters to create a wall of colour at Portman Road this weekend, as the new Championship season gets underway.

The support of the fans has been superb, even described by striker David McGoldrick as ‘the best he’s played in front of’, and we want to use that to our advantage against Fulham tomorrow (kick-off 5.15pm).

Despite the warm summer weather, we want fans to bring an Ipswich scarf with them to the game- to hold aloft just before kick-off.

As well as this, we want to see as many supporters in a blue home shirt as possible as we aim to make Portman Road a sea of blue.

Manager Mick McCarthy is behind the campaign, which is being run across the Football League, and told the Club website: “We’ve enjoyed the superb support from the fans since I arrived and we want that to continue.

“The fans have a huge part to play from the terraces, that can’t be underestimated.

“With the noise and atmosphere they can generate, it certainly transmits down to the pitch and hopefully the players can respond to that and give the supporters the positive start to the season they all want.”

Injury news

Town will be without the services of Cameron Stewart, who suffered a fractured jaw against Leyton Orient during pre-season and will be out of action for around six weeks. Paul Anderson (hamstring) and Jonathan Parr (groin) will also miss out through injury. Stephen Hunt remains sidelined with a calf injury.

Fulham boss Felix Magath is sweating on the fitness of Ross McCormack, who is in a race against time to make his competitive debut for the Whites following his £11m switch from Leeds in the summer. Kay Voser, Thomas Eisfeld and Tim Hoogland will all hope to feature at Portman Road as well.

Where they finished last season

Town- 9th
Fulham- 19th (Premier League)

Worn both badges

Ryan Tunnicliffe spent the first-half of last season on loan at Portman Road, joining from Manchester United and becoming a key part of the Blues’ midfield. The loan deal was cut short in January, however, as Ryan made a deadline day permanent switch to Fulham, in a double deal that also saw Larnell Cole move to Craven Cottage.

Match Officials

Referee: Stephen Martin
Assistants: Ryan Atkin & Barry Holderness
Fourth Official: Gavin Ward

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