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MATCH PREVIEW V SOUTHAMPTON

14 January 2015

Bart pays tribute to a former Blue who is a 'legend' in Saints' colours

Bart Bialkowski is looking forward to meeting up again tonight with the former Blue that he describes as a ‘legend’.

Kelvin Davis spent two years at Portman Road before joining Mick McCarthy’s Sunderland in the summer of 2005. A year later he was on his way to Southampton, where he became a team-mate of Bart’s on the south coast. 

The two were on the bench for the 1-1 draw between Town and Saints at St Mary’s at the start of the month, with Town 'keeper Bart telling the Club website: “We had a good chat then and I’m looking forward to seeing him again tonight.   

“I was out for 10 months with a cruciate ligament injury at Southampton and the club signed Kelvin in that time.

“He came in and was absolutely brilliant for them. He is a legend down there. He was playing so well week in, week out. He was so consistent and that is the main thing you look for as a footballer. They were never going to drop him so there was no real chance for me to get back in the side. 

“He’s a great guy. I was working with him every day and he helped me so much. We were neighbours as well and we still stay in contact.”

Team news
Town: Teddy Bishop, Cole Skuse and Jay Tabb are all sidelined with a virus but hopefully will be okay for the weekend trip to Millwall. 

Southampton: Toby Alderweireld is out with injury and new signing Eljero Elia is unavailable after joining the club after the first game was played.

Foot in both camps
Jim Magilton joined Southampton in February 1994 and became a regular in their side in his three and a half years there, making over 150 appearances before moving to Sheffield Wednesday. He joined Town on loan in January 1999 and made it permanent two months later. An inspirational figure during Town’s return to the Premier League in 2000, he scored a hat-trick in the Play-Off semi-final win over Bolton. He went on to make 315 appearances for Blues before becoming manager at Portman Road in the summer of 2006. He had three years in charge at Town and is now the elite performance director with the Irish Football Association and part of the coaching set-up with Northern Ireland’s senior team. 

Match officials
Referee: Graham Scott
Assistants: Stephen Child, Harry Lennard. 
Fourth official: Gavin Ward

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The BBC are showing the game live. You can also follow every kick with live commentary on Ipswich Player. Our social media channels will also keep you up to date through the 90 minutes and beyond.

Tickets News
This game is all ticket. No sales at the turnstiles. You can buy online or at Planet Blue up until 5pm. There are only a few hundred left.



  



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