EACH to benefit as prestigious competition returns to Portman Road
Blues and the Canaries have agreed to resurrect the prestigious competition, which was first played for in the 1927/28 season after William F.Paul, then President of the East Suffolk and Ipswich Hospital, donated a trophy to the winners of a four team tournament that was instigated to raise funds for the hospital.
Since then, Chelsea, Tottenham, Aston Villa, West Ham, QPR and many other clubs have taken part in the competition, before it was decided in later years it would be contested between just Town and Norwich.
The last Hospital Cup game saw Town and the Canaries share the honours with a 1-1 draw in 1990 but after a 25 year absence, the competition is back.
On April 30, Town will play host to Norwich at U16 level with proceeds going to East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices and the ITFC Academy Association.
The match will be played over 90 minutes and will go straight to penalties if a draw. Kick-off is 7pm.
“The Hospital Cup has a rich history with this football club and it’s great to see it back,” said Town’s Academy manager, Bryan Klug.
“It’s a special game whenever we play Norwich, at whatever level, and I’m sure it will be a great occasion, especially for the boys involved who will be getting their first chance to play at Portman Road.
“It’s also a chance for us to raise funds for such a worthy cause in East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices.”
Camilla Haycock, EACH Suffolk Partnerships Manager, added: “East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices are delighted to be working with Ipswich and Norwich for the Ipswich Hospital Cup game.
“EACH has hospices in both Suffolk and Norfolk and supports 350 families across the two counties, caring for children with a life-threatening condition.
“We hope that as many people as possible can show their support for the charity and for the Town Academy by purchasing a ticket to the game or making a donation.”
Tickets are priced at £5 per adult, £3 concessions and £1 U16s and can be purchased under Club Events on www.itfcdirect.com.
Photo caption: Town coaches Bryan Klug and Jason Dozzell join Gregg Crane and Jimmy Unwin from Norwich with the Ipswich Hospital Cup.