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7 June 2021

Midfielder hangs up boots having turned out 216 times for Town Women

Amanda Crump has retired following a 21-year association with Ipswich Town.

Amanda's history with Town dates back to the year 2000, when she joined the Club's former centre of excellence as a 10-year-old. After progressing through the Blues' youth ranks, Amanda made the transition into senior football and went on to make her first-team debut as a teenager in the summer of 2006. She took a short break from football on the eve of her twenties but returned to the side to become an ever present in the Town midfield not long after. Amanda was named Club captain by former manager Ralph Pruden in 2014 - a title which she had held until her retirement.

Having missed most of the 2016/17 season due to falling pregnant with her first child, Amanda returned to the training pitch just three weeks after giving birth and was able to feature in the season finale. Her return sparked life into the Tractor Girls, with her 13 goals in all competitions helping to secure a third-placed finish for Town in her first full season back on the pitch. She took another short break from football at the tail end of 2018 but quickly returned to the side following the appointment of current Town boss Joe Sheehan in February 2019. Amanda featured regularly under Joe as he transformed the Blues into a serious promotion contender.

Amanda enjoyed a remarkable start to the 2019/20 season and clocked up her 200th appearance for the club in Town Women's FA Cup tie with Royston Town in October 2019. She was subsequently honoured at Portman Road during the men's home game against Rotherham, where she was the guest of honour and was presented with a commemorative shirt at half-time. Amanda continued to lead the Tractor Girls throughout a memorable campaign in which Town were flying high at the top of the league in addition to making Women's FA Cup history by becoming the first fourth-tier side to reach the fifth round. Town would ultimately exit to eventual winners and WSL giants Manchester City, where Amanda would lead her side out against some of women's football's biggest names.

She would feature one more time that season before announcing that she was expecting her second child. Following her pregnancy and the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic, Amanda's return to the squad was delayed but she made her long-awaited comeback after as a substitute in Town Women's FA Cup defeat to Billericay in April. That would be Amanda's final appearance in an Ipswich Town shirt as she decided to hang up her boots at the end of the season. Amanda retires as the Tractor Girls' all-time leading appearance maker with 216 games played, during which she notched an impressive 72 goals from midfield.

On her retirement, Amanda said:" My time has come to retire from football after 26 years in the game. Much of my time in my career has been spent with Ipswich Town from when the centre of excellence first started at U10s through to the seniors with a special highlight of playing against Man City in the FA Cup last year. I've been at the Club throughout the good times and the low times but every moment has been enjoyable and it has been an absolute honour to play at the Club week in, week out and to finish my career at Ipswich as captain was a huge honour."

Everyone at Ipswich Town congratulates Amanda on a fantastic career and wishes her the very best in her retirement.

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