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MARK'S PROGRAMME NOTES | OLDHAM ATHLETIC

6 November 2021

An update from the CEO ahead of today's game

Good afternoon and welcome to today’s FA Cup first round tie with Oldham. I’m delighted to welcome the fans, players, staff and directors from Boundary Park. I personally always look forward to the FA Cup. I’m a traditionalist at heart and love the passion, history and theatre that the FA Cup brings.

Since my last programme notes, we’ve had three more games in which we have accumulated an additional six points out of a possible nine. The ending of the Fleetwood game summed up just what an amazing club this is. Bersant Celina scoring an injury time winner in a tough fought encounter literally took the roof off of Portman Road. To say that the passion of the supporters continually amazes me is an understatement. As you will have possibly seen, that passion was mirrored by Brett Johnson, one of the Three Lions, who was watching his first live fixture at Portman Road.

Following Fleetwood, over 1,600 Town fans made the long trek to Plymouth. Whilst we were ultimately disappointed with the result, I have to say that the support was just incredible. We then moved onto a really tough game at Adams Park against a team in Wycombe who had won their last eight home games. I’m sure that, after the first 20 minutes, you were all as nervous as I. But what the team showed was the absolute belief and desire to run towards adversity. Character, strength and passion – all of which was ignited by an incredible travelling 1,800 Town supporters. What an incredible set of travelling fans, what an incredible performance and what an incredible result. I know I’m being repetitive but that result typified what we can do if we all work together.

Be under no illusion, our team needs you, the Club needs you, we need you. This is a new era for Ipswich Town Football Club. This is a team and a Club who will not give up the fight. We have to build momentum and we have to be resilient. We have to do that together. Today will be another tough encounter. There are no easy games, particularly in the FA Cup. I’d love to see us have a good run in this year’s competition because winning becomes a habit. The more games we win, the stronger we will become - together.

Again, thank you for your amazing support. Get behind the boys this afternoon and let’s get into the next round of the Cup.

Enjoy the game,

Mark Ashton.


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