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MARK'S PROGRAMME NOTES | WIGAN ATHLETIC

19 April 2022

The thoughts of Town's CEO ahead of tonight's game

Good evening and welcome to tonight’s game against Wigan Athletic at Portman Road. As ever, I’m delighted to welcome the supporters, players, staff and directors who have made the long journey south from DW Stadium to Suffolk.

I’d like to begin my programme notes in a similar fashion to those for the game against Cambridge United. At that fixture, eight-year-old Ipswich fan Noah and his teacher, Mrs Grainger, were special guests of the Club, dining in the boardroom before watching the match from the directors box. Noah wrote a letter to me asking to raise awareness and money for treatment for Mrs Grainger, who lives with a rare condition called MNGIE. The full story about their visit to Portman Road is on the Club’s website but I just wanted to take this opportunity to say what a pleasure it was to have Noah, a fantastic young man, Mrs Grainger, and their families with us that afternoon. It has been great to see so many donations made from both Ipswich and Cambridge fans on their JustGiving page too. If you can, please donate here - https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/compassionate-treatment-for-mngie?utm_term=p7qNMEeaM.

As you will have seen, we recently celebrated the anniversary of Gamechanger 20 Ltd’s takeover of the Club. I hope you will agree that the Club is moving in the right direction. I’d also like to take this opportunity to thank you for the support and well wishes that my colleagues and I have received in our time here. Thank you.

At our last home game with Cambridge, there were more than 26,500 supporters inside Portman Road. That is a truly outstanding backing. That was followed by big crowds travelling to Shrewsbury and most recently Rotherham, with the second of those being an early kick-off and live on Sky Sports. Season ticket sales ahead of next year continue to grow, too. Your support is appreciated by everyone at the Club and, as I will continue to stress, the only way we can build the Football Club is by doing it together.

Tonight’s game sees us take on league leaders Wigan in what, without a doubt, will be a tough test. Let’s get the three points and finish the season as strongly as we can this month.

Thank you for your unwavering support and enjoy the game,

Mark Ashton


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