Date: 4th June 2016 at 4:50pm
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I have been editor of this Vital Ipswich website for around two years and from time to time I have had help from Town supporters, who want to air their views to the wider football audience and why not I ask? We are a broad church so why not join the congregation!

Ipswich Town football club has a proud history and although results and performances of late have not been what we would have wished them to be, there are indeed encouraging signs that we are moving slowly but surely in the right direction.

Give youth a chance has been the universal cry and in the last few weeks of last season we saw that the new kids on the block possessed maturity beyond their years and we can only hope that if they can avoid a loss of form or injury they can progress.

What a delight it was to see Andre Dozzell follow in his father’s footsteps by not only making his debut like his dad at sixteen but also getting on the scoresheet too!

We already have Teddy Bishop to look forward to and of course we have also seen massive improvement and a greater level of maturity from young Irishman Adam McDonnell; along with defenders Josh Emmanuel and Myles Kenlock.

Further down the youthful pecking order and there is Kundai Benyu who is a raw talent now but has a bright future in the game.

New Zealand youngster Monty Patterson who came off the bench to win his third full cap as New Zealand beat the Solomon Islands 1-0 in their final group game at the Oceania Nations Cup in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea this morning incidentally, is another one who can only get better with the blues.

Our youth have always been a vital cog in the wheel for the blues and the good news is that the management team; including Mick Mccarthy, Ian Milne and even Marcus Evans believe in giving youth a chance and so they should!

We may not be able to keep hold of all of our youngsters but there is every hope that a few of them will still be here in years to come, as we make an even greater attempt at reaching football’s promised land, which of course is where all the big fish live.

Here then, is your opportunity to come on board and start writing about the team you adore.

I have been supporting this club for 45 years and more and although there have been many more dark days than sunny ones, the success, when it finally arrives, is well worth the wait so what are you waiting for come on board and make your feelings known!

Frank Weston – Vital Ipswich


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