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Suffolk’s non-league players to miss out on Portman Road finals for second season running

PUBLISHED: 16:22 26 February 2015 | UPDATED: 16:22 26 February 2015

Ipswich Wanderers celebrate winning the Suffolk FA Senior Cup final against Whitton United at Portman Road on Wednesday, 08 May, 2013.

Ipswich Wanderers celebrate winning the Suffolk FA Senior Cup final against Whitton United at Portman Road on Wednesday, 08 May, 2013.

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Portman Road will not be used for any of this season’s Suffolk FA county cup finals.

It will be the second season running that Ipswich Town FC have been unable to host any of the finals at their ground.

The Premier Cup, Senior Cup and Junior Cup finals had been staged at Portman Road for a number of years, and the Women’s Cup final was also held there for the first time in 2013.

Ipswich Town secretary Sally Webb said: “We regret that we are unable to host the county cup finals, as we have done in past years.

“Our stadium may have to host play-off games at the end of the season and if we were fortunate enough to be promoted automatically we would be immediately involved in stadium and pitch renovation which would also prevent us from hosting the cup competitions.

“We wish all the competing teams the best for the remainder of the competitions and hope to host finals at Portman Road in the future.”

Suffolk FA chief executive Laura Smith said: “Obviously it is disappointing for all concerned, especially the competing clubs, their players and supporters who have made it through to the semi-final stage of the competitions.

“However, unlike last season, we are able to inform clubs of Ipswich Town’s decision before they play their semi-final ties, so as to avoid some of the disappointment at the finals not being at Portman Road.

“As a county FA we are delighted to see Ipswich Town challenging strongly for promotion to the Premier League, and wish the club every success in achieving that this season.”

Venues for this season’s finals will be announced once the semi-finals have taken place and the finalists are known.

11 comments

  • In 98 we played at Portman road after playoffs and after Tina Turner concert. Itfc have no excuse, 3 consecutive evenings after playoffs will not cause them much inconvenience. Poor PR town.

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    trafficlightipswich

    Friday, February 27, 2015

  • Some great comments . My comment is Ipswich ( providing they make the play offs ) are worried about the Pitch cutting up !! How about making some decent signings in the transfer windows and show some ambition not take away a grass roots players dream ! credit to our Neighbours Norwich for allowing the Norfolk senior cup to be held at Carrow road as thay are im affraid looking good for the play offs Itfc ..

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    Larry Elliston

    Thursday, February 26, 2015

  • Couldn't agree more with Phil Fairbrother. It might be the only chance a player gets to play in a cup final. Poor

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    fence sitter

    Thursday, February 26, 2015

  • Like many others I have enjoyed being involved in county cup finals at ITFC. However if they can get promoted the benefits for the club and the town as well as all supporters (either regulars or casual) will be immense. Ipswich Town in the premier League earns a lot of people a lot of money (both in the club and outside) and I have no problem with them giving themselves the best chance.

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    Mark M

    Thursday, February 26, 2015

  • The ITFC attitude to local cup-finals goes back, to at least, the Bobby Robson era and is appalling, particularly taking into account Norwich City's helpful relationship with local Norfolk football. Incidentally, I'm reliably informed that the long-term lease granted by Ipswich BC to ITFC contains a clause requiring the Club to allow the SFA finals to be played on the "hallowed turf". I've had the pleasure of "performing" there on three occasions and I do really feel the SFA, in particular, should require the Club to reconsider its approach.

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    Dave Morgan

    Friday, February 20, 2015

  • Brilliant comment Ploughman, play 3 games on a pitch a week leading up to a play off semi final, possibly the most important match of the season and you want to churn it up. Brilliant just brilliant. Playford Road is the answer, come on Town sort it out.

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    kingybo

    Tuesday, February 17, 2015

  • What a joke....ITFC are affiliated to Suffolk FA who have the power to appoint any ground for semisfinals. ITFC have yet again slapped local football in the face yet again. Norwich City stand by their county FA and who knows, might even make the playoffs so what us the problem with the Portman Road pitch? It was good enough for Barry Manilow last year!! Shame on both ITFC and Suffolk FA, represent the clubs who put in tens of thousands in fines and affiliations. Laura Smith's statement is quite patronising to all her members.

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    PHILIIP FAIRBROTHER

    Tuesday, February 17, 2015

  • Let's face facts. Town don't need amateurs running around churning up the turf. How about in stead of moaning you apologise for the times town did allow games. This complaint is only making the decision to say no easier. Ingrates.

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    Waddaloada

    Monday, February 16, 2015

  • They said this last season and Ipswich didn't make the play offs so could've played the finals at Portman road in the end. Itfc is a business now and not that friendly club who would welcome local cup finals. Maybe if we make playoff final the FA will change Wembley for another venue and see how they like it.

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    storey78

    Monday, February 16, 2015

  • Our club have been lucky enough to have played 2 Senior Finals at Portman Road and the players still talk about them. A poor excuse if you ask me. All 3 finals could be played in the same week before the playoffs take place.

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    PLOUGHMAN

    Monday, February 16, 2015

  • Why Ipswich town cannot offer the facilities of playford road for at least senior cup, and junior cup,it seems all take and give nothing back for local football

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    leslie king

    Monday, February 16, 2015

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