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2014-07-15T14:00:00 Updated 2015-02-18T21:35:39

Match Preview - Ipswich Town


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In brief

West Ham United contest their second pre-season fixture with a trip to Portman Road to take on Championship side Ipswich Town.

The Hammers opened their preparations for 2014/15 with a 2-2 draw with Stevenage at the Lamex Stadium on Saturday, where late goals from Matt Jarvis and Stewart Downing saw them recover from two goals down to share the spoils.

Manager Sam Allardyce will take a strong squad to Suffolk, with new boy Mauro Zarate and fellow forwards Andy Carroll and Carlton Cole hoping to make their first appearances after missing Saturday's game.

Ipswich also kicked-off their own pre-season fixture list on Saturday, when they ran out 4-0 winners at League of Ireland First Division side Shelbourne in Dublin.

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Who are they?

Ipswich Town was founded in 1878 but did not turn professional until 1936, joining the Football League two years later.

The Tractor Boys were promoted to the top flight in 1961, winning the title for the only time in their history the following season. Perhaps Ipswich's finest era was in the late 1970s and early 1980s when, under future England manager Bobby Robson, they were twice runners-up in Division One, won the FA Cup in 1978 and the UEFA Cup in 1981.

In more recent times, Ipswich have spent five seasons in the Premier League in two spells. The Suffolk side has spent the last 12 seasons in the second tier, reaching the Play-Offs twice in 2004 and 2005, when they were eliminated on both occasions by West Ham United.

One quirky fact about Ipswich is that they have never lost at home in European competition - a record spanning 31 matches over 45 years!

Team news

Sam Allardyce is again expected to utilise the majority of his squad at Portman Road, with new boy Mauro Zarate and fellow forwards Andy Carroll and Carlton Cole hoping to make their first appearances after missing Saturday's game at Stevenage with minor ailments. Former Ipswich left-back Aaron Cresswell is expected to feature against the club he left to join West Ham last month.

Ipswich have replaced Cresswell with Norway international Jonathan Parr from Crystal Palace. Manager Mick McCarthy has also drafted in wingers Cameron Stewart and Alex Henshall from Hull City and Manchester City respectively to further strengthen the left side of his squad. Striker Darren McQueen has joined Ipswich from Tottenham Hotspur and was among the scorers at Shelbourne.


Saturday's referee will be Andy Woolmer, a Northampton-based postman.

Forty-eight year old Woolmer is a long-serving Football League official who is also on the Premier League assistant referee list - a role he fulfilled at the 2003 League Cup final and Community Shield at the Millennium Stadium later the same year.

Woolmer has never refereed West Ham in a competitive fixture. However, he did take charge of a friendly match between a Hammers XI and Northampton Town at Sixfields Stadium in August 2012.

Woolmer will be assisted by Ian Rathbone and Mark Scholes, while his fourth official will be Dean Whitestone.

One to watch

Ipswich Town

Cameron Stewart is a 23-year-old left-sided midfield player who came through the youth ranks at Manchester United, but failed to make a first-team appearance for the Red Devils. After loan spells with Yeovil Town and Hull City, Stewart joined the latter on a permanent basis in January 2011 for £300,000.

A former England U20 international, Stewart recovered from a serious knee injury to play 32 times during the 2011/12 season, including an appearance as a half-time substitute in the Tigers' 2-1 Championship defeat at West Ham on the final day of the campaign. With first-team opportunities becoming increasingly limited at Hull, Stewart was loaned to Burnley, Blackburn Rovers, Charlton Athletic and Leeds United during the previous two seasons before moving to Ipswich on a free transfer on 1 July this year.

A lively 5'8 winger with good pace, Stewart will hope to make an impact at Portman Road.

West Ham United

West Ham United could hand a first appearance in Claret and Blue to forward Mauro Zarate, who became the Hammers' first summer signing when he agreed to a move from Argentine club Velez Sarsfield.

A skilful attacker capable of playing in a centre forward or withdrawn role and scoring spectacular goals, the Haedo-born player also numbers Birmingham City, Qatari side Al-Sadd and Italian giants Lazio and Internazionale among his former clubs.

Small in stature, but strong, elusive and technically excellent, Zarate finished as leading scorer in Argentina's 2014 Primera Division Torneo Final with 13 goals in 19 appearances.


West Ham United have been allocated of 2,000 Standard Tickets.

Tickets can no longer be bought online from West Ham United. However, tickets will be available to purchase (cash only) from the Cobbold Stand Away Turnstiles from 6.30pm on matchday.

Standard Ticket prices: £15 Adults, £10 Concessions (60+/U20s/Students), £3 U16s

Disabled Tickets can be purchase directly from Warner Duff, Ipswich Town Disability Officer on 01473 400 556 (normal office hours only).

Disabled Ticket prices: £10 Wheelchair/Ambulant disabled with complimentary carer*


Coach travel

There will be no coach travel for this fixture.

By car

Address: Portman Road, Ipswich, IP1 2DA
Distance from the Boleyn Ground: 76 miles
Directions: Motorists are encouraged to initially take the M11 or A13 out of London, rather than the slower A12. From the M11 or A13, join the M25 and link up with the northbound A12 at Junction 28. Follow the A12 for 52 miles before reaching a large roundabout. Take the second exit onto the A1214 (London Road) into Ipswich. Go straight over a roundabout after 0.4 miles and continue for two miles before turning right into A137 (West End Road) at the bottom of the hill. After 0.6 miles, turn left onto Russell Road and Portman Road stadium will be on your right. There are three Pay and Display car parks in Portman Road itself, while the city centre location means on-street parking is virtually non-existent. There are a number of other car parks located in the town centre which are sign posted, plus there is a multi-storey car park located next to the railway station

By train

Tickets: An Adult return between London Liverpool Street and Stevenage starts from £38.90.

Before the match: Ipswich railway station is within five minutes walking distance of Portman Road. Direct services leave London Liverpool Street at .00, .02, .30 and .32 minutes past the hour, taking between 58 minutes and one hour and 25 minutes to complete their journey. To reach the stadium, cross B1075 (Burrell Road) in front of the station and walk straight ahead along Princes Street. You should be able to see the floodlights directly in front of you. Cross the A137 and bear left, turning into Russell Road and the stadium is on your right-hand side.

After the match: Fast services leave Ipswich for Liverpool Street at 21.43, 22.23, 22.43. Supporters should note that the 22.43 is the final service back to London. 

Where to go for a pre-match drink/meal

The main away pub is the Riverside (Station) Hotel, which is located close to the railway station and is only a five-minute walk from Portman Road. Otherwise, the Punch & Judy on Cardinal Park is also close to the stadium and is open to both sets of supporters. The town centre has a good variety of eating and drinking options, as you might expect, including real ale pubs Lord Nelson in Fore Street and Dove Street Inn in St Helen's Street.


The forecast is for a warm evening with sunny intervals and a maximum temperature of 20C (68F).

Last meeting

West Ham United last travelled to Ipswich Town for a pre-season fixture on 4 August 2012. The Hammers were beaten 3-1 through goals from Jay Emmanuel-Thomas, Luke Chambers and Jason Scotland, with Matt Taylor netting the visitors' consolation. The game saw Aaron Cresswell line up against his future employers, while Mark Noble started against the club where he spent a period on loan as a youngster.

Ipswich Town 3-1 West Ham United
Pre-season match, 4 August 2012, Portman Road
Ipswich Town: Loach, Edwards (Ainsley 61), Cresswell (Whight 85), Chambers, Smith (Delaney 61), Hyam (Murray 79), Carson, Luongo (Kourouma 71), Emmanuel-Thomas (Lawrence 67), Martin, Chopra
Sub not used: Lee-Barrett
West Ham United: Jaaskelainen (Henderson 79), Demel, Reid, Collins, Potts (O'Brien 46), O'Neil (Moncur 77), Noble, Taylor, Vaz Te, Maiga (Maynard 61), Cole (Fanimo 74)
Sub not used: Lletget

Old boys

West Ham United midfielder Mark Noble played 13 Championship matches on loan for Ipswich in the 2006/07 season, with his first senior goal coming on 12 September 2006 in a 2-1 home win against Coventry City.

Hammers new boys Aaron Cresswell enjoyed three outstanding seasons with the Tractor Boys, making nearly 150 appearances and earning Player of the Year honours in 2012. Last season, his outstanding all-round displays saw Cresswell voted into the Championship Team of the Year by his fellow professionals.

Ipswich forward Frank Nouble joined the Tractor Boys from Wolverhampton Wanderers in January 2013 and has since chalked up 58 appearances and four goals for the Suffolk club. Previously, the 22-year-old Chelsea Academy graduate spent three seasons with West Ham between 2009 and 2012, scoring one goal in 19 games.

A number of players have played for both clubs down the years, including Lee Chapman, Kieron Dyer, Justin Fashanu, Craig Forrest, Paul Goddard, Matt Holland, Kevin Horlock, Robert Johnstone, John Lyall, Andy Nelson, Phil Parkes, Stuart Slater, Gavin Williams and Richard Wright.

The late, great John Lyall managed Ipswich Town between May 1990 and December 1994. The man who won the 1980 FA Cup with West Ham enjoyed further success at Portman Road, guiding the Tractor Boys to the Division Two title in 1991/92, ensuring the club would be members of the inaugural Premier League. He later took the role of Director of Football at Portman Road.

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