PUBLISHED: 06:00 16 October 2018 Andy Warren Grant Ward and Luke Chambers were at Ipswich Town before Paul Hurst arrived. Picture: ARCHANT Archant Andy Warren looks at how the players inherited by Paul Hurst have fared during the opening weeks of the season. Ipswich manager Paul Hurst gets a hug from his Captain Luke Chambers after the win at Swansea City Picture PagepixA total of 12 new signings have been made since Hurst arrived in the summer, with a whole host of players departing at the start of a new era at Ipswich Town.Of the 11 players who started the opening-day draw with Blackburn, seven had played under former boss Mick McCarthy. But in the 12 games which have followed, new signings have outnumbered inherited players in nine.Here we take a look at the players inherited by Hurst.MORE: QPR, Leeds, Millwall, Preston and Reading... Big five games ahead as Town approach milestone momentLuke Chambers has played every minute of every game under Hurst. … [Read more...] about The Paul Hurst era has been characterised by change… but how have the old guard fared under a new boss?
PUBLISHED: 17:37 15 October 2018 | UPDATED: 17:37 15 October 2018 Stuart Watson Ipswich Town winger Gwion Edwards has been added to Wales squad for a Nations League game in Ireland. Photo: Steve Waller © Copyright Stephen Waller Ipswich Town winger Gwion Edwards will have added motivation and confidence following his long-awaited return to the Wales squad. Gwion Edwards celebrates scoring against Norwich City. Photo: Steve WallerThat’s according to Blues academy coach Geraint Williams, the man who nurtured Edwards during his stint as Wales Under-21 boss.Edwards was included in the Welsh senior set-up back in October 2014 when a Crawley Town player but didn’t make his debut.MORE: QPR, Leeds, Millwall, Preston and Reading... Big five games ahead as Town approach milestone momentFour years later he has finally been called up again after Ryan Giggs added him to a squad hit by withdrawals – star men Gareth Bale and Aaron Ramsey among … [Read more...] about Geraint Williams on why Edwards’ Wales call-up is good news for Town
Poll PUBLISHED: 14:04 15 October 2018 Stuart Watson Ipswich Town captain Luke Chambers celebrates victory at Swansea City. Photo: Pagepix Pagepix Ltd 07976 935738 After two weeks off, there will be just five more games until the next international break – a stage in the campaign where owners often assess their options. Stuart Watson looks at Town’s upcoming clashes. Toni Leistner (second left) celebrates his winner for QPR at Reading at the start of this month. Photo: PAMILESTONE MOMENTDid Town want two weeks off after finally securing their first win of the campaign at Swansea last weekend? Possibly not. However, it might just allow the troops to regroup, physically and mentally, for what looks a crucial set of fixtures.There are just five more games before the third international break of the season – a traditional milestone moment. That’s when owners of clubs at the wrong end of the table – particularly in the … [Read more...] about QPR, Leeds, Millwall, Preston and Reading… Big five games ahead as Town approach milestone moment
Opinion PUBLISHED: 13:00 14 October 2018 Paul Hurst... negatives and positives so far at Portman Road Photo: STEVE WALLER © Copyright Stephen Waller A quarter of the way through the season, TERRY HUNT, takes a look at Ipswich Town and Paul Hurst’s current plight Freddie Sears, back in favour... at last. Picture: STEVE WALLER WWW.STEPHENWALLER.COMWell, what do you think of it so far?A quarter of the way through the season, as we draw breath for an international break, it seems a sensible time to ask that question.I’ll have to start with the negatives, because if you’re second from bottom of the table after 12 games, then inevitably there isn’t going to be much to celebrate.Firstly, let’s be clear about one thing. It was absolutely the right decision for Mick McCarthy to leave.His reign had become incredibly dull, and his increasingly toxic relationship with the supporters meant he had to go.Yes, I’m sure some of the “be … [Read more...] about Northstander: So, what do you think of it so far? I know what I think!
Video PUBLISHED: 17:50 13 October 2018 | UPDATED: 17:51 13 October 2018 Carl Marston Sammie Szmodics (partly hidden) fires the U's into a 1-0 lead against Crawley this afternoon. Picture: STEVE WALLER WWW.STEPHENWALLER.COM © Copyright Stephen Waller Colchester United manager, John McGreal, was delighted with his side’s impressive 3-1 home win over Crawley Town this afternoon. Rene Gilmartin, a surprise inclusion in the U's starting XI, makes a crucial save moments after the U's had taken a 1-0 lead. Picture: STEVE WALLER WWW.STEPHENWALLER.COMThe U’s made it five wins from seven home games this season, as goals from Sammie Szmodics, Frank Nouble and Luke Norris secured an impressive victory over their Sussex visitors.“We’re continuing to get the results at home, and I thought we kept our composure well after conceding what we thought was a very harsh penalty,” explained McGreal, with reference to Luke … [Read more...] about ‘We had to dig in’ – U’s boss McGreal