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True Blue, more than just a Membership

Yesterday, Ipswich Town Women announced a brand new Membership where fans could pay a minimum monthly fee of £5, or more if they wished, to become a True Blue. The True Blue membership attracted fans right off the bat, with people signing up without a second thought. We have taken a look into the brilliant new package where member’s get free entry to ALL Tractor Girls home games.

The Benefits of being a True Blue Member –

Signing up to be a True Blue gives you plenty of benefits. You will receive an exclusive True Blue welcome pack, Be automatically entered into a monthly half time prize draw, opportunity to join the team at their end of season player awards and every membership entitles you to free entry to all Ipswich Town Women home matches.

More than just a Membership –

True Blue will provide the club with a constant income source that will help it continue to grow.. With the club being fully self sufficient, every penny counts towards their goals. Manager, Joe Sheehan, has a clear plan in place to take the club to the highest point of women’s football and join clubs like Manchester City and Chelsea in the WSL. They have made the slogan “4 to 1” to highlight their goal of moving the club up from the 4th tier, through the leagues and into the WSL.

Ipswich Town have partnerships with the University Of Essex and St Joseph’s College to offer young aspiring footballers the chance to gain scholarships and continue their education as they develop on the pitch. This is a huge opportunity for young girls looking to get into playing Football in the East of England and ensures the younger generation doesn’t have to pick between a career in Football and an education. Just another reason why funding the club is vital and why True Blue will make a huge difference to the clubs future.

The cost of success –

Just like the Men’s game, the higher up the pyramid we go, the higher the cost to sustain our club. Ipswich Town currently Play in the 4th tier of the Women’s pyramid, which costs the club £30,000 a year to thrive. The Tractor Girls were in touching distance last season of promotion before the season was stopped due to the Pandemic. If the club was to see out the promotion this time round, they would need £200,000 a year to thrive in The National League. Again, just another reason why every penny counts as we push to make the step up into tier 3.

Club Appeals –

Players and Staff from Ipswich Town Women last night put out appeals for fans to join the True Blue Membership, stating how important it was that fans helped the club achieve it’s goals and how excited they were for the future of the club.

Eva Hubbard – “A huge step forward for our club! Please donate what you can & in return receive a number of benefits including free entry to all home games this season!”

Joe Sheehan – “Be part of our journey”

Natasha Thomas “Want to support the Ipswich town women’s game from £5-£125 a month…Then check this out. All you need to do is fill in your details and make sure in the drop down put who recommended you in this case Natasha Thomas. Be a part of what we’re doing and the future”

Maddie Biggs – “Get involved and be apart of the journey!!”

Paige Wakefield – “Become a True Blue and be a part of our journey! This scheme will have such a huge impact to our season and with your generosity we can really push on to become the best team we possibly can be!”

How to join –

Joining is simple!, visit http://www.itfcwomen.co.uk/true-blue and sign up! it’s quick and simple and you have access to your benefits instantly!.

Join us in supporting the future of Women’s Football in East Anglia today!

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Return of Georgia Allen

Ipswich Town resigned former academy product Georgia Allen from Syracuse University last month and fans won’t be blamed for having high exceptions for the 22-year-old Midfielder.

Georgia started her footballing days as part of Town’s Centre of Excellence from the ages of 6 to 12. She then went on to become Captain of Arsenal’s u17, leading the team to an unbeaten season in 2014/2015. Georgia played her way through the ranks at the Gunners and was named on the subs bench for their League Cup Final in 2015 against Notts County. Alongside her on the bench was Chloe Kelly, who has recently signed for Manchester City Ladies. That season Georgia was promoted to the Arsenal u18s.

Georgia went on to make a few appearances for the Arsenal senior team in the WSL and League Cup, playing alongside big names such as Alex Scott, Rachel Yankey and Casey Stoney. Georgia came on as a sub against Manchester City in August 2015 against Manchester City whose team consisted of big names Steph Houghton, Jill Scott, Lucy Bronze and Toni Duggan.

After turning 18, Georgia signed on a Scholarship with East Tennessee State University. She went on to earn Freshman All-Southern Conference honours before transferring to Syracuse University where she went on to captain the Orange from 2018 and made 44 appearances, scoring 4 goals in the process.

Georgia has also been part of the England set-up, most notably, scoring the winning penalty against France in the 2018 u20s FIFA Women’s World Cup Third-Place Play-Off to win the bronze medal. Georgia played alongside players such as Georgia Stanway and Lauren Hemp.

The Ipswich midfield already has a decent quality and some good youngsters pushing into the First Team. It will be interesting to see how they live up to the challenge of competing with someone with Georgia’s experience. Town Captain, Amanda Crump, is currently expecting her second child which may pave the way for Georgia to come into the team while the skipper is out of action, and possibly take the captaincy given her past leadership experience?.

Amanda contributed massively last season with goals and assists so if Georgia is to step into her position in the team, I think this role would suit her perfectly and give her the chance to express her ability more and allow her to move forward to help the attack. Although, youngster Eloise King really stepped up with her goals last season and could make this an interesting battle, while also giving Manager Joe Sheehan a selection headache that I’m sure he would welcome.

Could we, possibly, also see a change in Joe Sheehan’s approach to utilise the midfielders?. We seen last season the Wingers moved to a more Wing Back role. This could fit in with a 4 player central Midfield in a diamond shape and giving the Wing Backs the freedom to move forward to assist the Striker and provide width without leaving a stranded defensive 3. We seen Sophie Peskett and Ellie Rossiter play a similar defensive role for part of last season.

Hopefully we won’t have to wait long before we see, but good luck to Georgia and welcome home!.

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Joe Sheehan – Manager of the month

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Town Manager Joe Sheehan has finally been recognised for the job he has done so far with the Tractor Girls this season by being award the Manager Of The Month award for February by the National League.

It’s been a heck of a journey so far as the blues head down the final straight of the season but what Joe has done, results aside, has been just as important.

This season has seen an influx of youngsters inducted to a regular starting place in the first team. Players such as Lucy Egan, Paige Peake, Eloise King, Sophie Peskett, Anna Grey, Maddie Biggs and Abbie Lafayette to name a few, have all come through the u21 set up and still play for them in their midweek fixtures.

Joe has done a brilliant job bringing these youngsters through and into playing regular first team football. Paige Peake has proved to be an amazing set piece taker, especially free kicks and even scored straight from a corner also. Lucy Egan would be one of my tips for Player of the season this year after a string of brilliant performances from the no nonsense centre half. Eloise King has been on hot scoring form of recent, bagging a hat trick in the East Anglian Derby against Norwich last week and also Maddie Biggs who has caused opposition defenders headaches and also scored a hat trick against Huddersfield in the FA Cup to send town to a memorable tie at Manchester City.

Although fans would have liked to have seen it come sooner, it’s no surprise to see Joe pick up the award with town sitting top of the South East Division One with only 1 loss, the best defensive record and ready to take on any hurdles in the final stretch of the season.

Congratulations Joe, keep up the good work

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Enfield – Match Preview

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This Sunday the Tractor girls take on Enfield Town at Playford Road (2:30pm ko). The fixture that was initially due to be played at the usual Goldstar Ground, Felixstowe has been relocated due to the recent weather conditions and to ensure the fixture goes ahead. The game will be played on the Ipswich Town “cage” 4G pitch. Fans wishing to attend the game can do, gates open at 2:15pm.

Past meeting

The last time these teams met at Enfield’s QE Stadium, Town secured a close 2-1 win after coming from behind thanks to goals from Maddie Biggs and a Injury time winner from Natasha Thomas. This was one of the closest encounters the Tractor Girls have had this season in the National League South East Division One and will be on their guard to make sure they continue their good run of form.

The Opposition

Enfield will prove to be a tough test this Sunday when they look to stop towns good run in form. Enfield’s last loss was the return fixture against Ipswich, since then, they have only conceded 3 goals in 5 games and scored 16. They currently sit in 6th place in the league table with only 2 losses so far from their 11 played games.

One to watch

Town will need to keep an eye on Enfield’s Katherine Long (Striker) and Beth Lumsden (midfielder) who share 20 goals between them (10 each). The Blues currently hold the best defensive record in the league so both players will need to be at their best to cause towns back line a problem.

Team News and prediction

Town winger Anna Grey went off with an injury in their 10-0 win over Norwich recently and will be hoping to see her back in the squad. Town boss Joe Sheehan will have a selection headache with youngster Amy-Leigh Abrehart staking her claim for a first team pick after her hat-trick against Stevenage last Sunday. Joe chose to rest a number of first teamers last week and many will be expecting a recall for this Sundays game.

My prediction is a tough Enfield performance but Town will overcome it with a 3-1 win.