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In focus: Ipswich Town match preview

12 February 2021

Take a closer look at the latest stats and facts in our match preview ahead of Town's Sky Bet League One clash with Ipswich Town.

Ipswich Town have endured difficult first half to their Sky Bet League One season as the promotion favourites find themselves in the lower end of the table in 11th place.

Paul Lambert's men - this season - aren't known for scoring goals - as Gwion Edwards is the leading scorer on five goals - despite a promising start to the season. The Tractor Boys would have hoped to re-start their promotion charge but have only won once in their last five fixtures.

With three losses in that batch, the away side will be full of determination in trying to surpass the Shrews who have won three in their last five - including a victory over other promotion favourites Sunderland AFC.

Name: Ipswich Town Football Club

Nickname: Blues, The Tractor Boys, The Pride Of Anglia

Founded: 1878; 141 years ago

Biggest win: 7-0 v Portsmouth, Division Two, 7th November 1964

Biggest loss: 1-10 v Fulham, Division One, 26th December 1963

Highest league finish: Division One champions: 1961-62

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Aaron Wilbraham previews Town's clash with Ipswich Town

The Manager - Paul Lambert

A former Premier League manager, Lambert joined the Tractor Boys on October 27 2018 – making him the first-ever manager to manage both Ipswich and rivals Norwich City.

During his time with Norwich, Lambert guided the club to successive promotions from Sky Bet League One to the Premier League but ended his three-year stay at Carrow Road to join West Midlands outfit Aston Villa. His other stints as manager were spent with Livingston, Wycombe Wanderers, Colchester United, Blackburn Rovers, Wolverhampton Wanderers and Stoke City.

As a player, the midfielder enjoyed a stellar career having won the UEFA Champions League in the 1996–97 season with Borussia Dortmund. The 52-year-old also enjoyed a trophy-laden eight years with Scottish Premier League side Celtic.


Goalkeeper - Tomáš Holý

Tomas joined Ipswich in May 2019 following a two-and-a-half-year spell with Gillingham. He signed for Blues having made 52 appearances in the 2018/19 season, keeping 15 clean sheets.

The shot-stopper has represented the Czech Republic at U16, U17 and U18 level. He made his debut for the club on 3 August 2019, keeping a clean sheet in a 1–0 away win over Burton Albion at the Pirelli Stadium.

Defender - Luke Chambers

Central defender and Club captain who joined Town on a free transfer, after his contract at Nottingham Forest had expired.

Luke began his career at Northampton Town, before moving to Forest in 2007 and went on to clock up more than 200 appearances for the Reds. During his time at the City Ground, Luke helped the club win promotion from League One as well as being named Player of the Year in 2011. The defender impressed in his debut season, being named Town’s Player's Player of the Year.

Midfielder - Andre Dozzell

A young midfielder who is a product of Town's academy. Dozzell, son of former Town star, Jason, made his debut at just 16 years old, scoring a header in a 1-1 draw with Sheffield Wednesday at Hillsborough.

He joined the Blues at just nine years old and has progressed right through the youth ranks into the first-team contention.


Forward - Gwion Edwards

Welsh winger Gwion Edwards joined Town in the summer of 2018 on a two-year deal from Peterborough United for an undisclosed fee.

He started his career at Swansea, where he made his way through the youth ranks before becoming professional, although he never played in the first-team. While with the Swans, he had loan spells at St. Johnstone and Crawley, before moving to the latter on a permanent basis in 2014.

After two seasons, Gwion moved to Peterborough United where he made over 50 appearances. Scored his first goal for Town against Blackburn Rovers at Portman Road on the opening day of the 2018/19 season. He is capped for Wales at U21 level.


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Referee - Lee Swabey

Assistants - Darren Wilding and Simon Shaw

Fourth Official - James Adcock

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