Town have been reinstated in the Suffolk Premier Cup after Felixstowe and Walton were removed from the competition having fielded an ineligible player during their 2-1 quarter-final victory over the Blues in early January.
A statement from the Suffolk FA reads: “In line with the rules of the Suffolk County FA Cup competitions, Felixstowe and Walton United FC have been removed from the 2012/13 Premier Cup and Ipswich Town FC have been reinstated to the competition.
“Felixstowe and Walton United FC played an ineligible player in their match against Ipswich Town FC on the 8th January and have therefore forfeited the match.”
Felixstowe and Walton have subsequently issued a statement outlining the circumstances surrounding their expulsion.
Town field a second string side in the tournament with a very young team largely made up of academy players having played in the last round. Previously, a stronger Blues side had beaten Walsham-le-Willows 5-1 in the first round.
Surely as this was an admin error partly Suffolk F A fault Itfc could emerge with a lot of kudos by withdrawing and letting Felixstowe go through. it's surely not that important to us. I'm not aware they used Messi as a ringer. Do the big thing town.
Only joined this evening after reading this thread, I follow the Seasiders but genuinely nice to read stuff from guys with integrity, we really appreciate it. We were really proud of our achievement on the night and bitterly disappointed with the SFA decision. Hopefully ITFC will decline re-instatement which would show the SFA up somewhat. Thanks for your comments guys.