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Whats at Bent Lane and whats at Playford road? 16:38 - Mar 8 with 2688 viewsnodge_blue

Playford road is where we mainly train? Thats where the dome thing is right?

So whats at Bent Lane?


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Whats at Bent Lane and whats at Playford road? on 16:39 - Mar 8 with 2571 viewsDubtractor

I think its the same place.

Just another road near/next to it.

edit: as per Sitters it is 2 plots of land, but all in the same place really.
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Whats at Bent Lane and whats at Playford road? on 16:40 - Mar 8 with 2562 viewsSitfcB

Bent Lane is opposite the ‘main’ training ground, (where the dome is and the buildings) we train on the Bent Lane pitches.

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Whats at Bent Lane and whats at Playford road? on 16:41 - Mar 8 with 2532 viewsDubtractor

Whats at Bent Lane and whats at Playford road? on 16:40 - Mar 8 by SitfcB

Bent Lane is opposite the ‘main’ training ground, (where the dome is and the buildings) we train on the Bent Lane pitches.


Wasn't the Bent Lane plot owned by Suffolk College at one point? Or am I imagining it?

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Whats at Bent Lane and whats at Playford road? on 16:43 - Mar 8 with 2514 viewsmonty_radio

It's on the other side of Playford Rd. They have trained there in the past. Outbuildings there are primitive, but it's a big space in an area where East Suffolk CC would love to dump a few more houses onto the Ipswich edge rather than getting lobbied by Southwold/Aldeburgh/Woodbridge etc.

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Whats at Bent Lane and whats at Playford road? on 16:45 - Mar 8 with 2494 viewsnodge_blue

Whats at Bent Lane and whats at Playford road? on 16:40 - Mar 8 by SitfcB

Bent Lane is opposite the ‘main’ training ground, (where the dome is and the buildings) we train on the Bent Lane pitches.


So the buildings as such are on playford road and the practise pitches are on Bent Lane? But its all really one plot rather that two distinct areas?

Thanks for the reply!

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Whats at Bent Lane and whats at Playford road? on 16:45 - Mar 8 with 2471 viewslongtimefan

Whats at Bent Lane and whats at Playford road? on 16:41 - Mar 8 by Dubtractor

Wasn't the Bent Lane plot owned by Suffolk College at one point? Or am I imagining it?


Isn’t it what used to be Cranes sports club, or am I getting mixed up?
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Whats at Bent Lane and whats at Playford road? on 16:48 - Mar 8 with 2446 viewsDubtractor

Whats at Bent Lane and whats at Playford road? on 16:45 - Mar 8 by longtimefan

Isn’t it what used to be Cranes sports club, or am I getting mixed up?


Possibly I lose track to be honest - I will have played at all of these places back in the 90s, but get confused which was which, and which aren't even there any more.

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Whats at Bent Lane and whats at Playford road? on 16:51 - Mar 8 with 2424 viewslongtimefan

Whats at Bent Lane and whats at Playford road? on 16:48 - Mar 8 by Dubtractor

Possibly I lose track to be honest - I will have played at all of these places back in the 90s, but get confused which was which, and which aren't even there any more.


Same here. I thought I remembered playing cricket against Cranes there in the early 90s but quite possible I’ve got it confused with somewhere else
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Whats at Bent Lane and whats at Playford road? on 17:00 - Mar 8 with 2365 viewsSteve_M

Whats at Bent Lane and whats at Playford road? on 16:48 - Mar 8 by Dubtractor

Possibly I lose track to be honest - I will have played at all of these places back in the 90s, but get confused which was which, and which aren't even there any more.


I've just been looking on Google Maps, it's changed so much since I used to cycle round there. Played football at a few of the sports grounds that way too but trying to remember where is difficult.

I feel all nostalgic now, want to go and cycle round there again.

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Whats at Bent Lane and whats at Playford road? on 17:00 - Mar 8 with 2369 viewsTimefliesbyintheblue

Whats at Bent Lane and whats at Playford road? on 16:51 - Mar 8 by longtimefan

Same here. I thought I remembered playing cricket against Cranes there in the early 90s but quite possible I’ve got it confused with somewhere else


Cranes used to own the land on the left hand side of Playford Road going out of Ipswich and of course was where their sports and social club facilities were. This is where the Dome and the buildings are and the pitches where matches take place other than Portman Road. The other side of the road with entrance on Bent lane is where the practice pitches are. At one time I can remember that Fisons used to play football on this site.
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Whats at Bent Lane and whats at Playford road? on 17:01 - Mar 8 with 2357 viewshype313

Whats at Bent Lane and whats at Playford road? on 16:45 - Mar 8 by longtimefan

Isn’t it what used to be Cranes sports club, or am I getting mixed up?


Yep, it's on the old Cranes site, used to play lots of sport up there in the early 90's.

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Whats at Bent Lane and whats at Playford road? on 17:02 - Mar 8 with 2361 viewsIllinoisblue

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Whats at Bent Lane and whats at Playford road? on 17:06 - Mar 8 with 2325 viewsDubtractor

Whats at Bent Lane and whats at Playford road? on 17:00 - Mar 8 by Steve_M

I've just been looking on Google Maps, it's changed so much since I used to cycle round there. Played football at a few of the sports grounds that way too but trying to remember where is difficult.

I feel all nostalgic now, want to go and cycle round there again.


Coincidentally one of my regular cycle routes goes past the training ground - heading all the way out to Martlesham village.

One that always feel a waste is the Hollies, the old BT Sports ground, just left empty and unused for years, albeit with a handful of houses near the entrance.
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Whats at Bent Lane and whats at Playford road? on 19:09 - Mar 8 with 2087 viewsSitfcB

Whats at Bent Lane and whats at Playford road? on 16:45 - Mar 8 by nodge_blue

So the buildings as such are on playford road and the practise pitches are on Bent Lane? But its all really one plot rather that two distinct areas?

Thanks for the reply!


Playford Road is the main bit and bigger with plenty of pitches also, but tend to be used by the academy and for U23 games.

Bent Lane is literally just two/three grass pitches with a blue fence round them, literally across the road from the Playford Road site, the players walk across the road to get to it.

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Whats at Bent Lane and whats at Playford road? on 20:04 - Mar 8 with 1912 viewsnorth_stand77

Whats at Bent Lane and whats at Playford road? on 19:09 - Mar 8 by SitfcB

Playford Road is the main bit and bigger with plenty of pitches also, but tend to be used by the academy and for U23 games.

Bent Lane is literally just two/three grass pitches with a blue fence round them, literally across the road from the Playford Road site, the players walk across the road to get to it.


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Whats at Bent Lane and whats at Playford road? on 20:23 - Mar 8 with 1827 viewslongtimefan

Whats at Bent Lane and whats at Playford road? on 17:06 - Mar 8 by Dubtractor

Coincidentally one of my regular cycle routes goes past the training ground - heading all the way out to Martlesham village.

One that always feel a waste is the Hollies, the old BT Sports ground, just left empty and unused for years, albeit with a handful of houses near the entrance.
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“ One that always feel a waste is the Hollies, the old BT Sports ground, just left empty and unused for years, albeit with a handful of houses near the entrance.”

How odd. Just looked at that on Google maps. About a dozen houses where the clubhouse and car park were, but the rest of the playing areas left as fields. Another place I played a lot of cricket. Although used mainly by BT people it was actually operated by the Civil Service Sports Club. Always assumed when they shut down they would just be waiting the house building permission but assumed it would be the whole site.
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Whats at Bent Lane and whats at Playford road? on 20:39 - Mar 8 with 1760 viewsfabian_illness

Quite a large chunk of the playford Rd site used to belong to Suffolk college.
There used to be an old wooden clubhouse on there and at some point Ipswich Exiles played and trained up there.
Right next door was the Willis sports ground looked after by Roger Osbourne.
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Whats at Bent Lane and whats at Playford road? on 09:43 - Mar 9 with 1280 viewsHarlestonblue

Bent Lane runs from Woodbridge Road to Playford Road. When they stopped training on the practice pitch behind the Coop stand they used this site. Burley era possibly.
They then bought the old Cranes Sports Ground on Playford Road and moved most of the operation there. (as I understand it)
Google "Bent Lane" and you can see the adjacent facilities.
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Whats at Bent Lane and whats at Playford road? on 09:46 - Mar 9 with 1270 viewsPhilTWTD

Whats at Bent Lane and whats at Playford road? on 09:43 - Mar 9 by Harlestonblue

Bent Lane runs from Woodbridge Road to Playford Road. When they stopped training on the practice pitch behind the Coop stand they used this site. Burley era possibly.
They then bought the old Cranes Sports Ground on Playford Road and moved most of the operation there. (as I understand it)
Google "Bent Lane" and you can see the adjacent facilities.
Prime real estate of course!! Marcus knew what he was doing (for once)


They still use both sides, first team usually at Bent Lane. Not much can be developed, only a small stretch between existing housing.
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Whats at Bent Lane and whats at Playford road? on 10:42 - Mar 9 with 1146 viewstextbackup

Whats at Bent Lane and whats at Playford road? on 09:46 - Mar 9 by PhilTWTD

They still use both sides, first team usually at Bent Lane. Not much can be developed, only a small stretch between existing housing.


if the were to put in an access road off playford road the bent land side could be filled up with house, residents could and would kick off, but they could get plenty of house on there if they really wanted to. unless its written in stone that it cant be

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Whats at Bent Lane and whats at Playford road? on 10:47 - Mar 9 with 1123 viewsPhilTWTD

Whats at Bent Lane and whats at Playford road? on 10:42 - Mar 9 by textbackup

if the were to put in an access road off playford road the bent land side could be filled up with house, residents could and would kick off, but they could get plenty of house on there if they really wanted to. unless its written in stone that it cant be


Planning permission for the type of land is the issue.
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Whats at Bent Lane and whats at Playford road? on 10:49 - Mar 9 with 1112 viewstextbackup

Whats at Bent Lane and whats at Playford road? on 10:47 - Mar 9 by PhilTWTD

Planning permission for the type of land is the issue.


yeah fair enough. they'd likely have an access road into the "estate" via playford road, and bent lane.....
reckon there are some powerful people down that road that know the right people to talk to, so guess it would fail to get the go ahead.

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Whats at Bent Lane and whats at Playford road? on 11:14 - Mar 9 with 1035 viewsBlue_Order

Whats at Bent Lane and whats at Playford road? on 20:04 - Mar 8 by north_stand77

'Singed blue fence'......?


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Whats at Bent Lane and whats at Playford road? on 12:55 - Mar 9 with 893 viewsmonty_radio

Whats at Bent Lane and whats at Playford road? on 10:47 - Mar 9 by PhilTWTD

Planning permission for the type of land is the issue.


Yet there must be a reason why (if reports are correct) M.E. wishes to retain a stake there?
If East Suffolk wanted to put an access to affordable housing there then there might be a greater chance of them giving themselves permission?

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Whats at Bent Lane and whats at Playford road? on 13:43 - Mar 9 with 794 viewsPhilTWTD

Whats at Bent Lane and whats at Playford road? on 12:55 - Mar 9 by monty_radio

Yet there must be a reason why (if reports are correct) M.E. wishes to retain a stake there?
If East Suffolk wanted to put an access to affordable housing there then there might be a greater chance of them giving themselves permission?


There is a section which can be built on but it's only a comparatively small area, from what I've been told.
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