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Portman Road to Be Given Makeover
Monday, 13th Jan 2020 18:44

Town owner Marcus Evans has restated his commitment to giving Portman Road a makeover in the months to come.

The roof of the Sir Bobby Robson Stand, which will require the closure of Sir Alf Ramsey Way, will be cleaned in March, while additional club branding will be added to the stadium along with improvements in decor.

“We are also in the process of providing more Ipswich Town branding around the concourses with the Legends of Ipswich Town mural in the Sir Bobby Robson Stand just the start,” Evans wrote in Saturday’s match programme.

“The Cobbold Stand has been improved in look with further plans to enhance that in the summer.

“These are small steps on a long journey but I will aim to tick items off the list every season including those cosmetic improvements to the stadium.”

A mural paying tribute to the club’s history is planned for the windows at the back of the Cobbold Stand.

Sally Jackson, a final-year fine art student at the University of Suffolk, was behind the Legends of Ipswich Town mural and will continue her involvement.

“I’m thrilled with how the mural has gone down with the supporters,” Jackson told the club site.

“I was at the game against Bristol Rovers and it was lovely to see the fans taking photos and chatting amongst themselves about the artwork.

“The club recognise there are other areas of the stadium that could do with a bit of a makeover and I’ll be working with them to put some ideas on to paper.”

Photo: ITFC

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Garv added 18:48 - Jan 13
Brilliant but embarrassing it took Paul Lambert to come in to get these kinds of things done.

ArnieM added 18:49 - Jan 13
Cue the usual negative comments from some then !

TimmyH added 18:50 - Jan 13
A few flakes of paint must be falling off those turnstiles then :)

Agreed though, the stadium feels and looks like it harks back to the early 90's.

Suffolkboy added 19:03 - Jan 13
Small but significant steps and they’ve been sticking out like a sore thumb for years and years ; what on Earth our previous ‘M.Ds ‘ thought their job was ,lord only knows !
So now ME has improvements in his sights let’s be thoroughly appreciative ,and at least start again to register our pride in our Club and our Home .

bazgammon added 19:32 - Jan 13
seem basic cleaning of the roofs of the stands wouldn't go a miss and the flying of the cross of st George on the cobbold stand.

BlueandTruesince82 added 19:44 - Jan 13
Don't dresd for the club you are, dress for the club you want to be

FifeITFC added 19:54 - Jan 13
Are we the only club to moan when something positive is done?

Cakeman added 20:00 - Jan 13
All in favour of renovating our very tired ground.
Would really like to see a couple of large screens installed as well. Most larger grounds now have them and they provide some good information and entertainment.
Could have one installed above the players entrance tunnel and one on the Cobbold stand roof at the corner of the Sir Bobby stand. Both those locations would not obscure vision.

JaySwitch added 20:00 - Jan 13
Much needed, great it's happening..

I'm I the only one who'd like to see a big screen..? We must be the biggest stadium that's not got a screen lol

DifferentGravy added 20:19 - Jan 13
Great news! A club to be proud of. So many grounds look bland/empty outside or within the concourse. Murals, artwork and statues provide an opportunity to educate and remind fans of the fantastic moments, managers, staff, teams and players we have had.

Climbing the divisions from the 50s through to the 60s, ultimately winning the big prize. To consistent top 6 finishes in the 70s. Texaco cup, Fa Cup, Uefa Cup, inaugural season in the premiership, play off winners, unbeaten at home in europe......so many to choose from!

Lets hope we have further success to add to the mural.

ITFCsince73 added 20:39 - Jan 13
No good crossing anything off a list. It’s a ongoing thing.
The ground needs regular maintenance.
Once every 10 years isn’t much good.

blueboy1981 added 21:46 - Jan 13
Let’s give Evans credit where do, small steps but in the right direction for sure. Overdue maybe, but it’s happening, so let’s be happy with that. Hope the Manager loses his recent acidity towards the people who ultimately are his paymasters (us) - and results justify the revamped image.
Don’t bite the hand that feeds you Mr Lambert, this could be your last post in the game.

1psw1ch added 22:07 - Jan 13
Happy days...be looking top notch for the championship next season.. Coyb

Bluearmy_81 added 22:19 - Jan 13
Would prefer to see us pulling out all the stop to strengthen the squad and maximise the chances of promotion as we HAVE TO go up this season.

Bluearmy_81 added 22:20 - Jan 13
Some of you are easily pleased!!

Bert added 22:33 - Jan 13
Excluding most premier grounds, in my eyes the stadium and immediate areas aren’t bad in comparison with championship clubs. Agree that a couple of screens would add to the experience but other than that it’s about keeping up with basic maintenance. How many grounds have a fan zone area and kick about space for kids ? It’s a traditional stadium and does what it says on the tin.


Wonky added 23:17 - Jan 13
Would be helpful if Scc could fix the many potholes outside on Portman Road.

BryanPlug added 23:35 - Jan 13
Why are they getting a fine art student to design the murals? Any graphic designer (student or professional) would do a better job - particularly the type.

Lathers added 23:55 - Jan 13
A nice touch by Evans. Maybe to commemorate his time in charge he could commission Sally Jackson to produce a mural depicting all the iconic managers he’s appointed during the past decade and the successes the club has enjoyed under his tenure.

oldegold added 05:34 - Jan 14
About bloody time !

Saxonblue74 added 06:08 - Jan 14
.......and some of you are getting really, really, really boring!😴😴😴

BrundallBlue added 07:25 - Jan 14
Any chance of decent hand driers in the gent's loos under the Sir Alf Ramsey?

Dolphinblue added 07:48 - Jan 14
See thenegcrew are in full force again 😪

Barty added 08:23 - Jan 14
Excellent - well done ME

SamWhiteUK added 09:58 - Jan 14
No need for a big screen. What the hell would we show on it? Anyone who's been to MK Dons will know that it's a major annoyance during the game.

On a more serious (not) note, I think we should have pyrotechnics along the top of the North stand. You know, ones like when wrestlers make their entrance. For when we score ;)

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