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Town Confirm Chambers and Skuse Exits
Monday, 10th May 2021 14:28

Town have confirmed that skipper Luke Chambers and midfielder Cole Skuse are leaving the club this summer.

Chambers, 35, joined the Blues on a free transfer from Nottingham Forest in the summer of 2012 during Paul Jewell’s time as boss.

The centre-half or right-back went on to make 395 starts and one sub appearance for the Blues, netting 19 times, all but a handful while wearing the captain’s armband.

Skuse, also 35, joined Town from Bristol City the following summer, also on a free transfer, and made 268 starts and 10 appearances from the bench. The pair were key members of the side which reached the Championship play-offs in 2014/15.

“Chambo and Cole have been exemplary pros for this football club,” boss Paul Cook told the club site. 

“Not only are they very good footballers, they are stand-out men in the way they conduct themselves

“They have been a pleasure to work with in my short time here and you won’t find better role models for young players coming through.

“We thank them for their fantastic service to Ipswich Town Football Club and wish them every success in whatever they do going forward.”

The pair have both been linked with a summer move to Colchester United, along with Freddie Sears, although they may well have plenty of options in Leagues One and Two.

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miltonsnephew added 14:29 - May 10
Good luck in the future, served this club well!

MidlandsBlue92 added 14:30 - May 10
Luke Chambers - an Ipswich Town legend. Top 10 record appearances for the club. Shame we never got to see one more North Stand fist pump. Best of luck for the future, Skip!

itsonlyme added 14:30 - May 10
Good luck to the pair of you! Will do a good job in league 2 !

OriginalMarkyP added 14:30 - May 10
Thanks to two great stalwarts of ITFC. Very few players get to play so many games for 1 club. All the best fellas!

BeattiesBackPocket added 14:31 - May 10
Both have been here longer than they should however both have been great servants to the club and chambers 9 years shows his commitment to the club he clearly loves. Time to move on but with best wishes. Onwards and upwards.

Swailsey added 14:33 - May 10
A thank you thread has been set up here, which will be passed to them. Please keep it kind :)

Official Thank You Thread: Chambers | Skuse | Sears by Swailsey 10 May 2021 11:18
Phil has kindly said that he will pass this on.

A thread to thank Luke, Cole and Freddie for their services to town over the last few years.

All 3 were key parts of our play-off season, have given the best part of their careers to Ipswich and certainly could never be accused of giving less than 100%.

It would be nice if we could keep the comments positive please - the old saying of if you have nothing nice to say... would be appropriate here - it is the very least they deserve.


My message:

Thanks to all 3 of you for your efforts at ITFC. You were a massive part of my favorite season in almost 20 years and have all given me some insanely good memories.

At a time where I felt disillusioned with the club after the journeyman years, your passion, commitment and honesty made me actually enjoy going to PR again.

You helped create great memories which were shared with friends (some of who are no longer with us), my Dad and strangers alike.

Some highlights:


1) Last minute winner vs QPR
2) The Noel Hunt interview
3) Making me feel proud of my team again and carrying the club so well
4) Being a bl**dy good CB (as well as playing well at RB), which is often forgotten
5) Being an excellent Assistant Manager on Football Manager


1) THAT goal against Cardiff
3) All of the last-ditch-tracking-back-tackles when other players were out of position
4) A standout debut performance, where you looked effortlessly classy on the ball
5) Being an excellent Scout on Football Manager


1) The perseverance for creating the play-off goal
2) The perseverance for creating the Chaplow goal
3) The day you tore Fulham apart

Thank you all. I hope to see you back in the club in some capacity in the future.

Finally, best wishes to all the other players and staff who have left/will leave the club this summer.


Blue_DO added 14:35 - May 10
Model pros and could never fault their effort, wish them both the very best of luck.

Jugsy added 14:35 - May 10
Swailsey - nice idea. Although I haven't seen it confirmed Sears is leaving?

rfretwell added 14:36 - May 10
Proper changing of the guard now and rightly so. Today must be a very tough day for PC as well as the players he lets go. Best wishes to Scuse and Chambo and one day we may even see them back at the helm. Stranger things have happened.

Edmundo added 14:36 - May 10
Sad, but good timing, especially if they're not happy with bit-part roles: would only cause friction in the squad.

DebsyAngel added 14:37 - May 10
Best of luck, Skuse and Chambo - both model professionals and great servants for the club. I only wish them the best.

Sindre94 added 14:38 - May 10
I'm not happy that Chambers is released. Terrible way to end his career with Town, in front of empty stands in a whimper of a season.

Suffolkboy added 14:38 - May 10
Absolutely no miserly comments due , both have acquitted themselves honourably and frequently with distinction . It’s a time to express thanks,appreciation ,good wishes and the hope that they’ll find immediate and satisfying futures ; whether that be in a continued playing role or by moving into coaching before a career in Management .
Every good wish possible to the pair ,and to their families !

iaintaylorx added 14:39 - May 10
Don’t care what anyone says, these two guys have been incredible!! Chambers was a fantastic captain and we should all appreciate that. Gutted he didn’t stay as a coach but maybe returns in the future as he obviously wants to play for another season or two. Same with Skuse, very underrated player on his day!

Yes, we didn’t reach what we expected with promotions etc with these guys, but they have been incredible for the club. Stories like Chambers letting Lankaster stay with him to settle into the life of a footballer shows you the type of guy he is!

Good luck lads and hopefully cross paths in the future as they deserve a proper reception for their times here!

PortmanTerrorist added 14:40 - May 10
Top blokes but time was right 2 years ago......if we had any better players to replace them, which we simply have not had! Not their fault they got picked and always did their best, even if that was not good enough in the end. Thanks for all and best wishes for the future

Europablue added 14:42 - May 10
The right decision, but also a tough one because they have both been very committed to the club. I imagine that they were told about this quite a lot earlier. I'm glad the PC gave them both one more game and that was a win. Good luck at Colchester if you go there!

TimmyH added 14:43 - May 10
All the best to both of them on their future endeavours but the right decision...we look to a new future.

dubblue added 14:46 - May 10
Best of luck to both, they were loyal to the Town during some very dark times. At 35 it was time to move on.

greenkingtone added 14:49 - May 10
Luke Cole and Freddie, I wish you were twn years younger. Many wishes for a happy life with another club. Thank you Luke for your work at CB and RB. Legend!

Barty added 14:52 - May 10
Right decision and I wish them both all the best and thank them for their time at Town

jonju11 added 15:01 - May 10
Two model Pro's & blue through & through. Perfect examples to the younger players on how to conduct themselves & showed commitment & loyalty to the Town. Probably won't see the likes of Luke & Cole again (& Freddie if he is off). It's a shame that the Club haven't intimated that they will be given an appropriate send off by way of a dual Testimonial.
Should have been offered coaching roles at the Club. Many thanks to both of you for carrying us through the past years through thick & thin & all the very best for the future.

barrystedmunds added 15:03 - May 10
Anyone who has chalked up 395 appearances for our club deserves our respect.

Pencilpete added 15:03 - May 10
While I think it's the right decision to let them go, i don't agree with all this hatred that i've seen towards them especially on twitter.

Yes the last couple of years have not been great but people have short memories, these 2 guys were part of the team we were all proud of that made the play offs and have served the club with distinction and professionalism for a total of 17 years. yes never the greatest of players but totally committed to the cause and they should go with everybodys best wishes.

i hope they both get fixed up and have another couple of years at Colchester or somewhere similar and maybe we will see them back here in another capacity at some point

Unhinged_dynamo added 15:07 - May 10
Even though it was expected and is a good thing overall it feels abit sad, especially to happen this way.

Good luck chaps and thank you

raycrawfordswig added 15:11 - May 10
Cheers Luke,Cole and Freddie for all your efforts during a difficult times at Portman Road.Good luck for the future what ever it brings you.

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