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Austria Trip and Fortuna at Portman Road in Pre-Season
Thursday, 16th May 2024 19:16

Town will face sister club Fortuna Düsseldorf in a pre-season friendly on Saturday 27th July (KO 3pm) and as last year will hold a training camp in Austria ahead of their return to the Premier League.

The Blues previously faced Fortuna, who are currently third in 2.Bundesliga, in Germany in July 2015, the hosts winning 4-3, then again at the Interwetten Cup, also in Germany, four years later, with Town losing 4-1 in a 45-minute game on that occasion.

Fortuna fans have been a regular sight at January Portman Road games since 2006 with Blues supporters having also made the return trip with a group travelling this weekend to watch a game against Magdeburg.

Blues CEO Mark Ashton says there was much discussion about where pre-season would take place ahead of Town’s return to the Premier League.

“We debated pre-season, we debated whether we went to the US, whether we went further afield, but Austria worked really well for us again, so we’re going to be announcing the details on a pre-season trip to Austria,” he said.

“We are also going to announce a friendly against Fortuna Dusseldorf and I know that’s something the fans have talked about since we joined the football club, that is now agreed. That is locked in and will happen. But the core pre-season will be in Austria this summer.”

Last year, Town spent a week training at lower league Austrian club SC LAA’s facilities in Laa an der Thaya, north of Vienna before playing two friendlies on the same day, one against Slovakian top-flight side Spartak Trnava, which the Blues won 2-1, and the second against Flyeralarm Admira, which ended 2-2.

Later in the summer, Town returned to Austria to take part in and win the Innsbruck Cup where they played 60-minute games against Bundesliga teams RB Leipzig, which the Blues won 1-0, and SV Werder Bremen, which ended 1-1.

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IpswichT62OldBoy added 21:07 - May 16
And so it begins.
Love our connection with Fortuna.

Gforce added 21:24 - May 16
Hopefully three or four new signings will be making their debuts against Fortuna.

Europa added 03:20 - May 17
Wot no Lazio? After seeing Seleni's Wikipedia page, I was going to say perhaps it's a good thing that friendly will never be, but perhaps they should update it (the Italian page clarifies that he was eventually cleared of all abuse).

MickMillsTash added 09:50 - May 17
I don't think Im going to be allowed out to play but are the games in Austria going to be open to admission?
Sunshine, Strudel, Soccer the beer is good - Austria is a great preseason trip

foot_kick_ball_goal added 10:05 - May 17
I hope we go back to defend be our title of Innsbruck cup champions. That was great last year.

itfcserbia added 10:11 - May 17
Some good players in Fortuna's team, maybe we can do some shopping there. Ironically their best player this season has been on loan from Norwich.

fifeblue added 11:00 - May 17
How about Town have Fortuna's Strip as their second strip?

Steve_ITFC_Sweden added 16:52 - May 17
fifeblue: I don't know whether there are rules against your suggestion, but I like the idea. That would really cement the relationship between the clubs like nothing else.

IvorFeeling added 17:02 - May 17
Mickmillstash - thinking the same thing. A cheeky long weekend in Austria supporting the lads would be ideal!

NITFC added 19:21 - May 17
Even the pre-season games are being announced nice and early. Loving this.....

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