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Paul Lambert makes surprise gesture to fans attending Ipswich v Sunderland game

Ipswich Town manager Paul Lambert has made a brilliant surprise gesture for the supporters attending today’s first home match of the season.

Recently relegated Tractorboys take on playoff final losers Sunderland in front of what is expected to be a bumper crowd for the much anticipated League One fixture.

Those to bring in extra numbers through the gate, the Town boss – who in January paid his own money for supporters to travel to an away game at Blackburn – says he has bought 125 fans drinks ahead of the game today.

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Lambert wrote in his matchday programme column: “I’m told there will be 20,000 and more at the game. That is incredible support again. It was the same at Burton last week. Our supporters filled the place and created a great atmosphere. They were worth the entrance money alone.

“I’ve put a few quid behind the bar in the FanZone for the Sunderland game just to show my appreciation again for the support I’ve had personally.

“We had Blue Action up at the training ground during the week for a chat. We all want the same thing, success for Ipswich Town and I’m sure there will be a fantastic atmosphere here on Saturday.”

The FanZone opens at 12pm, and the first 125 people who enter are given a voucher per person which can be used to purchase a free drink at the bar. One voucher per drink as mentioned by the East Anglian Times.

It is also claimed that winger Jack Lankester will be in the FanZone to sign autographs, whilst live music is played and other activities planned.


After checking out his gesture towards fans attending Ipswich v Sunderland today, social media users took to give their reaction, some thought it was classy, other cheekily mocked – find out what was said on the next page.


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