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Inside your Matchday Programme: Ipswich Town

Man of the moment Chris Mepham takes centre stage in BEES 25

6 April 2018

“The longest-serving management team in the Sky Bet Championship, news broke recently that Mick McCarthy and Terry Connor will leave Ipswich at the end of the season. Having been in charge since 2012 and guided Town to the Play-Offs in 2014/15, they have done a fantastic job during their six years in Suffolk.”

From the Dugout: Dean Smith looks ahead to the visit of Ipswich Town


“The win at Ashton Gate last Monday means we still have plenty to play for as we enter the final stage of the season. Yes, we will probably need to win all our matches to stand a chance, but it means the players can go out, without fear, and make their undoubted skill and teamwork count.”

From the Boardroom: Mark Devlin on new stadium project, Junior Clubs Day and the end-of-season run-in


“It’s very much a risk-versus-reward situation. McCarthy brings a lot of stability to the club and I couldn’t see a situation where they were relegated under his guidance. On the flip side, Ipswich have been treading water for a while and next year will be their 17th successive season in the Championship.”

Hot Off the Press: With Stuart Watson of The Ipswich Star


“It’s been a whirlwind couple of months; I’ve broken into the First Team at Brentford, had an Under-21 call-up for Wales then been involved with the senior side last month. It’s a nice reward for all the hard work that’s gone in.”

Repaying the Faith: BEES sat down with Chris Mepham ahead of the Easter Weekend to discuss his meteoric rise from Brentford B to the international stage


“It smells of football at Griffin Park; it’s a stadium which represents the soul of the game.”

First, Best, Worst: From his first encounter with Dean Smith and Richard O’Kelly to the best thing about working in England, we talk to Assistant Head Coach, Thomas Frank, about his first, best, and worst moments in football


“There at number 258 is Andreas Bjelland. Of Brentford. He’s done it. We’ve done it. I may be wrong but I’m fairly certain this is the first time Brentford have ever featured in the holy grail of football sticker collecting.”

Park Life: Got, got, need. Panini’s 2018 World Cup sticker album is the focus of Nick Bruzon’s latest column.


“England played some fantastic attacking football. For the first time in what seems like a lifetime, the players played with freedom.”

Last Word: Ben Burgess reflects on a positive spell for Gareth Southgate and the England side.


For all the above plus the usual favourites, pick up a copy of BEES around Griffin Park for just £3.50.

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