Tractor Boys to visit Walsham for Willows’ biggest ever game

IPSWICH OLD BOY: Gavin Johnson, pictured playing for Ipswich Legends, will face the current team on Wednesday
IPSWICH OLD BOY: Gavin Johnson, pictured playing for Ipswich Legends, will face the current team on Wednesday

Walsham-le-Willows are preparing for the biggest day in the club’s history with Ipswich Town set to visit Summer Road.

A bumper crowd is expected for the Suffolk Premier Cup tie against Paul Jewell’s npower Championship outfit on Wednesday (7.45pm).

Suffolk’s only professional football club will come face-to-face with ex-Tractor Boy Gavin Johnson, who now plies his trade in the Thurlow Nunn Premier Division with the Willows, and it is a game that has got the whole club excited.

“It’s far and above anything we’ve ever done before,” said Walsham chairman Mike Powles. “You don’t get to play this sort of game very often.

“We’d like lots of people to come along, see what we’ve got and hopefully come back.”

Walsham will be charging £8 for adults and £4 for concessions, but anyone attending will receive a discount for Walsham’s league clash with Ely the following Saturday.

Manager Paul Smith said: “We are a little village club with Ipswich Town coming down and, because of the international break, they should be sending a half-decent team.

“I want our boys to go out there, take it all in and enjoy it because it is a great time for Walsham.”

The Ipswich match should also mark Paul Musgrove’s 350th appearance for the club, during which he has netted 177 goals to help Walsham rise through the leagues to become a regular fixture in the Thurlow Nunn Premier.

Before the Willows can think about Ipswich, they will turn their attentions to the FA Vase when they travel to Hadleigh United tomorrow (3pm), with Jack Brame set to undergo a late fitness test.

Hadleigh are two places above Walsham in the league.