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New Ipswich Town co-owner Mark Detmer hopes to 'wake a sleeping giant' following Gamechanger 20 Ltd's US takeover




Mark Detmer says Gamechanger are at Portman Road to connect with the supporters, inspire young fans and wake a sleeping giant.

The real estate expert is part of the Three Lions group - along with Brett Johnson and Berke Bakay - that instigated the purchase of Ipswich Town from Marcus Evans through Gamechanger 20 Ltd, which is backed by US investment.

All three are hoping to get to watch Town play as early as possible next season and in Detmer's first interview he told the club's website: “We are biding our time until we can travel to Ipswich. We can’t wait.

Ipswich Town co-owners (from left) Brett Johnson, Berke Bakay and Mark Detmer taking in a Newcastle United game pre-Covid Picture: ITFC / Mark Detmer
Ipswich Town co-owners (from left) Brett Johnson, Berke Bakay and Mark Detmer taking in a Newcastle United game pre-Covid Picture: ITFC / Mark Detmer

“What we looked for in a club was a passionate fanbase and an opportunity to wake a sleeping giant.

“Clubs survive because of the fans and the community that they’re in so when we looked at the opportunities in England, by far Ipswich was our favourite – there wasn’t even a close second for us.

“The community will be a big aspect for us. I think it’s really important to have that connection with supporters.

The new owners of Ipswich Town are looking forward to their first visit to the 30,000+ seated stadium at Portman Road Picture: Barry Goodwin
The new owners of Ipswich Town are looking forward to their first visit to the 30,000+ seated stadium at Portman Road Picture: Barry Goodwin

“We need to focus on the youth. There is an unbelievable opportunity to create those same experiences, those memories that their parents or grandparents will have experienced following the club. Our goal is to get the youth as passionate about Ipswich as so many other generations have been.

“We will work tirelessly for the supporters. We are genuine in what it is that we’re trying to accomplish at this football club. We’re all in and we hope that supporters will be all in on our efforts too.”

It comes after fellow Three Lions fund member Bakay gave his first interviews on Thursday, including directly answering questions from fans via SuffolkNews columnist Martin Lambert's Talking Town podcast on his Home Dressing Room YoutTube channel.

The episode of Berke can be played back in full below.

Earlier kick-off for FA Youth Cup tie

Meanwhile, the club has announced Town U18s' FA Youth Cup quarter-final tie at home to Sheffield United will now kick-off on Friday at the earlier time of 5pm.

They have also confirmed fans will be able to watch it in full for free via a live stream provided by the visitors on their website.

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