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Ipswich Town autographed Drum and Monkey painting saved

Drum and Monkey sign
Image caption CDC is looking after the sign, which is about 6ft x 4ft (1.8m x 1.2m), at its offices in Kesgrave near Ipswich

The owner of a large Ipswich Town painting signed by various ex-players is being sought after it was found in a redundant pub near the club's stadium.

It once hung in the Drum and Monkey and has been signed by names including Kevin Beattie and Russell Osman.

CDC Ltd, which is knocking down the pub, found it in the cellar and is keeping hold of it at its offices.

Joe Fairbrother, of CDC, said: "It could be worth a lot to someone, or it could be worth nothing."

The pub, on Princes Street near Ipswich's Portman Road ground, was a match day haunt for fans, but it closed in 2016 and is being knocked down to make way for more car parking spaces.

Image caption Ipswich fans in the pub in 2009 - the sign hung in a different room
Image caption Demolition of the pub is under way and it will be replaced with more car parking spaces between Portman Road and Princes Street
Image caption Demolition work has been continuing throughout the week

The sign advertises an online fan forum, but attempts by the BBC to contact those behind the site have proved unsuccessful.

'Random' signatures

It has been signed by about 15 ex-players, which include Alan Lee, Danny Haynes and Mauricio Taricco, as well as many others which are difficult to decipher.

Image caption Kevin Beattie and Mauricio Taricco are among the ex-Ipswich Town players who signed it
Image caption French footballer Sylvain Legwinski was among the footballers who signed it
Image caption The poster is signed by about 15 ex-players

An Ipswich Town spokesman said the website had a semi-official status as the club's online forum when it began in the mid-2000s, but has not had any connection with the club for at least 10 years.

Mr Fairbrother said: "It's a bit of a random collection of signatures - it's not a complete 1978 FA Cup-winning side or even the 2000 promotion-winning side for instance.

"It may have sentimental or some other value to someone, so we'd like to find out who.

"If we don't find out, we don't know what we'll do with it at this stage."

CDC is keeping it at its Kesgrave offices and said it would put the sign on display at its trade stand at the Suffolk Show, which takes place on Wednesday and Thursday.

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Image caption The pub in 2015, with the football ground behind it on Portman Road

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