|The Past, the Present, the Highs and Lows|
written by Edmunds5 Monday, 15th Oct 2012 15:10
I’m not sure how this will go down but I wanted to spice things up a little in terms of my approach to a blog, so I decided to do a rather long-winded poem that reviews the story of the past and present times, hope you enjoy.
10th of December, Liverpool the location, a date I remember without hesitation. A Sunday I recall, no expectations more hope. I was geared up for humiliation and drowning my sorrows. Sorry mum if I’m grumpy tomorrow.
I just couldn’t foresee the elation that followed. ‘TURN UP THE RADIO I THINK ITS ONE NIL’, Marcus Stewart goal and victory was sealed.
I went and told my mother who said ‘What’s the big deal’. I knew she would struggle to understand how I feel. It’s just I never though we could win at Anfield.
There was more to come I have you know, decent results had recently flowed. As we see off the Saints at Portman Road. The next one was tough, United away.
A defeat at Old Trafford but not battered not shamed, just three days rest for the Chelsea game but a two-all draw marked a good Boxing Day.
Everything seemed so smooth on the pitch, though still inconsistent, losing four from six. But we got back to taking the League in our stride, defeating the Hammers and then the Magpies, before beating Boro at the Riverside.
Just four matches left, a Champions League spot in sight, we begin to believe that we might, just might. The last day arrived; it was time to show heart, behind to a battling Derby at Pride Park.
Filled with nerves and nails bitten, this wasn’t the kind of script that we’d written. Keep being patient, it will come, Naylor then scores and we draw 1-1.
A fifth-placed finish our reward, a fantastic season as our fans applaud. The Champions League it wasn’t too be, and in reality was a distant dream. But there’s no reason too feel down, our debut season made all Blues fans proud.
The second season we found it tough, we huffed and puffed but it wasn’t enough. A win at Liverpool could keep us alive but we were cruelly stuffed and couldn’t survive.
They say ‘second season syndrome’ is what we had suffered; in any case we fought bravely but just couldn’t recover. That was that, but we had a blast, wounded but with an inner belief that we would be back fast.
Changes were made, George Burley was sacked. Who left on a downer but with memories intact.
But David Sheepshanks acts as Joe Royle is backed. Eyes were set on a return to the top flight but financial issues took control of our plight. It wasn’t straight forward as we entered administration, a time where the board called for patience.
Despite the turmoil we got on a run, things were looking up under Royle and we were scoring for fun. Kuqi and Bent power and pace, we were right in the hunt for a promotion place.
West Ham in play-offs on the 15th of May, after the season concluded with a draw against Cardiff on the final day.
The first legs at home as we look for the upper hand, just three games away from the promise land. A tight affair, nothing to choose, whatever we do must not lose. We win one-nil, a slender lead, we would have loved another but we can still be pleased.
The game's still in the balance, we’re not through yet. Upton Park Tuesday, the stage is set. West Ham v Ipswich under the lights, fingers crossed it will be our night.
Etherington scores the Hammers ahead, now our hopes would hang by a thread. A goal down we tried to keep strong but unfortunately for us we just could not hold on.
Corner to West Ham Dailly up from the back, who found himself free and had a crack, it wasn’t a bullet not the best hit but it finds the net and left us Blues in bits. All the hard work had been undone, another gruelling season ahead in Division One.
Unfortunately 2004/2005 was basically the same, we miss out on automatic before play off pain, defeated by West Ham once again. Another season ahead full of graft and grind will 05/06 be our time? Well we started slowly were off the pace, given a lesson against Preston and at Sheffield United away.
A chance to bounce back against the Canaries at home, but the dismal derby went to our rivals down the road.
We continued to struggle; we missed Darren Bent's pace, something we found tough to replace. The top six were beyond us and we were unable to chase, as we ended up in a lowly 15th place. A poor end to a tough campaign that marked the end of Royle’s reign.
Marcus Evans then came into Town, buying a stake, settling our debts down. In effect he kept the club afloat, after a miserable time of financial woe.
Jim Magilton was the man to he appointed, could he repair a squad that had looked disjointed. Players came in, as we started a fresh; he brought in the likes of Campo and Thatcher amongst other experienced heads.
After a busy summer the season got under way, only to be beaten by Preston on the opening day.
Up and down results followed, we got the ball down and played but we were just far too inconsistent to be right up there in May. Unfortunately for us this proved the case, as we eventually finished in 14th place.
A mid-table finish seems a constant theme, are we turning into a mid-table team? What’s the reason for our current plight? Well, players are leaving, money's quite tight, Still Jim has a second season to get things right.
Just three wins in ten was not the best start but we soon started looking the part. One defeat in nine lifted us up to eighth positive signs as fans had faith.
On the verge of the play-offs, we were well in the mix, fingers crossed that we would emerge in the top six. But such is our way we began to lose form, losing four from eight with two wins and two draws.
We were lying in 10th with 12 games to go but one win in nine dealt our play-off chances a major blow. We didn’t lie down; we continued to fight as Danny Haynes’ strike clinched derby delight.
But with failure to reach the play-offs proving the final straw, Super Jim was shown the door. His sacking was seen as a slightly controversial decision, as Roy Keane was then handed the managerial position.
This filled Town fans with a sense of optimism, after his exploits at Sunderland where he won the Division. Back to back wins, Keane of to a flyer unfortunately it failed to push us up any higher.
All in all, too little too late. Season over, we finish in eighth place with our pursuit of the Premiership at gradual pace, at least another season we would have to wait.
As we went and gave promotion a bash Keane was allowed to splash the cash, he then went to raid the Black Cats as he signed Leadbitter and Edwards whilst loaning Colback. Delaney, Martin amongst others were unveiled so how would we fare with these signings sealed?
After fourteen games we were awaiting a win with our patience already wearing thin. Second from bottom, the football a bore conceding goals and struggled to score.
There was just nothing to cheer, the outlook bleak, when will we end this dismal streak. But after 14 games we finally won, and put an end to the woeful run. We found our feet, results would come, just one defeat in eleven before being undone.
The usual inconsistency would then take its toll win a couple lose a couple draw a couple, same old same old. In truth our start made it an uphill task, with the play-offs looking too big of an ask with a bottom half finish on the cards.
So yet another season without great joy, just where are we going under Roy? With Keane clearly far from pleased, he felt a summer clear-out was well in need.
Many departures, but just a few on board, many targets were not secured. Fulop, Kennedy and Scotland amongst those that signed but with a squad so thin expectations weren’t high.
But our start proved a welcome surprise our first five unbeaten before a slide. Suddenly we were on a downward slope as our depleted squad found it tough to cope.
Our early form was soon forgotten as six defeats in a row left us sixth from bottom. A home loss to Forest meant enough was enough after 20 months Keane’s time was up.
With the board in search for a fresh face, Paul Jewell answered the call and was the new man in place. With promotion beyond us survival was the aim, with Jewell waiting for summer to do things his way.
There was still the odd high point, the odd positive note, a thrashing of Doncaster at the Keepmoat before a Bullard brace beat the Bluebirds away. But overall it was another season of pain, finishing 13th, nothing really gained.
Summer arrived, time for Jewell to revamp, freshen up his squad and make a stamp. JET, Chopra, Cresswell arrived at Portman Road along with the wise old heads, the experienced pros. We started OK despite a heavy loss to Posh but a win against Portsmouth pushed us to a play-off spot.
However, a defeat to Palace and things were to get a whole lot worse as seven straight losses left us 21st. After that it was the usual inconsistent form, though we were beginning to accept this was becoming the norm. Yet another season of false ambition ends up with us finishing in 15th position.
A lack of transfer activity left fans unsure, but faces would finally arrive through the door. Hewitt, Loach and Chambers would all sign, with the added bonus of youth a positive sign.
Though there was hardly a spending spree, with Marcus Evans reluctant to keep paying large fees. Some fans thought we could achieve others thought we might struggle to compete, had a lack of quality and was a little too weak.
Early on things seem to flow, a cup win against Bristol Rovers and a draw with Blackburn at home, before a win away at Vicarage Road.
From here we’ve crumbled and have not won, beaten by Carlisle to end the idea of a cup run, against Blackpool where we were trounced as well as two home defeats on the bounce.
After being sucked into the relegation zone, this prompted Jewell to get on the phone, as we tied up a number of loans, with many annoyed that they’re not our own, we have to wait if things get sewn.
One-up against Cardiff, players seemed to be settling in fine, having been unable to see the game out after leading, the table would make rather miserable reading.
Whether Jewell's fired, whether his job stays in tact, as fans we’re tired and just want to see the club back on track.
A difficult time and a difficult start but whatever happens Ipswich Town will remain in the heart, because we for sure can still find a way out of this mess, fingers crossed good times are ahead.
Thanks for listening, I would appreciate any comments.
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|darren added 17:06 - Oct 15|
good blog but im struggling to keep faith with what we have at the moment just hope our form turns soon or yet another man will be in charge and we have to start again
|kuyski added 18:59 - Oct 15|
why dont sent hyam，carson etc on loan to other clubs let them get some competition experience and confidence ，it must be better than they just on the bench （even not）every game at the moment，after 1 or 3 months I dont know how many loans players will still stay here？
|scumbuster added 07:55 - Oct 16|
I think you have abit tooooo much time on your hands!!
|Edmunds5 added 07:59 - Oct 16|
just enjoy the writing side of things, but fair play if its not appreciated, wont bother next time mate
|TR11BLU added 08:22 - Oct 16|
Thoroughly enjoyed the ramble through the past 12 years Edmunds and love the prose.
Just emphasises the mess we are in at the moment. Its not beyond repair though, we just need the right appointment this time.
Look forward to the next blog.
|scumbuster added 08:34 - Oct 16|
Just my sence of humor mate....if you enjoy the writing then you carry on....
|Edmunds5 added 08:45 - Oct 16|
Will do, it'll be six lines long and I'll write it like a two year old and expect rave reviews
|irishtim added 08:58 - Oct 16|
Very enjoyable. Keep it up.
|scumbuster added 11:37 - Oct 16|
Yeah rite oh mate.....
|MonterreyBlue added 19:51 - Oct 16|
Good fun blog, well done mate! Writing and poetry a lost art these days with Facebook and lord knows what.
Enjoyable read and brings back some good (and bad) memories, particularly like the like "2nd from bottom, football a bore" as this will be my lasting memory of the Keane era... boring, boring football.
Amazing what a mess we are in, changes have to happen or the brilliant Burley years will be lost forever.
Look forward to the next blog!
|MonterreyBlue added 19:52 - Oct 16|
PS wasnt that just un-believable when Stewart danced around the entire Liverpool defence and scored!! TWTD
|whiskey added 12:15 - Oct 17|
Thanks. I'd like you to do this again, more succinctly next time, perhaps an idyl; a narrative of web based ITFC fans psychological complexities; a profiling of the neuroses found on TWTD message boards. Your take on the single personality from the collective voice. Just a very quick thought.
|Edmunds5 added 18:01 - Oct 17|
What I write might not be very good at all just would have liked to of been told constructively than non comments, my fault for taking things a little too personally
|BuckieBlue added 19:16 - Oct 17|
Edmunds5. Great ITFC history lesson, brought back memories..some good! Hopefully you'll have an eventful rest of season to wax lyrical about.
(Blog just shows that we have a creative bunch on TWTD, pity we all get a bit too critical at times...!).
|phil_itfc_brown added 20:47 - Oct 17|
Loved it great writing, I remember it all and I was at anfield that day, keep the blogs coming, a lot more entertaining than watching ITFC at the moment, don't think people appreciate how good this really is
|oldegold added 07:23 - Oct 18|
The club made the biggest mistake of its life when it allowed the 2005 FA Youth cup winning team to slip through its fingers. Think of all the mediocre and average players that we have bought or the millions we have had on loan and don't tell me that the various Garvan, Krause, Synott, Casement, Knights, Haynes, Upson, Collins,et all with a bit of patience could not have been the mainstay of Town for years to come ? The last glorious season we had was 2004/2005 which ultimately resulted in failure but since then no notable player has come through. I remember Bobby Robson and George Burley always insisting the lifeblood of this club was and is the youth system ( we once had ). Look at all the ridiculous loan players this clown is bringing through. It hardly augurs well for the future and history shows that clubs that manage themselves in this way are only set for freefall and relegation. BIG BIG mistake dismantling that fine young team and terrible mismanagement as well. You know, Ipswich used to be held up as a model of how to run efficiently a small town club. Right now we couldn't run a bath. Shame....
|SXBlue added 08:04 - Oct 18|
I think this is a great blog, brings back some great memories. It would be churlish to point out a couple of mistakes in the timeline, so I won't!
I was having a conversation with someone the other day and I firmly believe we went wrong as a Club in the summer of 2001. This isn't even in hindsight as I said it at the time, even getting slapped down by the club representative in a Fans' Forum that September for daring to suggest we were going in the wrong direction. My view was that we had a good philosophy in looking to the likes of Leicester and Charlton as a model up to that point, but after one season where we had qualified for Europe we were all of a sudden trying to model ourselves on the likes of Tottenham. Symptoms included the signings of Sereni and Finidi for big money AND big wages, upsetting the team spirit we obviously had in the dressing room, building the new North Stand so quickly after the South (we should have consolidated in the Prem for another season or two at least) and the sale (and treatment leading up to it) of Jamie Scowcroft.
There were many more, but for me, one of the biggest disappointments was that it was around this time that the club started to cut itself off from the fans, OK they did the official things, like the Fans' Forum, but in other ways fans were very much treated as customers, or even, for example, trespassers if you dared to set foot in the ground on a non-matchday!
When I was 15 I went down to Ipswich one day in half-term with a mate. We wandered down to the ground and I was able to show him where I stood in the West Stand. A chap came out from the reception as we were walking down the back of the stand, I thought we were going to get told off but instead he asked us if we wanted a quick look round. The tour took us round the offices, board room, dressing rooms, down the side of the pitch to the dugouts, the works. It was brilliant and I've never forgotten it to this day, Paul Murray his name was, and I have occasionally seen him at games over the years and it still makes me smile. But could you see that happening now?
Thought provoking blog Edmunds5, keep it up.
By the way, liked the comment at the end as well, "Thanks for listening, I would appreciate any comments.", sounds like an entrepreneur at the end of their pitch to the Dragons....
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|Edmunds5 added 15:32 - Oct 18|
Thanks for the feedback everyone, appreciated
Oldegold: I agree, I went to the Youth cup final and its somewhat crazy to think those players were let go. Add Ed Upson who scored that night at 15, to that list, playing week in week out at Yeovil now but perhaps could have been important for us if we had furthered his developement. It would have saved us a lot of money and kept that traditional feel to the club. Though every player is welcome here, I will naturally take more of a warmth to local lads like Luke Hyam than players who dont really have a connection, I think thats just natural for a fan.
SXBlue: Cheers for that, interesting points, we probably did too much too soon after finishing 5th, like you say signing players on big money looking back wasnt the way too go. Its in a way what Portsmouth but too a less extent and is much too blame for their financial mess, they won an FA Cup but in the long run it was all too much. As you say we needed too become established, I suppose Stoke have done this, showing a gradual progression by carefully signing two or three players a season that suit what they do as well as Wigan who buy particular players that suit their style through small fees. Glad you liked the last bit, I always put that at the end, have to try and intise people ha.
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