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Ten years ago, at this stage of the season, Joe Royle's low-budget Ipswich Town side were top of the table after 21 games played. Shefki Kuqi had scored the only goal of the game in a 1-0 victory over Brighton. Times were good.
For the last seven years of my life I have made the trip to see Ipswich Town every other Saturday. Every August, I hope. Every Saturday at 2:55, I hope. This season, for a very much welcome change, these hopes may not be shattered.
Right out at the outset, I want to make it clear that I don't believe we are potential league leaders, nor even automatic promotion contenders come to think of it. In fact, if we make the play-offs, I think it would be a remarkable achievement and one that we don't fully appreciate.
Two years have flown by, and it is easy to forget what a mess we were in when Mick McCarthy joined. I can no longer make it to home games, but occasionally make it to away fixtures. So whilst my experience of how we play is not extensive, I do see the merits and criticisms that polarised opinions expressed on the forums.
Whether Roy Keane should go down in history as the worst manager to helm Ipswich Town is an arguable point - but it is hard to dispute that he is the most divisive Town employee in the club's 136-year history.
It had been a relentless week at work with endless emails, continuous meetings and a phone that never stopped ringing. Come 5.15pm on Friday, I needed to do some shopping and I did not quite have the energy to drag myself around the aisles.
The American journalist and satirist Ambrose Bierce once said that in each human heart there is a tiger, a pig, an ass and a nightingale and the diversity of character is due to their unequal activity. I suppose in the sad case of Roy Keane we were left with a bit of an ass who turned out to be pig ignorant!