Just like every season, we made our pre-season predictions last summer and just like every season we were wrong. Giants fell, minnows prospered and ten managers were axed, the pressure of returning their club to the financial utopia of the Premier League so great that the board of directors were ruthless and often reckless.
At a time when Fulham have just spent £11m on a striker with no Premiership experience, it's a little disconcerting to see Mick McCarthy announce that the club are relying on freebies and borrowed players once again this term.
While watching the World Cup coverage from sunny Brazil this summer on ITV and the BBC, I’ve realised a former footballer doesn’t always make quite the same impression when trying his luck at a bit of punditry.
If you ask any Town fan, young or old to pick their all-time Town team, there will inevitably be a swing towards the UEFA Cup winning squad of '81. The likes of John Wark, Mick Mills, Kevin Beattie and the Dutch duo of Arnold Muhren and Frans Thijssen have gone down in Suffolk folklore, and for good reason.
How you view Jimmy Bullard in an Ipswich Town shirt will depend on what period you remember most clearly - the loan spell in which he scored a series of spectacular goals and helped pull us clear of relegation or the season on a permanent deal when he was a bit part player at best.
I’m going to blog here for my first time regarding an amateur attempt at a ‘statistical outlook’ on Ipswich’s season. Given the fact that I'm quite verbose, I'll split this into a two parter – first the team, then the players (mainly attackers). This way they're split into more digestible chunks.
Now the fun part; from here I’ll be using some metrics which I’ve mimicked from more ‘pro’ analysts – firstly P90. P90 takes the total minutes played in a season, divided by 90 to create 90-minute chunks. NPG is non-penalty goals, so in our case two goals were taken off McGoldrick’s 14.
Stability, stability, stability - a thing we lacked so much during Paul Jewell and Roy Keane’s respective tenures. I think I can speak for most Town fans in saying that we should be very content with the club's situation at this moment.
First of all, thanks for a brilliant season. I hope you enjoy the blog! This season has been unique. Not only for Ipswich Town but also from a personal perspective. I’ve attended 11 Town games, bearing in mind that every game is an away game for me who lives in Norway.