Being born in 1999, and with my first game at Portman Road coming at the age of six, I have skipped the Town's most recent stint in top flight football a mere 13 seasons ago. This, as is expected, suggests that I have never seen glory in my time as a football fan.
There's ten games of the season remaining. Town are one point off the play-off places and five off the top of the league. But we've only won one of our last five games, and something's not right. Time to ask some honest questions of this team, before it's too late.
It has been discussed at length the pitfalls of round pegs and square holes – a ‘problem’ that appears to have been borne of the Roy Keane era only to manifest itself in Paul Jewell and lately Mick McCarthy.
Sunday’s 2-0 defeat at Norwich was both painful and disappointing. It is never nice to lose to your arch-rivals, especially given our recent record against them, but in many ways, this game re-affirmed what we already know about Town’s shortcomings.
This international edition comes straight from France. So in the spirit of the occasion, crack open a bottle of Bordeaux, stick a tartiflette in the oven and soak up the oelignanthic atmosphere of this winning edition of If Statistics Won Games.
2:50 pm Boxing Day 2014 - Brentford 2-4 Ipswich Town. Town top of the league. Friday 27th Daily Telegraph headline ‘Ipswich savour rare taste of high life’. So rare that Town topped the table for the first time in ten years. Albeit for about two hours.