I wish I could have been there when Mick McCarthy first tasted it. The look on his face. The glint in his eye. The dawning realisation that this was the missing ingredient in the promotion recipe he's been formulating ever since arriving at Portman Road.
If you’re one of the many Town fans whose reaction to the Brentford game included assertions that the Blues have a reputation for throwing away points late in games — “Typical bloody Ipswich”, “We did this for the whole of last year, too”, “When are we ever going to learn how to close out games?” — then I’m afraid you’ve been talking nonsense.
Since walking through the door and taking the wheel of the sinking ship left by Paul Jewell, Mick McCarthy has made some absolutely fantastic signings for Ipswich. Almost every single one has been a free transfer or a loan deal, but which of the many new recruits has served this club the best?
There is quite rightly a lot of excitement surrounding Ipswich Town in the build up to the new season. Our squad is the strongest it has been since Joe Royle's Class of 2004/05, and we are well-placed to build on our sixth-placed finish last season.
This Championship season promises to be even more competitive and dramatic than ever. With all 24 clubs just one promotion away from the pot of gold available from the new Premier League TV deal, owners across the division are spending more and more money in order to benefit.
Please don't take the headline of this piece to be negative, it certainly isn't. Whilst the odd doom and gloom-monger still exists within the ranks, it is evident to the vast majority of Town fans that the aura that surrounds the club at the moment is the most positive it's been since the heady days of Premiership football.
Looking forward to the new season? Me too. A couple of weeks ago one hot-footed it down to Portman Road to pick up the Barcelona-esque Town away shirt with a spring in the step. One fully expected to be the sole patron but there was a throng of happy faces weaving in and out of the expansive range of new kit.
It's been roughly 12 months now since last year's summer signings have been at the club. There have been some great moments from our new players, and equally a few lows! But how well have they done in their debut seasons?
Now I know what you’re thinking but hear me out. Celebrating the promotion of our greatest rivals seems spineless and cowardly, especially as they were the ones that dumped us out of the play-offs, but as I sat watching the second spectacular goal scored by that **** Nathan Redmond, I couldn’t help but ask myself whether this was really such a bad thing.