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A little comparison table
at 11:26 29 Apr 2016

People going on about how long we've been 'stuck' in the Championship and how marvellous other clubs are that have been both above and below us in that time.

Here is a table showing the average position in the English football system of all the teams in the current Championship over the whole period since we were relegated back into it in 2002. We're pretty much on a par with many of our direct rivals (the likes of Burnley, Derby, Cardiff), tho we lose out to those teams who have only recently come down following extended stays in the Prem (e.g. Fulham, Bolton). We're a lot better off than Brighton or Hull, however.



Edit: Not including this season, obviusly.
[Post edited 29 Apr 11:30]
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Well, I did point out beforehand
at 19:05 23 Apr 2016

that both teams are very strong defensively.

My Boro-supporting mate is highly nervous about their final games.
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Really highlights our problem.
at 12:56 23 Apr 2016

Since 1st January:
Goals conceded - ranked joint 6th at 1.0 goals per game (best is Burnley on 0.6, worst Bolton on 2.16)
Goals scored - ranked joint 22nd at 0.79 goals per game (best is Brighton on 2.0, worst Forest on 0.68)

Comparator for today's game:
Ipswich defence 1.0, attack 0.79
Boro defence 0.8, attack 1.3
Therefore the balance of probabilities suggests something in the order of 1 - 0 or maybe 2 - 0 to Boro.
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It's a very Ipswich sort of thing, really
at 10:18 17 Apr 2016

To have the son score on his debut at the age of 16, just as his father did.
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The Russell Osman event last night in Bristol
at 09:59 16 Apr 2016

Just to say what a great bloke and an excellent speaker. If you ever get the chance to hear him talk - about ITFC, football in general (both past and present), personalities of the game he's known and played with, Escape To Victory - do it.
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There is one thing which has improved markedly since the start of the season
at 21:51 10 Apr 2016

The Football League programme on Channel 5: Got rid of the pointless audience, sat everybody down, Iwelumo in as a regular rather than Virgo and the often-mumbling other player-pundits, stopped mixing up the divisions.
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Another good one from Mr Squires
at 11:29 5 Apr 2016

http://www.theguardian.com/football/picture/2016/apr/05/david-squires-on-doping-
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I still can't fathom why McCarthy would want to go to Villa
at 10:15 4 Apr 2016

There's no realistic chance of saving them from relegation. Yes, they'll get parachute payments, but they've had a lot of TV money available this season and managed to come a fairly close second to Derby '08 for the worst ever Prem performance. They're not in a position to do a Newcastle 2009-10 and I doubt they'll be able to bounce straight back at all, especially given the experiences of teams such as Wolves, Blackburn and Bolton.

I've heard people say "They're still a big club". But, as we ourselves (along with others such as Leeds and Forest) know, past history does not carry much weight in the hard struggle of the present.

This is the third manager they've sacked in 13 months. We gave Paul Jewell a longer run than that. Suggests the job security is not great.

Having just signed a new contract, with your team in or around the play-offs for the third season running, why jump ship to a club in something of a shambles and risk being unemployed in six months if it doesn't work out?
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Play to the whistle.
at 21:39 29 Mar 2016

Rather than flapping your arms and shouting at the ref/lino.
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For some reason
at 21:35 29 Mar 2016

this always springs to mind when a certain England and Spurs player is on the pitch. Doesn't take much alteration of the lyrics ...

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