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Ipswich Town Sticker Book for sale
at 19:44 28 May 2015

Sticker book from this season, with all the stickers (not stuck in) is for sale on eBay, no reserve on it so if you missed out on it this season then get bidding!
Watford manager gone.
at 13:17 26 May 2015

I'm glad they are out of the Championship, the squad they can put together without falling foul of FFP and no parachute payments is nothing short of ridiculous.

Won the league and the manager didn't really impress - they could be going somewhere if the Pozzo's shift emphasis from Udinese to them....and why wouldn't they with the money in the Prem?
Mings for England......probably not.
at 11:07 26 May 2015

If you read Gareth Southgate's comments about why Matt Target was selected in the U21 squad for the Euro's and (presumably) Mings wasn't, it does seem to hint that he isn't seen as someone they want to get into the National Team system.

i“Matt Targett is the same, after doing well with the U20s,” added Southgate.

“We feel we could have gone with an older full-back that’s maybe playing in the Championship, but who probably doesn’t have a longer-term future with us.

“We’d like Matt to have a bit more experience with us before we’d put him into a tournament but he’s the next one up.

Seems needless remarks to make, because it can only really apply to Mings and Jake Bidwell at Brentford and shuts the door a little bit on them.
Deeds and covenants
at 09:40 26 May 2015

What actually happens if you break these on your house? Who are you responsible to?

Just asking as one of mine currently is that we can't park on the road outside driveway - I'm doing an extensive renovation so often have a couple of work vans parked on the road as there is no room - one of the neighbours has mentioned it to me but I've basically ignored him.

What can happen to me if I am breaking covenants? I assume the lengthiness of any process would make it pointless for them to do anything as I will be finished by the time anything would be to come of it and actually using the driveway.....
20 best value Premier League signings this year
at 12:55 20 May 2015

Cressy - 5th

Aaron Cresswell’s £4million transfer from Ipswich in the summer of 2014 was, without doubt, one of the very best bits of business by any Premier League club. West Ham’s Players Player of the Year, Best Signing and Hammer of the Year were some personal accolades he was awarded, but his performances at left back for Sam Allardyce’s side have been so assured that the club have given him a valuation of £20million in order to scare off would be suitors Chelsea and Man City. A bargain at £4m.

I still think personally, that we got decent value for him.....
Really good piece on Sterling here:
at 12:52 20 May 2015

"Greedy footballers, eh? An England midfielder of substantial but hardly world-class talent turns down a lavish six-figure contract offer from his current club and threatens to leave for a rival, using the convenient fig leaf of being played “out of position”. Still, this is a column about Raheem Sterling, not James Milner, so we shall have to leave that one there for now."

"Now, we can bicker and quibble about what footballers are worth. We could argue whether by bringing pleasure to millions of people, Sterling is more deserving of his comparatively meagre fortune than, say, Liverpool Football Club owner, John Henry, who became a billionaire largely on the strength of his ability to move money around."
Just watched the highlights for first time....
at 13:54 18 May 2015

Bart has had a shocker really. 2nd goal looked a bit bad from my angle on Saturday, looks terrible on 2nd viewing - he almost moves his leg totally out the way from where the ball goes. Why dive and not save it with your feet??

And the 3rd goal he is way too slow of his line.

Think Berra a bit unlucky, he doesn't move arm towards ball it just hits it - although I think he should have gotten out the way of it. (Note - I don't think he was unlucky to get sent off, it was a nailed on red)

Sloppy play for all the goals though - Mings pass for the first, Bru beaten far too easily out wide for the 2nd, and the 3rd was a huge gap between Chambo and Tommy at the back - Chambo not used to playing back in the middle?
Darren Ambrose...
at 13:51 17 May 2015

....heard he might be heading to Needham Market next season as wants to play locally - what a signing he'd be at that level!

Such fine margins here, earned himself a league start, did well and then because of an injury his professional career could be over.
Anderson, Tabb and Hunt x2
at 09:07 17 May 2015

Who do you think will be here next year? Could realistically add Chaplow and Varney to that too.

I personally don't think Ando has done enough and our squad management will be one in one out, and I think there will be better out there. Tabb's had a good season but I think I'd take same approach with him too.

Will Hewitt be an answer at right back? I doubt it, and if he isn't then we need to recruit one.
Everytime I go to the fridge I just want to grab a beer....
at 12:22 15 May 2015 much to do today but keep looking on here and am getting nothing done. I feel like sacking it off for the day and going to the pub.
“Is it bigger than Bayern?”
at 11:33 15 May 2015

Players moving house this week
at 09:02 15 May 2015

One of our players is moving this week, as one of our subbies has been helping him out.

And I've just got stuck behind a removals van pulling onto another players driveway this morning.

Did they not think we'd be in the play offs, moving house the day before a big game isn't the greatest idea surely with all the stress it brings?!
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Need to change ends if we win the toss tomorrow
at 08:16 15 May 2015

When was the last time we won at Carrot Road not attacking the end where the away fans are 2nd half? I don't think I've ever seen it....!
Just saw Jonny Parr out for a run....
at 09:42 13 May 2015

....must be bored waiting for training to start at 12.15!
Ben Gummer
at 10:19 12 May 2015

Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department of Health.

Ipswich Hospital seems to have done well in the last 5 years, hopefully it continues to do so.
Tom Brady - Deflategate...
at 08:38 12 May 2015

4 game ban, a $1m fine for the Pats and no 1st rounder next year......massive punishment!

Sounds deserved, no co-operation with investigation and Kraft's demand for an apology probably didn't go down that well....added to the fact they always cheat and it's a good thing!

Appeal coming up I presume?
ECB - clowns
at 08:32 12 May 2015

The ECB are an utter shambles, this need to sack KP is just so pointless - players don't get sacked from representing their country they stop getting selected (or retire themselves).

If they don't want him as part of the squad then they can go in a 'different direction', opt to 'bring through younger players' etc....the definitive sacking of him has made every successor to the ECB and the Team England Director a poisoned chalice with this hanging over it.

Would Vaughan have wanted the job if there was a chance he could get KP in? Would he have been a better candidate? We don't know, but by closing off anyone that rates KP it's a huge swathe of people that may have been able to do the job better.

The fact that so many people that used to play with and captain him can't speak highly enough of him (Vaughan, Flintoff, Harmison, Bopara, etc) and those currently coaching and managing him (Alec Stewart, etc) shows that he is manageable and captainable - even if he is a maverick.

Swann and Anderson can clearly be nightmares at times, but they are best mates with Cook, Broad clearly is an absolute bellend (who's batting is worse than Panesar at the moment) but he seems undroppable. It's massive double standards.

Fortunately Ballance, Bell and Root are an excellent middle order at the moment, easily the strongest area of our team out of main categories (Openers, Middle Order, Keeper, Pace Attack, Spin Attack). If that stops though, if one gets injured or has a mental health issue which isn't uncommon with cricketers on long tours then who are the Aussies going to fear.....KP or James Taylor?!
Feel a bit sorry for Ed Milliband
at 15:44 8 May 2015

have always thought he was a goon, and a terrible leader of the Labour party - he could never have been PM because he as too much of a geek really.

However the blind faith Labour supporters get behind him because they have too, similar to those with overly blue tinted specs here who still yammering on with the #IBELIEVE when Paul Jewell had clearly lost the plot, but couldn't not blindly support the manager.

So all Ed's qualities get picked out and pored over by his supporters, the polls have them as neck and neck going into the election day - he must genuinely think he has a real chance of being the next PM - his life's goal no doubt with him being a politicker since he was a schoolboy.....and then the exit polls come out and bang, the dream is effectively dead.

As the results come in and mirror the exit polls it really is death by a thousand cuts throughout the night, his life's work and ambition just gone like that over night - on a human level it's really sad.

Anyway, hopefully Labour elect a proper leader next time to keep the Tories on their game, another weak opposition and no Liberal's in coalition will be a really bad thing.
London Burger Joints
at 13:26 1 May 2015

Mrs itfcjoe is taking me to London next week for my birthday for a few days, I know she has some stuff organised but not sure how much.

Can I get some recommendations from the Burger Crew (Lucan, Healy, Jake, BlueStreak etc) in case I have a spare night to head out and find the best one.

I'm staying on the edge of Hyde Park on the Paddington side.....
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