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Jack Colback in the England squad...
at 11:48 28 Aug 2014

...Do we get anything for that?!
This is brilliant...
at 11:19 28 Aug 2014

"Ipswich must have a really good squad to have let some of these players go.”

“He’s very quickly become the key man with some sensational performances."
"I’ve made him my Man of the Match with a rating of 8/10 in the last two matches.”

"Playing on the left-side of a central midfield three, he was strong in the tackle and got forward numerous times showing he’s not afraid to shoot."

ITFCJoe Wants A Goal From Skuse (n/t)
at 09:07 28 Aug 2014

Squad depth...
at 10:22 26 Aug 2014

We now have 13 players available for Saturday who have started 10 games in the Championship or above.

GK - Gerken, Bialkowski
DF - Chambers, Parr, Smith, Berra
MF - Anderson, Tabb, Skuse, Hyam
ST - Murphy, McGoldrick, Nouble

And one of them is totally out of favour.

Bearing in mind McCarthy's best signings have been those with proven Championship and Premiership pedigree (Berra, Anderson, Tabb, Skuse, McGoldrick and Murphy) it does give you some idea of how poor our recruitment has been this summer.
Byron Lawrence - Too old to progress?
at 08:05 26 Aug 2014

Seems so early to be writing off a 1st year pro, someone who is 18 months younger than the great hope Jack Marriott who has 35 minutes of first team football in 2 dead rubbers under his belt.

In fact out of the current 1st year pros/3rd year scholars it is only Ted Bishop and Joe Robinson that are younger than him- had Byron played for the development team yesterday he'd have been the 3rd youngest player in the side.

We are letting go probably the best technical player in the academy here, and one whos crossing is brilliant in the role out wide he has been forced across to.

Shameful really, he'll achieve more in English football than Kevin Bru who will be gone this time next year.
U21s won 1-0.
at 14:58 25 Aug 2014

Elliott Hewitt with the goal from a Bajner cross, 1st half wasn't a great affair and not much happened but ITFC upped tempo after half time and just about deserved the win.

A bit disappointing that a team with 5 first teamers didn't impose themselves more on the game and it was yet again left to the 2 shining lights of Bishop and Clarke to shine.

Bajner still needs to do more for me, he switches off all the time and it was only when Mick was barking at him to close down that he did it effectively, too dopey? Some nice touches but not good enough in the air, did better though than previously which is a good sign.

Henshall was given a dressing down for 'fannying around' on at least 2 occassions also.
Bar the 2 games that cannot be mentioned I can't remember as limp a
at 11:19 24 Aug 2014

derby display as that?

Norwich barely got out of 1st gear and we didn't force Ruddy to even make a save.

We played so narrow, that it wasn't until Henshall came on that we even looked like stretching their defence with a bit of width.

Everything was just so predictable, we are weaker as a team and squad than last year - let's hope Stewart can make a difference but from what I remember he is an inconsistent Championship player.
Is Byron Lawrence on his way out?
at 10:36 20 Aug 2014

Training with Colchester and will feature for their development team.
Blackpool fan last night....great 'bantz'
at 10:35 20 Aug 2014

Has Dolly been doing adverts for Amazon too?
at 15:22 19 Aug 2014

Personally made me laugh, the 1st time but dragged on....
Wonder if Collison will play at Lowestoft tomorrow?
at 09:41 18 Aug 2014

Think I'll head there rather than Birmingham....bit easier when you have to work until 5 and have a 7.30 am meeting the next day!
Think that is a good move for Marriott for a month
at 09:15 18 Aug 2014

Only concern is how much does he have to do to move up the pecking order here?
Youthhawk website
at 20:28 17 Aug 2014

These guys are trying to put together the biggest and most accurate youth football site on the net as a wiki.

It's mostly focussed on Category 1, but I've updated all the details for ITFC on there, including a page for each player. Still basic and mostly just stats and contract info but will obviously be added to over time.

Main site



Yesterdays game

One thing that leapt out at me when I was doing the stats from what I've collected over the last few years is that George Fowler ( ) has already started 28 games for the U18s and 4 for the U21s despite only having starting his scholarship this summer.

And that is probably less than he's played as some away games had no teams over the last couple of years so invariably some have been missed.
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I quite rate Connor Sammon
at 13:32 15 Aug 2014

Always looks decent against us, much more accomplished than Nouble and will offer us much more.
Between 2008 and 2013, Stoke had the 4th highest net spend in the league
at 12:20 15 Aug 2014

Only Man City, Chelsea and Liverpool spent more.

While Pulis did a fantastic job last year, I can see why Palace wouldn't want to back him too heavily in the transfer market when you look at his signings and how much they actually even played for him.

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Redknapp vs Pulis
at 08:15 15 Aug 2014

Redknapp manages to twist his chairman's arm to spending money he can't afford and leaves them in a perilous financial position and everyone blames 'Arry...

Pulis fails to twist his chairman's arm to spending money he can't afford, fails and resigns and everyone blames the chairman not Pulis....

How does that work?
Great to see McCarthy's comments about Matt Clarke
at 08:05 15 Aug 2014

Really promising stuff.
Taylor gone
at 17:56 14 Aug 2014

That's a line drawn under that, good stuff.
The Evans interview on Radio Suffolk:
at 17:35 14 Aug 2014

"However, as with the Blues’ owner’s previous contacts with the media, the interview was given with the agreement that the audio would not be broadcast."

So is someone just reading it?
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