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Daryl Horgan
at 11:18 7 Dec 2016

If we are genuinely interested in him, and are losing out on a bidding war to Preston North End then what hope have we got?

If he goes to a club in receipt of parachute payments then that is one thing, but Preston?!
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I was quite torn on Brexit right up until the vote....
at 08:21 7 Dec 2016

and eventually voted to remain. I put a post about it and when I see some of the sh*t on here at the moment - this paragraph jumps out at me:

"But, the more I look around me at the other Outers, the more I realise I don't want to be in that group. I don't like the smugness from Remain campaign, and find a lot of these people to be real tw*ts.....but the Exit campaign is becoming nastier as it becomes more desperate. I've got to a stage where I'd rather be surrounded by smug tw*ts than hateful c*nts. "
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The U23s were an absolute shower last night....
at 09:11 6 Dec 2016

....always seems to be the way when the first teamers drop back in to play - although at least on this occasion it was needed with the Youth Cup game tonight.

Bru was absolutely woeful - lazy off the ball, casual on the ball and just gave it away so often.

Pitman and Best did nothing - were playing so far apart, there was absolutely no link up play whatsoever, and very little hard running to allow others to play off them.

Williams had a few moments but got clattered a couple of times and seemed to just go through the motions in the second half.

Gerken made a good save and was beaten by 2 quality goals so nothing wrong with his performance.

Other than those, I thought the centre back pairing of Fowler and C.Smith did well, Kenlock got forward well, but that was about it. Worrying how far backwards McDonnell has gone when i have seen him this season as looks miles away from where he was.

A totally disjointed effort, where we had one shot on target, it was like watching the first team!
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The new academy plan seems pretty unambitous...
at 13:07 5 Dec 2016

...and a massive climb down from 50% off the first team squad to have come from the academy:

-To produce one player per season who makes a minimum of 5 appearances in the 1st team
More realistic, but miles away from anything that is making a difference, especially as that will include cup games and sub appaearances
-To produce one player per season who (as a loan player) makes regular appearance in the 1st team of a Football League Club
Hopefully this will begin to happen as our use of the loan market for our players hasn't been great
-To ensure that 3 players graduate from U18 squad to PDL squad
This has happened every year since EPPP begun
-To ensure a minimum of 60% of Scholars have come from Ipswich Town’s Academy registered schoolboys
This has happened every year, for as long as I can remember

If your targets are too hard, just give yourself new easier targets....!
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Jonny Williams has to start if fit
at 11:51 5 Dec 2016

There are no two ways about it, you have to find him a role in the team.

It is inexcusable to have him on the bench - we've paid a no doubt hefty amount to have him here for the season, he's been here for over 3 months and hasn't started a game yet.

I appreciate he was injured, but he is fit now and we haven't got time to waste by not playing him - otherwise we may have just waited for January to come about as he wasn't going anywhere else.

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At what point does the Knudsen experiment end?
at 09:01 5 Dec 2016

Bar a small decent run in the side at the back end of last season, he has been poor for too long.

He seems a real trier, and decent bloke - but his defending isn't great and he offers next to nothing going forward.

I'm not a massive Kenlock fan, but he has shown some promise - but would be happy to give him an extended run in the team to see if he can cut it.

At a time when full backs are so important as spare men in an attacking sense, we get nothing out of our 2.
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Wonder whether we'll hear anything from Evans?
at 17:41 3 Dec 2016

An invisible owner, seemingly no plan from the club - what is he even thinking currently?
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Too many supposed fans seem to relish us losing at the moment (n/t)
at 17:15 3 Dec 2016

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Midlands based blues....
at 13:27 1 Dec 2016

...I know there are a few of you in here.

Town's U18s face Nottingham Forest at the City Ground in the FA Youth Cup next Tuesday - 7pm kick off.

Any support I'm sure would be appreciated - get along if you can
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Worst age to be a town fan?
at 11:11 1 Dec 2016

Just watching the Reuser video on that over thread.....and heard this in the commentary:

"And that's surely it now, Joe Royle and Manchester City are surely down. Ipswich still on course for the Champions League."

That was on my 16th birthday, by the time I turned 17 and passed my driving test which allowed me to go to loads of away games we had been relegated - and not been back since.

Obviously I got to see the Burley years, and watched us win at Wembley, which the younger generation had - but I was so close to my formative football/boozing years being brilliant; but in reality they have been pretty poor!

Was good when I was at uni and we were pressing for promotion, but since I've been working full time and had a bit of disposable to follow us around we've been stuck in this God forsaken division.

Now I've had a kid and disposal income is taking a beating, we'll no doubt go back up to really rub it in!
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Nottingham Forest FAYC roll call...
at 09:06 1 Dec 2016

Think I'm going to make the trip to see the kids, bit sad I know but hopefully will be a good game
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NFL thread.....
at 09:50 29 Nov 2016

With the season well past the halfway point how are people feeling about their teams play off chances?

I struggle to see the Vikings making the play offs now, realistically we are going to be 6-6 come Friday morning despite home advantage, if the Lions beat the Saints then it is game over.

Our O-Line issues have got worse, and whilst injuries have played a key part it is difficult to not blame the front office who have taken just 2 O-Line in the last 10 drafts on days 1 and 2. There has been some succes with late round interior guys, but our only 2 consistent tackles have been Matt Kalil (1-4) and Phil Loadholt (2-54).

And Kalil hasn't been great, but shows how big a difference there is between a top 5 pick who is struggling compared to a 4th round pick that just isn't, and won't ever be, very good.

Our Injured Reserve currently has, all on the offensive side of the ball, previous first rounders:
1-1 Jake Long - T
1-4 Matt Kalil - T
1-6 Andre Smith - T
1-7 Adrian Peterson - RB
1-32 Teddy Bridgewater - QB
And Guard Mike Harris who was our best O-Lineman last year.

Admittedly Long and Smith were free agent signings that hadn't done much for us, but Long in his 2nd game already looked better than what we have there, and showed the difference between the guys who get picked early and those who get picked late.

And no 1st rounder next year......

I don't know if anyone saw the Lions game, but the O gameplan is so unadventurous, I watched the game back and Bradford got the ball out so quickly that he only threw it past the sticks 4 times all game out of his nearly 40 attempts.

Can't see us making the play offs, especially with the Lions having the head-to-head advantage, imagine we'll finish 9-7 which won't be enough for a wild card either
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Kindle books...
at 08:59 29 Nov 2016

Do you reckon there will be a time when Amazon make all books you've purchased from them available for your Kindle like they have done music?

Would make things a hell of a lot easier, but guess there are a few major reasons as to why it hasn't happened
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Finally giving the opposition something to think about
at 19:52 26 Nov 2016

NIce to see the opposition at 352 and us not stick round pegs in square holes to match up, and great to see us go for the throat when we were winning rather than sit back.

I still don't think Douglas is close to being any answer, but Skuse was streets ahead of what he has been this season - and best to not to have the flexible Sears option on the pitch as stopped us from shifting it around!
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Skuglas starting, Reg up top (n/t)
at 13:27 26 Nov 2016

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Norwich food recommendations - baby friendly (n/t)
at 10:07 25 Nov 2016

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Wigan away on the last Saturday before the Xmas break....
at 09:11 23 Nov 2016

...can't imagine we'll take many to that one!
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Naming a couple of houses in a new development?
at 10:28 22 Nov 2016

Anyone ever done it? Or got any idea for themes.

Any things to avoid etc?
[Post edited 22 Nov 10:28]
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U23s game sounded a stonker....
at 15:21 21 Nov 2016

1-0 down, 2-1 up, 3-2 down and won it 4-3 in the last minute.

Good to see the lads starting to get some results at that level, hard to make a case for any to kick on when we were losing week in-week out at that level.

They may be development teams, but they still need to win more than they lose
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Saturday was exactly the sort of performance I feared when....
at 09:34 21 Nov 2016

....we sold Murphy and did't replace him.

I talked extensively about needing someone to lead the line, and how we don't have it unless Best can come in and perform above all expectations. Where was he on Saturday? Injured or not in the 18?

We had McGoldrick on the half way line, Sears out wide and no one up front occupying their central defenders, acting as a focal point to play off.

When Murphy wasn't replaced, I said it has instantly become a transitional season - we weren't going for promotion any more with the business done at the end of the transfer window.

By agreeing the Murphy deal and not getting anyone in, Mick basically prepared his P45.
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