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NFL International Series - tickets for sale
at 13:12 25 Apr 2016

Due to Mrs itfcjoe being due to give birth bang in the middle of the 2016 International Series I have tickets for sale for the following 2 games:

Jacksonville Jaguars v Inidanapolis Colts - 2nd October @ Wembley - £90 for the pair

LA Rams v New York Giants - 23rd October at Twickenham - £100 for the pair

I think the tickets work out just shy of face value once the fees are included, or may be just over but you are talking a couple of quid either way.

Seats are in the lower middle upper tier but basically on the half way line and give a really good view at Wembley - the Twickenham ones are similar but I've not sat in them previously so can't say for definite.

If anyone wants any further info just let me know, think both games are sold out though.
Just missed a deer by a few inches at 70mph on the A14....
at 21:03 23 Apr 2016 was absolutely massive, nearly as tall as my truck and its antlers must have been 3 foot long too.

Scary to think what could've happened if I hit it.
Line of Duty!
at 22:08 21 Apr 2016

Wow - not sure I can wait a whole week for the next one.

Any TV reviewers on here with a preview copy I can have?!
Sounds as though Martin O'Neill will be off to Forest in the summer....
at 08:45 21 Apr 2016

....wonder if Mick will want the Ireland job again if that is the case?
Just had an e-mail from the club....
at 10:11 20 Apr 2016

We were very disappointed that we were unable to stage The Portman Cup last season, this was in part due to late confirmation of Play-off semi-final dates. We have worked hard to avoid similar difficulties this season

I think the Mick in v Mick out debate.....
at 07:26 20 Apr 2016 now very heavily influenced by those who go to PR regularly and those who don't for whatever reason.

Those who don't maybe look at the bigger picture a bit more with regards to fact we are probably still over performing in reality......I think those who do go to PR regularly are finding it increasingly difficult to look past the awful football on display week after week.

We've just had a run of 4 home games against sides we beat away from home, who are all at the bottom of the league - 9-10 points was a minimum if we wanted to stay in contention......and it took is until injury time if the 4th game to score a meaningful goal. And we've barely tested the keeper in any game. It's totally unacceptable.
Aston Villa back in meltdown
at 16:30 18 Apr 2016

Mervyn King and David Bernstein have resigned saying positions untenable.

Not sure whether this will have any bearing later down the line for Mick if he is a candidate for job.

I'll be happy to see them appoint someone ASAP, whoever it is, just so it can be put to bed for ITFC (or means we need a new manager...!)
I wasn't at the game, but.......
at 17:14 16 Apr 2016

Listened to the second half and sounded like we did ok, if anyone was going to win it I think it would have been Wednesday.

Fantastic for Andre to score, especially as sounds like he wasn't that involved other than that - what a moment and what a start to what will hopefully be a long and succesful career.

Feeney sounded like he is what we have been missing, pace and directness on the break.

Bart sounded like he had another great game.

Didzy got through 90 minutes, can't wait to see him back at Portman Road and playing.

I'll be interested to hear thoughts of fans in ground re Pitman's spat with Knudsen at the end. pitman often goes a bit OTT when moaning at teammates, this one sounds as though it was well OTT and not good to a young player.

A shame that the point doesn't really mean anything due to our recent poor form. Onwards to next season....
Think me and my mates dodged a bullet here....
at 20:43 15 Apr 2016

....this girl was a couple of years below us at school. Fortunately no one ever went there!
Street food Friday at Arcade Street tonight...
at 15:49 8 Apr 2016

....I think it is Philly Cheese Steaks and I am drooling over it already.

Anyone else heading down?
Does Mick's style wear the team out in the first half of the season?
at 14:18 8 Apr 2016

Mentally and are the stats using the FA Cup 3rd round game as mid point of the season:

2013/14 - 36 points in 24 games before - 1.5ppg
- 32 points in 22 games after - 1.45ppg

2014/15 - 47 points in 24 games before - 1.96ppg
- 31 points in 22 games after - 1.41ppg

2015/16 - 41 points in 25 games before - 1.64ppg
- 19 points in 15 games after - 1.27ppg

Before - 1.70ppg
After - 1.39ppg

Last year it looked as though we were physically and mentally shot after Xmas, and whilst we didn't scale the heights of first of the season this year things have declined massively again.

Is it lack of rotation of key players, or mainstays picking up injuries from over playing, or something else?

Douglas here for another year....
at 12:38 8 Apr 2016

Not only do his performances make him deserve to be dropped, the fact that by playing him he has now triggered another season here make it even worse.

If ever there was an argument for leaving a player on 29 appearances (assuming it was 30 that triggered it) then an aging 33 year old who has been, on the whole, poor should be it.
Wonder if this is someone we may be looking at?
at 08:31 8 Apr 2016

Mick watches Southend often , admittedly most likely because we are so far from anywhere else....!
The Night Manager
at 11:05 7 Apr 2016

Have not seen a thread on this, but if anyone hasn't watched it they need to.

As you'd expect from a high budget BBC (plus US channel AMC) production of a Le Carre novel it is brilliantly done.

Hugh Laurie steals the show as an absolute b*stard, but The Night Manager himself plays the role so well.

The Golden Lion is shut
at 17:27 6 Apr 2016

Sad day for the town centre, whilst I don't go in there very often any more - had some great times there from 16-21
i don't think I've ever really liked Mick.
at 12:34 6 Apr 2016

And that is not to say he has done a great job, he really has. But I just don't take to his philosophy on football and his feigned gruff Yorkshireman as honest as the day is long rubbish. He's clearly a very good politician.

But, he has done a brilliant job here - he has taken us from relegation certainties under a shambolic owner into a situation where everyone now thinks that Evans and Milne are doing well (broadly) rather than the Evans/Clegg partnership that was becoming a laughing stock - most of that is down to Mick.

I'd be happy in many ways if Mick were to get the Villa job - I don't want it to end ugly for him here as he doesn't deserve that, but that is where I think things are going to go. If the home form doesn't pick up in next 3 games, the style of football especially then there will be some serious moaning and questioning from the crowd - and season tickets sales are sure to drop quite a bit.

He is, by a distance, the best manager we've had since Joe, but I still just don't really like him.

I'd fear any appointment made by Evans, that is what is stopping me from nailing my colours to the #MickOut mast, that and the respect I have for the job he has done here.
at 22:46 5 Apr 2016

Head into a run of games that whilst they may not have been must win (Rotherham, Wolves and Charlton), an absolute minimum of 6 points were required.

2 points, and we haven't even scored 1 f*cking goal in those 3 games.

We were lucky to cling onto a point tonight. Don't even get me started on Jonathan Douglas, that first half performance was as poor an appearance I have seen in a good couple of seasons, second half marginally better.
Evolution of the team
at 13:04 5 Apr 2016

Over the last 3 seasons, these are the most regular starting XIs. I think it seems more obvious that we haven't improved our starting XI enough and all the talk of bigger/better squad is a bit irrelevent.

13/14 - 14/15 - 15/16
Gk - Gerken - Bart - Gerken

Rb - Chambers - Chambers - Chambers
Lb - Cresswell - Mings - Knudsen
Cb - Smith - Smith - Smith
Cb - Berra - Berra - Berra

Rm - Anderson - Anderson* - Niles
Lm - Tunnicliffe - Tabb - Sears
Cm - Skuse - Skuse - Skuse
Cm - Hyam - Bishop - Douglas

St - Murphy - Murphy - Murphy
St - McGoldrick - McGoldrick - Pitman

Defensively it could be argued that we've been slightly weaker each year - with Cressy > Mings > Knudsen.

In midfield are the real problems, our widemen haven't been up to it this season with Fraser only starting 15 league games. Niles and Sears aren't really an improvement on Anderson and Tabb in those roles, and neither have produced enough output to make up for their lesser defensive capabilities.

Fraser averages a goal or assist every 207 minutes - Sears is 257 minutes and Niles is 545 minutes.

Douglas centrally hasn't been as effective as either Hyam or Bishop over recent seasons in my view - offering neither the energy to do someones running (Hyam) or the ability on the ball required (Bishop).

Pitman is a downgrade on McGoldrick.

With the team we have it's quite an acheivement to still be in the play off race, which McCarthy deserves credit for, however his recruitment in the last 2 summers hasn't been good enough for me.

*Parr started more games than Ando last season, but was covering a variety of positions so i didn't include him
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at 08:39 3 Apr 2016

I didn't listen to the game yesterday, but here is the views of a few mates who went in our WhatsApp group:

"Would honestly say the Rotherham game was more entertaining"
"As usual football was the low point of the day"
"Cannot remember their keeper making a real save"
"Think I'd rather have been putting up some dry wall rather than going to actual game today"
"I've given up on footy this season. I've literally had enough"
"That was actually worse than Rotherham, fvcking awful"

Doesn't sound like made a bad decision in not going.....!
Season over now in reality
at 18:15 2 Apr 2016

Can't see us winning 5 out of the last 7 and that is realistically what we need.

Today isn't really the problem, it's the numerous points dropped at home.
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