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|Blog ||From Nothing to Something - And Back Again?|
at 12:56 21 Mar 2017
On the diamond jubilee of the rise of Ipswich Town from the old Third Division (South) we tremble on the edge of the abyss into which Coventry City have already fallen and have not yet hit the bottom.
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at 15:02 27 Feb 2017
In Mick's latest reported comments he speaks of a "broken" relationship, and of winning back the fans. Of course, results speak for themselves; they win fans over.
But I note he talks only of "our" relationship with fans, not "my". General perception during the darkest days of January, saw fans gradually nailing M.E. as the ogre while thinking of the team itself as struggling - although there was perhaps a game-and-a-half where team morale was questionable. Mick received a lot of sympathy.
But regarding Mick's own presentation, while supporters might be won round again, there is, to my mind, a failure really to connect. This is the more significant when faced with an invisible Evans and a platitudinous Milne. SBR talked of "the club", but the only face and voice of our club today is Mick's, and he is apt to be genial when not being threatened, but to turn hostile and aggressive if he smells criticism, and to demonstrate a regrettable streak that likes to get his retaliation in first.
In a time when we fret over the club's leaden-footed status and its increasingly peripheral reputation, linking perceptions only to last week's result is a nil sum game when there is a league table that can always be relied upon to give a more stubborn interpretation of the overall state of things.
We are a small team in pool of financial big fish. If that's what it's to be, then we need a community approach, informed and led by a management team that relates to the club and the town in a more holistic way. Certainly better results will paper over the cracks, but if (no disrespect to the big lad) we continue to shop mainly at Forest Green and Loan Rangers, then more community engagement would better prepare for the disappointments that must lie in wait.
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at 12:04 15 Feb 2017
According to B.B.C. Asamoah Gyan found guilty by U.A.E. authorities of sporting "unethical hair". Ian Marshall might have failed that particular test, but what other Town players past and present might have been cited?
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|Naked Football Show|
at 18:42 8 Feb 2017
What a civilised chat! What charming platitudes on offer to serious questions!
How difficult it all is. Well, we need to get better, and so we will.
Jolly good show!
at 22:36 1 Feb 2017
We missed out on him yesterday. Went on loan to Kilmarnock from Hearts where his record was identical to his spell at Town: 19 apps 1 goal.
So, on that sort of form a player could play 380 games finally becoming that famed 20 goal man as in "20 goal-a-career" striker. Still Wiki and the Star will continue to hail you as a striker. We seem in our declining decades to have had a fair few of those. Perhaps we could think of a more apt name (polite please!) such as front runner or forward thinker.
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|Pulis bids Â£10m for Livermore.|
at 16:49 16 Jan 2017
A decent enough Prem player, but it highlights the financial world in which moderate but established Premier clubs are trading - the knock-on of which sends long-established Championship clubs to look at such as Jordan Spence as cover, or more.
Let go by relegated MK Dons at 26, hopefully, he can still kick on. But the size of that hope may prove almost as big as the aforementioned financial gap.
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