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Broken Ipswich
Written by SouperJim on Wednesday, 13th Mar 2019 11:05

There is an unspoken contract between the fans and the club. Marcus Evans has ripped up this contract.

Fans will pay to come and watch the team, they will emotionally invest and follow the team through thick and thin. In return, the club must reward that investment both financial and emotional with entertaining football.

They must do what they can to make Ipswich Town as successful as it can be, both off the pitch and on it, with respect for the traditions and history of the club, preserving its identity and ensuring it remains something those fans can be proud of and want to invest in.

Under Marcus Evans, Ipswich Town has become a club without a soul, reduced to a binary analysis of profit and loss, with risk management valued far higher than glory or success. We are no longer proud and our appetite for investment is sorely tested.

The first signs of trouble were Roy Keane's hostile environment. Ex-players, responsible for our club's finest moments, were now viewed as unwelcome hangers on, not entitled to so much as a cup of tea. Our proud history described as all in the past, a millstone of expectation rather than a badge of honour. The first cut is the deepest and this scar across our identity is not easily healed.

The end of season lap of honour seen as an embarrassment if nothing had been achieved. You miss the point Roy, it's for the players to applaud the fans as much as the other way around. We are not a big club, we are a great little club. We need this relationship if we are to be a success.

A strip of frozen pitch the catalyst for another low point. 50 per cent off a ticket for the replay of a game abandoned after just 37 minutes justified as going "way beyond the commitment required in the terms and conditions" on the back of your ticket, valued consumer. We are not customers Simon, we are fans. We are supporters. Without us, this club is nothing.

If you can't win a game, don't lose it. Sound logic it would seem, but Mick McCarthy will never be a football fan. There is no glory in a point.

The FA Cup exists to be competed for, to be won gloriously by those who dare to believe. We dream of glorious victories, of promotion, of silverware. We will never be grateful for or satisfied with mid-table football, Mick. Like it or lump it, you can lump it. Be careful what you wish for? Please try to stop being so bitter, it's not healthy. Death by a thousand cuts.

But wait. Now we have Paul Lambert. Lambert understands us. Our legends are welcomed back with open arms. Players are actively encouraged to thank the fans for their support. Loyalty is rewarded, from the manager's own pocket.

Social media is monitored, fans are asked their opinion on ticket pricing and grumbles from those unable to benefit from ticket promotions softened by free hospitality. We try and win games of football.

OK, we're not very good at it yet, but we are trying. Trying to win. Trying to attack, trying to pass, trying to play. The players we are entrusting our future to are ours. Our academy products. Our boys. Our Blue Action. Every Saturday we follow, we cheer the boys in blue.

The signs are there that Marcus is slowly learning. The leadership vacuum at the club is being filled. Lee O'Neill has the credentials that Clegg and Milne lacked. Lambert has the sticky tape in hand and has located most of the pieces of the contract. Stay the course reader, because even the darkest night will end and the sun will rise.

Come on you Blues.

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Wickets added 11:58 - Mar 13
Wow what a great piece .

blockb_steward added 12:13 - Mar 13
Very inspiring Jim :)

bleedblueandwhite added 13:21 - Mar 13
I agree 100% with every word. Superbly written piece.

IPSWICHMOUSE added 14:18 - Mar 13
Spot on my on....Well written sir....COYB....

Chondzoresk added 15:10 - Mar 13
Souper Stuff Jim. Great article.

therein61 added 15:22 - Mar 13
Excellent article spot on

rugbytomc added 15:36 - Mar 13
I'd have called it mending Ipswich - slightly more cheery - but ultimately, completely agree. Hopefully Evans and Lambert will stick to their respective words this summer, we can get lucky with some transfers (and loans!) and accept that some will be sold (Can't see Bart staying on his bumper new deal unfortunately just as he hits his straps again) but if we get the right positions in, get lucky (well we can't get any unluckier can we?!) with injuries, then maybe after a bit of settling in, we can find ourselves top 6 of league 1 by this time next year. If we don't - despair

happybeingblue added 18:18 - Mar 14
well done souperjim

OldClactonBlue added 09:47 - Mar 15
Excellent. I hope that we can all buy into this.
Onwards and upwards.

Warkys_Tash added 12:40 - Mar 15
Boom! Bang on the money, Souper Jim.... Now lets hope is Evans when it comes to signing Judge.

bluemike1969 added 10:12 - Mar 19
A fantastic piece of writing and from the heart. This club of ours had lost heart and I feel also that it is starting to beat again, maybe not a strong beat, but never the less, Ipswich Town FC has a beating heart again.
I am Ipswich till I die. Well done Souper Jim!

Churchman added 23:45 - Mar 19
Agree 100% with this. Great article.

Fenblue added 09:22 - Mar 31
Thank you for taking the time to write this. A most refreshing, well thought out, insightful piece.

Pessimistic added 13:26 - Apr 6
Great article and so factually correct. I love the last paragraph or two because this is where we are heading now. Onwards and upwards!
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