|How This Young Boy Fell In Love|
Written by portmantales on Thursday, 18th Jul 2019 14:06
Why do you still support Ipswich? This question has been regularly put to me during the previous decade of stagnation in the Championship.
Our recent relegation has only served to increase the regularity of such a discussion with those of my friends who both follow football and claim to support a club in Premier League.
It is my own reflection of the previous season that has inspired me to look back to when I started supporting the club. If this blog is appreciated, then I will likely take a few more future dives into the memory bank of my childhood supporting the Town.
My dad saw promotion as the perfect opportunity to rid eight-year-old me of any attempt to follow the ‘cool kids’ at school into supporting Manchester United or Liverpool. I promise that a Liverpool shirt a year prior along with a Michael Owen Soccer Skills video was as far as this went!
The fixtures were released and Ipswich’s first home game would be against reigning Premiership champions Manchester United, needless to say my father had an easier time convincing me to go than I imagine many Ipswich supporting parents would now trying to entice their child to Ipswich v Sunderland in League One.
I also seem to recall there being fireworks on the pitch prior to kick off and Crazee being introduced as a new mascot – although hopefully someone could correct me if I am wrong.
It would be interesting to hear if anyone else had Manchester United as their inaugural game or alternatively took their child as a first. Also, was the atmosphere as shockingly loud as this former eight-year-old remembers?
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