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Sheffield United 2 v 0 Ipswich Town
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Saturday, 27th April 2019 Kick-off 17:15
One Last Push, Blades, One Last Push - Notes for Sheffield United
Friday, 26th Apr 2019 11:45 by HarryFromBath

HarryFromBath assesses the mood in the opposition camp ahead of Saturday’s game at Bramall Lane by delving into their forums.

“Is Ipswich on Saturday the most eagerly anticipated game you can ever remember? It's effectively a final for us. Win the game and we're there”, “There is no room for complacency on or off the pitch. Spending a bit of time thinking how we would feel if we didn't win on Saturday will focus the mind.”

The Blades head into their final home game of the season three points clear of third-placed Leeds with an 11-goal advantage on top of this. Victory in Saturday evening’s game will virtually guarantee them a place in the top flight for the first time since 2007 and the anticipation is understandable.

“If you can't get excited by the prospect of being all but promoted by beating the worst team in the division at home, regardless of what anyone else does then I don't know when you can”, “It could be a match we’ll remember and enjoy for the rest of our lives. We need to keep our eyes on the prize.”

“The Millwall match seems a long time ago.” The mood was gloomier heading into the Easter games. A frustrating home draw against the Lions left them three points behind promotion rivals Leeds, but two Easter losses for the Whites, coupled with Blades wins over Forest and Hull turned the tables.

“Just five days ago we were three points behind Leeds and now we’re three points in front. We have to beat the bottom side at home to go up, wow!”, “A fantastic weekend but we're not up yet, pal”, “We are so very close to promotion. Let’s try to get there showing passion but also some humility.”

“This time three years ago we were about as far from the Premier League as we were ever likely to be. In three seasons we have progressed to being a game or two away from returning while playing the game in style. Chris Wilder said after the Millwall draw that we weren’t done and he was right.”

Chris Wilder

“There is no way Wilder will underestimate Ipswich. He will have the players prepared”, “To do what I hope he will next Saturday with this team of fantastic underdogs and rough diamonds is nothing sort of Brian Clough-esque”, “It’s reassuring to know that the reins of the club are in his safe hands.”

player imagePaul Lambert and Chris Wilder (Sheffield United)

“Wilder is not just a ‘manager’, he's a Blade.” The 51-year-old one-time Sheffield United defender took over a team in May 2016 which had been meandering around in League One since 2011. Fans believe that his identification with the club and supporters played a huge part in their turnaround.

“Chris Wilder, what can you say about the guy? A genius, mastermind or the greatest. What with having the eighth-lowest budget in the division and the two owners disagreeing, it’s just astonishing what he and the team have achieved. I’m wondering if I’m going to suddenly wake from a dream.”

“Getting my head around what Wilder has achieved, should we do it, will be difficult. All managers have their faults, but when you weigh up his positives and negatives, it's staggeringly one-sided, and more than we could have ever reasonably wished for. I never thought we would get this lucky.”

“Regardless of the division we are in next season, the constant evolution we have seen under Wilder will continue and five to six new players will sign this summer. All will improve the first team squad, but some will go straight to the first XI while others will improve the wider competition for places.”

“He seemed to know the season would play out this way. His comments following Monday’s win at Hull about getting us get ready for the Ipswich game were spot on. He has kept totally grounded. We could still win the league because of our amazing manager, I’m sorry for ever doubting you Chris.”

January Reinforcements

Wilder strengthened his attacking options in January to bolster their promotion run by adding three loan signings, playmaker Kieran Dowell (from Everton) and strikers Gary Madine (from Cardiff) and Scott Hogan (from Villa). They have added variety and fresh legs to their energetic and creative play.

“It could be that Chris wanted to avoid a similar situation to last season when the team blew up due to exhaustion with most of them were dead on their feet. We have a bigger and better squad this season, and perhaps he’s modified the tactical approach we have used slightly to suit the incoming players.”

Attacking With Centre-Halves

“At Hull, we got back to our high-intensity pressing, playing on the front foot with the whole team in an attacking mentality and we really pushed them back. Our wing-backs got forward, the midfield pressed and harassed their opposite numbers, and we swarmed all over Hull and forced them back.”

The Blades have kept faith with a back three and wing-backs this season. Rather than wing-backs linking with wide forwards and keeping a static back three, they used a 3-5-2 shape with the wider centre-backs pushing forward to create wide overloads and linking with the two strikers or the playmaker.

“Mental strength, bold play, team spirit and high intensity.” The Easter Monday win at Hull saw this system used in full flight, but many fans had noted a more cautious note coming into their game in recent months. “We have changed the way we play, taking less risks positionally and in possession.”

“I think we are being slightly more cautious”, “Earlier in the season we were far more fluid as a team, more dangerous going forward but with an admittedly softer underbelly. The team has felt sturdier recently, less effective or attractive going forward but a good deal better at grinding out results.”

HendersonCranieEganO'ConnellBaldockNorwoodFleckStevensDuffyMcGoldrickHogan

The starting XI at the KCOM Stadium (above) was missing first-choice right wing-back Chris Basham and striker Billy Sharp who both missed the Easter weekend fixtures with hamstring injuries. Blades have really appreciated the attacking balance which is given to the side by their wide centre-backs.

“We don’t just need defenders to defend.” John Egan is seen as the solid defensive anchor at the heart of the back three. He and keeper Dean Henderson have been praised for their consistency, while left centre-back Jack O’Connell has helped build play effectively with wing-back Enda Stevens.

Chris Basham is seen as a more all-action but less technically-adept attacking centre-half than Martin Cranie on the right. George Baldock is a more energetic and defensively solid right wing-back than Kieron Freeman but his attacking play is also less incisive than Enda Stevens on the opposite flank.

“We often think of ourselves as being fragile at the back but this season's statistics totally disprove that. The defensive unit has also got stronger the more they have played together. After 25 games or so, they started to peak. The clean sheets have also bred more confidence with every passing game.”

Oliver Norwood’s passing has set up attacking moves from deep midfield, although the attacking momentum has been hindered when he has been man-marked and pushed too deep. His regular partner John Fleck is seen as more effective harassing opponents and driving forward with the ball.

“We must keep faith with Mark Duffy. He creates good chances and is really good at finding pockets of space, which in turn brings Fleck more into the game.” Duffy is a less mobile or direct playmaker than Kieran Dowell but his reading of the game and ability to link with the strikers is second to none.

“Billy Sharp and David McGoldrick start all day.” Blades have praised the understanding forged by their two leading strikers as well as how their styles work so well together. McGoldrick’s movement and ability to anticipate play has worked incredibly well with Sharp’s predatory penalty area work.

With Gary Madine’s aerial strength and ability to lead the line and Scott Hogan’s pace and ability to run off the shoulder of a defender, the two January loan arrivals up front offer something different again to McGoldrick and Sharp. Conor Washington’s pace is also a less-used weapon off the bench.

“If the opposition plays with a high line, Gary Madine is less effective as he ends up winning headers halfway up the pitch rather than in the box. Scott Hogan, on the other hand has plenty of pace, so the high defensive line gives him the opportunity to frighten defenders by running in behind them.”

“Playing direct to Madine should be an option, but not the only choice. We look much better playing the ball about at pace.” There is a fear that players fall into a habit of going long to Madine when he plays. “When we get behind defences and cross it’s a far bigger threat than playing more directly.”

Hull 0 – 3 Sheffield United

“All over, a great performance and a great result”, “Only three points behind Norwich, we’re closing in”, “It was a much easier game than I was expecting and an excellent performance from us. “From the off we were focused at pinning Hull back and looked dangerous every time we went forward.”

“We were 3-0 up by half-time, no messing about.” David McGoldrick headed in John Fleck's corner on 10 minutes to give the Blades an early lead, and he doubled the lead with a stunning 25-yard shot on 22. Enda Stevens headed in George Baldock's cross on 42 to give the visitors control of the game.

“What a cracking display. Nothing is written in stone and I have seen too much happen in football to say that, but watching that performance under that level of pressure to get a job done, I have never seen a Blades side so completely and ruthlessly put a game to bed”, “That was mind-blowing stuff.”

Sheffield United 2 – 0 Nottingham Forest

“A big win in a big pressure game, the lads stood up to the challenge”, “I always knew the test would be when we took the lead and how would we react. Credit to players, they kept the pressure on, did not sit back and went for a second goal”, “Would we have won if it was 11 v 11? I'm not convinced.”

“A fantastic result but it was a poor performance again.” Mark Duffy's curling shot on 51 minutes put United ahead four minutes after Forest defender Yohan Benalouane had been dismissed for bringing down McGoldrick. Stevens sealed the victory on 85 with a composed finish from McGoldrick's pass.

“They had bottled it against Millwall.” Many Blades felt that this game was really a test of character after the setback of dropping points in the previous game against the Lions. “Today was different as we kept on pressing for 15 minutes after the first goal. We were holding on a bit by the end though.”

HendersonCranieStearmanO'ConnellBaldockNorwoodFleckStevensDuffyMadineMcGoldrick

“With three key players out, this might be a step too far. Sharp and Basham are both out injured and Egan is suspended.” Fans were delighted with the result given their absentees but felt that Madine playing up front made them too predictable with him and McGoldrick too far away from each other.

“As angry as I was after Millwall, I’m so proud of them today. They showed what they made of to come back from adversity and learn from mistakes”, “The end of the season brings added pressure. As for holding on and making mistakes, this is football. It happens, so get real or buy a helmet.”

Sheffield United 1 – 1 Millwall

“We have blown it. Let’s be honest, we all know we have. It’s a disgrace. Dress it up how you want, we have bottled it again”, You have to admit Millwall deserved their point. They played well in the last 30 minutes”, “We got everything we deserved. I’m absolutely furious with the players’ mentality.”

Substitute Gary Madine scored on 51 minutes to put the hosts ahead but this game had a series of late twists. John Egan was sent off for handball on 85 but Ben Marshall's penalty hit the bar. Millwall continued to press for an equaliser and a Jake Cooper header on 94 earned them a vital late point.

“That took me back to the end of last season”, “McGoldrick and Henderson apart we seemed to be in a daydream today. Every ball was so predictable for pretty much the entire game. No one seemed to want the ball except Didzy. We made Millwall look good and they totally deserved their goal.”

HendersonBashamEganO'ConnellFreemanNorwoodFleckStevensDuffySharpMcGoldrick

“All the enforced changes made us totally disjointed.” The enforced substitutions through injury of Chris Basham on 21 and Billy Sharp on 64 unbalanced the team. “We were too slow and predictable. We looked better for Madine coming on but not by much, and we were really stuck in second gear.”

Goalkeepers and Central Defenders

“Dean Henderson is proper Hollywood, but he's class.” The 22-year-old Manchester United loanee played on loan for Paul Hurst’s Shrewsbury side last season. “He has obvious talent and really loves playing the game”, “He has sorted out managing his penalty area now that he knows his defenders.”

player imageDean Henderson

“Henderson is what any team want, a confident keeper with oceans of talent and a desire to be part of the team. I really hope he is at the Lane next season”, “He makes saves he shouldn’t, so although he might not claim as many crosses as he should and can be shaky in this area, he saves more shots.”

“I love Chris Basham. He gets what it means to be a Blade, a part of the family at the Lane.” The 30-year-old ex-Blackpool man “is the epitome of everything United that we all love. Work your socks off, never stop running through walls, make the most of what skill you have”, “I love his energy.”

“Basham’s engine is incredible, he has to be the fittest player at the club”, “His forward runs are so admirable as he charges through the opposition and his overlapping causes havoc. He makes the odd miscontrol with an occasional agricultural scythe just to keep the opposition honest and horizontal.”

player imageJon Nolan v Chris Basham

“Martin Cranie is Mr Dependable.” The 32-year-old ex-Boro man “has been a great signing and he is massively underrated. He’s part of a good defensive line and is so good at intercepting through balls, but he gets forward when he can and involved in attacks”, “We look a better team when he plays.”

“Cranie in for Basham”, “What a signing he's been and again fair play to Wilder for signing him, and fair play to him for doing so well especially when you consider that he doesn't get a run of games in the side”, “He is better than Basham defensively and he goes forward with a calm confidence.”

“John Egan is a proper warrior.” The 26-year-old ex-Brentford centre-half “seems to revel in holding the centre all on his own at times and is so composed in everything he does on the pitch”, There are no headlines with him, he just performs every week”, “He’s an absolute rock. A brick wall that lad.”

“Egan reads the game well. He’s brave, pretty quick and a decent long passer of the ball”, “A good stopper but he can be negative and too fond of rolling a five-yard pass backwards and sideways. He likes to play ‘to me, to you’ with O’Connell a bit too much”, “Is this bloke ever in the wrong place?”

“Egan’s replacement has got to be Richard Stearman.” The 31-year-old former Fulham and one-time Town loanee “has never let us down”, “He brings that little bit of experience and composure that Egan lacks at the moment so he is a perfect replacement. He moves the ball quickly and wins his headers.”

player imageJon Dadi Bodvarsson (Reading) v Richard Stearman

“If Richard Stearman saw you had broken down on the motorway, he would pull over and risk his life pushing you on to the hard shoulder. He would then alert the Highways Authority and recommend you a competitively-priced and reliable local breakdown mechanic”, “A consummate professional.”

Jack O’Connell

“I would play Jack O’Connell if he's fit, we need that balance back.” The 25-year-old ex-Brentford man “is just about the only overlapping left-footed centre-back in world football”, “He is absolutely crucial to our success. Without him we are not as effective and we don't have a direct replacement.”

“O’Connell has been one of our most consistent players but he is, however, definitely due a goal”, “His defensive heading is good but last season we benefitted from his attacking threat at set pieces. but not this season”, “He could be more clinical, but his main role is to defend which he does well.”

Wing-Backs and Wide Players

“Kieron Freeman is far better at the attacking side of things than defending.” The 27-year-old former Derby full-back “is one of our best attacking outlets on the right. When he came back into the team earlier in the season”, “He looked great going forward but I still felt he was a bit weak at the back.”

player imageKieron Freeman

“Freeman is good creatively but not enough to make up for what he lacks in terms of endurance”, “He’s clearly a form player and it would be wonderful if the stars align and he rediscovers promotion form from a couple of seasons back”, “He has plateaued and I think Baldock has overtaken him.”

“George Baldock is such a tenacious player.” The 26-year-old ex-Milton Keynes man “had his best game for ages at Hull. He was up and down all game, energetic and caused more problems attacking than they caused him. One great cross for the third goal and he sent a few other decent balls over.”

“Baldock looks a Premier League player until he has to cross or shoot”, “He has a much better engine to play the wing-back role, but he really does need to work on his game in the final third. There have been some encouraging signs recently”, “His attacking positional sense and delivery could improve.”

Enda Stevens

“Enda Stevens has turned into some player.” The 28-year-old ex-Portsmouth left-back “has become one of the first players on the team sheet. He looks more assured and confident with each passing game”, “He looks full of confidence, he’s not afraid to beat a man or try to hit a slightly riskier cross.”

player imageGwion Edwards v Enda Stevens

“Stevens is our most consistent player. He’s absolute quality pretty much every minute he is on the pitch. He has got quicker, stronger and more athletic. He is more confident and he looks a top wing-back now”, “He is playing brilliantly his fitness and end product have both improved dramatically.”

Central Midfielders

“John Lundstram, whatever people think of him as a footballer, never backs out of challenges and he puts a shift in.” The 25-year-old ex-Oxford United player “is not going to win you a match on his own but he is solid and never shirks a tackle”, “He’s good to bring on, as he gives us some needed size.”

player imageJohn Lundstram

“Lundstram does the dirty, rather than glamorous stuff”, “He’s a tough nut who will slow opponents down in the middle of the pitch”, “He is limited on the ball and will pass the ball backwards from the attacking third to our centre-backs”, “If we are going to try to shut up shop, he’s always the answer.”

“Paul Coutts has done well for us, we can thank him for that, but his race is run.” The 30-year-old ex-Derby man “isn’t up to it at the moment”, “Technically sure he is still fine but he can't get about the pitch. He has zero mobility”, “He still seems off the pace and he is making countless loose passes.”

“Coutts has looked so far off it since his broken leg at Burton [in November 2017] it’s untrue. We go a man down when he comes on as he can't seem to move freely”, “He has lost his mobility to move about the pitch like he used to. He can’t shut a man down, and in his role it’s imperative to do this.”

“John Fleck has a difficult job to do with little space to work in, but he comes into his own when we move it quicker and he has support alongside him.” The 27-year-old ex-Coventry man “was back to his best at Hull. He was harrying, pressing, and turning us forward with his tackling and passing.”

“Fleck is at his best driving with the ball when we need it and getting stuck in”, “Rock solid and hard as nails, he may have had a quiet season but he's been ever-present and that takes doing in his role”, “His best work is when we don’t have possession. Look at his positioning, anything else is a bonus.”

“There's something about Mark Duffy right now.” The 33-year-old ex-Birmingham player “has the look of someone who won’t let this chance slip through his fingers”, “He is probably our only player that can glide past a player with ease”, “He's still the player most likely to create in the final third.”

“When Duffy plays well, we play well. We create very little with the flat three in the middle. Without him, the gap in front of midfield gets too big and the strikers get isolated”, “He works so hard off the ball”, “He is good at anchoring the play around the 18-yard box and pulling the defence inside-out.”

“Kieran Dowell is a lovely player to watch.” The 21-year-old Everton loanee “is very positive and will take any opportunity to carry the ball forward. As soon as he’s afforded any space, he picks his head up and attacks it. When he needs to, he offloads the ball into really good areas. He’s a clever player.”

“Dowell is different to Duffy. He travels more with the ball, is pacier and a bit more direct”, “He does not always move the ball out wide. When things open up, he takes a cute touch for someone to run on to from a central position”, “His ability to run with the ball is a major bonus for how we play.”

Oliver Norwood

“I could just watch Norwood strike balls all day.” The 28-year-old former Brighton man’s “vision and long-range passing are out of this world”, “His incisive passing and vision to get us on the attack are great and I also love how he looks to score”, “One of the purest footballers I have seen play for us.”

“Norwood should play and dictate from at least the centre circle, He is ineffective playing deeper and it slows our rhythm down”, “He is our quarter-back, but his refusal to carry the ball frustrates me. When he is forced to sit deep his play is both much less influential and it also bypasses Fleck.”

Strikers

“Conor Washington is not just fast but he puts in a quality ball.” The 26-year-old former QPR winger or striker “is an option now where the opposition plays a high line at the back”, “He works hard and gives us that pace in behind. It’s really good to see him turning defenders towards their own goal.”

player imageConor Washington (QPR)

“If teams sit in deep, Washington is really not your man”, “He provides an outlet we don’t usually have if we have to play it long when under the cosh. He can turn a poor ball in to a good one”, “He never stops running, his pace causes problems and he gives an option we haven’t had under Wilder.”

“Scott Hogan makes a lot of good runs.” The 27-year-old Villa loan signing “needs balls played to him through the channels, he has exceptional movement”, “We have not had a player up top with pace like his for so long. We have forgotten how play to his strengths and high balls are wasted on him.”

“Hogan isn’t there to win headers for me. The next time he plays watch him, he’s always on the last defenders shoulder waiting for the pass through. If we picked that pass, he would score quite a few goals for us but we don’t play like that, it’s always out to the wings and we prefer to build like that.”

“I reckon Ipswich will sit back to defend so we need Gary Madine's height.” The 28-year-old Cardiff loanee “is a great option that centre halves would dread seeing with time running down. He wins the ball with headers and chest-controls if we are simply looking to just keep a nice spell of possession.”

“Madine has done quite well, Brentford madness aside”, “I always worry about him doing something stupid and getting sent off. His deserved sending off for totally unnecessary fouls against Brentford”, “He lacks the ability of other strikers to stretch for crosses, but he’s strong and can link up play well.”

“Without Billy Sharp have such limited options.” The 33-year-old ex-Leeds man “might not have the pace but in front of goal his accuracy has always been deadly”, “Fox in the box type strikers have pretty much gone from the game and yet most teams would like one”, “He is just so adaptable.”

player imageGerken saves from Billy Sharp

“Sharp reads what the other striker does so well”, “Even when moves breaks down, he wrong-foots a defence waiting for the chance. His movement is different class. When asked to hold the ball up, he does it every time”, “He is so smart and knows exactly how to force the error to win the freekick.”

David McGoldrick

“McGoldrick is just playing out of his skin. Everything he touches turns to gold. What a player, he’s technically supreme. He’s playing in his own pace at the moment and teams cannot live with him”, “I want him to score the goal that takes us up. He has just been our best player this season by miles.”

player imageDavid McGoldrick

“What a bit of business.” The 31-year-old arrived at Bramall Lane on a free transfer last July after leaving Portman Road. “He glides one way and then the next and defences can’t cope with him. He shows superb control, running and poise outside of his finishing”, “He keeps hitting new heights.”

“He is one of our best signings ever, when you consider the cost and the effect he's had. I'm amazed at his fitness. I always liked him, but couldn't imagine that he'd stay fit all season and end up playing 40-odd games for us. I’m not sure what happened at Ipswich because he never seemed fit for them.”

“He’s not just a goalscorer, but he links midfield with the attack, he drops deep, controlling the ball and making good passes. He’s almost more like an attacking midfielder than a striker, and he works so hard. It’s hard to believe that he’s over 30 and had such a poor injury record before he joined us.”

Blades’ Views on ITFC and the Game

“Ipswich won’t be as straightforward as we think”, “We couldn't have an easier game. That actually makes me nervous. I just hope we play like we usually do and we should be fine”, “Let's just get the job done against Ipswich and not end up having to go to Stoke needing a result on the final day.”

“Let’s respect Ipswich and treat them like we would any other game.” While the result of Saturday evening’s game may seem a foregone conclusion on paper, most home fans are taking nothing for granted given what’s at stake. “We need to make sure we have a sensible approach to the game.”

“Ipswich have been to West Brom and Bristol City and took a point. Draws against Derby, Forest and a win away to Bolton have all happened in the last six weeks. Only the last two results have set them back, losing to Preston and Swansea”, “Don't take them lightly, we will have a game on our hands.”

Many are fearful that we will dig in and grind out a draw. “Ipswich don't win many but they have got a fair few draws. They can be difficult to break down as we found out in the reverse fixture earlier in the season”, “We drew at Ipswich so have to prepare properly and cover every aspect of the game.”

“Ipswich form hasn’t been that bad since Lambert took over. They tend to draw a lot of games which suggests they will be competitive and tough to beat”, “We need a win to seal it and that's where we are, we’re not promoted yet”, “Saturday is a cup final and not a party day out. I will treat it as such.”

“Some of the comments suggesting it will be a walk in the park at the weekend are exactly the same that were being made by Leeds fans prior to the Good Friday game against Wigan. That’s the team who turned up with the worst away record in all four divisions and still won the game with 10 men.”

“Nothing is won yet and Saturday will be a difficult game. Some Ipswich fans may want us to win to stop Norwich getting the title but Lambert and the players will be out to gain a shock win. Let’s be honest, they have never been fond of us since the 1997 play-offs so don't expect them to lie down.”

“It’s a shame to see them get relegated, I think. They are a good club, and have been in the top two divisions for ages. They got the ex-Rotherham lad Paul Hurst in as manager but that all went pear-shaped and he bit the dust. Let’s give Ipswich some respect on the day, but win the three points.”

“I respected Ipswich back in the 1970s when they were a very good footballing team, with Bobby Robson as manager, and the likes of Beattie, Wark, Brazil, Muhren, Thijssen, Mills and Hunter. They were a fabulous football team then and deserved respect. They are not deserving of respect now.”

“The reason for that is due to the financial state of the club. Owned by reclusive millionaire, Marcus Evans. He bailed the club out when taking over but since then they have declined. They are in a bit of a state and have the potential to drop straight through League One into League Two, it's that bad.”

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itfchorry added 13:32 - Apr 26
Thanks Harry -Great Work as always
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TractorCam added 13:37 - Apr 26
^Seconded, well done for all your efforts again Harry. Nice to see the Blades respecting us here, I fear for a hiding but hope we can cause a spanner in the works to go into the Leeds game with more interest (if they get a result against Villa)
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verulam added 14:58 - Apr 26
As ever, a sterling piece of work Harry!
All I hope is that we do better than my one and only visit to Bramall Lane back in November 1971. After a reasonable start we fell apart as United rattled in seven goals for a 7 - 0 home win! Walked to the station in the pouring rain and got the train to London. It broke down and by the time a replacement locomotive turned up we were running about a couple of hours late. Made it to Liverpool Street. The last scheduled passenger train had long since gone but the Station Master managed to fit us (there was about nine of us - massive away following!) into the newspaper train. This was the highlight of the day (well, two days actually) as with no other traffic on the line the train did Ipswich in 1 hour 12 minutes which was unheard of at that time.
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nysully added 16:40 - Apr 26
My favorite paragraph - “He is one of our best signings ever, when you consider the cost and the effect he's had. I'm amazed at his fitness. I always liked him, but couldn't imagine that he'd stay fit all season and end up playing 40-odd games for us. I’m not sure what happened at Ipswich because he never seemed fit for them.”

I can tell you what happened, he stole his weekly wage from us, no way he just coincidentally became tough as teak this year, he quit on us.
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1966 added 19:18 - Apr 26
Good Work Harry , Gut instinct 1-1
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Bluespeed added 19:32 - Apr 26
Great work Harry thank you very much for all your work this season! As for Mcgoldrick , I have nothing but anger he did quit on us & would rather be at home in Nottingham “ on the sick” stealing money rather than put a shift in for those that chanted his name from the stands, hoe he fails in the premier !!
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BlueMachines added 22:32 - Apr 26
McGoldrick was a quality striker stuck in a team that refused to attack. No wonder he lost hope with the club. It’s no surprise he has been so successful in an attack minded team. More proof MM underachieved with the resources he had.
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