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Bialkowski: Ipswich Will Always Have a Place in My Heart
Wednesday, 29th Jan 2020 14:27

Departing Blues keeper Bartosz Bialkowski says Town will always have a place in his heart and that it was a shame that he never got to say a proper goodbye, his five-and-a-half-year spell at Portman Road having formally come to an end on Monday when he signed a permanent deal with Millwall.

“It’s just a shame I never got the chance to say a proper goodbye to the fans,” the 32-year-old told Oscar Paul of The Sun following the Lions' 3-2 defeat at Leeds United last night.

“Hopefully I will have that chance in the future.  I spent a fantastic five years and really enjoyed my time there.

“It was the right time to move on for me, and probably for the club as well, but Ipswich will always have a place in my heart.

“They were absolutely brilliant with me but sometimes in football you need to make a decision to move on.”

Having been the club’s Player of the Year for three successive seasons, Bialkowski’s final campaign was a disappointing one with Poland international having been in and out of the team as the Blues were relegated to League One.

However, the former Notts County man dismissed suggestions that there was a bitter end to his spell at Town.

“Not at all,” he insisted. “Obviously we went down, which wasn’t ideal, but overall I enjoyed my time.

“I didn’t enjoy last season obviously for some reasons but overall it was a fantastic time for me and my family – the club has always been great to my wife and kids.

“Even on Monday when I signed a contract with Millwall I had so many messages on Twitter.

“Obviously my missus was happy I signed for Millwall but she had a tear in her eye because it had ended. But it’s a new chapter and I wanted to make the deal permanent, so I am happy.

“We have got a home there and that’s the plan [to stay in the area]. It’s not too far from Millwall so the plan is for my missus and kids to stay there because it’s a difficult decision for us to move everyone to London.

"It’s difficult for the kids so we’ve made the decision for them to stay there and I am going to commute.”

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londontractorboy57 added 14:37 - Jan 29
Thanks or all the good times Bart.
No problem in commuting Mickma used to it.

spanishblue added 14:50 - Jan 29
That last year was a disaster from beginning to end,a very good keeper shot to pieces by a no nothing manager and sidekick,I hope you enjoy your future B.Bcannot see my ITFC doing so in the short term

TractorCam added 14:51 - Jan 29
Lovely man and brilliant goalkeeper, a brilliant servant who I imagine will always be welcomed back with open arms.

JewellintheTown added 15:25 - Jan 29
"I didn’t enjoy last season obviously for some reasons but overall it was a fantastic time for me and my family – the club has always been great to my wife and kids."

Reading between the lines I'm guessing he's saying openly he wasn't treated well by the club at times, or am I reading that wrong? We all knew about managers treatment at times, but club?
Great servant, sadly missed and sad we couldn't say goodbye properly too but wish him all the best. Hope he returns one day in some capacity, so we can give him the appreciation he deserves.

SamWhiteUK added 15:59 - Jan 29
Not sure where you were taught to read, JewellintheTown

lightingblue added 16:33 - Jan 29
Stop it. I may start crying 😢

SouperJim added 16:42 - Jan 29
Big Pole in the goal, la la-la la-la!

All the best Bartman.

DebsyAngel added 17:17 - Jan 29
Best of luck Bart - I thought you were a great Goalkeeper x

Dolphinblue added 17:28 - Jan 29
Top keeper.....good luck.

Bert added 18:28 - Jan 29
Hopefully we will see him again next year in the championship. The only possible person who can be fingered for treating Bart poorly is Hurst. Bart has said as much.

RobITFC added 20:48 - Jan 29
All the best Bart, you get a move that is right for you and your family and the idiot who dropped you last year gets the sack... karma!

KiwiBlue2 added 01:10 - Jan 30
Bart was one of our best and I hope to see him back as a goalkeeper coach when he finishes playing. Good luck Bart and I hope that you get some time in the Premier League at some point.

jeera added 03:18 - Jan 30
Hopefully he'll be remembered fondly and will get a decent reception when we play against him one day.

One day not too far off, all being well.

Dissboyitfc added 07:15 - Jan 30
Good luck Bart, Wish you all the best!

See you back at portman RD someday.

therein61 added 07:21 - Jan 30
All the best Bart you were great for us

r2d2 added 09:37 - Jan 30
Shows how low Lord Evans has dragged us, when we have to sell our best players to the like of Millwall. Evans you are a right muppet.

midastouch added 10:16 - Jan 30
Was my son's favourite player when growing up and inspired him to become a goal keeper himself and he now plays in that position for a team. A lot of time for Bart. He worked wonders for us before Hurst came along and ruined his confidence, especially by dropping him for the Norwich game with no conversation or warning beforehand. I might be wrong but I think Bart alluded to it after Hurst left. Shame Bart didn't quite make it to the Premier League (we know there was interest from Palace) but I fear his chances will not be that great at achieving such a goal at Millwall.

dirtydingusmagee added 11:50 - Jan 30
Forget about your last season Bart,you were brilliant and served us well,GOOD LUCK in future.

BlueandTruesince82 added 11:54 - Jan 30
Unrelated but no lessons learnt from our last failure to strengthen in Jan then. Even a loan? Nothing as others arouns us prepare

Suffolkboy added 12:04 - Jan 30
Just enjoy !! You showed us what a really good keeper and team man you are ; no doubt who affected both ITFC and many therein ,but that’s life and I’m certain lots of us share only the best memories of you !

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