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|After much deliberation I have put pen to paper and renewed my contract |
at 20:30 13 Dec 2018
as an Ipswich Town supporter .... it's for the next 50 years with an option to extend if death does not intervene ... I am delighted.
There were offers on the table to swap my support for another club - Barcelona and Real Madrid were in the running - but in the end it was an easy choice.
Up the Town.
|So how does this season compare with previous relegation seasons for Town? |
at 18:50 1 Dec 2018
In 2002 we had 18 points from 20 games ...
Just how we conspired to cock up our survival after winning 7 out of 8 league games from Dec through to early Feb is almost too painful to contemplate sixteen years later.
Astonishingly we were even doing better in 1995 with 12 points from 20 games (that was a miserable campaign scarred by the Old Trafford massacre though we did win at Anfield for the first time - so Ipswich).
And in 1955 (when we last dropped into the third tier) we won 11 games from 42 so only another 10 to go now.
Keep the faith and carry on praying for a miracle.
|All is not lost .... there are four other teams who are almost as bad as us ...|
at 10:03 29 Nov 2018
... we're in a mini league fight for survival with Bolton, Reading, Hull and Millwall ... I would be very worried however if Lambert does not shake things up dramatically for Forest.
Bishop and/or Lankester deserve a start or even Dozzell .... trio of Skuse, Chalobah and Downes are not creative enough. Skuse along with Sears was Town's best performer last night so time to drop the other two.
Would also drop Roberts (v poor last night) for Jackson (Harrison not quite ready) ... both Spence and Knudsen are horribly short of confidence .... certainly Donacien for Spence (shame Emmanuel is on loan) and possibly Kenlock, if match fit, for Knudsen.
|Relegation to League One is not football's equivalent of a trip to Dignitas. |
at 16:59 24 Nov 2018
The apocalyptic pessimism that once in League One the club will effectively die or at best morph into Rochdale is quite ludicrous.
No-one wants to go down but if the worst happens there's no reason we can't bounce back straight away. In fact, if Lambert stays, then it's highly likely that would happen.
For crying out loud it's League One - have you actually seen how small the clubs are down there?
And we're still just six points from safety so it might not happen anyway.
|Danny Rowe nearly won the game late on with a great volley.. the guy is clearly|
at 19:40 3 Nov 2018
a gifted footballer .... top drawer finishes for U23s have shown that ... hopefully will get more minutes under Paul Lambert.
Without doubt we have the right manager ... loved the animation on the touchline ... just need to stay within touching distance of fourth from bottom heading into January transfer window..
Decent noisy backing from crowd today .... such a shame thousands of Town fans could not be arsed to turn up ... empty seats don't help win matches.
|Well if Lambert takes us down then Evans will have nowhere left to hide. |
at 20:26 25 Oct 2018
The thought of being relegated with one of Norwich's most successful managers ever at the helm is already quite traumatising.
While the prospect of winning at Carrow Road with Lambert in charge is mildly attractive ... provided we're not mathematically doomed.
|The sooner we sack Paul Hurst the better. Already this is the worst ever start|
at 16:39 23 Sep 2018
to a managerial reign in Ipswich Town's professional history i.e. no win in first ten competitive matches.
The football yesterday was truly diabolical, it was proper indigestible relegation fodder.
Sadly this guy is managing above his pay grade and the longer we leave it then the more likely we will be playing third division football for the first time since 1957.
Bring back Klug, Hogg and Nash .... if we are going to leave the top two tiers of English football then let's do it with a degree of pedigree.
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|Thoughts on a Grecian Turn |
at 09:34 15 Aug 2018
Thou still unravish'd bride of quietness,
Thou foster-child of silence and slow time,
Sylvan historian, who canst thus express
A flowery tale more sweetly than our rhyme:
What leaf-fring'd legend haunts about thy shape
Of deities or mortals, or of both,
In Tempe or the dales of Arcady?
What men or gods are these? What maidens loth?
What mad pursuit? What struggle to escape?
What pipes and timbrels? What wild ecstasy?
Heard melodies are sweet, but those unheard
Are sweeter; therefore, ye soft pipes, play on;
Not to the sensual ear, but, more endear'd,
Pipe to the spirit ditties of no tone:
Fair youth, beneath the trees, thou canst not leave
Thy song, nor ever can those trees be bare;
Bold Lover, never, never canst thou kiss,
Though winning near the goal yet, do not grieve;
She cannot fade, though thou hast not thy bliss,
For ever wilt thou love, and she be fair!
Ah, happy, happy boughs! that cannot shed
Your leaves, nor ever bid the Spring adieu;
And, happy melodist, unwearied,
For ever piping songs for ever new;
More happy love! more happy, happy love!
For ever warm and still to be enjoy'd,
For ever panting, and for ever young;
All breathing human passion far above,
That leaves a heart high-sorrowful and cloy'd,
A burning forehead, and a parching tongue.
Who are these coming to the sacrifice?
To what green altar, O mysterious priest,
Lead'st thou that heifer lowing at the skies,
And all her silken flanks with garlands drest?
What little town by river or sea shore,
Or mountain-built with peaceful citadel,
Is emptied of this folk, this pious morn?
And, little town, thy streets for evermore
Will silent be; and not a soul to tell
Why thou art desolate, can e'er return.
O Attic shape! Fair attitude! with brede
Of marble men and maidens overwrought,
With forest branches and the trodden weed;
Thou, silent form, dost tease us out of thought
As doth eternity: Cold Pastoral!
When old age shall this generation waste,
Thou shalt remain, in midst of other woe
Than ours, a friend to man, to whom thou say'st,
"Beauty is truth, truth beauty,—that is all
Ye know on earth, and all ye need to know."
|Gwion Edwards - truly sensational debut, a proper old school wing wizard.|
at 16:44 5 Aug 2018
Probably tripled his transfer value in just 90 minutes of football. Ripped Blackburn apart at times. The 2nd half flick over the Blackburn defender and mazy run were exquisite.
Woolfenden and Chalobah are both very classy .... of course they'll make errors .... just like every player on the planet (crikey have you ever watched England play)... but their qualities are plain to see.
Mogga's analysis of Harrison is also spot on. The guy is an absolute handful and will be a great asset as the season progresses.
Donacien is a work in progress but looked a lot more comfortable at right back. Overall, the early signs are encouraging with more players to come in ...
Off the field same old shyte persists .... kiosks on Portman Road sold out of programmes by 2.30 and at half time Cobbold sold out of water on one of the hottest days of the year. Extraordinarily inept given Marcus Evans supposedly made a chunk of his fortune in hospitality.
Plus the exterior facade of the Cobbold is a disgrace, peeling dank windows resemble a derelict tower block from the 70s. Replace them with blue and white ones you numpties.
Also the flags on the East of England stand - sad, unwashed and limply hanging there unloved season after season. Clean them FFS or replace them with new ones!
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