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|Think a North Stand ST works out at Â£29 a month|
at 22:40 3 May 2019
If you spread the payments.
I know it's been a terrible season and a lot of people are waiting to see who we sign before they commit but that is an absolute bargain.
*Plus the amount of season tickets we sell may well affect who we can sign thanks to decreased TV revenue
|Thoughts on yesterday|
at 10:31 23 Apr 2019
I had a long drive back to Bristol after the game to digest what I saw from the posh seats (thanks for the ticket promotion ITFC).
I can't get too disheartened because we'll see a lot of change in the summer. When Quaner, Chalobah, Elder and Bree go back and players like Lankester and Sears return to fitness plus 5-6 new signings are added in it'll be a completely different team for the first match in August.
Bishop looked sharp when he came on, and much better than Dozzell who had a real stinker. That said I wouldn't sell Dozzell, as some are suggesting. As a club we need to learn from our recent mistakes, one of which has been selling players for a short-term buck (Rhodes being the obvious example) and then it comes back to bite us on the a*se big time. Marriott left in different circumstances to Rhodes but that's another case in point. We also had Conor Hourihane on our books. Patience can be rewarded in time.
There were flashes of good play, especially when we had two strikers on, but it was largely underwhelming and felt like a pre-season friendly at times.
Still, renewing ST today. Let's hope we hit the 14,000 mark
|Looks like it could be a decent crowd tomorrow|
at 13:51 21 Apr 2019
Taking a couple of 'floating voters' due to the ticket promotion. Really hope we see a response from the players after the abject performance at Preston.
|Club have done the best they can|
at 11:43 17 Apr 2019
People can't complain about the price reductions not going far enough then also moan we aren't signing many new players (but they will).
I'll be renewing and I know a couple of people who are buying STs who haven't had one since the mid McCarthy era
|Next season - kids|
at 11:38 11 Apr 2019
Wonder how many of these will thrive in L1. You can't have the bulk of the team being young players in a very physical division with lots of streetwise old pros in the opposition but our future is bright.
(Is Aaron Drinan still our player..?)
Honourable mention for Danny Rowe who isn't that young but for some reason I think of him as "youth"
|Thoughts on yesterday|
at 15:22 7 Apr 2019
Really enjoyable day out. My last trip to Bolton was THAT 4-1 defeat. How nice to be in a cheerful away end and to see us put a result to bed having enjoyed the lion's share of possession.
Impressed by Kenlock. Haven't been sure about him in the past but he is evolving into a good attacking option.
Thank goodness we signed Judge, what a player he could be for this club. That half-volley switch pass he made in the first half was pure filth.
Dozzell could be some player for us, glided around and played some great passes. Can he bulk up or is he destined to be a wafer-thin wizard?
Collins is a beast who wins almost everything in the air. Chambers had a great game alongside him and the cross for the first goal was superb.
I still don't want to sign Quaner and we can't afford him anyway. Two good finishes but he's too often on his heels rather on his toes when we're attacking and his first touch can be shocking.
I thought Edwards showed flashes of brilliance. A couple of his second-half runs were great to watch and Bolton were clearly scared of him.
Town fans were superb. I know it shouldn't have been an inflatables day as it wasn't the last away trip but I got carried away myself and bought a couple. Made for a carefree atmosphere.
Bolton are a terrible team and you could tell from the way their players' heads dropped easily and the near-silent home fans that they're in a bad place. was surprised to see so many empty seats when it was Â£5 for tickets and they still had a faint sniff of survival. Maybe they don't want to give the current owner any more cash.
Optimistic about next season BUT we need more experience upfront. Waghorn, Murphy or Didzy would have had a field day yesterday
|Next season and Lambert|
at 13:48 31 Mar 2019
Pleased that it sound like he's staying. The last thing the club needs is more change and while the first team form is worrying, I accept that the team that starts the first game in L1 in August will be vastly different to the side that started yesterday.
What gives me hope for the future is that Lambert has looked at ITFC and seen all the things that are rotten at the club and is addressing them. We are where we are largely because of Hurst's dreadful summer but we've been stagnating for a while.
|Danny Rowe - anyone seen him playing for Lincoln?|
at 16:04 18 Mar 2019
Six goals in 16 games, not bad for a midfielder. I would still like to see more of him in a Town shirt. Only seen him in the flesh at Exeter but he was very direct and caused them problems
|Next season - core squad|
at 12:33 15 Mar 2019
Harry Wright (I'd like Bart to stay based on his recent upturn in form but I can see us cashing in)
New senior keeper
Another experienced centre back
A proper No 9, 20-goal-a-season type.
I don't see a future for Grant Ward with the amount of midfielders we have on our books (and that's without any summer transfer activity).
If Collins was fit and would consider dropping to L1 for regular football I'd have him in there too. Defence is clearly where we need to strengthen
I watch a fair bit of League One football and with that core squad I think we'll have some good times next season. Evans should pursue the signatures of Judge and Keane with plenty of enthusiasm though.
|Just got back|
at 22:41 12 Mar 2019
But then again I live in the same postcode as Ashton Gate
Thoroughly enjoyed that, probably the best I've seen us play as a team for a while. With a proper No 9 we win that, Jackson is pacey but not quite up to the lone frontman role in the Championship. Thought the two young fullbacks did OK. Chambers' mistake nearly let them score a winner at the end but the point was the least we deserved.
Great travelling support. Hope the two young lads who got nicked for the pyro get home safe.
at 19:11 4 Mar 2019
Shall we all go? Â£5 a ticket is tempting me. Be nice to see a sea of blue there.
In other news, our average crowd this season is 17,820. Not bad given the dross served up since day one (although there have been ticket promotions aplenty)
For context: Last season's average attendance was 16,271
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|Lambert and the future|
at 12:52 3 Mar 2019
I don't blame people for questioning Lambert. We're in a terrible position and it hurts. This season - with Norwich possibly going up and us almost certainly down - is scripted from all our worst nightmares. When you're ill, you just want someone to give you a pill that will take the pain away. When you're bottom of the table and have only had three wins all season, you feel similar. Sacking the manager and trying someone else would at least feel like doing SOMETHING
But for me Paul is the man and I'll be renewing my ST as soon as I get the chance. I don't believe anyone could have come in and turned Kayden Jackson into a Championship striker, or resurrected Adeyemi from his sickbed. What he has done, with the signings of Will Keane, Alan Judge and James Collins, is demonstrate to me that he knows the type of player we needed. Let's not forget we were bottom and adrift when he was doing business in the January transfer window - I give him credit for persuading Collins and Judge in particular to be honest. The same people I saw questioning the Will Keane signing ('why are we shopping in the bargain basement, Hull reject etc) are now mourning the fact he has a lengthy injury spell.
Behind the scenes, Lambert is putting into place the changes that this club needs to go forward, changes a lot of us have wanted -such as a better link up between our (successful) youth teams and the first team, something Mick never managed, or wanted to do.
By the way, those of us who see the potential in Lambert are also suffering. It's not like we're sitting here with big smiles on our faces. This season makes me sick.
Injured or unable to play regularly: Huws, Adeyemi, Lankester, Ward, Sears, Keane, Walters, Folami, Morrison, Collins, Harrison, Nydam
Confidence shot to bits: Bart, Gerken
Not living up to hype or price tag: Edwards, Nolan, Nsiala, Jackson
Also, with everything that's gone wrong, it's easy to forget that two of our most promising Academy players (Ben Knight and Marcelo Flores), were poached by Man City and Arsenal in the summer. I see Charlie Brown, who Chelsea picked up from our Academy, is getting a lot of attention too for his scoring record in their youth team.
Everything that could go wrong this season, has. From Walters pulling up injured against 10 men v Bolton (twice at home this season we've drawn when playing 11 v 10) to Will Keane hitting form, then pulling his hamstring, we've been cursed. I've been watching ITFC since 1987 and I've never known a season like it.
But. With the deadwood cleared out in the summer, the loans returned and hopefully players like Judge signed to longer term deals, I can see reasons to believe we could prosper next season. If a side can be built around the likes of Downes, Bishop, Dozzell and Woolfenden with attacking players like Edwards, Nolan and Rowe (who I've always thought could do a good job for us) blended with the experience of the likes of Chambers and Skuse, it could be an enjoyable campaign.
Football wisdom dictates that you give a manager at least two transfer windows before you can say it's really his team. With Lambert, I discount the one we've just had because he was in an almost impossible position, trying to sign players who knew that if they joined us permanently they would almost certainly be playing in League One next year.
The caveat is that if we are bottom ten in League One in November/December next season I would expect more dissent to surface.
If I was Marcus Evans, I would move heaven and earth to sign Alan Judge now, not later. If he wants a decent season ticket sales figure, he needs to act now, and send a signal that backs up his big talk of his last interview.
PS: Credit to Blue Action for what they're doing for the Portman Road atmosphere. Plenty have tried to address the issue, they are the first to succeed for more than a couple of games. More power to them.
|Tomorrow - show of unity|
at 12:48 9 Feb 2019
How about we all post pictures on Twitter from where we are watching the game in the morning? The more far flung the better. The knowledge we are suffering together with fellow Town fans around the world might help.
What's our hashtag since anewera got binned?
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