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Yesterdays Substitutions
at 10:00 23 Sep 2018

Easy I know in hindsight, but surely with Bolton down to 10 men so early, we should have gone with another striker at half time.

I was fully expecting Walters to come on at Half Time for Chalobah and go 442 - it was obvious that Bolton were going to sit back, with McGuinness up front on his own (good target man, but little pace).

However we wait until the 70th minute before trying a 2nd striker - baffling!!
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Is Skuse available to play on Saturday?
at 18:28 13 Sep 2018

Was listening to Talk Sport this afternoon, and they confirmed that it is a mandatory 14 days rest for any player that leaves the field due to a head injury (concussion), unless 7 conditions are met.

They were talking about Luke Shaw, and the possibility that he may be able to play as Man Utd's treatment / facilities met the 7 conditions which allows a player to return earlier than the mandatory 14 days.

With our last game being on a Sunday - it is only 13 days to the fixture against Hull.
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Year on Year comparison
at 18:59 24 Jul 2018

Inspired by another poster looking at our team v 1999 thought it would be more prudent to look at where we are now compared to last season.

First of all, look at who has left and whether they have been replaced or need to be replaced.

Iorfa - replaced by Emmanuel
Smith / CCV - replacement required
Webster - replacement required
Connolly - replaced by Chalaboah
Celina - replaced by Edwards
Mcgoldrick - replaced by Harrison
Carayol - replaced by Roberts
Hyam/Bru/Gleeson - no replacements required (aim for Adeyemi/Dozzell/Huws to replace)

I know we have increased Bart's contract, but looking at the replacements so far, we must have saved significantly on the wage bill. I don't believe any of the new players will be on more than the player they have replaced?

Desperately need two defenders in.



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England Team v Belgium
at 14:07 14 Jul 2018

Only 5 changes - out goes Walker, Young, Henderson, Alli & Lingard

Team

Pickford, Trippier, Stones, Maguire, Jones, Rose, Dier, Delph, Loftus-Cheek, Sterling, Kane
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Bart to Brum for £3m
at 10:40 8 Jul 2018

Just read on News page - seems very low price, but with more and more speculation of us looking at new keepers, does seem that there is more than an ounce of truth.

Also Mings to Forest, not sure what they are paying, but he would have been a welcome addition back here.
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Betting People
at 14:01 5 Jul 2018

Just done a 6 fold accumulator on leading goal scorers per country and was surprised at the odds.

I have picked the leading scorer per team at present and have been given just over 10/1

Mbappe France, Lukaku Belgium, Neymar Brazil, Granqvist Sweden, Modric Croatia & Dzyuba Russia.

Only put a £1 on - but looks a better bet than 10/1
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Who do you think will be relegated from the Premier League
at 17:40 1 Jan 2018

Looks more interesting at the bottom, with very few points between the bottom 10.

My three would be

Swansea, West Brom & Huddersfield.

Stoke look in real trouble at the moment, but think they will have a change of manager, which may save them.

Any other predictions for the bottom three

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Jack Colback
at 19:02 30 Dec 2017

Probably nothing in it - but overheard a couple talking about him in the fanzone, as a player we had enquired about.

Not sure whether fit or whether available, but we certainly need a central midfielder, so could be possible.

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Cresswell playing for England
at 16:22 8 Oct 2017

Does this mean we get any additional payment, I am guessing this is his first competitive international, and has only featured in friendlies prior to this?
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Few observations from Saturday
at 17:55 28 Aug 2017

Don't think these have been detailed yet

1) Knudsen's long range passing was exceptional - diagonals to Waghorn mainly, didnt realise he had that in his locker, could be a useful counter attacking weapon.

2) Fulham's short corners - nicely worked by them, keep passing to next man - caught us out two or three times. All we had to do to stop, was to to put Sears up front and drag two defenders back.

3) Fulham's midfield three dominated the game - We desperately needed an extra man in there and needed 3 in central midfield - I can see why we started as we did (keeping a winning team), but believe we should have changed to a 433 at half time.

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West Indies Cricketers with same name as ITFC players
at 20:54 18 Aug 2017

Had a day at the cricket yesterday, and with the new signing Garner - got me thinking how many of our players have had the same name as a West Indian cricketer.
I managed to get a full team - any obvious ones that I missed?

1 Andy/Malcolm Marshall
2 Gary/Ben Croft
3 Matt/Viv Richards
4 Danny/Desmond Haynes
5 Tommy/Dwayne Smith
6 Teddy/Ian Bishop
7 Ronan/Derek Murray
8 Danny/Lawrence Rowe
9 Joel/Joe Garner
10 Darren/Curtly Ambrose
11 Gary/Andy Roberts

Very attack minded football 11, and a lot of bowlers!!!
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Team
at 14:06 12 Aug 2017

Bart
Iorfa, Spence, Chambers, Knudsen, Kenlock
Downes, Skuse, Nydam
Garner, Sears
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Rowe and Samuel Start (n/t)
at 11:05 7 May 2017

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Best XI that played for Ipswich under McCarthy
at 19:46 23 Apr 2017

Getting bored, so thought I would pick best eleven that played for us under MM.

I have gone with a 4231
Bart
Stearman, Chambers, Berra, Cresswell
Ndaw, Huws
Lawrence, Mcgoldrick, Fraser
Murphy

Subs - Gerken, Smith, Mings, Skuse, S Hunt, Sears and Campbell

If only we could have had those all at the same time, might have got promoted.

Have I missed anyone obvious?
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Sheff Wed first goal
at 18:50 4 Mar 2017

Just saw Sheff Wed's goals v Norwich.

Awful mistake by Ruddy for the first
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Academy - Is this part of the 5 point plan
at 15:49 28 Feb 2017

Had an interesting conversation with a father of an ITFC academy player.

Apparently, he had received a call from Norwich City in the last month asking for his son to join their Academy. When he stated that his son was playing for Ipswich Academy. He was told by the "Scout" from Norwich, that they knew that and are allowed to approach Ipswich Academy players as they are registered category 1 and it offers better facilities for the young players to learn the game - thus this is supported by the FA.

He was also told that they regularly watch the Ipswich Academy teams to see who they wished to approach. If true, and I have no reason to doubt it, will make keeping our best youngsters almost impossible. As it ,must be easier to watch other teams academies, rather than doing the leg work at Schools or Sunday Mornings.

The Norwich Academy training session was held at Whitton - so also no need to travel to Norwich either.
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Ian Milne Interview
at 15:48 5 Feb 2017

Just got round to listening to the Life's a pitch interview.

Looks like he was there to spin statistics hoping nobody had any idea what he was talking about, and then let slip Marcus had a real good go for 3 years.

Not sure he has helped to appease fans and certainly has done nothing to help the case for Evans.

Anybody else listen, and think anything other than he appears out of his depth?
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If Chambers goes - how much should we be asking?
at 12:04 31 Jan 2017

Lot of speculation, but surely if selling on deadline day and we don't want to let go, we should be asking for a significant fee?

Would £1m be unrealistic?
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