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|Blog ||Wing Wonders (Part Two)|
at 09:00 4 Jan 2020
As the sixties morphed into the seventies, wing wonders at Portman Road were a bit like London buses. Four had come along at once, though in truth one or two (like those same London buses) were also easy to miss.
|Blog ||Wing Wonders (Part One)|
at 10:05 31 Dec 2019
It’s a curiosity of Town’s great years that the two big successes – winning the league under Alf Ramsey and the UEFA Cup under Bobby Robson were based on teams without true wingers.
|Blog ||John Cobbold’s Ace Gardener|
at 10:13 27 Dec 2019
For newer Town supporters perhaps, the name Colin Viljoen has disappeared into the mists of time. But for those of us who started supporting Town in the 60s his name is fondly recalled as a true great. His highlights reel alone (alas it exists only in memory) would mark him out as someone special.
|Blog ||Big Al|
at 16:53 24 Dec 2019
When the Kevin Beattie statue is revealed, I suspect it will be his great pal and fellow central defensive titan, Allan Hunter, who will do the revealing. What will be going through Big Al’s mind I wonder? Sadness at his friend’s passing – but mixed with fierce pride perhaps.
|Blog ||Politics and Ipswich Town|
at 16:48 29 Nov 2019
You might just have noticed that the TWTD Forum is awash with political comment. Annoying for some perhaps, who only want to discuss Norwood’s fitness – but surely no bad thing, given the stark choices facing us at a critical time in the country’s history?
|Blog ||The Beat One Year On|
at 14:08 8 Sep 2019
Kevin Beattie died in September last year. He is by some distance the most popular player in the club’s history. Any poll on Town’s greatest player will be won at a canter by Beattie. He’s destined to be the first player to have a statue in his honour (if the somewhat radical design doesn’t make it look like he’s slipped off his pedestal).
|Blog ||Does the NFL Point to Football’s Future?|
at 09:46 26 Aug 2019
We live in strange times. Town’s embarrassing embarrassment of recent Premier League and Championship play-off bogeymen Bolton Wanderers highlighted the massive financial and ethical problems now facing football, eloquently discussed in the recent blog by Stowmarket.
|Blog ||Green’Un With Envy|
at 09:53 15 Aug 2019
I guess you have to be of a certain age to remember the Green’Un. Those brought up in the era of the Internet might struggle to understand the excitement of hearing a possibly still-damp newspaper of greenish hue drop through the letter box on a Saturday evening.
|Blog ||Is Lambo Playing Fantasy Football?|
at 16:18 16 Jun 2019
Many older supporters who know nothing and care even less about computer-based football games have a passing interest in fantasy football.
|Blog ||Where Next?|
at 19:03 29 May 2019
The season is over, the Lambert love-in has cooled and the dust is just about settling on the season ticket hype.
|Blog ||The Nearly Men|
at 20:23 2 Mar 2019
Throughout the Robson years, Town built an enviable reputation for producing homegrown talent. Young players seemed to slip into the first team almost on demand. For over a decade the team prospered with only the occasional ‘missing piece’ sourced from elsewhere.
|Blog ||John O’Rourke – Unsung Hero|
at 18:10 24 Feb 2019
Town supporters of a certain age look back rather fondly at Bill McGarry’s promotion team of 1967/68. We may be grey. But our memories are vivid. That team of half a century ago signalled something of a rebirth and laid firm foundations for the many good times that lay ahead.
|Blog ||The Man Who Loved Limericks|
at 17:31 18 Feb 2019
There once was a gent called Mister John
Who went to a school for toffs called Eton
For him a crisis defined
Was a lack of white wine
Ipswich Town’s not the same since he’s gone
|Blog ||No More Heroes Any More|
at 13:19 8 Feb 2019
It’s fair to say that the Marcus Evans era has seen a bit of a change in the way the club is run. For instance, the now scarcely-credible, revolving door recruitment policy.
|Blog ||Beware the Man With a Plan|
at 14:14 27 Jan 2019
“I love it when a plan comes together”, a gurning George Peppard was fond of saying every week on that cult 80s TV show, The A-Team.
|Blog ||The Circle of Football-Supporting Life|
at 14:30 20 Jan 2019
There has been a lot of talk about Town’s shrunken support base in recent weeks and a flurry of initiatives to increase crowd numbers and enthusiasm.
|Blog ||The Long and Winding Decline|
at 17:09 13 Jan 2019
The long, slow decline in Town’s fortunes since we became part of the mysterious and opaque ‘Marcus Evans Business Empire’ has been both hugely depressing and acutely embarrassing. But if we’re honest, Town’s decline pre-dates the much-maligned Marcus Evans’s arrival by decades. Both on and off the pitch.
|Blog ||The Cup's Different|
at 11:28 6 Jan 2019
For many (dare I say most?) Town supporters, the proudest day in the club’s history is the cup final in 1978. Many know the team off by heart. Real diehards can quote David Coleman verbatim in the breathless build up to “Osborne!.... One-Nil!!!!!”.
|Blog ||Relegation – A Chance to Go Forwards|
at 17:40 31 Dec 2018
In the last decade the constant churn of managers and players has created something of a vacuum at Portman Road. There is a long established disconnect between the club and the community – but more worrying there is now a glaring disconnect between the players and the crowd.
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