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A Head in the Right Place
at 10:32:19

You have conveniently left out that little more than a year ago Downes was deemed so unready that he wasn't deemed fit to play for the most spectacularly inept relegation team for some time - and was loaned out to Luton, where he promptly excelled. It's a short career and he has missed out on 50+ games at Town because of the daft way the club serially abuses the loan system and stunts the development of their own players. In the very moment they face losing Downes after effectively one season they double down on the same repetitive, self-harming mistakes by announcing plans to loan out the next two off the production line. Of course Downes wants to go. He wants to better himself - and play for someone who might just believe in him. The morals and scruples of his stance is another matter - BUT he is working for a manager who has repeatedly 'stabbed his employer' in the back which is ultimately owned, allegedly, by an offshore tax avoider as an 'investment'. Any criticism on that count is somewhat Boris Johnson-like in its hypocrisy.
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Pyramid Strong
at 09:47:25

Democracy is a terrible thng when you don't agree with the result methinks? The situation Town find themselves in is surely the greatest possible advert for a salary cap? £100 million in debt and sinking fast... this mysterious sinkhole of money can only have been tossed away on players and wages (and managerial golden hellos and goodbyes). The other almost incontestable advert for a salary cap is the clubs who got promoted this year. Football has always been a meritocracy of sorts which is why so many clubs rise to what deluded supporters (and owners) see as their rightful status - and then sink back again. Personally I cannot see anything wrong with a salary cap and a great deal right with the idea - that can be fine-tuned as and when clubs come to grips with it (and possibly the potential armageddon of a covid + flu hysteria-laden new season). It ought to be to Town's huge advantage - but somehow I doubt it will be.
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Evans: We Will Accept and Deal With Salary Cap
at 15:01:02

Fancy having to work to 9and manage) a budget. Welccome to the real world
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Waghorn: Town Move Worked Perfectly For Me
at 09:59:04

Slightly one-eyed version of the unpleasant end of the McCarthy era - and the disastrous beginnings of the Hurst era. McCarthy needed managing as much as Hurst did - that's why his arrogant and short-sighted approach took Town to the point of ruin. The lack of any football interest, let alone structure within the offshore ownership has created a vacuum which makes things increasingly worse with each passing year. Now Lambert finds himself in exactly the same boat as MM - an experienced manager coasting in a no-hope, undemanding job faced with an increasingly hostile and ridiculously over-expectant crowd.
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We Should Encourage the Club and the League to Stream All Games
at 10:35:50

The problem is that most matches wouldn't generate the income to make it worthwhile. Personally I have managed to resist the attraction of watching souless matches played out in empty stadia - but each to their own. I think you are being highly over-optimistic. This country didnt have a proper lockdown so it it never reduced the virus out there in society - and is now encouraging everybody to pretend the pandemic didnt happen. Fine... but there is the inherent risk that the high infection rates will create another epidemic in the autumn/winter just when next season is supposed to kick off. And IF that does happen and IF clubs have to self isolate, competitve football collapses like a house of cards for another year.
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Evans: Focus Should Be on How We Finish the Season
at 12:03:32

I hope someone writes back and says that a well funded health service and a social care system of any sort might have had the capability to withstand this epidemic - and would you like to pay your taxes from now on Mr Evans?
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Woods Wonder Strike Ends Deadlock
at 09:09:29

This was the cup run where Town went toe to toe with the champions and cup holders and beat both of them... and then threw it away against West Ham. It was also the year that Beattie's career was effectively ended whilst barely into his 20's. There is a tendancy (which I share) to blame Clive Thomas for all of Town's woes... but the stark truth is that Town had three achille's heals. One was the small squad. One was Robson's blind spot with injury-prone talismans. And the other was In Town's goal. Sivell was just far too short to be a goalie at the highest level. IF we pretend that Beattie was still a force to be reckoned with in 1974-75 then this might well have been the very best teams of the Robson era... certainly the unforgettable matches, rose-tinted memories and crowds would suggest it.
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Easter 1962 Top of Table Ipswich Trounce Arsenal
at 11:46:38

A different era... seems a lifetime ago now but you could often travel 'with' the team on one of those compartmentalised diesel trains to and from London. The last time I recall being in the same railway carraige was on a return trip from Palace in the early Robson days.... I even shyly muttered 'good point' to colin viljoen.....maybe it all ended with those much hyped shiny team coaches
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Lyall Leads Town to Premier League
at 11:37:20

I was at that game following my usual habit back then of watching amongst the home supporters. The Oxford fans were full of praise... if you look at that team, which is in effect the last Town team to win something... if like me you dont count an overhyped 3rd place dressed up as a 'wembley triumph'... it was almost entirely home-grown if you cheat a bit and count warky there were SEVEN of them.... and no marquee signings apart from Goddard... the nappy salesman came from Scarborough via John Duncan, Whitton came as a striker and got turned into a wide player with a fearsome cross...Zondervan was part of the furniture by then and pre-dated Duncan.... clearly this was an era when the manager managed.
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Fiesta Time as Town Bid Adios to Real
at 11:12:05

Interesting indeed fifeblue..... i suspect it was something to do with the fact he was never 'one of the lads' and even had his own individual warm up routine. But I agree with you... anyone who saw that team in the early 70s and ticks off who Viljoen was able ot effortlessly outplay would have him high on the all time best list. It's even more impressive when you think he emerged from division two with mcGarry's team... the only player who went on to star against the best in europe from such a low starting point... mills being a bit part player in that promotion side.
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Fiesta Time as Town Bid Adios to Real
at 14:35:39

And how much 'European Experience' did that team have?
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Holders Defeated in Front of Record Crowd
at 09:09:43

Two other interesting footnootes... that record crowd was promptly beaten in the next round for the visit of non-league Wimbledon's conquerors. And the other is just how good this relatively unsung team was... good enough to beat the champions and cup holders inside a month in the most exciting cup run ever - shortly after beating real madrid, lazio etc. If nly Robson had noticed the diminutive achilles heel in goal who knows what might have been achieved.
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Brilliant Town Shock Favourites
at 09:22:41

Yes I remember both those matches very well.... the strange thing is that by then us Town fans weren't at all phased by Town beating clubs like Feyenoord. The downside of all those UEFA Cup runs in a competition that had far greater strength in depth than the European Cup was that Town usually went out in strange circumstances..... presumably because inevitably the exit door always seemed to be via the away leg after very one-sided games at home. As was true in this al-too brief campaign. I also remember the Bruges game very well. They, like Lokomotiv Leipzig appeared utterly useless at Portman Road... but a little hint was given of what was to come when much their hyped striker Rauol? Lambert contrived to hit the post from 6 yards out in front of Churchmans, Even so, throwing away a three goal cushion was quite an achievement - helped no doubt by overconfidence and complacency..
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O'Neill: Government and Governing Bodies Need to Help Football Clubs
at 17:11:02

Hmm Ipswich Town is owned by an offshore company that is registered offshore for tax avoidance purposes. If anything the club is one of the reasons that the country is so ill-prepared for something outside the norm.
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Five Point Protest Aims to Focus Frustrations
at 10:13:52

Five point protest? Has this buffoon not learnt anything from the Tories..... three words at most is all anyone can understand. How about 'Get Promotion Done'?
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The Way Back From Here Will Be Long, But There is a Way
at 09:06:53

People need to stay angry? Why - and angry about what? It was the shareholders of the club who gifted it to an offhore asset stripper on the advice of the fast-exiting directors some of whom were pleased to have their high interest loans repayed at someone elses expense. The one thing you do not seem to be advocating is patience.... perhaps the one thing Town supporters need to exercise (apart from their brains) in the current scenario. Hurst was appointed to wide praise on here. His signings were made to wide praise on here. In many ways it was a sensible appointment - just as the preferred option who didnt do mauch better at Sunderland. Now we have Lambert, who actually seems to care... but seems a bit short on managerial ability. As you say a couple of key injuries amongst the usual tsunami of injuries have proved crucial. Why not adopt a modicum of support for what Evans is belatedly trying to do... construct a football strategy on a very limited budget with a manager who has shown some commitment to the cause. Promotion this season was always something of a pipedream....it is the bizarre and unrealistic expectations that are killing this club more effectively than the asset strippers.
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Scapegoats
at 14:09:21

Contraversial view - and maybe a bit tongue in cheek? You're broadly right of course, as satire often is - it is the absurd and unrealistic expectation of supporters that are largely to blame - but you could have gone further. The reason Evans has carte blanche to run the club into the ground was due to shareholding supporters who were turkeys voting for Christmas when an iota of common sense would have suggested he wasn't a fit and proper person to run any football club. If only the shareholding supporters had acted with common sense back then and demanded the directors do their duty (and perhaps even buy the club for the knockdown price they were effectively offering it to Evans) then who knows.... Beyond that I would suggest you tactfully ignore the likes of Norwich, Swansea, Charlton, Wigan etc who got promoted playing a different way.... but still largely drop back to where 'they belong'. Alan Curbishley had to go because he had taken Charlton as far as he could etc..... supporters of all clubs are ridiculous in their expectations - and largely impatient for these impossible delusions to be realized. Aside from that as one who saw relegation as a good thing.... I still do.... it is a chance to reboot the club - and supporters' attitudes. The former is obviously on hold or slipping backwards - but even within the strange surreal world of TWTD you see supporters griping and desperate for promotion.... for a few years the championship will be seen as the hallowed land and a treat - while all of one year ago it was being treated with the same absurd contempt now reserved for division three. Town supporters have become deluded by our strange recent history... an overlong stay in the top flight creating a generation of fans who think Town belong in the Prem - followed by a prolonged stay in the championship leading to righteous indignation. Most clubs of our size bob up and down a bit.... which creates a different level of expectation amongst supporters
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Ipswich Town 1-4 Peterborough United - Highlights
at 15:31:31

Lowlights comment earlier sums it up. Bit unfortunate for Peterborough to concede a penalty fot a clean tackle in the box as well.
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O'Neill: We Turned Down Bids Into the Millions
at 15:21:46

Clearly it is better to rake in the cash in the next financial year. This year is done and dudted.
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2019/20 - Grating Expectations
at 18:51:23

Pre-season the neutrals' view ie the bookies was that we were nailed on for promotion 2 to1 joint favourites. This was based on some fairly thin expectations... a manager who knew how to win the division.... a plethora of players deemed good enough (despite all evidence to the contrary)..... and in Norwood the first genuinely exciting signing (well these things are relative) for some time. I tend to agree with your assessment. Town last year were utterly appaling, as was Lambert. To expect serial losers to turn instantly into serial winners is a big ask. I'd go a little further. As things stand at present I will be amazed if Town get promoted - even via the play-offs. I also think this is no bad thing. Leeds,Sheff U etc, not to mention Coventry have all spent more than one season down below. I doubt it has done any of them much harm. We could have some way to fall yet... but presumably Evans thinks given a few years Lambo can stop the rot. Unity is what he is banking on.
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