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Boss Lambert and Assistant Taylor Leave Town
at 09:12:14

And so the downward spiral gathers pace. Presumably the greedy gravy train rider has already found another potential pay off - presumably Celtic. I suppose the same people who are excited by one hapless dud leaving to be replaced by another - and another faceless offshore owner with no knowledge or interest in the club are the same ones who thought Marcus Evans and Roy Keane were good news.
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Lambert's Cat
at 10:34:16

Excellent piece. I'd take issue with a couple of comments. The description of everything at the club being 'average' is in my humble opinion a tad over-optimistic. Things have been well south of average since the moment Evans was gifted the club. Also I am fairly sure that Covid has created a chasm between all clubs and their supporters - especially in the lower leagues where few can be bothered to watch dross on line. What happens when things 'get back to normal' is anyone's guess - but just as in the restaurant business (and presumably Evans' core businesses, such as they are) the near future will be full of woe.. At the moment, just like Johnson's cabal of liars and extremists ruining the country, Evans' acolytes seem to be making the very same mistakes that created the mess in the first place..... which makes your hope for divine intervention perhaps the only hope!
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Musings of 2021
at 09:34:04

"When the Tractor Boys were relegated to the third tier of English football, one would assume that they would be all over this league" Excuse me - but who itheir right mind would assume that? Town crashed out of the Championship in truly appalling and spineless style, with the appointment of Lambert seemingly accelerating the decline. Nothing in the team's make up or performances before Lambert arrived and after have suggested anything other than an accleration of the decline and rot that set in with the arrival of Evans. I'm sorry but everything about this club screams the exact opposite of your final sentance - they very much deserve to be where they are - morribund, and probably subsiding to a lower league - and if the rot is not excised, out of the league as clubs such as Cambridge, Colchester, Luton have previously discovered.
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Brentford Eyeing El Mizouni
at 09:26:49

Palace feeder club then Bournemouth feeder club now Brentford feeder club... Progress of sorts - but at least previous stifled young players actually got in the team .
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Pegasus Reflects
at 16:39:38

Interesting persepctive. BUT in the recent past there have been plenty of 'experienced' teams - MM didnt exactly build his team on youth and the likes of Jewell and Keane too yo-yoed in plenty of experience. Whether there was any commitment from these players or indeed the managers in the Evans era is the moot point. The last decade has largely been a here today gone tomorrow experience. The key point is whether the young players are any good. Evans' first manager, Magilton, played quite a few young players and had the team up to 6th... playing the likes of Billy Clarke before he had his arm twisted to 'buy experience'. The most disturbing thing about the Evans era is how many players have been discarded, or left struggling Town and enjoyed relatively good times in the Prem. You mention McGoldrick as a current example - but you can hark back to the likes of Delaney - 'the worst defender ever to pull on an Ipswich shirt' according to some on here. The demise festers from the top down... if the owner doesnt really care and is never around - that rubs off on the manager and players....again and again and again.
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It's All Going Wrong, Again
at 17:26:10

Are Ipswich particularly afflicted wth injuries? You could add McGoldrick to the long list of players who rise Lazarus-like when they leave Ipswich. MIngs seems to be fitter now than he was at Town and Bournemouth too. But even Manchester City last season and Liverpool this season are not immune to a seemingly disproportionate number of injuries. I had a conversation a couple of years ago with the father of Teddy Bishop who claimed his son had to pay for his own operation, as did another injury-prone player.... with the proviso he would be refunded if it worked. This sounded bizarre - but ties in with the incentive-led approach at Evans' questionable core businesses - but I think you will find funding is tight right across the board, right down to paint for the training pitches. I'm not sure Town are underfunded compared to other clubs in this division - quite the opposite probably - and wages are the reason the club is allegedly £100 million in debt to the allegedly tight-fisted owner... that is somewhat more dent than most clubs carry. ..so he probably coughed up more than he should in that freak year when Murphy scored some goals and Town made the play-offs. I think the problem runs much deeper than the manager. It cant be easy trying to relate to an owner who doesnt care and can only be contacted on wattsapp - but recruitment has been distinctly iffy for most of Evans's tenure, which again is hardly his fault.... and might be unavoidable given Town are no longer a desirable place to be for ambitious or good players. Are your hopes unrealistic? Teams like Burnley, Sheff U, Sheff Wed, Forest, Charlton, Wigan, Blackburn, Wolves and others have all fallen further than Town - and have bounced back. Its almost certainly a question of time rather than managerial genius or visionary leadership.
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Climbing Up the Walls
at 14:39:13

Town have rarely made a start this good? Ahem we're in the third division so you could argue that we havent made a start this bad since last season, which if memory serves also started just as well with fixtures against the bottom clubs and one without a team.
Covid and the salary cap have conspired to give Town a huge advantage in this greatly reduced division where most clubs are staring into the abyss with the bare minimum of players. In theory, IF the season can continue into the winter it should be just as non-competitive as the Prem, which to my mind is one of the big dangers of the lower league shut out.... there are so many better things to do with your time and money than finance third rate football. If and when crowds are beckoned back in, many clubs, including Ipswich may find there are nowhere near as many people queuing up to get in.
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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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