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|Relegation – A Chance to Go Forwards|
I think it’s a fair point and I’m certainly not dreading L1 in particular, what have we been achieving in the championship anyway? Bit unfair on the fans though, I think the general consensus is more we that we wanted something decent to watch allied to an occasional tilt at the prem.
What I’ve found unpleasant is that whilst fans of most teams are allowed to dream a bit about what they’d like to achieve, we seem to have to know our place in the world and not get above our station. Little Ipswich, boring championship club that loses every year to lower or non league sides in the cups. Wasn’t too much to ask for a bit more surely?
|What Would Eric Gates Say?|
My mum kept me on the straight and narrow as well. I’d been a supporter since about 1973 when I was 7 and for the first few seasons we were fairly successful (ridiculously so compared to the last 30 years of course). The first season which wasn’t as good tested my young patience and half way through it I told my mum I was going to change to (bizarrely at the time) Man City. As a result I was given the biggest b*llocking in my life up to that point and told I should stand by my team and never give up on them. I told her I’d keep with it until the end of the season........we won the FA Cup. Lesson learned, but for now we desperately need a bit of relative success.
|Town Topic: Memories of The Beat|
Had everything and would have run through a brick wall if bobby had asked him to. I think the time I found myself disagreeing with bobby was on a few occasions when he played beat but really shouldn’t have because of clear injury. But Kevin wouldn’t have ever wanted to have let him or anyone else down by not playing. One towering header at Everton lives in the memory (in a losing cause FA cup quarter final) which ronaldo but few others could ever match. Met him once or twice in recent years and echo others comments about what a great bloke he was. The club is a poorer place without him but we so desperately need to build new memories and legends. Trouble is if we ever unearthed a player like h8m these days, Man City or Chelsea would steal him at age 15 or 16.
|Town Topic: Wembley 78 Memories|
Went to the quarter and semi but couldn’t get a cup final ticket so it was on tv for me, unforgettable though, was convinced Arsenal would score right to the end. Having supported town from a young age (nearly12 when the cup was won) and being laughed at by all the big club hangers on at school, they all ate humble pie on the Monday morning!
Valiant but ultimately misplaced. Unlike the glory seeking kiddies most town fans taking this course of action are ST holders of many many years standing who simply can’t or won’t stump up £500in advance anymore for the same old rubbish. I’m sure many still attend but now pick and choose games all of which doesn’t mean they don’t support the club anymore. Turning a glory seeking argument against town fans is for the large part pretty unlikely to hold water!
|The National Conundrum|
Successive England coaches, certainly since hoddle, have by an large been reasonably consistent in picking what most people would agree are the best 11 players. But not the best team or any regular system which is what Iceland used against us. I get that we have a poor defence and everyone knew that before we went this time but the mess of a formation in front of that left me completely non-plussed for each game.
But behind everything for me is the technical ability of our players which I don't think has improved as much as many think. We shouldn't need to be vastly improved in this area to beat Iceland but to truly complete at world level we do.
The way Spain, Germany, Italy, France and the South American teams move the ball at pace, and themselves once they play a pass is light years ahead of us. I remember watching France v Nigeria at the last World Cup in a R16 match or at least the last half hour with the score at 0-0 but the Nigerians by all accounts had been by far the better side. They continued in this vein for another 10 minutes with a fast passing and moving game creating further chances but then seemed to totally 'hit the wall' and couldn't sustain their game, their fitness couldn't quite follow it through for 90 mins. France picked them off 2-0 I think and in that last 20 mins the Nigerians slowed to a crawl, laboriously knocking the ball to each other. I suddenly realised where I'd seen that pace of game before, it was exactly how we were playing at the time for the whole game.
I don't think expecting to beat Iceland is raising the bar particularly high but we won't ever really challenge at these competitions until we catch up to the world game technically.
Right now we could only really expect to beat the girl guides second eleven, oh and Wales of course..
|Town Topic: The Day We Won the UEFA Cup|
Didn't go but my main memory was biting nails down listening to it on the radio - yes no live tv coverage in those days although they managed it 3 years later for both legs of spurs UEFA cup final.... funny that
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