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Reality...
at 17:01 26 Aug 2017

As statistics shown this morning demonstrated, only one club has won more than 4 in a row, at the start of the season, since Fulham at the turn of the millennium. Our run was an excellent one, particularly when many put us down as relegation contenders. But it had to come to an end at some point, and many thought it would be this weekend.

By the end of the season we may well be relegation contenders, but our opening few results suggest were are above that level this season. Perhaps an upper mid table side, which will certainly be a more entertaining prospect than last season. Our football, even if we get outplayed at times, should also be much better, based on the performances we’ve seen so far.

For the first time this season we failed to score. But this is already way better than last season, when we had racked up 3 blanks, including against home tie against Stevenage, by this stage. It took us until our 4th from last game to win two games in a row last season! We have already got 4 in a row.

Seeking to justify their own club’s poor starts, many have looked at Cardiff, who admirably continued their winning run, and Ipswich with jealousy. Many fans have claimed that if they had our start, they’d be undefeated. On today’s showing, perhaps Fulham fans might be right. But this game could just be an outlier. A point where we look back and say, actually, if we had two centre backs, we would have had a platform to build upon.

Whilst Fulham boosted their claim on the theoretical, it was Norwich’s turn to prove that they couldn’t emulate us. “Credit where credit is due” I hear you cry. Fine… Norwich made rapid work matching our goals conceded at The Den. They valiantly let in 3 goals in 42 minutes, before deciding to try and match our goal scoring prowess. Unfortunately for them, they failed, losing 4-0.

Elsewhere, another of our early season opposition showed that they were no mugs today, by smashing former premiership side Sunderland 3-0. Brentford held third placed, and a much respected and touted Wolves.

Early on in the season, teams can just play the wrong sides on the wrong day. A good way of judging those unlikely to do more than struggle, after 5 games, is to see which teams have conceded the same or more than the games they’ve played. At a glance, Burton -5, Bolton -6 and Norwich -6, look to be the truly terrible teams. The good news of course, is that we still have 2 game to play against these poorer sides.

So what is the reality? The reality is this is football. It always has been a game that surprises. Of course not so much that you can just pick up a terrible manager from the 4th tier of German football and expect him to run a championship side anywhere but into the ground. But surprising nonetheless.

Will we be as outclassed as those that went to the game today are say we were. Probably not. We should still expect to see a much more competitive season, one that is much more enjoyable than the last one. We should expect last season’s inners and outers to put it all behind them and base their observations upon what they see this season.
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My Grandad...
at 10:30 25 Aug 2017

http://www.ipswichstar.co.uk/news/former-ipswich-council-chief-jim-savage-dies-a

I didn't actually realise he organised the civic receptions for Ipswich, until this article. Pretty obvious now I read it though. Never one to boast about his achievements, but we obviously found out what he did for the town as we were growing up. I think the article has described him and his life well.

It still hasn't sunk in for me. He was making solid progress, after an operation. It's good to see they got his season ticket count in there! I feel really fortunate to have lived alongside him for 31 years. My Dad's dad died when my dad was 10, which emphasises how fortunate I have been.
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A New Fan's Perspective: Millwall v Ipswich
at 18:20 16 Aug 2017

So, I went to my first game of the season last night and had a great time. I wanted to write a little review through the eyes of my girlfriend. She’s a Korean Canadian and this was her first game in the UK and her only game as an adult. She wanted to come to a proper football game, rather than a top side, so she could see football through British culture.

We have recently moved to Canary Wharf, so what better game to go to than Millwall away. Close by and a cultural experience, lol. We met up in London Bridge with my uncle, cousin and his girlfriend, who was attending her second game, after a bit of a failure at Fulham away last season.

We necked a few pinks, and my uncle stepped it up by suggesting a round of shots. In amongst all this we set up Super 6. It is round 3, and only my girlfriend and I had missed the first 2 rounds. She had no clue, so I showed her the table, and she picked some scores.

She got her first brush with British football culture when we were on the train, noting that it was livelier than normal. This was followed by surprise at the amount of guys peeing in bushes and random chants on the way to the ground.

We managed to get there in time for another beer and enough time for me to explain what “16 years in the championship, we’re still famous and you’re still ****” and for her to get out her phone and record some of the shenanigans.

We were out on the terraces long enough to take some seats that weren’t ours, and to see the huddle. At this point I had to explain why we called ourselves “blue army” when we were supporting the team in red, and that we would be standing the whole game, even though there were seats provided. Stuff like this made me think we don’t exactly make it easy for newcomers.

I had prepared her for some chants like “the referees a ******”, but credit where credit is due, the ref had a solid game, so she couldn’t use the full extent of her new found repertoire. The crowd were pretty “rowdy” for the first 40secs, and then in astonishingly bad fashion we conceded a terrible goal.

I must admit, at this moment in time, I thought I might regret bringing her to the game. My mind flashed back to what I think was Millwall away, when they crossed it, it went in, and we played out a tedious loss or draw.

But moments later they showed why they have been tipped for relegation, conceding an equally bizarre goal. I haven’t seen a replay, so I don’t know if the shot was deflected. If it wasn’t what was the keeper doing!

With the crowd back on track the fans could crack on with baiting Millwall. She didn’t miss a moment to join in. And posed some more cracking questions. “why do they have more fans than us?” and “why are they so quiet, when they have so many more fans”.

On the pitch we kept giving them the ball, a decided not to really test their dodgy keeper. But the strikers were keen to run at Millwall, when we finally stopped heading it, and put it at their feet in front of them. It was exciting at times. Our pressure was rewarded with a goal. Instantly “We are top of the league” went around.

Moments later Millwall had pulled one back and they were singing “Top of the league, you’re having a laugh”, much to my girlfriend’s amusement this was put down with “championship, you’re having a laugh”.

The game seemed to be heading in all square, so my girlfriend went to the toilet, and we followed soon after to get a beer. The plan was to catch her as she went back. But the confusion around the bar – They ran out of pint glasses and then ran out of beer (?!?!) – meant we missed her. I must admit that receiving her text “where are you, you ******!” filled me with a certain level of pride, given the environment she was in and the songs she had heard.

I went back and grabbed her just in time for us to see the goal on the TV, and the downstairs to go crazy during the break. During the break she said that she was having a great time, and she likened it to being at a concert, albeit a more aggressive one, as there was a competition. She proceeded to break out with “backstreets back alright…” … “…”.

With that firmly behind us, we went back up to some more seats that weren’t our and watched 35mins of overtly defensive tactics. They inevitably scored and my cousin summed up what most of us were feeling in the moment – “That’s his fault” pointing at MM. Millwall were a bad team, and we should have kept pressure on them.

Luckily it just set us up for an even crazier end to the game. My uncle said to my girlfriend that she needs to get out of the way quickly if we score because he would go crazy. We did, she did, he did, and I followed into the stairway. We resumed baiting Millwall fans, and stayed until the first pump. She like Chambers, particularly after I had to explain why fans were singing “One ****ing Chambers”.

After exiting, we stayed in the caged area, waiting for the gates to open. We then turned our attention back to the Super 6… “***”… My girlfriend is top of our Super 6 league. Not just the round, but the whole month. Out of the 6 games, she got 5 results correct, including 2 of the scores. One of those was the Hull/Wolves game. Like we said “***!”, lol.

We rounded off the night with a pint back in London Bridge and then made our way home. This morning she has been watching her videos of the night, and humming and singing “ole, ole”. She observed that “it was not very high quality, compared to World Cup matches” but it was “a lot of fun”.

For 55mins we played with intent, and even if it wasn’t the most talented game of football, it was exciting. My girlfriend said she “would go again”. Honestly, we won’t be regulars down at Portman Road, we have more things to do in our spare time, and don’t get me started on those train prices! But this game won over a new fan. Someone who will pay to see our club again, and I think that is worth noting.

Given all the negativity, it is good that the management has recognised that they have to entertain to keep old fans, and attract new ones. It looks like Millwall will be relegation candidates, but that shouldn’t take away from the change in attitude towards playing football. I just hope we stick to that 55mins of intent, and not the 35mins of inviting the opposition to score.
[Post edited 16 Aug 2017 18:36]
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BBC Goal Vote
at 10:32 1 Aug 2017

http://m.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/40710224

Apparently there is a vote going on each day until the start of the season. With Beckham currently in the lead in this section and Yeboah just behind my question is, is Beckham's goal really that good? I had Yeboah first and Beckham in 4th or 5th. It was good vision and a good shot, but a big part of the goal was the keeper's mistake and there is no challenge on him. Where a the others and particularly Yeboah's who is going to stop that? And there is people obviously impacting the build up to their shots.

So, am I missing something or is it better than the others?
[Post edited 1 Aug 2017 10:37]
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At gay pride in London...
at 15:32 8 Jul 2017

Thought it would be nice for blues to show their support for a guy representing us fans

https://goo.gl/photos/fixGxQXcJgVGbDor9

Feel free to comment or like and hopefully he sees our support.
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The Real Election Results
at 20:48 9 Jun 2017

For the vast majority of my voting life, I have lived in areas of conservative majorities, and I have never agreed with a conservative manifesto. I know others like me simply don't vote because they believe casting their vote is pointless. Many in my situation feel that we have never been given a vote in this country, as it is not worth the same as other peoples.

Liberal Democrats were adjudged by some to be consigned to the pages of history, despite getting 2.4m votes. This is because, at the time of writing, they have got a mere 12 seats. However they have 238% more votes than the SNP, who got 35 seats, which is 292% greater than the LD's 12. This is a percentage difference between representation and voting of 530%.

This is one of the most extreme examples. It only took 28,502 votes to elect an SNP MP. whereas it took 197,648 votes to elect a LD MP. A less extreme, but equally important difference in this election was the difference between the Conservatives and Labour. It took 42,979 votes to elect a CON MP and 49,141 votes to elect a LAB MP.

At the time of writing, the Conservatives have 318 seats and Labour have 262. This is a difference of 56 seats. In reality, this is not reflective of the "will of the public". If we use the figure of 42,927 votes to elect a CON MP, and apply that to all other parties, Labour attain 300 votes. A new difference of 18 seats, which is much more representative of the population's disunity at this election.

The Liberal Democrats get 55 seats. The Green Party are up to 12 seats and UKIP still have 14 seats. The full results are here.

CON - 318
LAB - 300
LD - 55
SNP - 23
UKIP - 14
GRN - 12
DUP - 7
SF - 6
PC - 4

What this shows is that this election was much closer than we are led to believe. Theresa May running the country with the DUP should be a minority government.

People argue that a more representative system avoids hung parliaments and is stronger for the country. I say, like I do after every election, that this is easy for you to say this, when your votes counts for something.

*Note, figures have now been amended to include the last declared seat.
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Stats Question
at 08:04 10 Apr 2017

Currently we haven't won or lost two league games in a row this season. This seems really weird to me. Have we ever gone an entire season without winning or losing two in a row? Is this more common than we realise? Or has it bever happened in this league before?
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Annual Table, Table vrs Previous Seasons, Key Stats.
at 00:45 2 Apr 2017

1 Newcastle 15 8 5 2 24 14 10 29
2 Brighton 16 9 2 5 26 19 7 29
3 Fulham 16 8 4 4 27 19 8 28
4 Huddersfield 14 9 1 4 18 16 2 28
5 Cardiff 16 8 3 5 28 19 9 27
6 Leeds 15 8 3 4 21 13 8 27
7 Reading 16 8 3 5 19 19 0 27
8 Preston NE 15 6 7 2 22 16 6 25
9 QPR 15 7 3 5 24 17 7 24
10 Brentford 15 7 2 6 33 27 6 23
11 Norwich 15 6 5 4 27 21 6 23
12 Sheff Wed 15 6 4 5 21 16 5 22
13 Wolves 14 6 2 6 17 15 2 20
14 Blackburn 15 4 7 4 18 18 0 19
15 Aston Villa 15 6 1 8 15 16 -1 19
16 Burton Albion 15 5 4 6 14 20 -6 19
17 Barnsley FC 15 4 5 6 14 19 -5 17
18 Nottm Forest 15 4 4 7 17 21 -4 16
19 Derby 15 4 4 7 18 23 -5 16
20 Wigan 15 4 3 8 12 16 -4 15
21 Ipswich 15 2 9 4 15 21 -6 15
22 Bristol City 15 3 5 7 19 23 -4 14
23 Birmingham 15 2 5 8 10 23 -13 11
24 Rotherham 15 1 1 13 8 36 -28 4


Ipswich Town - After 39 matches in the same league / division
Pld W D L GF GA Pts * Comparison
2016-2017 39 10 16 13 39 48 46 -
2015-2016 39 16 11 12 46 44 59 -13 pts
2014-2015 39 19 10 10 59 43 67 -21 pts
2013-2014 39 15 13 11 51 44 58 -12 pts
2012-2013 39 13 10 16 39 55 49 -3 pts
2011-2012 39 15 7 17 62 68 52 -6 pts
2010-2011 39 15 7 17 50 50 52 -6 pts

Key stats
Only 2 wins this year.
3 less wins that any of the last 6 seasons.
Less points than any of the previous 6 seasons.
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I'm still waiting...
at 13:01 22 Mar 2017

For the club to announce that they will be raising additional revenue by getting a proper shirt sponser.
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Man "deflated" after shark attack
at 23:39 13 Jul 2015

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-humber-33509197

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