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The Reform candidate in my area is one E Powell
at 20:53 10 Jun 2024

Seems an appropriate name.

We've got 3 different socialist parties represented... Given our ward used to return 2x SWP candidates to Council, it seems a shame to split the vote.

Mian Akbar, Workers Party of Britain

Jean Branch, Liberal Democrats

Vicky Foxcroft, Labour (current MP, albeit with boundary changed)

John Lloyd, Alliance for Green Socialism

Nupur Majumdar, Conservative

Edward Powell, Reform UK

Adam Pugh, Green

Oliver Snelling, Communist Party of Britain

Julia Tilford, Independent
You're in a washing machine
at 09:00 6 Jun 2024

Finally gotten around to watching this and the brief one with Holland and Ashton.

We're now a month on from another fantastic season finale; the sights, sounds, smells and tastes (it tastes like promotion!).

We've had a (media led) fright and finally get to hear carefully delivered interviews.

My biggest fear is that someone is savvy enough to take Ashton AND McKenna, that would really hurt us.

McKenna's eloquence is fantastic, intelligent analysis, challenge facing approach is wonderful, hopefully we see his trajectory continue upwards with us.

If it continues to produce results like the last 2 seasons, I'm happy to be in the washing machine.
The questionnaire - bugs?
at 01:57 1 Jun 2024

Maybe just my device or my elderly disposition but scrolling for some items took a number of attempts as the scroll disappeared and had to start at the beginning again!

Favourite / best opposition player could not get beyond C, so ended voting for someone who caught my eye but didn't do nearly as much damage as Gnonto. And let's face it, Leeds needed to win something.
Or maybe, knowing my intentions the drop down fell apart, again.
TWTD end of season questionnaire
at 07:44 9 May 2024

When it comes to the question about how well McKenna has done please could you reveal the identities of anyone that gives anything less than top marks.

I have acquired a job lot of pitchforks and torches and will happily distribute to a willing mob to take care of the heretics [aka trolling budgies]
Awake, buzzing, hope to go back to sleep
at 02:38 4 May 2024

Just need to do a "Scott Candage"


Five knuckle shuffle

What is this childish Xmas morning feeling?
Our 12:30 kick off record is awful.


Bitter Sweet
at 21:22 2 May 2024

Today at midday a friend of mine passed away, someone I'd known since moving to Ipswich at the age of 3.

Whilst he was a town fan, he wasn't a regular attendee.

As kids with our parents, and into teens as a group from the estate. our
We took him to Charlton for the famous 3-2 FA Cup win the day Deller won the darts, and he was one of dozens of Chantry kids there the day Dozzell made history.

I travelled to Ipswich specifically to see him last Saturday in Parkview, opposite Chantry Park. Told him I'd be back to see him Sunday warning him I'd have a monster hand over. He was in good spirits, but looked dreadful.

But when I noticed the WhatsApp messages weren't being viewed let alone responded to I knew. I let it get to me and had a row with a colleague that almost went beyond words, he's 6-5 and 25 stone... I'm a lot shorter and lighter.

Got a message from my oldest male offspring offering condolences for my loss, he'd seen it on FB and knew my friend as he'd taught 2 of my kids. Then a LinkedIn message from his older brother.
I cried a little, I didn't when either my mother or step-mother passed away. Explain that.

Dropped a WhatsApp on one of the Town fans I'd met on day of Naaaridge game who told me he'd been taught and inspired enough to take his subject to degree level.

The bitter? Wish he could have lived to see Town get promoted.

The sweet? One more game.

As Shankly said
Some people think football is a matter of life and death. I assure you, it's much more serious than that."

Brett you made a deal last year
at 20:53 1 May 2024

Are we getting inked? (If IT happens in Saturday)

Co-Owner Vows to Have Town Badge Tattoo If Blues Reach Premier League 24th Apr 2021 09:27
New Town co-owner Brett Johnson has vowed to have a tattoo of the Blues badge if and when the club make their return to the Premier League. 26

Sorry this story older I saw it on Twitter.

Edit to appease fickle football gods
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Sunderland shocker
at 20:03 1 May 2024

Apologies if this has already been covered.

Sunderland, ave crowd 23/24 - 41,019, have a plan to downsize SoL to 30,000

But can't find a corroborating source, so bowlicks?
Netflix recommendation
at 12:53 26 Apr 2024


French film, subtitled, some English spoken, couple of plot twists and Eric Cantona
Matthew Edward Barkell Clarke
at 10:48 14 Apr 2024

Didn't realise Brighton had cashed in on him and that he's a Boro player rather than on loan.

Thought he looked like a player who'd fit in a McKenna team.
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Anyone looking for a 3 bed home in Ipswich?
at 04:39 14 Apr 2024
It's a long way to the top (if you wanna rock n roll)
at 04:37 14 Apr 2024

Sorry / not sorry

When I listen to music, mainly whilst driving it's always on random play and "my music" goes from ABBA to ZZ Top via Chopin, Adam & the Ants, NWA, Spitting Image, safe to say eclectic.

But there's a handful of tunes that sometimes result in cracking open the windows and volume full blast. A12 on way to Ipswich in the roadworks South of Chelmsford, if you heard the song in the title of this message, yep that was me.
But I think it fits ITFC supporting experience.


I'm with Rafa Benitez - FACTS
Ok it didn't go so well for him after that rant.

Top of Championship with 3 to play
It's in our own hands
All the other clubs in Top 6 have been in the Prem more recently than us
Many of them are supported by income from that time

Yet here we are after dropping 4 points at home. If we don't go up in top 2, it will be a failure, of sorts. Let's not talk about the other route.

However, we have out performed all but the wildest of pre season expectations.

In our lives and work, we all make mistakes, the odd poor decision; I bought a Citroen MPV EV for my Fleet thinking range was 180 miles but is actually only 120 (without any electrics on) and we will avoid life decisions; way too complex, but my best UK earnings came in 1999/2000 tax year....

Anyway not about me.

What I mean is that whatever happened / happens in games players make mistakes, to err is human.
But does anyone not think we've benefited from a hardworking squad busting a gut for the collective goal?
Does anyone think they lack application and effort?I
Is anyone not excited when attending PR?

Yesterday there were times when PR rocked to the collective sound of all 4 sides of the stadium in unison, a beautiful thing.
But there was also the sense of fear, may expectation that this image of the promised land before our very eyes is going to be ripped up, viciously and cruelly, our hopes and dreams stamped upon. And I think that translates to the players.

As for the bloke next to me...

"That was a foul" (Ipswich player on Boro player)
Ref gives it
(Jumps up) "oh referee!"

and the other side

Well he just doesn't get McKenna ball.

Me? 50 something shouting and singing, kick every ball, making every tackle, every header. I do like to enjoy an immersive interactive experience. Apologies if you have to sit anywhere near me and I inadvertently kick you or tug on your sleeve (no Keno! Not what YOU think)

Thanks to all involved;-
Three Lions
The Executives
Management and coaching staff
And my fellow fans

The last two season (Inc this one): beautiful

Silence is violence -> be the 12th man -> bring the noize!
at 07:51 13 Apr 2024

We are potentially 4 wins from back to back automatic promotions; no time for nerves as we've over achieved already.

What we need is passion, unwavering support, a cacophony of noise.

I understand that not everyone wants to sing, shout or scream themselves hoarse in support, but do something anything to show your support; the most obvious thing is to clap along with the singing (something I'm especially bad at).

Forget anything off field that detracts from football as a spectacle, an entertainment; FFP, points deductions etc. It's still "The Glory Game" as described by Danny Blanchflower.

4 wins guarantees glory, promotion, maybe even as champions...


(My ribs still hurt from the mayhem of unleashed ecstasy that was the 3rd goal v Southampton, whilst I don't want to be in the receiving end of bodily harm, I do want that ecstatic high that comes from winning football matches)


24 Hours from Ecstasy
at 21:34 2 Apr 2024

When I was a kid and Robson's fine young men were blazing a trail across Europe if we were lucky MOTD, MOTW or Sportsnight had cameras there to capture the glory, The Evening Star about the only place to get an Ipswich fix.


I don't know how many times I've watched the highlights, the goals (for and against), The Chaplin Sprint, Titanic... Twitter, YouTube etc.
But not the AAH chance where surely the players either side had better sight of goal. I need to see that again, I don't mind strikers having a go... Better than the zero shots years, eh?

Wasn't that fantastic? It really hit the spot; joy, pain, ecstasy

I've attended both games v Southampton and thought they have some good players, they're mobile and appeared to overload us frequently; possession stats in their favour. Missed good opportunities in both games, and we've ended up with 6 points. We deserve our "luck"; resilience, character, skill, togetherness.

I think I took an elbow to my left breast on the mayhem of the 3rd goal, so for 2nd time in a month have bruised ribs, it hurts to breath, laugh etc. And I've been giggling away to myself at random moments in the last 24 hours; the goals, the mayhem, the hugs afterwards.

But please, don't lose heart. The singing stopped for a while in Cobbold A, as folks lost heart. This team deserve and need our support; unequivocal, uncompromising support. You're all too young to say you were worn out!

If the "club", management, players Etc read this my message is simple

Still a job to be done... all you gotta do is win 6 more games.

Having got that off my (bruised) chest, time to go back to the videos.

CBs (FTM) see you in Faringdon


Game day good morning
at 08:20 1 Apr 2024

About to have brekky, s*it, shower and shave. Not at the same time I realise I have to add.

Travelling up early as Pendejo senior is now in a care home with Alzheimer's ravaging him. Have been warned by my sister that he's deteriorated since I last saw him (after Sheffield Wednesday game)

I've seen the ads, and have heard the experience of a good friend, but experiencing your own father not recognising you will be tough, and I will need a raucous win at PR as my medicine.

One. Game. At. A. Time.

But it's hard not to fantasize about the diamond encrusted golden dream at the end of the 7 game rainbow. It's been too long since the last near miss let alone actually appearing at that level.

I guess banter era hasn't done with us yet plonking us down with 3 parachute payment clubs that have shown some competence and desire to go back up first time... How early did Burnley get promoted last season IDK but it felt like before Oestre, feel free to correct me.

Southampton massive game, IF they win today and their 2 games in hand and all their other games... It's a four way fight for 2 places again. Other than them winning today it is needed as we want them interested in last day of season.

But if we can keep winning, it won't matter, that Cardiff defeat...

I haven't been to so many home games since I last had a ST that was 95/96, the season in which I moved away from Ipswich for the sake of a career, I'm on my 3rd different career since but not been able to find my way back to Ipswich to live.
If I won Euromillions I would definitely have a crash pad in the town but probably stay resident within 5 miles of where I live now.

Yes I guess that makes me a bandwagon jumper, 9-12 games a season hardly points to a fully committed fan, though, in my defence;-
96-00 lived in Manchester
00-02 Colombia
02-04 unemployed
04-20 worked weekends
20-21 COVID

Then some folks called Gamechanger came along, they then recruited McKenna, and something changed, for the better.

Carry on gentlemen, please.

But first comes dad. He was a semi-pro in his teens/early 20s, turned down pro contracts as he could earn more in his day job + football, than football alone. But he's same age and position as Bobby Moore, and West Ham were one of the teams he turned down. IF, that huge 2 letter word, he had gone pro? But there must be hundreds of blokes in this country who think that.
Dad is a Charlton fan but has now lived in Ipswich 52 years, was a ST at PR for many during Robson's Reign and was a big fan of Big Al. When Ipswich play Charlton he can't lose. Though I don't think last season's 6-0 was quite what he meant...

Sunday morning - ramblings on slaying of Owls
at 09:50 17 Mar 2024

I tried to sell my ticket to the game within my WhatsApp group, no takers. Pendejo Snr fell over and broke his hip this week, so instead of a solo trek from South London, daughter and wife were traveling and that meant hospital visit, no football.

On the way up, without any whining from me, my wife finally fell in with my programme; they could wander around the shops and visit oldest offspring in his town centre flat, then we could go to hospital afterwards. Snr is in for a 2 week stay, he's not going anywhere. But the plan for a family meal for relegated from a restaurant sit down to a foot long sausage on Cornhill. Caribbean spice FWIW.

Because we were "late" arriving in Ipswich, I wasn't going to the game, so no time to seek out a pint with friends. But still managed to be in my seat 30 mins before kick off, FFS. Even without the pint, just before kick off needed a wee, it was nice to find the toilet empty. Made it back for kick off.

I had a feeling of doom about yesterday, those 2 league defeats on the trot were looking in my imagination. Forget their league position, their form had been good hadn't it? And Ugbo had been scoring freely. The signs were bad. Or rather my eye sight is bad and needs correction with glasses, as does my imagination. But I can't be the only one fearful of a bubble burst despite months of evidence to the contrary?

6 minutes Hutchinson, poor first touch, almost lost the ball. GOAL.
Minutes later Hladky Saves (that song needs a loud airing)
Burns goes off injured, the ever willing Jackson joins the fray
37 minutes Burgess lashed home his first goal for a year(?)
45 minutes Moore's strength in the middle results in a ball to Jackson duly delivered into area where Broadband arrived to give us a 3 goal lead.

HT exchanged messages with friends around the ground, including one who's mother had passed away last week. Condolences again, you know who you are.
I messaged; it's Wednesday, it's the championship, job not yet done.

But that didn't take long did it?

The 48th minute applause assisted a goal confusing and confounding the opposition as the boys in blue worked their magic and Hutchinson puts us 4 up.

Cue exodus from away end.
Those that remained for loud as they made a bid for best away fans of the srason... Only to be cruelly silenced by our own Iraqi weapon of mass destruction.

80 minutes; great Sarmiento effort saved AAH follows in.

90 minutes Hutchinson unselfish squares to AAH and we score 6 for first time league for ages, ok for first time this league season.
Apparently he's played 108 minutes of football for us, has 4 goals, one every 27 minutes. Bonkers!

Being churlish;-
Ref - no booking for Bannon, Hutchinson booked for excellent tackle
Players trying to set up Hutchinson for hat trick rather than score themselves

This squad, these days!

Game over and a visit to SBR statue to meet up the boys from Beds and StevieH who lives in Rotherham these days - how many membership points? 25+ isn't it?

Then up to Ipswich hospital to see Snr, other than the fact he's now deaf and doesn't have his hearing aids, and now has a new hip. He's strong and healthy.

Whilst there get a message from a friend, someone I've known since the age of 3, he's on a cancer ward elsewhere in the hospital, so go and visit him. Turns out Allan Hunter is in next room. He would have appreciated Burgess' performance today.

So here we are 2nd, until Leeds hammer Millwall later today to regain GD. Plan for the worst, hope for the best.

One. Game. At. A. Time

But as it stands, there's only one manager to win two promotions with Ipswich. He has a statue outside the ground. Back to back promotions not enough to earn a statue, but if I live to see a statue for McKenna, the years in between will have been fecking amazing.

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