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Supporters ask to support. Make PR difficult for opposition.
at 05:19 24 Feb 2024

We’ve shown all season that when we really stick together, when we really stick to the plan, when we really impose our atmosphere and our energy as much as we can on the opposition and when we really stick together when games aren't going our way, that we can be a really formidable opponent.

Our manager, 2024

Supporters you decide whether to help make PR a formidable place to come or whether we finish with a moan grown and whimper.
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Predictions: 8 games to the end of Feb
at 07:32 3 Jan 2024

Sunderland H
Leicester City A
Rotherham United H
Preston North End A
West Bromwich Albion H
Millwall A
Swansea City A
Birmingham City H

16 points
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Best home game of 2023
at 09:06 31 Dec 2023

There are so many to choose from.

Plymouth seemed like a turning point having come out of sticky December to then begin putting down performances against the form teams. Charlton 6:0 was fun, Port Vale 2:1 was important but Exeter was mad. This season, Nodge was bouncing before but not the result, whereas Blackburn and Hull for coming though the challenges, and Cov for that goal.

I’m still on Exeter for the all round experience.
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ITFC squad depth and current state
at 07:01 30 Dec 2023

It should be no surprise to anyone that a newly promoted side hasn’t had the time to reassemble its squad to ensure championship quality and depth.

In the context of how the main starter-finisher squad has performed expectations have rightly risen. They have been nothing short of amazing. But why the outrage at sub performance when the squad is relied upon? PR and wider itfc fan club needs to refind its support for the cause pretty quickly as Leicester and Soton are waiting for no one.

This part of the starter finisher squad works, 19 players, those with brackets work when limited to single changes unlike last night as part of significant rotation.

Hladky, Walton, Clarke, Williams, Wolf, Tuanzebe, Burgess, (Edmundson), Leif, Morsy, Taylor, Luongo, (Ball), Burns, (Hutch), Chaplin, Harness, Broadhead, Hirst.

Fit and firing that’s not bad place to be, however going forward and in midfield Hirst, Broadhead, Chaplin, Burns, Morsy all have no equal in the squad. At the back Leif has no equal. 5 of those 6 didn’t start last night.

In the wider squad we have real challenges

Ladapo, Jackson, Donacien, Evo is where this current 25 looks to be struggling. Evo injured and the others will not be making the jump mainly in critical attacking and high intensity positions.

Over to you Mark Ashton.






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Let’s talk about winning games not promotion
at 13:01 24 Dec 2023

I understand why, and why not enjoy this time but the talk of promotion is very premature.

I preferred going into games hoping we could play well and get something from the game. There are a few people now talking like it’s a full gone conclusion. It is near certain that Leeds and Southampton are going to be very good in the second half of the season and we will have to be very good to earn each and every result.

Every song seems to include a promotion or win the league verse.

Let’s focus on winning each game and worry later about what might be in May!
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Looking back to threads from May
at 11:44 18 Aug 2023

There was a particular thread, 04 May about what we need this summer.

In summary, our summer business has been much aligned with my expectations, both in positions and maintaining continuity, which brings me to the main point.

How were other’s expectations so far misaligned with mine in terms of expecting big money signings? I appreciate others are way more ITK than me, but it never felt like big change was a sensible course. We may still buy another player or two but maximising the current talents this season and building from there into next has always looked like the progress path.

In May, I said, I would have thought leavers will be (not correct on all).

Coleman and Vlad (Yes, ok Vlad was obviously happy to play his no2 role and is now getting minutes)
Keogh
KVY
Camara loan for football and possibly Evo
Aluko (no but he has his value)
Jackson (no and loads said on this but so far so good this season)

Assume we keep
Luongo
Hirst
TJJ (not totally out of the picture but looking less likely)

Incoming
GK (Yes)
LCD possibly RB (Not yet)
2 x CM one is Luongo (Yes)
RAMf (Yes)
Striker/10 Hirst and TJJ (Yes/ Not yet)
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The squad today
at 05:50 8 Jul 2023

23 is the magic number,
22 if Hayes is swapped for the new <21 City Slicker.

Now we know the intention for Baggot, Camera, and Piggy there is

-space for 2 incomers (unless <21 permanent signing), or
-space for 3 with a change at GK cover as looks likely.

Limitations of squad:
-Short in CDf,
-Short on rotation quality in Attacking positions,
-1 genuine Striker on our books.

Unless they offer more, Edwards and Jackson must come under real pressure by Jan, if not already the case? A few months in the Championship might add a little value for trading purposes assuming they can’t cut it. If they do, that’s great. I’m expecting serious upgrades here, if we add a loan or permanent their game time probably reduces.

This is our back up and finisher group

2 Vlad (gk), Hayes (gk)
1 Edmundson,
2 Donacien, Leigh
3 Evans, Ball, Luongo
4 Jackson, Edwards, Aluko, Harness

Humphries (U21)

First XI as it stands today, this looks good on paper

1 Walton (gk)
2 Woolfenden, Burgess
2 Clarke, Davis
2 Morsy, Taylor
3 Burns, Chaplin, Broadhead
1 Ladapo
[Post edited 8 Jul 2023 6:18]
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Back in the Championship. Fixture release day is here…
at 07:27 22 Jun 2023

Looking to

First day, first home game, Christmas, Easter and Final day.

Games:-

Nodge home and away

Leicester
Leeds
Southampton

Sunderland away - Newcastle weekender

Boro - the KMcK battle of ex Utd coaches (possible Newcastle weekender)

Blackburn Rov, Bristol City, Coventry, Plymouth away - Not been to these grounds

Sheff Wed - would love it if we beat them at Hillsborough!

That’s about it!


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Comparing now with the team of 2018/19
at 07:12 18 Jun 2023

…. now we can see where it all went wrong!

This was our Aug opening game squad versus BR at home.

In fairness, there was a sprinkling of talent in there, but it was a shocker, a mashup squad. This group managed 5 wins all season ffs. It infuriates to reflect back.

I don’t know whether there is a team as bad as this in the current Champ?

We now have a team, squad that’s actually focused, with leaders in the board room, on the coaching staff, a captain and others through the pitch. Compare captains then and now, the proverbial good guy with loads of time for people off the pitch versus warrior leader of men with delivery on the pitch!

I’m counting only Bart as an equal versus today starting XI. Whilst Chalobah and Downes have obviously gone on to greatness, they were still raw talents back then compared with the players we have now in those positions.

The Formidable bench is a place where we can improve but it compares favourably now to then, this summer is important to improve our starting XI and will mean players the likes of Donacien, Leigh, Ball, Ladapo, Harness and potentially some of last seasons starting XI players can come off the bench or back up for injuries compared with Roberts, Kenlock and Morris.

The spineless relegation squad

Bart

Spence
Donacien
Chambers
Knudsen

Skuse
Chalobah
Downes

Edwards
Harrison
Sears

The Formidable Bench

Gerken
Roberts
Dozzell
Edun
Kenlock
Wolf
Morris

[Post edited 18 Jun 2023 14:40]
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Day 2
at 07:45 1 May 2023

Does Wolf still have a hangover? I’m not feeling 100% myself!
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The legacy of Marcus Evans
at 07:24 1 May 2023

An [crossed out - small blot -] unwelcome blot on the history books. Now corrected.

But what is the actual legacy? I can only see two things, a small one and a massive one.

1-SeatGeek - it has survived everything
2-New owners, with cash to invest and they get football and how to create and extract value - we are on our way, presumably the value side will become more and more important as the Championship is a quick way to lose a lot of money but I will forever be grateful to ME for finding this new ownership group and for season we are being gifted.
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Focus on the next game
at 05:36 12 Apr 2023

Unless you are in someway part of scenario planning at ITFC. It’s good to be excited by what is playing out at itfc, its been long enough, its great to think about what might be in a few weeks time, it’s interesting to speak of points predictions but more than that is getting way to far ahead.

All attention should be on beating Charlton. If we do that we can speak of the next game. If we don’t win the next game, what then? all previous predicts are off. The more people speak of games and results that are to come the more disappointed everyone is for the next game ahead of that. No matter the result in the next game we have cup finals in each of our final games, isn’t that enough to look forward to!?

Each game at this stage is a one off, won lost drawn on its own merit. Long form counts for little.

Itfc was in a situation ahead of Cheltenham, people were speaking of winning every game until the end of the season, now we have to get back on the bike and finds ways to beat the next team.

How will people react when we ‘only’ make the playoffs?

This was the most likely outcome in Jan/Feb. It’s still a legitimate way for us to be promoted.

If we make the automatic places, awesome, we will all be celebrating but we know there is a lot of football to be played between now and May.

I’m sticking with OGAAT.
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April points predictions
at 07:10 26 Mar 2023

8 games. 4 home, 4 away. 2 of the top 6 as it stands, 2 top 6 contenders. 4 in the top 10 as it stands.

Derby a
Wycombe h
Cheltenham a
Charlton h
Port Vale h
Peterborough a
Barnsley a
Exeter h

For playoff form we need only to win our remaining home games and grad a couple of draws to keep that all ticketing over. But we don’t want ticking over! We need about 20 points to put any kind of pressure on Plymouth and keep Barnsley behind us.

I can find the 5 wins; Derby with us returning from cold, Peterborough after a tough few weeks followed by Barnsley a few days later are all much harder to call. It’s likely to be the same for all finishing up their remaining games. We have the squad.

Why can’t we take 2 more wins and a draw on top, therefore remaining unbeaten in April.

22 points in April takes us to 97 points…

Dare to dream.
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March points prediction
at 08:15 26 Feb 2023

3 home games, 2 away games. This is the business end of the season. Maintaining an unbeaten run would really set things up but I would take a narrow loss away versus a point if it means winning all others. I’m going positive, 4 wins, 12 points. 9 points will only keep us in the hunt 13 and we are rocking into April!

Let’s do this.
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Forecasting the end of season
at 14:00 21 Feb 2023

There are 14 games to go ahead of the playoffs.

I’m speculating that we end on 85-88 points. If we do that we will have had decent season and over the 46 games we will have been only a few performances short of an automatic points position. 90 plus points looks a long way off for me at this stage but not impossible.

The play offs are a complete lottery. However I’m quite confident we will show up and that could be our route out of this league.

Lots of work between now and then but for anyone that can remember the last play offs it is a proper rollercoaster! Supporters will have to play their part.
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How do ignore posts from someone I dislike?
at 18:11 14 Feb 2023

This is a public service:

Underneath the the person's avatar, you'll see an icon . If you click that, it adds them to your ignored list. You can view your ignored list on your profile settings, and remove anyone you want to give a second chance to.

No I was right the first time. It really is a sound way to experience proper content on this mb.
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February points prediction
at 06:56 2 Feb 2023

(Understatement) This is an important month! Off the back of Dev-Jan where we have not collected the points we would have hoped. Form is steady to improving. A sequence of 5 games, Saturday-Tuesday fixtures, a cup game, and 3 league away games.

Cambridge United A
Burnley (FAC R4r) A
Sheffield Wednesday H
Bristol Rovers A
Forest Green Rovers H
MK Dons A

Im predicting 11 points, it would be a decent return but it would be helpful to have a good run collecting at over 2.5ppg! 13 points could build real momentum .

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Who is or was Edward Ebeneezer Jeremiah Brown?
at 07:06 14 Jan 2023

Lyrics

MY NAME IS EDWARD EBENEEZER JEREMIAH BROWN
I'M A FOOTBALL SUPPORTER OF IPSWICH TOWN,
WHEREVER THEY PLAY
YOU'LL FIND ME,
I HAVENT MISSED A GAME SINCE I WAS 3
WITH MY SCARF AND MY RATTLE AND MY BLUE ROSETTE
SIGNING WHERE WAS THE GOALIE WHEN THE BALL WENT IN THE NET
FOLLOW THE TOWN
UP OR DOWN
I'M EDWARD EBENEEZER - JEREMAIH BROWN
BUT EVERYBODY CALLS ME TED!


But is it who was he?
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