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Youngsters breaking through - Next in line?
at 13:49 7 Jul 2020

The past few years we've seen the likes of Wolfie, Downes, Dozzell and Lankaster (albeit, fleetingly) massively involved in the first team.
More peripherally, we've seen Dobra, El Miz and McGavin used on the odd occasion.
And of course we've got Nydam coming back from injury.

Who's going to break through next season?
Losing a pet
at 13:31 27 Apr 2020

Our family golden retriever had been on the decline for a while. 14 so a good age for one. My mum had to make the decision to put him down today. We saw them on Saturday (walking distance and huge garden so social distance rules) and he didn't look good then and deteriorated on Sunday evening. Mum took him to the vet and they said he was not in a good way so she made the hard decision of euthanising him.

I knew it was coming. I spent most of my 20's on a Saturday early afternoon walking him with a stinking hangover. Without him I'd have just laid in bed nursing the effects. I'm gutted. He was the softest dog I've ever known and probably kept my sanity in check with all those walks. Was I walking him or was he there to walk me?

I'm stopping now as I can feel myself tearing up. Hope everyone stays safe.
Lambert and Evans' potential lifeline
at 08:29 10 Feb 2020

April onwards:

Sat 4 Apr 3:00pm Southend United H
Fri 10 Apr 3:00pm Bolton Wanderers H
Mon 13 Apr 3:00pm Shrewsbury Town A
Sat 18 Apr 3:00pm Rochdale H
Sat 25 Apr 3:00pm Doncaster Rovers A

Sun 3 May 12:00pm MK Dons

We've done reasonably well against sides in the lower half. The caveat here is these teams are going to be fighting tooth and nail to stay in the league. Interesting times.
5 years?!
at 22:11 1 Feb 2020

I can understand a contract extension. But 5 years seems absolutely ludicrous for someone who realistically has done nothing to convince me that he's done enough to deserve it. Loooking at results when he took over we only won against sh1te teams and a nothing game against Leeds. Then League 1 gives us wins against anyone not challenging and massively struggling against who is. Around the top of the league is good, don't get me wrong, but a 5 year contact stinks of someone who hasn't done anything exceptional and seems like a strange move to me. Frustrated at Evans' nativity, frustrated at Lambert. Sigh.
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Just verbally accepted a job
at 15:46 28 Jan 2020

I've been at my current place for around 14 years. Same role for 10. It's cushy and the holidays are good but the pay is medicore and I've just bought a house with Madge so some more money is needed.

Asked for it in writing so I can hand in my resignation which will be a sad day.

It's a nice 5.5k salary upgrade, free lunches, 38 days holiday, so, so many different progression routes, loads of training provided, yearly salary increase plus other perks.

I sat down shortly after New Year and really tweaked my CV and it's paid dividends.

It's going to be tough to say goodbye to my current work, but it's such a good opportunity.

All I need now is for an Ipswich win tonight! COYB!
Terry Connor
at 12:11 15 Jan 2020

Pretty sure he was at the game last night. Walked past us when were were going for some food! Was Judge the only Irishman playing last night?
Transfer window
at 19:46 31 Dec 2019

Who could potentially go?

Goalkeepers - Bart potentially goes on a permanent to Millwall. Think that would be it unless Norris goes back.

Defence - Wolf is the main worry. I can't see any bids coming in for anyone else unless Hurst decides he wants Nsiala again. We need a left back to free up Garbutt allowing him to move forward in my opinion.

Midfield - Potential offers for Downes. We have an abundance of other midfielders so some will have to go if we want anyone in. I don't want Downes to go.

Strikers - Realistically, I don't see us getting anyone. Norwood, Jackson, Sears and Keane is a more than capable strike force with Morris and Folami as backup.

Interesting times ahead!
at 19:50 26 Dec 2019

Done here?
Holy vs Norris
at 12:55 9 Dec 2019

Is Norris now going to get an extended run in the team?

Holy's on the back end of a wonder penalty save which pretty much saved us from defeat after generally playing quite well.

Appeasing Wolves, general rotation, dressing room problems, illness? What do we think?
What are you reading thread?
at 15:09 24 Sep 2019

I know there's a load of book readers here so thought we could have a regularly updated thread where we say what books we're reading. I've personally purchased books on recommendations from this forum before.

Having just finished 'The Drowners' by our own 'KTBlue', which I blitzed in bed on Saturday morning, I've not moved on to:

Easy to read. 6th book in the series. Kind of like the Jack Reacher novels but probably not as polished.
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at 09:11 19 Sep 2019

Lambert seems to have brought in a decent keeper at this level who seems to be improving as games go on. His kicking distance is ridiculous and I'd almost forgot that goal kicks can actually stay in play (as much as I love Bart, he was a rubbish kicker).

A slightly shakey start, but I feel he's really grown (no pun intended haha) into the role. Norris is going to have a tough time breaking into the starting line-up.

For a free at this level, I'm not sure we could of got much better. Same with Norwood - crazy that we paid nothing for him.
Mortgages and Gambling
at 20:16 3 Sep 2019

The Mrs and I are looking at getting a mortgage in the near future. The slight issue is that my last 3 months show quite a lot of betting activity and she went into her overdraft for approximately 10 minutes haha!

Both our accounts are generally very healthy and we have at least a third of a deposit depending on house price and can comfortably repay. We both have jobs which are very stable.

Are we screwed for a few months?
Oxford United
at 08:37 20 Aug 2019

They've signed some decent players. They've just got George Thorne on loan who is a bit like Huws in that he's been injured a lot but is quality if fit. Matty Taylor has come in on loan from Bristol City as well who should get 15+ goals in this league. Ben Woodburn from Liverpool is no silly loan, Alex Gorrin who we were apparantly linked with, Tariqe Fosu signed from Charlton, Elliot Moore on loan from Leicester. They've also got Jamie Mackie's experience.

The result against Blackpool at the weekend (2-1 Blackpool) was supposedly fortunate in Blackpool's favour with the manager even stating that they were very fortunate. He said that the chances were being created but that they needed a goalscorer which he's tried to rectify bringing Taylor in.

They really should be pushing top 6. Robinson is doing a pretty good job. Roll on November where I may be able to get some free tickets for the Kassam!
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Ankle instability
at 09:26 1 Jul 2019

Anyone experienced it? My right ankle has started to get worse over the past few months. GP first or straight to a sports physio/therapist?
The worst miss of all time...
at 00:06 8 Apr 2019

We have a winner:

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