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|Town to Host Wigan Athletic on Opening Day|
It really isn't the same seeing fixtures without being able to think about going to matches. Hopefully we can get to watch some live football at some point this year.
|Jackson: Best Win of the Season|
I thought Jackson was very good yesterday, worked hard and delivered good balls from wide positions. If only he had a better first touch and more composed finishing, but then he would be too good for us.
|Roberts: First Town Goals Are a Confidence Booster|
He might be nowhere near our best XI but it's hard not to like Jordan Roberts reading this, seems well balanced and aware that even as a squad player he has a role. He works hard for the team too, whichever team that is, so nice to see him get a couple of goals.
|Chambers: My Lowest Point in Football|
I'm glad Chambers has been at the club this season, it's been an utter disaster but strong characters who understand the club and the fans are essential.
|Town to Host Homeless Fundraiser|
Good. This is the sort of public community statement that we haven't seen enough of in recent years. If a football club is to matter then it should look to make a difference in it's community - that's a benefit, and something to be proud of the club for, irrespective of what happens on the pitch.
|Marcus Evans Needs Our Support Not to Be Hounded Out|
Afternoon Doctor Pangloss.
Evans ownership has been poor. It's not about money, the club could be much better run than it is on the same budget. There has never been a football strategy beyond getting the first-team manager to out-perform the budget. That leads to big changes when a new manager comes in, and the farce of last Summer where good Championship players were replaced with half a team of lower league signings. On their own perhaps most of those players might have stepped up, but collectively it was too much.
The very obvious state of the ground - North Stand roof, peeling paint on metalwork etc - is symptomatic of an owner cutting every corner but storing up longer-term problems as poor maintenance results in greater costs for the club.
In eleven years Evans has failed to communicate openly with fans, not even the tame local press (with the exception of one Patridgesque effort from Nigel Pickover). Where are the efforts to make use of Portman Road outside of match days, other clubs - Colchester for example - do a much better job of this bringing in additional revenue.
So, Evans should be criticised, questions need to be asked about his ownership and his exit strategy as he clearly wants to sell the club. They are particularly pertinent now with relegation very likely.
That said, I see little point in protests at matches whilst the season is still live. That will just create division in the stands when the team could really use our support.
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