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Best side on paper
at 07:35 19 Sep 2019

Keane needs to play a lot more games and prove his fitness until I would start him as a matter of course. Feel almost the same about Huws.

We have superior personnel compared to most other teams in this division. What we need now is a settled side to work together, understand each others' games and show some more fluency and understanding.

I'd be starting the following ongoing for the next 4/5, injuries permitting.

Holy
KVY Chambers Woolfenden Garbutt
Downes Skuse Nolan
Judge
Norwood Jackson

Norris
Nsiala
Kenlock
Huws
Georgiou
Edwards
Keane

Dozzell is a conundrum. He simply hasn't shown enough to be among our first 18 at this stage. He's had a few opportunities, but hasn't come anywhere near taking them.
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Lambo
at 09:59 16 Sep 2019

So, 9 of their players have played in every league game this season - so all of these were there/available from day one. Meanwhile, 7 of our players have featured in all our 7 games.

Is that enough to make a big difference? Don't know...
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Lambo
at 09:19 16 Sep 2019

The issue for me is we're still trying to integrate so many players.

On Saturday, there were:
> 3 starting, 3 on the bench who weren't here last season.
> 5 starting who didn't play in our first match of the season.
> so far 17 players have started for us, another 5 have been on the bench - in just 7 league matches.

Donny looked like a team which was well drilled, familiar with each other, all playing to a familiar formation etc etc. In the three games I've seen this season, we've consistently looked to have the better personnel (barring a couple of their players on Saturday), but haven't looked as cohesive as a unit. Occasionally it is clicked - for instance Flynn's goal vs the Shrews. But hopefully, we will begin to look more like a team as the weeks pass by. The only worry is that we are relying on having better players to get us through against better drilled teams. That may work for a while, but it won't see us through to promotion this season imho.
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This year's home shirt
at 13:49 13 Sep 2019

When you work with a big brand like Adidas, you tend to lose out in terms of uniqueness. You tend to get their template designs.

But on the flipside, the finish and design quality is generally much better.

The exception (on the design front) was last season's absolutely disgusting effort. The worst kit we've ever had imho. Kids pyjamas...
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This year's home shirt
at 08:56 13 Sep 2019

The greatest of all time.
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Best Suffolk Area/Village to live in
at 15:38 12 Sep 2019

The fish and chips isn't as good as they were. The chippie in the middle certainly isn't.

It's a fishing village, relatively unspoilt, the light is beautiful - plus it has loads of great memories for me personally.
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Best Suffolk Area/Village to live in
at 14:18 12 Sep 2019

Aldeburgh is one of my favourite places in the world. Would love to live there...

But then I'm one of these London types who are no doubt ruining the place for the locals.
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Anyone ever sued a surgeon/hospital?
at 14:11 12 Sep 2019

You really should stop worrying about the hospital, surgeon, NHS in all this. I certainly wouldn't look upon this as being an action against the surgeon either - he obviously didn't do anything deliberately, may well have been at the end of a 15 hour shift (for all we know) and under immense pressure, as is typical these days.

In all likelihood, you will be taking action against the NHS trust (presuming it was and NHS hospital and not private) and I'd imagine they'd either have cover for any legal proceedings launched against them or would factor any possible legal actions in their overall finances. Also, the kind of claim you may have is going to be relatively small beer relative to the turnover of a NHS Trust. The East Of England NHS Trust turned over £623m in its 2018/19 accounts.

There is some good advice on here to follow. I'd certainly pursue it.
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Somewhere to grab a cheap lunch near the ground?
at 13:58 12 Sep 2019

Nothing en route from the station to ground tbh. But I'd vouch for the Nelson or the Greyhound.

https://thenelsonipswich.co.uk/
http://thegreyhoundipswich.co.uk/
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Is it just me or are some L1 team's ticket prices just ridiculous?
at 19:18 10 Sep 2019

Ha. She’s been a fan for 40 years plus. The first game we went to at Portman Rd, she was in the away end, I was in the home. We won 3-0. I think George Graham was their manager at the time.

Funnily enough, we tend to crack the champagne open on weekends when Spurs and Town both win, while Arsenal and Norwich both lose. Remarkably that’s pretty rare. It happened on the weekend my 16yo was born - and has only happened once since...
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Is it just me or are some L1 team's ticket prices just ridiculous?
at 14:40 9 Sep 2019

But, of course, if price was the only, deciding factor nobody would ever travel to an away game.

My wife has a season ticket for Spurs. We live in London, so it costs her nothing to get there, but £50 per match. She maybe buys a coffee in the ground, but otherwise that's it.

In contrast, it costs me £17 per match for Portman Road, plus £25 travel to Ipswich. Once I've had 2/3 pints and something to eat, it costs more best part of £60-£70 for one League 1 football match.

But it's my team. So all worth it.
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Cowley Brothers on their way to Huddersfield
at 10:59 9 Sep 2019

Potentially good news for our promotion chase. Can't imagine Lincoln maintaining their challenge without the Cowleys.
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Is it just me or are some L1 team's ticket prices just ridiculous?
at 09:38 9 Sep 2019

But £20 to see the Gills...

As a sense-check, it was £20 in advance to see Leyton Orient in league 2 on Saturday, £22 on the day.
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Model of Beattie Statue Unveiled
at 13:59 6 Sep 2019

There must be a way of selling them for a price which works for a wider range of customer. A couple of years ago, the season ticket featured a really fabulous statue/model of our Suffolk Punch in silver/pewter (or something) which I also thought they could do more with.

Maybe, if models of the statues don't work, they could do more with images of these statues. We're very lucky to have them and they feel under-utilised as a possible revenue opportunity, to me.
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Model of Beattie Statue Unveiled
at 13:35 6 Sep 2019

Really fascinating piece. I share the general view on the facial likeness, but as the sculptor says, this isn't a priority at this stage.

That being the case, it looks fantastic. Really captures the power and movement of a superb player, in mid-air, which must be very difficult to capture. We're very lucky in having two excellent statues of Sir Alf and Sir Bobby. And this will be a fantastic addition.

One thing that I wish they would do is create mini versions which can be collected by fans. I would love to have Beat, Sir Alf and Sir Bobby on my mantlepiece. They'd look superb...
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The boy Dobra looks to be a bit of a baller
at 16:18 4 Sep 2019

His dad, Mr Dobra, call him “Dobs”?

That’s a bit weird...
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What will the crowd be Tuesday night? How many will Spurs bring?
at 16:01 3 Sep 2019

2,345.
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Mick Mills
at 11:01 2 Sep 2019

Any Town fan could not fail to agree with your last sentence, I suspect. He was Robson's lieutenant on the pitch, a constant from Robson's first year as our manager through to the last.

It is one of the only question marks for me surrounding the Beattie statue. The Beat was an immense player and, as the first player from that era that we have lost, there was understandable outpouring of emotion about his death last year. And, to be clear, I supported the statue and backed it by contributing to the fund.

But, Mills was as much of a colossus at the club, as was Wark. And the Dutchmen. Arguably also Ted and Ray. Mariner. Osborne, in his own way. All of them are genuine legends of Portman Road.

We are fortunate in having had a large number of huge players represent the club. I do worry how we are going to pay tribute to all of them.
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Tomorrow evening seems to be causing some confusion
at 09:47 2 Sep 2019

Just looked at the seating plan. You may not be far wrong. For a start, only one stand is fully open (the EoE stand) along with the SBR lower. If there are 1,000 tickets sold atm, I'd be surprised - especially given that you can't pay on the night.

They will close the SBRL for the next match if this is how it pans out.
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Tomorrow evening seems to be causing some confusion
at 09:45 2 Sep 2019

Because its one step towards *big* clubs being able to enter their b teams into the lower divisions.

All of the problems at Bury, Bolton, Oldham etc are not unconnected with all of this - the growing power and wealth of the big clubs, the declining fortunes of smaller clubs which are trying to keep up. The way things are going, we will see more clubs kicked out at the lower end of the 92, which will lead inevitably to calls for those places to be taken up by the second teams of Man City, Arsenal, Man Utd, Chelsea, Spurs, Liverpool etc etc.

Not to mention, of course, that allowing u-21 clubs into competitions like this is specifically designed to resolve a problem of their own making - their accumulation of far too bloated squads, packed out with players who (in previous) eras would have been signed by smaller clubs (eg. Crewe, Tranmere, Bury, Bolton) who would then benefit from selling those players on to bigger clubs. Its an eco system which is being disrupted by bigger clubs' plain greed.
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