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|Sorry to those of you that were around in 1978, but the FA Cup is pointless...|
at 13:00 11 Nov 2019
You may well be infuriated to hear younger fans say that, after all the FA Cup brought this club one of its most famous days. Year after year we laud it over Norwich that we have this "prestigious" trophy, when the best they can muster up is a Milk Cup.
I was born in 1991, so never experienced the joy of following a side that won this competition, competed in Europe or were in the upper echelons of the top division. It's hard to imagine Ipswich Town as one of the very best in the land.
My only experience of anything that resembled success was our glorious play-off victory in 2000, and the subsequent European journeys we experienced not long after. Alun Armstrong (it was nice to see him in MOTD yesterday) scoring that magnificent winner agains Inter Milan goes down as one of the best days I ever had supporting the Town.
I'm sure that pales into insignificance for any town fan who started supporting them 20 years before I did. Lifting the FA Cup at Wembley must have been incredible to witness.
Yet, in the context of where we are now, the FA Cup is a pointless distraction. Little more than a friendly. An unnecessary risk to the fitness of our key players.
Why though? Well, put simply we have absolutely zero chance of winning it. Reaching the third round is a possibility, reaching the fourth and fifth rounds is decidedly unlikely. What's the best we can realistically hope for? A cup run, only to be humiliated by Manchester City when we reach a stage of the competition that is way out of our depth? Perhaps a third round match away to Reading, who we've played a million times in the last decade but could have the chance to remind us once again that we're not yet ready for Championship football...
The financial reward is minimal too. For competing in round one, the pot is £36,000... just over a week's wages for Luke Garbutt. Round two it's not a lot better - £54,000, merely 10% of what we paid for our right-back this summer. So no incentive there either.
For me, and most fans I should imagine, the priority is to get promoted from League One and back into the Championship. Maybe next year the FA Cup can take on more significance, especially if we find ourselves in mid-table in the Championship with little to play for.
I get that a cup run can galvanise a team, but why not prioritise one we have a genuine chance in - The EFL Trophy? A trip to Wembley would be wonderful. Lambert hasn't given that much priority so far either, but perhaps if we reach the knockout stages he will view it as a genuine opportunity to get a piece of silverware for his CV, and make the proverbial silk purse out of the sow's ear that has been supporting Ipswich Town in recent seasons.
Paul Lambert was absolutely right to make wholesale changes at the weekend in my opinion. We'd have been devastated if Norwood, Jackson, Garbutt or Skuse had suffered a season ending injury in a tournament we had little hope of advancing far in. I say wrap them in cotton wool and keep them safe for the more important league fixtures.
With everything I've just said, I don't mean any disrespect to our illustrious history and the competition that gave us our finest hour, but right now, where we are as a club and the absolutely massive job Lambert has on his hands to get us back to the Championship... I say let us just have a year off from this one.
|Blog ||The Story Behind the Billy Kee Banner|
at 18:07 22 Oct 2019
Sunday's defeat to Accrington Stanley was the first real low point of what has been a fantastic season following Ipswich Town. The performance on the field was nowhere near the standards we'd expect of a team that was flying high at the top of the table.
|Can anyone here make a banner?|
at 09:54 18 Oct 2019
There’s been a discussion going on one of the ITFC fan pages on Facebook about producing a banner for Sunday’s game to show solidarity with Accrington’s Billy Kee who is currently undergoing treatment for depression, anxiety and bulimia. If it goes ahead it will really show ITFC fans in the best light.
Fans have come up with the slogan: “BILLY KEE. YOU ARE NOT ALONE.”
So I’d like to ask if anyone on here has the facilities to produce such a banner?
|January transfer policy|
at 15:33 12 Oct 2019
What should our approach be?
- Sign young promising players that can have a chance to prove themselves at a lower level before making the step up to the Championship next season
- Sign reliable League One pros who will help ensure we get across the line
- Splash out on quality Championship Standard players with a view to really pushing on next season
- Or is there something else?
|Relegation was a mistake...|
at 15:10 18 Sep 2019
Shouldn't have happened. Can't work out why it happened. All just one massive mistake that shouldn't have happened. We're far too good for this level of football, and we've not even found our stride yet.
|This year's home shirt|
at 14:44 12 Sep 2019
Is it one of the best this club has ever had? I'm a big fan of it.
|Norwich City Adverts|
at 12:34 4 Sep 2019
Phil mate, what's going on...? Norwich City adverts on this website? I take it they're from Google and you have little control, but thought I'd make you aware!
|Line-up for game against Salty Town FC?|
at 22:09 29 Aug 2019
Don't expect many changes for this one, apart from in central defence:
Still can't help but think there's a better system to get Judge more involved though....
|Scunthorpe fan perspective on Hurst...|
at 09:55 25 Aug 2019
“I wasn’t impressed with Hursts post game interview . Saying Hammil won’t play at the club anymore? What the heck just because he showed passion and was mad he got taken off? Hurst doesn’t talk with any enthusiasm or passion - slagging off the players doesn’t help with team morale. Why don’t McAtee or Hallam play ? It’s not looking good - how many more losses before he’s gone.”
|Where do we need to strengthen most now?|
at 00:04 25 Aug 2019
I think most of us will agree that Lambert has now assembled a squad that is good enough to get us out of this division. Whether he’s worked out his strongest XI remains to be seen yet, but it’s been a positive summer’s business.
But there’s always room to improve. And with half an eye on January, I’m wondering what we think is the area that most needs attention now?
I was tempted to say left back. But aside from Kenlock, you could have either Garbutt or Georgiou there, so is that a priority?
Maybe centre back? Chambers and Wilson aren’t the long term answer, but we do have good options in Woolfenden and Nsiala.
Interested to know what everyone thinks.
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