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|Watching the BBC re-run of the 1990 WC semi-final earlier.|
at 19:54 12 Apr 2020
Knew exactly what was going to happen of course, yet I was feeling really tense throughout, as if I was watching it live and wasn't aware what was going to happen. Perhaps I've been denied football for too long!
That was the first World Cup I remember watching and having not watched my first Town match until 1987 when I was 9 it was the first time that I experienced firsthand the extreme emotions that football can induce. I was properly hooked after that!
|What's the ultimate aim with all these measures?|
at 19:07 16 Mar 2020
Not just here, but worldwide. This isn't a criticism as its clear we have to do all we can to slow the growth of it. But surely eventually everything and everyone is going to have to come out of isolation and aren't we just going to be met with the same risk? There isn't likely to be a vaccine until next year, so this isolation won't eradicate it.
Is it just that once enough people have had it and become self-immune (as I understand it) that it would be easier to control. Surely we can't go on like this until a vaccine?
|With the caveat that football very much isn't the main issue of coronavirus...|
at 17:19 13 Mar 2020
...and that the decision to suspend football is entirely the right on in the circumstances, it is another depressing aspect of arguably the most depressing season of football I can ever recall.
Although if we were having a good season I'd probably be even more upset from a footballing perspective!
I really hope it helps stem the spread of the disease.
|This club is doomed.|
at 17:19 7 Mar 2020
We've just lost at home to Coventry with a whimper whilst giving it a go for maybe half an hour. Yet some are talking as if we've narrowly lost to Liverpool.
at 18:14 29 Feb 2020
Lambert goes. Evans finds a buyer.
Neither is going to happen.
Therefore, our only hope of salvaging anything from this season is to beat Fleetwood on Tuesday which would take us above them, 2 points behind play-offs (albeit teams above with games in hand).
I know it is all over but its a slither of hope. Anything less than a win and that really is the very end.
|Dear Paul Lambert...|
at 17:07 22 Feb 2020
...if you do just one thing with this team, make it shooting practice. Twelve hours a day, every day between now and next Saturday. Pathetic for professional footballers.
|I just can't fathom...|
at 15:55 22 Feb 2020
...how professional footballers at such a high level - and it is a high level in the scheme of things - are so incapable of getting a shot on target so many times. It's dreadful. Chance after chance after chance. Some difficult but many pretty straightforward opportunities. Honestly, WTF is up with them? Do they not practice shooting in training. It is appalling.
at 23:39 11 Feb 2020
My eldest is thirteen and really getting into going to the football. Even though the atmosphere is nothing like many of us remember it, he loves that he can so somewhere and shout and sing and basically act in a way that he’s not allowed to anywhere else.
We took my middle son to his first match when we played Blackpool and he ended up loving it and he wants to go again. We’ve got Bolton on his sixth birthday pencilled in (his only really gripe was how cold it was when we went in November, so we’re waiting until its hopefully warmer!) as his next game.
Their younger brother is not yet four but is kicking a football around.
I want them to grow up and make happy memories of watching Ipswich Town play and yet I’m torn as I really don’t want anything more to do with this club whilst those in charge rip its soul out. I’m too young to remember the glory days of Sir Booby, but my late uncle who took my brother and me to our first games when we were young went from when he was a little boy when the team first got promoted to the Football League and told so many exciting tales of those days and when Sir Alf was in charge. I still got to see promotion under John Lyall in my early seasons of going along, enjoyed that first spell in the Premier League, the days of Burley, especially that day at Wembley though. I want that for my boys and even hoped that they might get a little bit of that this season with promotion. But I fear that they will never experience that joy or that by the time such joy comes round to us again they will have lost interest, never getting that hook so many of us were lucky enough to have to keep us interested. I’m only 41, but I sometimes wonder if I will ever get that joy with ITFC again.
We are just in footballing black hole, where the joy and hope has been completely and utterly sucked out.
I despise what Marcus Evans has done to this club. Yes he may have kept us afloat, but I’m beginning to wonder what for. If we’re just going to limp on like this, slowly dying as a football club, then he might as well not have bothered.
I really hope this is an overreaction to a tedious 0-0 draw, but in the context of what has gone before, it seems to confirm that we’re going nowhere this season. If we’re still in League One at the end of May, we’re here – or even lower – for years to come. Ipswich Town – and the joys it could’ve given – will be lost to a generation and a generation will be lost to Ipswich Town. I fear where that will lead us.
|Apart from Sunderland...|
at 20:49 11 Feb 2020
...all the results essentially seem to be going our way or at least better than I could've hoped. With Coventry and Portsmouth playing each other, a win would get us back in the play-off positions. I really hope we come out and go for it, bombard them until the goals come.
However, I think we all know that the opposite will be true.
|What happens if Evans dies?|
at 18:10 8 Feb 2020
Before I continue, that's not a wish, but it just struck me. Are we then just owned by his company and would they keep putting money in without him there? Would it be easier to sell the club or harder?
at 17:35 8 Feb 2020
...would it have been better if Evans hadn't bought the club in 2007 and we'd just gone out of business? We could've built a new club by now and probably be in a better position by now.
Obviously no one at the time would've suggested such a thing and of course there's no guarantee that a phoenix club would've risen from the ashes, but it just feels that the last thirteen years have been completely wasted, a slow death when we could have had a quicker, cleaner one back then.
|We didn't really need to do much in these three games.|
at 19:32 1 Feb 2020
Don't lose against Rotherham, Peterborough or Sunderland. Mick Mills was right. Three draws would've been fine. If we'd drawn these last two we'd still be 2nd. We can't even manage that.
|Ultimately, we can't shoot and that's what will cost us.|
at 17:16 1 Feb 2020
Forget the dreadful defence and goalkeeping today which isn't entirely typical of our season. And generally the possession and passing is better. But 2 shots on target from 8 compared to Peterborough's 8 shots on target from 11 tells you why they were such comfortable winners. How many times - including right at the start of this match - are we on top and yet don't take advantage of it?
I just can't fathom why people who are paid disproportionately amounts of money for being able to kick a football in the right direction should struggle so much at hitting a target as big as a goal net. Compare it to the composure Peterborough had up front - especially that third goal - and that is why they will finish above us.
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