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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.
|So once we've lost this one and lost against Sunderland next week...|
at 15:59 1 Feb 2020
...we'll have a lot of catching up to do. Play-offs seem to be beckoning and we're utterly incapable of beating anyone in the top eight that we don't stand a chance in those. FFS, we're going to be stuck in this division for years aren't we?
|Would've taken a draw beforehand...|
at 20:38 28 Jan 2020
...would definitely take one now! Only 1-0, but needs a massive turnaround to get anything from this or a considerable amount of luck.
at 15:39 18 Jan 2020
Why is it other teams score from almost their first chance, but us with all our 'quality' need ten to get on the scoresheet.
at 22:38 11 Jan 2020
I'm a big fan, he has changed the mentality of this club round and I appreciate he has a big project on here. But, please, just shut up, play the same team and system next game and let them get on with things.
at 16:32 29 Dec 2019
Getting back into the game, not taking advantage when on top.
[Post edited 29 Dec 2019 16:32]
|Early I know...|
at 15:14 29 Dec 2019
… but this already has the same feel as last season. We're behind and on the basis of current form I can't see us winning this. Why oh why Paul couldn't you just let the team get on with things when we had momentum a couple of months ago.
|Sad as it is to say...|
at 17:31 11 Dec 2019
...getting knocked out of the FA Cup per se doesn't bother me, especially this season when the league really has to be 100% our focus with the cups playing supporting roles where possible.
However, the way we got knocked out along with our recent form is beginning to worry me. It all reminds me too much of the 14/15 season. Around Christmas we'd reached 2nd and then things starting slipping. People started saying, "don't worry, we're still just a win behind the automatic spots", then "don't worry, we're only a couple of wins behind the automatic spots", then "don't worry, we're only a good run behind the automatic spots", then "don't worry, we're still in the play-off spots" and before we knew it we were out of them and frankly only got in them in the end because of Derby's last day implosion.
I get that we're 2nd and clear of 3rd with games in hand and that in itself is something to be pleased about, especially when you think about the shambles we were last season. Yet recently we were clear with 2 games in hand and within reach of Wycombe. Before that we were joint top with games in hand and before that clear at the top with games in hand.
We really have to nip this in the bud now. I don't agree with a lot of the doom and gloom around which I believe is out of proportion (at the mo), but I think its fair to question PL and keep him on his toes. With what we've shown so far, we out to go up with no trouble, but PL's rotation and the unnecessary international breaks have killed our momentum and we're really in danger of blowing this opportunity unless he swallows his pride and sticks with his best 11, week in, week out, within reason.
|0-0 against 12 men.|
at 21:59 26 Nov 2019
Not a bad result in the end. Important we didn't lose.
|I remember watching the TV as the Berlin Wall fell...|
at 21:51 20 Nov 2019
...Nelson Mandela being released from prison, Barack Obama becoming president, Leicester City winning the Premier League.
But who would ever have thought I'd live to see another Ipswich Town win in the FA Cup?
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