I have supported Town since my Uncle used to take me and I had to stand on a crate to see over the wall. He died young whilst holidaying in Australia. We had rosettes and them bloody awful spinning clacker thingies in those days.
I buried my first dog in my favourite Ipswich scarf when I was a teen and refused to go to my sisters wedding unless they let me wear my scarf. Apparently I was a bit sulky in my punk teens.
When my mum died fairly recently I cleared her house and found a teddy wearing my old shrunken FA cup shirt.
I have had a season ticket in the lower north stand for most if my adult life all bar a period when I played rugby on a saturday. (still remember being in the rugby clubhouse and seeing the man utd nine nil score coming up on the TV. I was too far away to see the actual score but they had spelt nine in brackets so I knew it wasn't going to be good). My view from the lower tier is a bit naff as I don't always know how exactly a goal at the other end has been scored, just that the net has moved so it must have gone in. I could move but I don't because its just what I have always done.
As s tradesman I work in a dusty environment, however I have an inherited lung problem that I manage ok but will not improve with age. I have now been informed both my knees are damaged and will require surgery at some point. Again I'm managing it but again its only going to get worse.
I have another ten years until retirement which is not going to be fun if I get there and can't breath or walk properly.
I sadly have had to make the decision to change jobs with effect from January. I have been offered a good job which I'm sure I can excel at as I have never been one to shirk long hours and studying.
Heres the downer. The job requires me to work five Saturdays out of six. I could probably just get to evening games if I go direct from work.
Knowing this was a possibility I was looking around me at the last game trying to justify my decision. Ok the football has been pretty poor for most of the last decade. But I don't support Town expecting to win every game. I will save on a season ticket. The ticket price isn't actually that bad though. I don't even know many of the people around me, just a knowing nod and grumble that we are all wishing for the same thing. I will.miss meeting mates at the Bull before kick off.
Well that's me. A ticket that doesn't get renewed and someone will assume I have just given up going. I will miss it even though it makes no sense to my wife. Hopefully I will excel at my job and be able to negotiate a couple of extra Saturdays off.
Enjoy your Saturdays as they may be out of your control one day.
Give yourselves a bit of extra time today. The main approach road to Southend is a traffic nightmare. I used to play Rugby there and the games regularly kicked off late due to opposition under estimating the time to get there. Also the route in and out has more traffic cameras than I have seen in any stretch of road so you can't make up any time. Enjoy the match. I wont be singing as in with the home fans.
Watching Burnley v Man City and find it quite funny their fans are complaining about City time wasting after they were doing exactly the same when it was 0-0. And last week Burnley did nothing but time waste at Chelsea albeit it kept them in the division.
I get it that they are playing City so its all about defending, however they are boring to watch but I do envy the fact that they can defend in numbers which is something we are incapable of for some time now.
Having watched the thousands of hero's running the London marathon for multitudes of charities, I then read the above link about hunters paying thousands to shoot captive lions so that they can have their pictures taken with the dead animal.
I could sort of understand killing an animal to feed the family. But how pathetic are some people. Do they think this is an act of bravery. Give some of the money to a worthy charity instead.
Just a general observation. Who made the decision last night to shut many of the bars in the North Stand. The queues at half time were horrid. I went to the upstairs bars also and they were packed also. Many of us gave up trying to get a drink or food as the match had restarted.
I get that attendances have dropped but the catering at Portman Road is a nightmare.
Can you remember a worse season for ineffective set pieces. There was a time when our defenders would contribute around five goals each from corners alone. Chambers has had at least three relatively free headers in recent weeks and not one has even tested the keeper. Norwich are known for conceeding from set pieces but we never even looked like getting on the end of a cross.
Clearly there is a good player in the making but I am concerned about his football intelligence. Didnt we sub him a few weeks ago because he had lost his head and was on the brink of a red card. Then against Nodge he comes on and wipes out their player. Could have been a red if we had any of the refs from previous four games. That would have killed any chance of a comeback as we were still in the match at that point. It reminded me of Hyam who would come on and immediately get a yellow for a poor tackle. Hope someone in the club has a word with him as pointless cards will ruin his progress.
Were clearly going down as weve not shown any sort of form all year. We now have an over bloated team full of loans cost costing money which in retrospect is now wasted.
Wouldnt it be better to start working with building for next season with the youth and some of hursts players. Problem is what do you do with all the loans that clearly wont be here next season. Judge looked ok, but unless there is any chance he will be here next year is it just now getting in the way of seeing who to keep or offload.