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Fraser: You’re Seeing Clips of What We Want to Be and What We Can Be
at 21:01:18

Edmundo, come now, Mr Hunt has some excellent ideas - taking on the Marxist Maoist National Trust over their shameless attempts to provide historical context, and demanding that all schools fly the Union Jack are EXACTLY the sort of things Ipswich needs right now to revive our high streets and provide are communities with a prosperous future.
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Morsy: We Let Ourselves Down
at 14:41:01

Should choose his words more carefully. I suspect he’s just given some great motivation to AS when they visit Portman Road later in the season. Not that they appear to need it - it’s us lot that need to find some fighting spirit….
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Cook is No Gamechanger
at 23:52:40

Personally I have misgivings about Cook - and his fundamental inability to sort out the defence. He's the anti-Mick M - who literally sorted out the basics within a week of joining us, but never made us entertaining to watch. Right now I'd take dull 1-0 wins any day of the week.
The article above is well written, and make some good points - but its appeal to 'reason', and civilised debate is somewhat compromised by dismissing those that disagree as 'happy clappers' over and over again. Sadly, rather like those dismissing others as 'woke' or 'snowflakes', the hypocrisy is missed...
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One Club, One Community, One Town - Notes for Bolton Wanderers
at 10:46:04

Am I the only one reading this and thinking we could do a Bolton this season - ie shocking start, despite the expectations, but then start to click and go on a run….
Hopefully starts today.
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One Club, One Community, One Town - Notes for Bolton Wanderers
at 10:44:13

Bert, think you may be getting confused with our other play-off nemesis of the 90s, Sheff Utd - with whom Taricco had a running battle with after he got once got Dane Whitehouse sent off with his classic sh1thousery. God love him. Good times.
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Cook: McCarthy So Complimentary About Celina
at 15:02:10

Play Celina more? He made 38 appearances that season - the only midfielder who made more was Cole Skuse (40). The only other midfielder who started more league games was Grant Ward.

But you know, 'facts' are so 20th century aren't they....!
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Cook: McCarthy So Complimentary About Celina
at 11:24:04

Massive pat on the back for MickM too - no doubt that part of Celina's positive experience last time was the culture and dressing room that was developed at that time. Really hope that he can have a similar major positive impact this time around...
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Morsy Confirmed as Final Signing of Window
at 22:32:34

Would agree with that team Europa - does make you wonder why we splashed the cash on Piggot, Fraser and Hladky not to mention signing Evans, Aluko, Penney, Carroll, Barrie etc - I guess we’re just going to have a very strong bench!!!
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Cheltenham Town 2-1 Ipswich Town - Match Report
at 22:10:40

Danny Cowley's laughing his tits off right now....
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Joining Town Keane's Biggest Regret
at 14:46:00

Just imagine if Magic (or even Mick) had been given the money to spend that he was...instead of wasting it on Lee Martin and Tamas Priskin...and flogging Rhodes for a pittance.
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One Club, One County - Notes for Newport County
at 10:25:39

F8cking hell this is a comprehensive scouting report - if you do this every week I'm going to have to spend a lot more time on this site (and the club will give you a job!). Top effort.
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Cowley: Jacobs Has Been “Mucked Around, Messed Around” By Town
at 10:20:49

I suspect that if Portsmouth did this to one of our players then we would be slagging them off right royally.
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Town Closing in On Aluko Signing
at 18:26:44

So we’ve now got Piggot, Bonne, Fraser, Norwood, Dobra, Aluko, Jacobs, Barry, Norwood and Jackson to play up front or No.10, for a guy that prefers a lone striker (that’s 10 players). And at centre back we have just Nsiala, Wolf and and Edmondson. I’m trying not to worry here, but our recruiting seems to be rather unbalanced to say the least. As others are saying hopefully our 3-3-4 formation this season will be entertaining at least!
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Ashton: Character is Key
at 18:50:02

My point about Mariner was not that he wasn’t skilful - but technique wise he wasn’t up there with some of his contemporaries- Muhren, Thijssen, Gates, Wark - even arguably Brazil. What he unquestionably was was a player who made the most of his attributes, developed as a player whilst he was here, put himself about and was the most effective striker I saw play for us (bizarrely I have a real soft-spot for Kevin Wilson…) I can’t comment on the mid-70s - and. I didn’t mention players like Putney or Tabb because, with all due respect to them, they were never a regular part of one of our better teams. Anyway, I wouldn’t let a throw away remark about the fact that Mariner showed great character detract from the main point - it’s good we’re back to signing players that will unite the dressing room, and care about the result.
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Ashton: Character is Key
at 10:59:56

When I think of many of the signings that Burley made, MickM, Lyall - even going back as far as Bobby - the consistent thread is character. Players like Geraint Williams, Jermaine Wright, Mogga, Daryl Murphy, Berra, Paul Mariner - they weren't the most skillful players, but they worked their socks off, would die for the team and you knew they held the dressing room together. Its not enough on its own - you could make a strong case for many of Lambert's team having that quality ironically - but its good to know that we're taking this aspect seriously.
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Cook: We're Signing Players That Might Have Appeared Out of Reach
at 17:06:57

Agreed lets me optimistic, but let's be classy too. I remember being at Carrot Road soon after ME took over and the taunts we gave the scum.."we've got more cash than you..we've got more cash than you..." etc. Kind of regret that now if I'm honest. We didn't use that money wisely, and dare I say it went the opposite direction to the upstarts of Anglia up the road. Like them or loathe them (well, loathe them...) you can't ignore that they're a well-run club. And money has kind of ruined UK football, for all but handful of clubs. So yeah lets get behind the team, but personally I won't be waving my massive wodge around like Loadsamoney (contemporary cultural reference for you there....!)
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Town in Talks to Sign Chaplin
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GForce, thanks for the patronising advice. What is it with Town fans coming on here and just slagging each other off?! Half the posts above seem to be fans just having a dig at each other - let’s just get together and support the team.
Back to my point, I’m well aware that we need a ‘squad’, and certainly injuries took their toll last season, but my concern is that we appear to be prioritising a midfield where we seem reasonably well stocked, but don’t really seem to have many options at the back. Hopefully the rumours about the guy at Rangers will lead to something, but I think we could do with an experienced head at the back, an organiser (a Mowbray/McGreal/Berra)
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Town in Talks to Sign Chaplin
at 10:53:37

As effective a player as Chaplin may be I must confess I am getting a little confused as to our recruitment policy here. We've now signed two forwards, whilst still having Norwood (and nominally Jackson) on our books - and we know Cook only prefers to play one. Why do we need a fourth forward? If we plan to play him an attacking midfielder then we've already got Harper, Burns, Evans, Dobra etc - are we effectively giving up on the latter? Seems to me that the areas that really need investment right now are in defence, esp an experienced CB...
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Town Target Celina Return
at 15:13:39

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In the 40 years I’ve been following town the number of players who have come back is not that many I would say it’s:
Wark (twice - a bloody legend)
Swailes (could have been worse)
Miller (excellent)
Dozzell
Scowy
Ambrose (fairly average the three of them, but the last 2 went on to do well at other clubs)
Murphy (very good)
Pablo (pretty good)

I may have missed one or two. I don’t think we can say that is demonstrative of it generally a bad idea to go back.
On the other hand there is a recent record of loanees we’ve signed on the basis of stellar performance on loan then proving bad perm signings (Bullard and Huws I think)
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Former Loanee McGuinness Joins Cardiff
at 23:04:27

Sure, braveblue, thoughts are in the final two sentences. If you really want to talk about league finishing places, we finished 15th three times 2006-2012, so its not as if finishing 16th was an outlandish new low. From 2009 until McCarthy was appointed in 2013 we finished 15th, 13th,15th and 14th. In his first three full seasons we then finished 9th, 6th and 7th - before one season of reverting to type - and then finishing 12th, the season he was sacked. To suggest he was 'responsible' for us hitting some kind of 'worst position' just ignores the facts - finishing positions on average significantly improved during his tenure. And that was despite the chronic lack of investment in the squad - which was one of the cheapest in the whole division. By all means slag off the football - which was sh1te - but its inarguable fact that he got results, and his success has become only more painfully apparent in the three seasons since he left.
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