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Non-local Town fans, why do you support Ipswich?
at 13:28 19 Mar 2020

Grew up in haverhill, where there were a lot of London club fans. Family not precious about football ( aside of my mum supporting Brian Clough) so I wasn't forced to any particular teams colours. It was about 1987 and I knew I wanted to support a team in blue and had in my head either Everton ( who must ve been a decent club then) or us, so I chose correctly !

This maybe deserves a different thread- what's the most stupid football question you ve asked? I remember at a time, I must be been about 7, asking my dad if Bryan and Bobby Robson were related !
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For Sale - 2 X Bristol Rovers, adult, terrace tickets
at 12:41 7 Mar 2020

Sold now thanks
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For Sale - 2 X Bristol Rovers, adult, terrace tickets
at 08:57 7 Mar 2020

Please PM to buy.
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Lambert is awful but Evans singlehandedly killed the club.
at 21:04 29 Feb 2020

How many years ago was that, 15 +? When do you stop blaming sheepshanks, if ever .
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Protests and even more swearing at Lambert at full time
at 18:17 29 Feb 2020

Lambert is a contributing factor of course but Evans us the only constant in our decline, he's the one anger should be directed at. As previous posts have said, we are still paying for previous seasons of consistently wrong decisions by the owner which there only so much Lambert can do about.
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It's our players attitude thats put us here
at 17:21 22 Feb 2020

All this constant " were to good for this league / should be beating these teams "

Clearly not.
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aerial winter picture of portman road from 1964
at 21:24 26 Jan 2020

https://scontent-lht6-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/83295160_1439743622850932_24971173

(pic from a football stadia website off facebook)
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One word to describe the club’s leadership under ME and PL currently?
at 14:04 11 Jan 2020

Titanic
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New Manager Suggestions?
at 19:34 29 Dec 2019

Nathan Jones - brings through young players, plays the right way etc. Don't know if he'd see us as a good chance to re-establish himself after Stoke though, maybe better offers out for him soon possible y. Maybe he's to good for us at the moment.
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Positives?
at 19:17 29 Dec 2019

Only positive from today was it still wasn't as bad a performance as the fa cup replay there when the embarrassed us on national TV.

That aside little else. Downes and dozzell I thought were ok and had better professionalism and attitude then the senior pros.
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Has oxford away been cancelled yet?
at 21:22 5 Nov 2019

Thought we had 3 called up but hadn't seen confirmation it's been postponed yet.
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We're a goal up!
at 08:23 22 Sep 2019

The chatroom that opens for each match has all the instant action, reaction and rollercoaster of emotions so that's why it's probably not here as well.
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Vincent-young
at 20:37 21 Sep 2019

Helps that he has so much pace to be able to get into or out of situations. Certainly would my have expected Emmanuel to finish that move off today.
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Bolton postponed tuesday
at 16:45 19 Aug 2019

Hope the EFL come down hard on them,though holding out little hope they do. Why should they be able to pick and choose when to play?don't think it's fair they call their Tuesday match off to be fresh for Saturday v us? We have to play tomorrow night,why can't they? Still 3 days rest till we play them. Seems to disadvantage us.
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Just watched the Newport AFC documentary on BBC IPlayer
at 18:52 7 Aug 2019

Thanks for posting the recommendation
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For those that are optimistic about the upcoming season
at 20:16 31 Jul 2019

I'm genuinely interested why? I can't really think of anything positive during Evans reign, apart from blind pre season optimism what's your reasoning, if any ?
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Parking Fines - Private Company
at 21:57 22 Jul 2019

i fought mine and won, had to take CEL to small claims court to get my fine adjourned and win back my costs. Summary below, but PM me if I can help. I was in the wrong for the initial fine but CEL pissed me off so much how they operated to grab my money that I decided to fight them, and won.

- Local sports centre added car park cameras for max 1.5 hour stay, I didnt know for a few weekly vistits you had to register number plate when you arrived.
- Got fined, didnt know about it as moved house very soon after offence.
- Fast forward 1+ year, tried to change energy supplier and rejected for bad credit. Asked why and said I had a CCJ against me. I have good credit otherwise.
-Frantically googled it all and freaked me out that bailiffs could appear (love that TV show!)
- CEL been sending all comms to my old address, I had forgot to change log book V5.
- Tried to phone CEL or communicate with them, all their systems point to paying up only and they wont communicate with you, ever.
- Took CEL to small claims court to prove hadnt lived at address they were using for over a year, had to get CCJ put on hold then get costs back.
- Law not my field of work, used all online help. Took a while to build up my casefile.
- Had never been to court before, local judge considered my case and wrote back saying accepted my defence and asked CEL to provide costs inside 2 weeks, got about £500 back. CEL never appeared in court as would ve costs them to hire lawyer and travel from Liverpool to Peterborough etc, was cheaper for them to pay up. They are just after the low hanging fruit, those that pay up with no fuss or challenge to maximise profits.

If you want easy life, pay up. If you want to win cos morally they are wrong you can and will (need to help yourself and go online and show willing, but people will help you if you dont expect someone else to do it all for you). Overall everything took about 4 months from realising I had a CCJ to receiving a cheque from CEL. A month later my credit history went back up to normal.
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Keane has left Forest
at 17:14 23 Jun 2019

Must have been promised a job somewhere...Birmingham owners seem crazy,loaded and enticed by a name - bet he goes there, grows a beard to cope with a poor run of form and is gone by Xmas.
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Jay Tabb's new career as a jockey
at 20:51 21 Jun 2019

No mention of us. Bit different though no surprise given his size:

https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2019/jun/21/jay-tabb-footballer-horses-racing-

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First time watching England away
at 19:38 8 Jun 2019

Bit of a ramble below about my few days in Portugal, all that seems to have been in the media post England match seems negative, so here is my experience.

Its always been a lifelong ambition to see England play away (anywhere). Been to a few fans parks to watch games close to tournament stadiums (Germany World Cup/France Euros) and cracking atmospheres still but still not the real deal is it? I’m not a fans member, so getting away tickets is rightfully a struggle, so jumped at the chance to go to Porto and make a few days of it and see the match after getting some tickets off fans on twitter.

Have to say it didnt disappoint at all, so many positives aside of the bias media coverage during/after that im just catching up on - that was the national disgrace rather than the fans.

From what I saw, in Porto the England fans were a tourist attraction down by the riverside/Ryan’s Irish bar area. There were police there, but they stepped back and it mostly policed itself with a nudge from them where required, police happy to chat - fans on the beer in the sun with flags everywhere hoofing the occasional ball about - you get the scene. Lots of singing, was all good natured. Lots of tourists/locals about videoing it all. It dawned on me that our support, and the way we do it in England, is unique and something we should (in the vast majority) be proud of and celebrate more maybe.

In the evening I was in the big square where the flashpoint made the TV. No journos about from what I saw, they made the story up afterwards from fans footage etc - and of course never let the truth get in the way of a good story. Most of the game in that fans area was reasonably ok, nothing out the ordinary. Near the end a Portugal fans started running in-between the home fans and England with a flag goading them. Something then did kick off, I didnt see exactly what as I was watching the game from the side of the square. The fans I spoke to after said an England fan got glassed to kick it off. I was watching the game and turned away from the screen to see both fans lobbing bottles at each other. The robocop police then charged in and pushed the England fans (they were nt going to charge at there own were they) back up the square to create about 100m of space between the 2 sets of fans - that was it. Everyone continued watching the screen as Portugal scored 2 goals around this time. Job done, most people then went home. Saw some Portugese get arrested, no one reported that, all the media coverage was against us, not the reasons why it started (whatever they were) - no balance at all - but that doesnt sell does it?

On to the game, arriving in Guimares you could see it was not suitable for the match. Train station was an hour from Porto, most England fans (15-20k) and Dutch (4k) arriving by train from Porto that only had 2 platforms. More squares with flags, singing and fun, and again lots of locals filming and soaking up the atmosphere. Met some enthusiastic Americans who loved it and missed their train to soak up more "dont see anything like this in the States – not even the superbowl" and lots of Dutch and a few Swiss (not sure why) mixing about - was all fun and good natured taking photos together.

We went to the ground an hour before kick-off and even then there were ques. The tickets were all on an app, was a faff if you weren’t prepared etc + bag checks meant it wasn’t quick at all to get in. Didn’t see the subsequent crushes / police aggression experienced by some but ground was nowhere near full at the start. Needed to be more warnings by authorities to get fans to venues earlier if using this (new?) tech again (though it was easy to transfer tickets between phones so not all bad).

As for the game, having 90% of the ground for an ‘away’ game then the atmosphere was awesome. Really proud to hear all the songs and fans together. Was amazed 99.99% of the crowd fell silent for the 1 min silence for ex UEFA president Lenny Johansen (didn’t think he had a clean slate on the football authority disease - corruption). Bet the journos had to delete pre written paragraphs about England fans disrespecting him etc.

Having only been to 7 ITFC games last season (D1, L 6, – I live 1.5 hours from Ipswich) then going in front was a novelty, and undeserved, and looking like I maybe could see a victory this season after all. Was impressed with Maguire, Barkley and Kane (when he came on) – they played 'better in the flesh’ than what you see on TV (if you know what I mean). As for the ground, bit like ours in terms of size and feel I thought. Stewarding less far officious than at FPR – you could stand where you wanted – in the aisles was not a problem at all + when it rained most fans in uncovered areas retreated under covered areas. For refreshment, why not buy an espresso (made from one of those little machines you get for xmas but only use twice then bin off) or buy a tuna baguette or a pastry under the stand? Amusingly, you were not allowed to smoke cigars in the ground though, that’s what the signs said. Felt like home at times with the time taken to get served though, as they gave you a lid free drink (of course) it took an age to rip off all the labelling that added to the que length– presumably some UEFA reason for that, I’m glad they had planned well for the important parts of hosting a game at this venue.

Not a problem for us next year, but this was my first experience of VAR at a game. There were great ’scenes’ when we scored our second then the obligatory age to decide if it should be allowed. Killed all the atmosphere and rhythm, probably nothing new from other comments you have read before on VAR. Don’t see why they can’t show replays in the ground – the ref in the ground wasn’t making the decisions so what’s the issue with showing replays / keeping the fans updated during the match?

Didn’t think we deserved to win (you probably though the same), though Stones had an easy header when 1-1 that was the ‘what if’ moment. Post-match, getting 20+K dutch and England fans home from a small station was always going to be a challenge. We left quickly at the end, managed to get on a train before the masses arrived, so didn’t see the 3 hour ques in the rain or police baton action reported by fans at the station– also missed this being reported in the media. The train station building was smaller than the Ipswich one so always going to be a mass squeeze to get everyone through, so I could see why the coppers kept the fans out the building until each train arrived. Wonder if UEFA will learn from this, or assess how they chose an unsuitable venue to start with (barely any hotels/ poor train, airport links) – probably not. Would have been a hell of a lot easier to use the Boavista ground in Porto for this game, think that also held 30k, and could have avoided all the mess with the fans travelling – but when has logic or sense every appeared high up in UEFA decision making?

Really enjoyed seeing fans from everywhere, all the flags, the banter, the positives of the interactions with the locals watching + joining in. 2 Town flags about – Chantry Blues and the one that got stolen (again) doing us proud. Maybe I should nt have been, but was surprised by the diversity of the England fans that were not stereotypically 18-40 year old men on extended stag do geezers (quite a wide mix of age, race and those less able). Briefly sat next to an 80 year old Sunderland fan in the station, fans from loads of clubs – less so the prem, many families as well.

Lots to be positive about than just the narrow view on fans the media choose to report (hopefully that wasn’t a surprise to you anyway). Would jump at the chance to go again.
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