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Aquatics Centre Plans Submitted
at 10:13:30

Is the pool 50m? Ipswich needs a proper Olympic size pool. Seems to be lots of space given to gyms, workout studios, etc of which there are already plenty in town.

Good they're leaving space for the new Cobbold. Stay up this season and that's extra parachute money. High time for upgrading then.
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Premier League Clubs Vote to Continue VAR
at 14:18:21

Good. Scaping it completely would be a overcorrection of sledgehammer proportions. The game shouldn't return to the days offsides being wrong by *multiple yards*, hand of god, etc. Those decisions more often fell in favour of the big clubs. Let's improve VAR instead, starting with faster offside calls and better comms. I'd also like to see higher frames-per-second offsisde cams, or thicker lines to account for the uncertainty over which frame to pick.
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Block D Season Ticket Holders to Move
at 11:17:39

Bad link, here's the old photo again: https://pixels.com/featured/ipswich-town-portman-road-east-stand-03-bw-1971-lege
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Block D Season Ticket Holders to Move
at 11:16:35

"wonder if it could be retro-designed with receded boxes as in the West Stand" - yes was wondering that too. Old photo: https://pixels.com/featured/ipswich-town-portman-road-east-stand-03-bw-1971-lege
shows there's some vertical space between the two tiers. Could refactor the rake of lower tier to further accommodate, but I've no clue whether there's space behind for recessed boxes under the top tier. Probably too much work to justify if stand is going to be rebuilt.

"'new' stand could reuse large parts of the current one" - definitely worth exploring. FIFA have a stupid regulation that forces new stands to leave at least four metres of dead-space from the pitch. This distance is an atmosphere and experience killer whose only purpose is to allow more advertising hoardings. Can skirt around by retaining the existing front tier, then it's not a new stand (honest guv!) and can retain Cobbold's excellent pitch proximity and fan-intimacy.
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Block D Season Ticket Holders to Move
at 15:42:17

Yeh boxes consume so much stand space. If we ripped them out, just in front of the current away section, that would have meant it would have only have had to laterally encroach slightly. Wouldn't have had to redesignate block D. But was there time this close season?

Look how much bigger the front tier was without them: https://pixels.com/featured/ipswich-town-portman-road-east-stand-03-bw-1971-lege
Easily double the capacity of the current bottom tier. We set our capacity record in 1975 when the Cobbold was in this configuration (plus wings had been added to both ends by then). Boxes were installed after we won the cup in 1978. These days, with more demand than capacity, those extra seats will def sell. Let's say boxes cost £1,500 per game, and lower tier capacity is doubled. If seats sell for ~£25 each, that's £41k per match versus £42k for the 28 boxes. But we'd be maintaining premium seats revenue, which we're having to sell at knock-down away prices. So overall worth ripping EBs out.

There's also the intangible benefit of a better atmosphere and kudos that comes with having a higher capacity stadium. We'd be back over the 30k mark.
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Block D Season Ticket Holders to Move
at 14:46:24

"why not use the area at the front of the Cobbold stand" - because there aren't enough seats. Only eight rows. Average seat width is 50cm, and PR pitch is 102 metres long. That's 204 x 8 = ~1,632 seats.

Cobbold is perhaps 5-10 yards longer than the pitch at both ends, but this is countered by the aisles, which prob consume ~10%. In any case, Cobbold lower won't accommodate the 3k needed by Prem regs.
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Jackson, Ball and Camara Released as Town Announce Retained List
at 18:30:56

I nicknamed Jackson "Gutenberg" because of his amazing press. Statistically he had the most ball-wins in the attacking third (per 90 mins) in the Championship last season. Fantastic athleticism led to many goals. McK knew he could make a real contribution the last two years. Great memories. Good luck Kayden.
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Town Set New Highest Average Home League Attendance Record
at 13:46:53

We're gonna need a bigger boat.

Bear in mind that of the current ~28k town fans who attend every week, ~4k are sitting in restricted view seats, which dampens demand. Rebuilding Cobbold will massively reduce these. I hope the club's projections of demand factor this in. Furthermore, removing the executive boxes to bring 2-3 thousand fans closer to the action will lead to a more immersive matchday experience, further increasing demand. Population of town and region has increased significantly since our record attendance of 38k in 1975.
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Blues Forward Aluko Retires
at 22:41:03

A joy to watch. I nicknamed him glue-boots because his first touch and ability to dribble with the ball close to his feet was ridiculously good. That never left him.
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Hutchinson in Team of the Week
at 22:47:50

We've got an extra £125m. Let's say half of that will go on wages. That leaves £67m more to spend on transfer fees. £20m on Hutch should cover it. He's only 20 so prone to inconsistency as we saw this season. No place better to continue his development. Will get more minutes, goal involvements, and exposure here than Chelsea.

Pochettino is a basket case. Had a couple of good seasons with Spurs, that's it. You could put Alf Garnett in charge of Paris St G, and he'd win the French league. That's all he's ever won despite his giant player budgets. Chelsea beyond Cole Palmer are a circus.
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Ipswich Town 2-2 West Bromwich Albion - Match Report
at 15:22:11

Walton's got to be knocking at the door now. Hladky's either believing his own hype and labouring over the perfect pass, or he's pass-shy having conceded vs Preston. Either way his distribution has become a bit ponderous. Walton's a better shot stopper.

As others say, Hutch is worth a start. I think Al Ham is too.
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Preston North End 3-2 Ipswich Town - Match Report
at 18:20:34

Hindsight is wonderful, but Al Hamadi returned from Iraq with a knock early this week, and Moore hadn't trained with the squad yet.

I can understand McK wanting to show loyalty to regular starters after a new signing. It's a chance to show motivation to keep the shirt. KJ didn't take it. Next time, it might work out.

In terms of legitimate goals, we won 2-1 today. Stats all well in our favour. We've at least one promotion-standard Championship striker for the first time since Boxing Day. Win vs Southampton and games in hand and we're back in second. Rest of the season starts vs West Brom. COYB!
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Wagner: A Deserved Point
at 17:07:11

XG, possession, and shot count disagree David. Analysis like that, and you can understand why he's underperforming so badly with such a massive parachute budget.

Norwich are largely irrelevant, bigger fish to fry this season.
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Davis: I Was Always Confident I Was Making the Right Move
at 10:14:30

Yeh Cresswell is the nearest to Davis mould, and what a player he was. Passing is like a hall-of-fame quarterback. It tears oppo defences to shreds every game. Defensively he's stronger than early last season, competing well in the air now. Assists are off the hook. Leif's too good for the Championship. Retaining players like him is the biggest motivation to get promoted this season.
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McKenna: Good Point From a Tough, Competitive Game
at 18:54:45

Given McK's unusual hesitancy when asked about the Morsy replacement decision on R Suffolk, I think he knows Evans didn't really work. Like he said though, any alternative was likely to be a step down. Onwards and upwards. Taylor is the obvious choice when Morsy is unavailable, but I think Harness has the attributes to fill that role. He twists & turns like Morsy, is strong on the ball, good passer & engine.
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McKenna: Hladky Has Been Excellent
at 16:22:09

Yes Hladky's grown a pair since he first arrived. He was always better than Walton with his feet, but in his first season was quite frankly a wimp when competing for crosses, diving towards posts, and at the feet of oncoming strikers. Statistically was among the worst keepers in L1 that year. Totally transformed. Keepers must have a little bit of a "no pain, no glory" attitude, and I think he gets this now.
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Burns: I'm Proud of Omari, He Deserved His Goal
at 13:02:22

Very illuminating, not the usual straight-bat, cliched, footballer interview they are media-trained to trot out.
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Jackson: Definitely a Good Feeling
at 08:24:14

Subs performed much better this week. Harness contributed much more too.

No better presser at the club than Jackson. He forces mistakes and wins a lot of possession. Great defensive qualities from advanced positions. He's been in top form since the start of pre-season with assists, and now he's got an important goal himself. I think he knows that 30 (in Feb) is getting on a bit for a speedster, and ITFC is probably as high a standard as he'll play. Explains perhaps why he appears super-motivated - thinking about his legacy. Long may it continue.
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McKenna: Edwards at the Stage Where He Wants to Go and Start More Games
at 17:03:05

Harness is a different type of player to Edwards, more defensive and a ball-retainer.

Hutchinson is more of a direct comparison. His loan had better be worth it. Edwards is a player we could regret selling. Early days with Hutch, but Edwards is still the best one-on-one dribbler at the club IMO. I could more understand placing Hutch ahead of Edwards if he was our player, or a few years older. Most 19 year olds are inconsistent.
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Pert No Fan of 13-Minute Injury Time
at 19:57:11

"would only work for injuries, subs and bookings" - nah, just give them x seconds to take a kickthrow. If they take longer, the clock stops. If they take it quicker than the x second threshold, the clock never stops.
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