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|So in contrast to last season|
at 09:25 23 Jun 2022
we have a trickier start with games against 3 teams (Bolton, MK Dons and Barnsley) who could be in contention. Being Forest Green Rovers first home game might also make for a testing day.
It’s probably a good thing we’ve got these fixtures early - it will guard against complacency as well as the danger of the team clamming up by going into a set of fixtures which they are expected to win and underperforming as a result of feeling the pressure.
|Teams that missed out on the top 6 who will challenge next year?|
at 21:11 30 Apr 2022
I think Plymouth may slip back, it depends on what foundations Ryan Lowe put in place for Steven Shoemaker to build on or whether it was just a really good season. I wonder whether Karl Robinson will stay at Oxford? Ordinarily their points total would have been enough for the top 6 but I wonder whether both he and his club may decide to Part this summer after 3 years of misses.
Portsmouth and Bolton both missed out mainly due to their single poor spells of form. We walloped Pompey during their poor September/October and Bolton broke their bad run of results from October up to the new year by handing McKenna his first defeat. Both of them have to be fancied next year, I think Bolton could really do well.
Who will spring from the bottom half to have a good season next year?
|Crewe's PA man yesterday|
at 15:28 24 Apr 2022
Was he trying to set a world record for the number of times a PA man has repeated the same announcement about fans not going on the pitch at the end of the game? Every time there was a break in play yesterday, he piped up with the same message. I'm sure the bloke who did go on the pitch afterwards just did it to spite him.
|Apologies to Waveneyblue and SitITFC|
at 18:44 16 Apr 2022
I got a bit lairy in responses to you both earlier - ironically in a post about petulance - and that was un-necessary of me, for which I apologise.
|All this bloody posturing that this squad does.|
at 13:26 16 Apr 2022
Celina very lucky not to be sent off and sums up this squad to a tee. All kinds of bitching, complaining and whinging about what should be going on but ask them to put a good set piece into the box or sweep home a golden chance from 6 yards out and they don’t want to know.
World class in defence; pub standard in attack.
|Two Little Boys - Rotherham/Ipswich|
at 10:49 15 Apr 2022
Whenever this fixture comes around I think back to when I went to our game with Rotherham at Portman Road in September 2014. Driving down from Kent, I’d arrived in Ipswich about 2 hours before kick off. I parked the car near Gyppeswyk Park opposite the grass verge where people park cars on match days. I sat in the car listening to the radio and having a bite to eat. Directly opposite me, a car parked up on the verges and two men got out of the car together with two young boys aged about 7 years old. One wore an Ipswich shirt and the other wore a Rotherham shirt. “Oh, isn’t that nice to see.” I thought. Off they went to the ground and an hour later I made my way down as well.
I sat in the upper tier of the Co-Op stand about half an hour before kick-off and could see, looking across the pitch that the two boys were sat with, what I presume were their dads in the front row of the lower tier of the Cobbold Stand, so clearly the funds only stretched to four tickets in the home end, but at least the Rotherham lad had his own fans over his shoulder.
Now within 6 minutes Town were 2-0 up and amid my celebrations I couldn’t help but think about that poor Rotherham lad and the potentially long afternoon that he had waiting for him. In the event, the two goals were all that were needed. At the end of the match, we were top of the table and Rotherham were wherever they were - which back then was way below us in the table.
Now everytime we play Rotherham, I think about those two boys, now both probably In their early teens and what they’ve seen happen in that fixture. Were they both at the New York Stadium a year later when Daryl Murphy scores his hat-trick? Rotherham were abysmal in the Championship in 2016/17, relegated with 8 points less than we went down with 2 seasons later, but they still picked up 4 points off us that season and that would have been a psychological lifeline to the Rotherham lad in the childhood battles that go on when your clubs are in the same division. Were they at the New York Stadium in August 2018 when Paul Hurst’s reign was effectively strangled at birth by that 90th minute winner for Rotherham - a few days before Hurst effectively finished the job himself at Exeter. In our League One seasons together, Rotherham currently hold a 5-0 aggregate lead over the 3 games and what must the mickey-taking have been like for the Ipswich lad when the Scouse fraud came out after November’s game and said that Rotherham were a club we should aspire to be like?
I wonder if they will both be at tomorrow’s game? The only certainty I have is that for the first time in many years, I suspect the Rotherham lad will be more nervous about the game than the Ipswich lad. And if that doesn’t represent progress, I don’t know what does.
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|Our league position this season is like something out of |
at 21:57 15 Mar 2022
an Orwell novel.
"If you want to imagine what anguished dreams and might have beens tangibly feels like, then picture Ipswich Town in 9th place, in League One...forever."
Stop wishing Paul Cook well for the future. It's that useless idiot's fault that automatic promotion form since late December still isn't going to be enough for us to finish in the Top 6.
at 19:20 25 Jan 2022
I'm assuming he'll get Nugent levels of abuse if he ever plays against us in future. I certainly hope so as he deserves nothing less.
|A pretty chastening afternoon really|
at 22:38 15 Jan 2022
Bolton dictated that game from about the 20 minute mark onwards. Both sides played pretty similar styles but Evatt has had 18 months to get his Bolton side working and McKenna’s had a month. The difference today was the intensity of Bolton’s play. Apart from that flurry of corners midway through the second half, we never looked like wresting control of the match from them. No-one played particularly badly, but only Woolfenden and Walton played to their A-game. Everyone else ranged from OK to anonymous. Even the fans were subdued, as though we were taken aback that Bolton’s ultras were next to us and unable to try and lift the team as a result.
The goal was coming, but like many I was looking to see how McKenna’s Ipswich would respond to adversity. What a shame Edmundson, who otherwise played well, had an immediate brain fart which effectively settled the match.
McKenna can be as experimental as he likes over these next 20 matches, because we won’t be making the top 6 (again). The moment there’s any sense of optimism or expectancy, this squad goes to pieces at the earliest possible opportunity.
|Yesterday was my first live game in 2 and a half years|
at 13:11 9 Jan 2022
Like most of you, I give thanks that, having marked it off the list, I need never go to Priestfield again. But what a cracking performance it was. The most pleasing feature was to see the intensity and drive that the players maintained for the whole game. If they can keep that up and ally it to their natural skill and the demands that McKenna is making of them, then the future looks very bright indeed.
I'll be at Bolton next week too and looking forward to seeing how the next chapter unfolds.
|Do you know what I'm most pleased about?|
at 11:16 30 Dec 2021
For the first time in a very long time, a "big" occasion for Ipswich Town ended in a win. No hard luck stories, no "next times", no "despite the result, I saw lots to be encouraged about", no anti-climax. Just, for last night at least, a happy ending.
|So what do we expect today, folks?|
at 10:24 11 Dec 2021
Will the team still be on a sulk? Will a few days on the training field with McGreal tighten things up?
Best of luck to everyone who goes today.
|Although he still has a 5% stake in us, Cook’s sacking finally draws a line |
at 21:55 4 Dec 2021
under Marcus Evans’s decision making. It says everything that out of 7 managers which he worked alongside, the second best performer in terms of league placing was the one he inherited. Keane, Jewell, Hurst, Lambert and Cook all sit comfortably as our worst 5 performing managers relative to level of football they led us at. I look at those names and all I can think of is that the common thread of their tenures was that it just kept getting worse. The occasional good day, but on the whole the mood mainly went from grey to black.
Even the one manager he did pick that did a decent job of work was left to blunder on unsupported after reaching the peak of the Evans years and that was all frittered away in a poisonous atmosphere which should never have been allowed to develop, but which did due to a lack of leadership from the top of the club.
Well, thank goodness that’s all done. It’s Ashton’s show now and my God, we need to pick someone that can start with competence and hopefully build from there. Nearly all of Evans picks seemed to start with crises which eventually overwhelmed them and left a fanbase of apathetic cynics. So often it wasn’t a case of Town fans demanding instant success, they just wanted to stop being subjected to instant and then prolonged failure.
|Positives from today’s result|
at 17:19 4 Dec 2021
a) We’re still in the draw.
b) Brenner Woolley might get a chance to squeeze in a family visit around the replay.
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