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Woolfenden Signs New Deal
at 11:21:53

Good for Luke; good for the club!
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My Best Town XI: Shefki Kuqi
at 12:44:53

Anyone know what Shefki's up to, these days?
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Sir Alf Born 100 Years Ago Today
at 08:57:34

Many thanks for this Asif, and Phil, for publishing. Sir Alf's record speaks for itself, but this article tell us so much about the man. So many memories, but one is unique.

On a warm day in September 1955, my mate Jack and I were cycling to school when we saw Mr Ramsey waiting at the Goring Road bus stop. We parked our bikes, and with scraps of paper we walked shyly over to him and asked 'Can we have your autograph, please?' He eyed us quizzically and asked, 'How do you know who I am?' Such an incident, such a conversation, would be impossible today. I can't remember what our answers (if any) were, and over the years those scraps of paper have been lost, but I shall never forget that experience.
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Vincent-Young Facing 12 Weeks Out Following Second Operation
at 13:42:38

Very interesting that the names and locations of the surgeons are mentioned. Indicates to me that club is spending more on the treatment of injuries, and that the overall care of players is higher on the agenda than it has been for a while. Using surgeons of this calibre speaks volumes. This is another example of what Paul Lambert means when he says things like 'This is a big football club.'
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ITFC Heritage Society Talk in Felixstowe
at 16:36:48

If the talk is as witty and savvy as this promo, it will be good.
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Taylor: Really, Really Proud
at 08:57:46

Look at the big picture, Bergholtblue. It seems to me that the answer to your question is to do with the development of the club and every individual associated with it. Lambert wants everyone to be involved. As Taylor develops, he will have to face the media more. (He 'really really' will!) So we hear a new voice, get new perspectives, find out more of players we know little about. Everyone comes out of this with a ittle more experience under our belts, and part of this wonderful revival of our club.
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Evans Hoping for Handshake and Glass of Wine
at 14:05:17

Ah! THAT Evans!
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Lambert: It Could Have Been Three or Four
at 19:50:56

Hear what the man says. Read what he says - "The big thing for me was getting the fans back in and getting the team to bounce off them."
“You see the whole togetherness there, it’s a brilliant thing to see and something that’s probably not been here for many years. My biggest achievement at the minute is reconnecting the football club."

"the club’s in transition because it’s having to rebuild and reconnect with people, there’s so much work to get done here it’s incredible, it’s not just what you see on the pitch, it’s everywhere."

This man understands what a football club is all about. I haven't seen or felt like this about my hometown club since the days of Alf Ramsey and Bobby Robson (and, I guess, John Cobbold). Those were the days. These are the days.
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Lambert: Great That Owner Evans is Putting His Face Out There More
at 08:12:31

I reckon there's something else going on here, another part of Paul Lambert's big picture. He sees the need to grow the club at every level - staff development, club image, belief...and he's teaching Marcus Evans how to be the owner of a football club...
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Digital Media Editor Pringle Joining Newcastle
at 08:11:15

Never knew of Grant, or thought about his job, until I read this. But then I thought, yes, media management at ITFC has vastly improved of late. I continue to think that Paul Lambert's influence over all aspects of Portman Road culture has made and is continuing to make a massive difference. Now, having read Grant's CV, I can see how his work has developed over the last 12 months in particular. It's not surprising that a Premier club has signed him up. ITFC is being taken notice of across the piece, again, and its staff will be attracting interest and getting offers.
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Wycombe Postponement Confirmed
at 07:58:52

The old order changeth. With the increase in and the changing nature of international football, along with the power of the media over the scheduling of football matches, this sort of thing will happen more and more.
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Lambert: Players Have Bought Into Rotation Policy
at 17:54:22

There's also the need to bring back players who've had very serious injuries GRADUALLY. Look back over the last couple of years. Would there have been so many serious injuries if the squad policy had been a little more savvy?
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Taylor: A Fantastic Exercise
at 08:05:22

Also, see what else is going on here, in this interview. You can see the Lambert's top priority of (re)building the club here. It's the Assistant Manager who gives the big interview. Lots of 'column inches', update on and support for players who are coming back after long term injuries; information about new faces at Portman Road. Background information on Josh Emmanuel's departure, and warm good wishes to the young man from the top.
I don't think I've seen these perspectives from the very top of the club, or detected such profound feelings for the club, since the Bobby Robson days....
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Taylor: A Fantastic Exercise
at 08:05:22

Also, see what else is going on here, in this interview. You can see the Lambert's top priority of (re)building the club here. It's the Assistant Manager who gives the big interview. Lots of 'column inches', update on and support for players who are coming back after long term injuries; information about new faces at Portman Road. Background information on Josh Emmanuel's departure, and warm good wishes to the young man from the top.
I don't think I've seen these perspectives from the very top of the club, or detected such profound feelings for the club, since the Bobby Robson days....
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Emmanuel Joins Bolton
at 07:57:08

Good luck, young man.
Saw Josh play for Town at Newcastle a few years ago. He turned in a good performance. Always had a sensible, professional attitude, I thought, not a whinger, prepared to put the needs of the club high on his agenda. I think he's been a victim of the recent, grim, years at Portman Road, his loans putting him out of mind while he was out of sight. This move gives him an opportunity for a new start.
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Bury Expelled From EFL as Bolton Have 14 Days to Complete Takeover
at 08:31:33

The last few lines in Henry Winter's piece in today's 'Times':

“clubs (like Bury) nurture players that the elite either tempt at tender ages or later, or send out on loan. Twenty of England’s World Cup 23 were partly or greatly shaped by the EFL. If more visits from the Premier League in pre-season would help, so would more from the EFL, checking up on owners’ finances, motives and methods. Bury’s fans worked on cleaning up their ground yesterday. The EFL needs to work harder on cleaning up the game.”
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PFA Medical Review Critical of Town Academy
at 10:17:06

It cannot be overstated how serious this is. It could have an effect on everything that Paul Lambert has tried to do since he was appointed, and it gives a perspective to everything he has said. There has to be an internal enquiry, not least to give re-establish confidence in the Academy. Would a parent with a talented footballing son want him to come to Ipswich Town afer reading this?
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Judge to Undergo Surgery on Monday
at 09:00:40

McCarthy's befuddled statement gives no idea as to how serious this injury actually is.
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Bowman Joins McCarthy's Staff as Ireland Win in Gibraltar
at 13:30:31

Er...but this is an Ipswich story, isn't it? It's about Bowman. And Judge, an Ipswich player, is mentioned in the final para.
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Lambert: Ndaba's Got Better and Better
at 08:36:20

"There's no point in having young players coming through and there being no pathway."

"I don't think the club can keep going and loaning players. It's OK one or two, but not five and six. It's too much and it blocks the pathway."

I rest my case.

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