A work colleague offered me the chance to buy some Ipswich Town annuals of the late 70's and early 80's plus an AZ Alkmaar UEFA Cup Final programme from the second leg at the Olympic Stadium in Amsterdam. He had bought them at a car boot sale somewhere. Absolute fascinating reading of the 74, 75 season along with 78, 79, 80, 81 seasons. Full of facts that I didn't know or had forgotten. Articles of Escape to Victory filming, Johnny Warks first game at 17 and Paul Coopers record breaking penalty saving season. Also Paul Cooper signing for Ipswich after Birmingham bought Gary Sprake. Fantastic reading.
Parked the car and it was pissing down so retreived my Ghost Ship bobble hat from the glove compartment and started the walk to the ground. Passing Isaac's I heard the unmistakable sound of a Black Country accent say "hey mate are you going to the football?". I replied yes you can walk with me and I'll show you where the away supporters entrance is as it just near where I enter the ground. Had a general conversation regarding theirs and ours chances of getting a result. They weren't very confident TBF as they were against a McCarthy side and knew what to expect. I said it would be 1-0 either way whilst the chatty one was confident of a 3-1 defeat. Got to the subject of Mick and they still hold him in high regard with only their current manager being able to hold a candle to him. They asked me what was the Ipswich supporters opinion of him. I replied 50% thought he was doing an ok ish job given the circumstances whilst the rest seemed to hate him. So what do they want then was the next question to which I replied "change whatever that leads to". "What with the owner or with Mick" " Both" I answered. At which time we had got to the ground. We all shook hands and went our separate ways. Them to sing their way home, me to trudge back to my car after another disappointing result. Anyway it was nice to have a sensible chat with 2 lovely guys from Wolves.
He must make changes Saturday after losing the last 2. If he doesn't I will be very disappointed. If he does my thoughts are that it will keep others on their toes and keep the whole squad fresher for important games coming up.