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Atay: An Unbelievable Game of Football
at 23:04:50

Loved what he said about an identity. That was a great performance all round. Great that PC and GR were in there celebrating too - clearly that sort of performance is what they want right through the club and it gives PC yet another example to show the first team wasters how it's done.
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U18s Reach Youth Cup Semi-Finals After Rip-Roaring Victory Over 10-Man Blades
at 22:55:35

Far and away the best game I've seen this season. Reminds you of why we watch footie - exciting, tense and passionate. Well done to all the lads - and to Sheff Utd too because it was a real two way tussle. The whole thing just underlines show dreadful the first team is - it's like we've forgotten what a proper performance looks like so it's good to be reminded by what will hopefully be our (near) future.
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AFC Wimbledon 3-0 Ipswich Town - Match Report
at 20:42:53

Abject, gutless, woeful. A group of players literally yelling at the mgr WE DON'T WANT TO BE HERE; WE DON'T CARE. Credit to the opposition though - like other 'small' clubs inc Crewe and MK Dons - AFC showed us what can be done with organisation, commitment and a bit of bravery. Our lot don't know the meaning of the words.
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Here We Go
at 09:17:38

The blog was intended to be a balanced view. As well as expressing the hope of a good outcome it also included a number of examples of foreign ownership that went awry. Facefacts, Elephantintheroom and RegecyBlue all make fair points (I remember reading the Turnstileblues piece at the time and it's very damning for sure) and time will tell. Certainly no one is in any doubt that the commercial terms of a pension fund investment will require a substantial return otherwise the investors will walk so the clock is ticking on a mammoth task especially given the total shambles from where it is starting. Tractorboybig seems certain that anyone seeing the potential for a good deal here is being naive; rather more of us I imagine will question how it's possible to be so certain of anything at this stage. That's what the piece is saying.
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Ipswich Town 2-1 Shrewsbury Town - Match Report
at 17:37:54

Incredibly lucky and undeserved. Shouldn't mask just how bad we were. Everyone was talking about how we had to beat the teams at the top but this showed that we struggle against the teams at the bottom. Whatever rubbish PL says tonight , we should all see it for what it is.
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Avoiding Sunderland's Fate - Lessons From Sunderland Till I Die
at 13:17:58

Agreed that it was an excellent programme - one of the best footie docs that I've ever seen. It kept you gripped even though you knew the conclusion.

The parallels are clear and so the differences which have been well raised in previous comments.

The one thing that the two situations have indisputably in common imo is that the squads were too weak to survive. Sunderland had a new manager bounce in terms of results; we had one in terms optimism but not in points. Sunderland had one or two headline days (a stunning 4-0 win at Derby) and we had our 'mini-reviva'l in 4 points- from- 6 but then in both cases normal service was resumed with defeat after defeat many of which were self inflicted. Both clubs had real 6 pointer games that they lost (for me, Saturday's defeat to Millwall extinguished any hope of us getting out of this.)

So far this season, Sunderland's story is a happy one in terms of a) league position, b) the form of some of the kids who were 'prospects' last season and who are delivering this time and c) what seems like near universal support for the new owner. At the moment, such an outcome for us would be bliss.
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Relegation – A Chance to Go Forwards
at 11:22:16

Agreed that there may be an upside to relegation in terms of clearing deadwood and giving the young players a chance. Clearly this current squad is out of its depth.

Not at all agreed though that much of the responsibility for this season's calamity can be laid at the door of an intolerant crowd. Quite the opposite actually. No team has been as far adrift at the foot of the Championship at this stage of the season in the last 14 years and yet we are still getting 17k home crowds and taking substantial noisy numbers away. The atmosphere - despite everything - is still upbeat. It's a more positive place than it was under MM - when some of the abuse aimed at him was in direct proportion to that issued from him.

When relegation is confirmed, fans can't be realistically accused of impatience or intolerance given what's happened over the last 10 years and its culmination in this final catastrophe.
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McCarthy Pleased With Performance Despite Defeat
at 12:36:40

Having been there yesterday and since the watched the highlights on telly too I have to say that much of what came through on the phones last night and some comments on here have confused me. Seems to me that the difference between the teams was a) in a game of v few chances they took one and we didn't, and b) they niggled, dived, whinged and time wasted; we didn't. There wasn't much more in it despite their £ spend v ours. Accusations that we lacked aggression are bizarre (when was a MM tem ever seriously guilty of that?) We just didn't deal with their approach as well as we could have. I do agree though that Knudsen must make way for Parr and that we're likely not going to make the play offs until we start to actually trouble the top teams. Personally, I'd rather be positive about it and say that we have the opportunity to start in just 8 days time @ The Amex.
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Charlton 0-3 Town - Match Report
at 17:25:25

Great to see a lot of people acknowledging Gerken's performance today. Long overdue. He's been a convenient scapegoat for the lazy. It's right to give credit to a very impressive looking forward line but we should spread it around and definitely include the keeper.
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Mings £8m Exit and Fraser Loan Confirmed
at 16:16:47

Better this - http://www.afcb.co.uk/news/article/tyrone-mings-afc-bournemouth-eddie-howe-ipswi
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Mings £8m Exit and Fraser Loan Confirmed
at 16:12:34

Not sure this is the most respectful sign off to MM/TC but good luck to the lad as he's always been straight up - http://www.afcb.co.uk/news/article/tyrone-mings-afc-bournemouth-eddie-howe-ipswi I guess we can't really argue that we are less easy on the eye than Bournemouth either.
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What Do We Want To Be, Ipswich Or AFCB? - Notes for Bournemouth
at 16:47:45

I admire their side in general but their fans' view of us as dirty and hoofball only is very lazy. We're by no means perfect but there's a lot more to us than that and hopefully we can show it today. They're not perfect either; their fans should have a look at their own lot's way of winning pens - e.g. one outrageous dive against Boro.
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Norwich City 2-0 Town - Match Report
at 16:20:07

Not pathetic. Not gutless. That's emotion talking and nothing else. We have spirit and we have organisation but we don't have creativity and flexibility. We need all 4 to be serious contenders. The table now looks pretty realistic to me. It's bloody horrible to lose to that lot but let's be realistic. I thought Tabb, Chaplow and Sears all played well today but we weren't good enough as a team. Let's keep focused on the rest of the season an see what we can get.
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Brighton 3-2 Town - Match Report
at 10:01:07

Odd game. At half time I thought we were in for a real mauling having been murdered in the first half. By the end I was disappointed - Murph missed one in the last 5 mins that (by his standards) was a sitter and if it had gone in then a point would have been the least that we could have expected. A couple of my mates are Brighton fans and they said that Hughton has got them humming and that last night bore no relation to most of what they have seen this season; that's not a 20th position team. Agreed that the defence were uncharacteristically hesitant in the first half but let's take something from the fact that MM turned it around and we had a good go in the 2nd half - we can all remember games when we'd not have come back from a first half hammering like that. Onwards.
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Wigan Athletic 1-2 Town
at 22:04:51

Excellent performance. Let's hope that everyone gives MM credit for a v positive approach and the players for giving everything. Hyam, Murphy and Mings stood out for me but every single player did the business.
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Burley Interested in Old Job
at 19:22:24

Shearer? Could any of the players stay awake through the sort of dull plodding monotone that we all suffer on MOTD? He was inspirational once though - after we'd been mauled at Man U Shearer said on telly that there are no easy games in the Prem except Ipswich at home; GB used this in his team talk when we later went to Blackburn (and beat them) in a cup game. Not exactly a sign of respect for the club but it backfired nicely.
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Burley Interested in Old Job
at 19:10:02

CauightInTheBrambles - I''ve read your 'nuances' and looked at the Brighton board comments and I stand by my blog. If I failed to check my facts I'd apologise but your comments don't suggest - and certainly don't prove - that what I said was wrong. Further, I can't see that what you said ''kills' my points; by the look of it very few others do either. The blog was an open letter to the people who wrote it to explain what they meant because most of us have read it as crass and offensive. One or two people here seem to think that this is an over reaction (they and you are entitled to yr opinion of course - the blog is mine) but most seem to see the problem because they care about what ITFC stands for on and off the field.
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Clegg: Town Guided By League Regulations
at 13:07:16

As many people have pointed out, he said 'guided' not 'governed.' He's asking us to believe that the Board and Chief Exec cannot make decisons that directly affect their business, customers (and margin.) That's hard to swallow - most of us will see the decison to force people to pay again as the club's. Since Evans bought the club we have obviously had to accept that it's now a rich man's train set but we''ve not before seen anything quite so openly contemptuous of the fans. The only question is how many of us will roll over and how many will vote with our feet?
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Jewell: Leeds Will Feel Hard Done By
at 09:18:11

Whether or not this turns out to be a turning point remains to be seen. There wasn't much to suggest it in the first half but what's pretty obvious to anyone who was there was that the spirit and guts in the second bode very well. PJ need not apologise for winning ugly - bring it on.

No idea what Grayson is on about - we apprently booed our lads off at half time as we were so depressed by Leeds playing us off the park (must have missed that myself.) The camera angle on telly didn't show the sending off very well but to any of us seeing them run diretly towards us in the Sir Bob stand it was very obvious that White took JET's leg once he knew JET had done him for pace. Straight red was bang on.

Saturday have us something to hope for. Hope that we're all in it together.
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Jewell: Leeds Will Feel Hard Done By
at 18:28:59

Blogs are great aren't they? You say your piece and everyone says theirs. Darth Koont - I don't think that I 'dressed up prejudiced opinion as fact'; I have a position and took it alongside quoting other people's inc journo's. TractorRoyNo1 - your allegiance looks as clear as mine and brilliantly argued.

We all agree we're moving on. This was just a look over the shoulder on the way
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