Does it matter how we in? This week’s Fuller Flavour…..

On Saturday, Town beat Bolton Wanderers 2-0. The result was great, the performance not so. Does it matter how we win? I suggest that as our attendance was the lowest for over 19 years, it seemingly does. Ipswich Town must be concerned at how and when the missing thousands are going to return…

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Fuller Flavour 18-09-2017

Please don’t forget that you are always welcome to contribute to the column (Contact Karl is the link above to get in touch) and I am extremely grateful to Archant Suffolk for their permission in reproducing the column. Happy reading and COYB!

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Beattie could have had so many more England caps – This week’s Fuller Flavour

With no Town game at the weekend and with two England games in the offering, I caught up with the man that many regard as Ipswich Town’s greatest-ever player Kevin Beattie to discuss his very brief England career.

But for injury, the ‘Beat’ would have won so many more caps for sure. He had a goal disallowed on his debut v Cyprus, scored in a 5-1 win over Scotland and actually earned more money per game from his boot sponsor than the FA.

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Fuller Flavour 04-09-2017 Beattie could have had so many more England caps…The end of another transfer window…and Debut Scorer – Ryan Fraser.*

*Each week for the 2017/18 season, the Fuller Flavour in the East Anglian Daily Times and Ipswich Star looks back at debutant goalscorers in chronological order.

Please don’t forget that you are always welcome to contribute to the column (Contact Karl is the link above to get in touch) and I am extremely grateful to Archant Suffolk for their permission in reproducing the column. Happy reading and COYB!

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Decent start to 2017/18 despite first league defeat

Back by popular demand (ok, at the request of a mate), I am now uploading the full digital version of my column again that appears every Monday in the East Anglian Daily Times and Ipswich Star.

Saturday saw our first league defeat of the season at the hands of an excellent Fulham side. Having taken 12 points from a possible 15, with so many players missing through injury and illness every game so far, going into the international break in second place is more than any of us could have dreamt of after last season. So thank you for taking the time to read my nonsensical ramblings for another season and Please click on the link below to read this week’s edition of the Fuller Flavour:

Fuller Flavour 28-08-2017 Sometimes you have to accept losing to a better side…Praise for youngsters and Debut Scorer – Josh Yorwerth.*

*Each week for the 2017/18 season, the Fuller Flavour in the East Anglian Daily Times and Ipswich Star looks back at debutant goalscorers in chronological order.

Please don’t forget that you are always welcome to contribute to the column (Contact Karl is the link above to get in touch) and I am extremely grateful to Archant Suffolk for their permission in reproducing the column. Happy reading and COYB!

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Unbeaten February more than we could have dreamed of but a long way to go still…

Who would have thought that with the fixtures we had to fear in February, we would come through them unbeaten.  Only one win might take the gloss off that statistic for some but performances have been better and it’s a foundation to build on for the remainder of the season.

As for yesterday’s derby, a fair result I thought, a result that did more harm to Norwich than us so therefore, must be deemed as a good result.  I’m still seething over the penalty that we did not get early on.  We’ll bank that decision along with Jonathan Douglas’s goal ruled out for offside in the home fisture earlier in the season for when some real luck goes our way.

Penalty for Town? Nope, just a free-kick to Norwich….

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Fuller Flavour – 27 February 2017 Did you hear the booing?  From Norwich fans that is…..and Liverpool v Ipswich in the FA Cup remembered in the Fuller Flashback feature.*

*Each week, the Fuller Flavour in the East Anglian Daily Times and Ipswich Star looks back at games in chronological order of the 1991/92 season as I celebrate 25 years of Town winning the Second Division Championship.

Please don’t forget that you are always welcome to contribute to the column (Contact Karl is the link above to get in touch) and I am extremely grateful to Archant Suffolk for their permission in reproducing the column. Happy reading and COYB!

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Lincoln IMPressive as Town continue to struggle…

Nigh on 5000 Lincoln City fans made Saturday for me.  Watching them enjoy their day reminded me of all those that I have enjoyed as an Ipswich fan too – even if they were a while ago now.

Real football fans deserve the really good days and for every bad day we suffer, the sweeter the better days are.  As I discussed with a few Lincoln fans after the game, those that suffered emotionally when their team dropped out of the Football League, you just have to hang in there and hope that you get rewarded again for the time and money spent on following your team.  Saturday belonged to them, hopefully we’ll have good days again that will belong to us.  I suspect much needs to happen though before we see those days….

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Fuller Flavour 9 January 2017  Impressive Lincoln made sorry Blues look like non-league team…..Pet Shop Boys’ songs sum up current mood…..and Defeat on Teesside followed by Cup replay win at Hartlepool.*

*Each week, the Fuller Flavour in the East Anglian Daily Times and Ipswich Star looks back at games in chronological order of the 1991/92 season as I celebrate 25 years of Town winning the Second Division Championship.

Please don’t forget that you are always welcome to contribute to the column (Contact Karl is the link above to get in touch) and I am extremely grateful to Archant Suffolk for their permission in reproducing the column. Happy reading and COYB!

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A kick up the R’s as new year = same old problems….

After our win over Bristol City last Friday night, Monday represented an excellent opportunity of our first back-to-back wins of the season.  With twenty or so minutes remaining and Town on top at 1-1, there looked like only one winner.

But with Mick McCarthy in charge, you can never remain too hopeful for long as seemingly, it looked for all the world that he wanted to protect the possibility of gaining a solitary point.  I won’t dwell here on what happened next as we all know exactly what happened.

So onto Saturday and the FA Cup tie at home to Lincoln City.  I really do fear the worst here and should we lose, will that be enough to see a managerial change?  I highly doubt it!  It would be interesting too to see the views of the current Mick ‘inners’ should we lose.  If you are in the ‘in’ camp and if you’re on Twitter and haven’t voted yet, please visit the following link and cast your vote:

If we lose to Lincoln in the FA Cup, would you like Mick to stay or go?

 
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Fuller Flavour – 2 January 2017  Our club is in a state, and there’s nothing anyone can do about it…..Who could be modern-day movie stars?…..and Town earn redemption at Vale Park after previous hammering.*

*Each week, the Fuller Flavour in the East Anglian Daily Times and Ipswich Star looks back at games in chronological order of the 1991/92 season as I celebrate 25 years of Town winning the Second Division Championship.

Please don’t forget that you are always welcome to contribute to the column (Contact Karl is the link above to get in touch) and I am extremely grateful to Archant Suffolk for their permission in reproducing the column. Happy reading and COYB!

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2016 – Annus Horribilis for Town

Boy will I (and thousands of other Town fans) be so glad to see the back of 2016.  What a boring year it has been to say the least.  Sadly, I do not see 2017 being much better either.  We might have stomached 15 years of Championship football, but 15 months of the current rubbish being dished up is enough and Town fans are leaving in their hundreds.

Marcus Evans has some big decisions to make soon, but will he care enough to make them?

Happy New Year to followers of the Fuller Flavour.

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Fuller Flavour – 26 December 2016 A boring and forgettable year at Town…..and The Christmas of 1991 provided Town fans with the most perfect of presents.*

*Each week, the Fuller Flavour in the East Anglian Daily Times and Ipswich Star looks back at games in chronological order of the 1991/92 season as I celebrate 25 years of Town winning the Second Division Championship.

Please don’t forget that you are always welcome to contribute to the column (Contact Karl is the link above to get in touch) and I am extremely grateful to Archant Suffolk for their permission in reproducing the column. Happy reading and COYB!

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