Thursday, 30 October 2014

Hot Stuff?

What was the biggest talking point at Portman Road on Saturday? The stewards, stopping supporters from taking hot food into the ground? Or Town dropping two points from a winning position, for the second week running? Both could give cause for indigestion!

Just about made it for kick-off!

Huddersfield were the visitors along with their recent loan signing and ITFC nemesis Grant Holt. Even before Tommy Smith had given Town the lead from a Teddy Bishop corner, in the twenty-first minute, I thought that the three points were ours to lose, perhaps it was the prematch Adnams clouding my judgement?
Smith's fellow centre half Christophe Berra doubled our lead after fifty-five minutes and we looked well in control. However, things changed when Holt won a dubious penalty for the Terriers with twenty minutes left to go - bastard, which Nahki Wells converted in front of the North Stand.
Wells added his and Huddersfield's second goal, with a header, in the eighty-second minute and then the visitors looked the more likely team to get a winner.
How frustrating, for the second week running I left Portman Road feeling as if we had lost.
Saturday had started so well for me, with my now customary 8am running session in Christchurch Park. The weather sunny and very mild for the time of year, perfect for football.
Sharon was away with work, so I took a good healthy appetite, along with Max, to the Holeshot Cafe for a 'Full House' breakfast and it didn't disappoint.
We went to the Lord Nelson for a pre-match drink, along with several of the BMFC  boys, my choice was Adnams Ghostship, which was poured straight from the cask.
It was 2.40pm by the time I'd finished my third pint! So a brisk walk to Portman Road was therefore required.
I could hear the teams coming onto the pitch as we passed by Sir Alf - being late for football never happens in my world, just ask Sharon!
After the match we went to Degeros for 'one' which turned into another three (I think). Sharon picked me up from there at about 7pm, leaving Max to fend for himself!

Friday, 24 October 2014

Point Blank

September turned out to be good for ITFC, Mick McCarthy won Manager of the Month & Tyrone Mings won Player of the Month, following a 13 out of 15 points return.

Unbeaten in seven Ipswich, were at home to Blackburn Rovers, captained by Jordan Rhodes, the striker that Roy Keane (in the news again with part two of his autobiography being published) let go during his unsuccessful tenure in the ITFC hot seat.
It seems like an age ago since I last went to football, that due to the second international break of the season.

Blackburn, led out by captain Jordan Rhodes, who, in my opinion got some unnecessary stick during todays match, because of his goal celebration last season in front of the North Stand. 

Christophe Berra was Town's skipper following Luke Chambers withdrawal through sickness

'Johnny Johnny Johnny Johny Williams
He comes and goes
He scores some goals'
- Karma Chameleon

'Changed his boots
Changed his boots
Gerkin's changed his boots'
The first half of the match was fairly even, but Town never really looked like losing their recent unbeaten run. They came out after the break looking like they really wanted all three points.
Connor Sammon, in for the injured Daryl Murphy, made a nuisance of himself and won a couple of free kicks just outside the penalty area. Rovers Matt Kilgallon was booked on each occasion, so therefore saw a red card and the visitors went down to ten men.
Ipswich took their lead from the second free kick, David McGoldrick dispatching the ball into the top corner of the net, in the sixty-fifth minute.
With an extra man advantage Town really should have added to their lead and put the game to bed. Stephen Hunt, making his first start of the season, came close after his header was cleared off the line, McGoldrick then hit the post and had a one on one with Jason Steele, which the Rovers keeper  saved, nine minutes from the end.
However, the feel good factor around Portman Road came crashing to the ground deep into stoppage time when Blackburn were awarded a free-kick on the edge of the Town box. Ben Marshall  stepped up and put the ball past keeper Dean Gerken (who at long last had changed his boots from yellow to pale blue) and into the net, giving the visitors an undeserved equaliser.
The drama didn't end there however, shortly after the restart McGoldrick, having been shoved to the ground in the Blackburn box, had a blatant penalty waved away. The ref bottled it and not for the first time in the game.
So Sharon & I left the ground feeling rather dejected, but it didn't stop us from frequenting, what is becoming customary on football days, Degeros. After a few Amstels we made the long walk next door to Zizzis, for some dinner. We spotted Arun & Nat in there and sat down at the adjacent table to them. They didn't seem to mind our company, either that or they were just being very polite? Max, who was having a sober Saturday came and picked us all up when we were finished, although he took Sharons car and my slippers - roll reversal that one!

The Greyhound are at it again with their menu!

My input 

Saturday, 4 October 2014

Running Down A Dream

Flying the flag
All of a sudden we're in the top six following a fourth straight win.
Newly promoted Rotherham United were the latest victims and included ex Blues keeper Scott Loach alongside former loanees Paul Green and Frazer Richardson in their starting eleven. Missing from the visitors lineup however were town loanees Paul Taylor and Antony Wordsworth both ineligible to play against their parent club.
The game in effect was over after just six minutes, Daryl Murphy and David McGoldrick gave us a runaway lead and we just wondered how many more goals would follow, especially Sharon whose £1 bet had Murphy netting first and a 4-0 home win. At odds of 70-1 the money certainly would have come in handy later on!
As it turned out Rotherham grew into the game, especially in the second half and although they never really looked like scoring they gave a good account of themselves. The nearest we came to increasing the lead was soon after the restart when Connor Sammon hit the post from a tight angle.

Full house - locally sourced and sauced

It was the day before my birthday, so I was in a celebratory mood. Being a good boy I was up early ad did the Jaffa's Christchurch Park running session at 8am. Afterwards I took Rudie The Dog for a walk in the woods at Martlesham with Sharon before meeting up with Max at the Holeshot Cafe, for a well earn't full house.
We went to Degeros before the game for a couple of beers and returned there after the game for a couple more! Tracey popped in for a drink before meeting her mates in town. We had a curry at the Clay Oven across the road from Degeros before one last drink at The Old Rep!

'Scottie Loach is a blue - he hates Norwich'

As for my birthday? It was a bit more low key. I watched Borussia Martlesham win in the Trophy at Westbourne in the morning and Europe win the Ryder Cup at The Bell in the afternoon - I must be getting old! 

Wednesday, 17 September 2014

I Really Do Want To Know How You Scored That Goal!

Brighton were the visitors for the first night game of the season at Portman Road. I caught the Park & Ride and met Max at Degeros, although I only stopped there for one pint.
For the second time in four days Ipswich came away with a two-nil victory, although this result was in the balance for longer than Saturdays game against Millwall.
With an hour gone It had the feeling of a one-nil, although I couldn't tell which way it would go - it was that open. Jonathan Parr scored his first goal for Town, knocking in a rebound from close range after seventy-nine minutes. Brighton then went all out for an equaliser, but Daryl Murphy's wonder strike two minutes from time ended any hope that they may have had of getting anything from the game.
Have a look at Murphy's goal.

Saturday, 13 September 2014

As The Actress Said To The Bishop

Marcus Evans played poker with these two - let's hope that he won
At last a three o'clock kick-off on a saturday afternoon - proper football. It's three weeks since attending my last match, has much changed? We turned down bids of over eight million pounds for David McGoldrick and two and a half million pounds for Tyrone Mings as the transfer window closed at the end of August. Darren Ambrose has joined us again and it looks we've found another gem from the academy, mid-fielder Teddy Bishop, who made his home debut today against Millwall.
Former captain Carlos Edwards made his first return to Portman Road since leaving last season and was given a very warm reception - he couldn't help but laugh when the North Stand sang his "He can't drive a car"song!

An impressive home debut for Teddy Bishop
Carlos Edwards back in town

The match itself was really entertaining, Millwall, who played some nice football, were unlucky not to go ahead after hitting the bar midway through the first half. Ipswich took the lead just before the break, in stoppage time, McGoldrick slotting the ball past David Forde, the Lions keeper.
Goals change games and Millwall never looked like getting back into the match after the restart. Their fate was sealed when Daryl Murphy scored from close range in the sixty-third minute.
Sharon and I resisted the temptation of going for a post match beer and instead had the delights of Mick Mills and the 'moan in' on the way home in the car!

Six games in 

Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Lets Stay Together

Dean Gerkin - should STOP wearing yellow boots with the all green goalkeepers strip. It's not on!!

Are you Norwich in disguise 

Tuesday, 26 August 2014

Park Life

I don't know if it's because our first derby against Narwich for three years came too early in the season? but there was certainly something missing from Saturdays game. There didn't seem to be the normal passion from the players or the fans (both sets). Perhaps we were still getting over that horrible 5-1 defeat on Maundy Thursday 2011 and perhaps they just assumed that they're better than us or daren't lose?
The Drum & Monkey
Plenty of Police in town for this game

A Suffolk welcome for the Narwich fans

It was also disappointing that we had about 5,000 empty seats - possibly due to Sky covering the game, although I doubt that we would have sold it out in their absence.
I kind of knew that we would lose the game, after we went behind midway through the first half, following a defensive cock-up.
After beating Fulham on the first day of the season I was feeling really good about our prospects, now just two weeks later I'm not quite so confident. This disappointing result against the budgies along with the loss at Reading (who had a weakened side), then scraping an injury time draw at Birmingham, not to mention the League Cup defeat at Crawley are hardly inspiring.

Football aside It was a good day, I started it off with an 8am training session on Christchurch Park with Ipswich Jaffas. A much needed breakfast in town and a 'holier than thou' Lime & Soda at The Plough before kick-off in the sunshine left me feeling good!
After the game we all met up at Degeros for a few of beers. Midway through the afternoon John Wark appeared in St Nicholas Street and was greeted by a rousing rendition of "He's here, he's there, he's every f**kin where, Johnny Wark, Johnny Wark. He was more than happy to have a chat and a photo with the locals.

Dejeros - a Warky wonderland
At around six o'clock me and Sharon decided to go home, but not before inviting a few people back to ours for an impromptu barbeque. We even invited Rob & Tracy - Norwich fans!

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