The View From Churchmans

Ipswich Town home match reports from just another season-ticket holder

MATCH REPORTS BY SEASON

Ipswich Town 1 Swansea City 3

A Sky broadcast, cold weather and a daft kickoff time were always going to result in a small crowd. But today's capitulation was watched by the smallest league crowd at Portman Road since December 1999, and the occasionals who instead went Christmas shopping probably got back home less stressed than those who ventured out for some football-related entertainment. Early last season, soon after Roy Keane took over, Town shipped ... More...

Ipswich Town 1 WBA 0

After one of the most dispiriting weekends in the club's history, I really can't explain what convinced me to drive halfway across East Anglia in the snow for what would surely be a comfortable away win by a team which was comfortably better than Ipswich even last year, before its Premier League elevation. Why do we do it? As John Cleese once said: "It's not the despair that ... More...

Ipswich Town 1 Barnsley 3

Tipping points have been a prominent subject in business management for the past decade, and today large sections of the Portman Road regulars reached a tipping point with the club's high profile, low return manager. There was nothing wrong with the lineup and tactics on paper, but there was no heart in the side, and Keane's obtuse substitutions seemed to say to the crowd: "Still wondering if this ... More...

Ipswich Town 0 Derby Co 2

Sometimes the players are alright individually, but the team performance isn't good. Tonight was the other way around, with some shocking individual displays, yet the team remained in with a shout for much of the game. You did get the impression, however, that Derby - one of the form teams of the division - thought they would need to play much better than they actually had to. For ... More...

Ipswich Town 2 Millwall 0

A strange game, which in many ways was quite even, but which Ipswich never looked like losing, if only because Millwall couldn't finish and made the more calamitous errors at the back. But on another day it could have been a very high scoring draw. A return to two-up-front in the league was welcomed all around the ground, and the result meant that 18,000 home supporters could all ... More...

Ipswich Town 1 Coventry City 2

After a couple of decent home wins, it was dreadfully disappointing seeing Town back to the directionless ways which characterised so much of last season. Most supporters would have groaned at seeing the team sheet showing one striker (at home against mediocre opposition!), and the rest probably joined them in their irritation by about 15 minutes into the game, when it was clear that things weren't working. Even ... More...

Ipswich Town 2 Leeds United 1

When teams like Leeds come to Town, with their volatile and vociferous support, it's always likely that it'll be an exciting afternoon, so the biggest surprise of the day was the almost complete absence of anything to talk about after a turgid first 45 minutes. True, Town had scored a goal before half-time in a league game for the first time since Ray Crawford was a lad, but ... More...

Ipswich Town 2 Cardiff City 0

Better! Although perhaps not as comfortable as the scoreline - and Town's domination of the latter part of the match - suggested, this was eventually a deserved victory. Town got a lucky break to take the lead but made it count, after steadily building from a shaky start and showing plenty of resilience throughout. The 4-4-2 didn't demonstrate too much respect for the opposition (unlike Tuesday night), but ... More...

Ipswich Town 0 QPR 3

Oh dear. Not good at all. This was the match which, it was said beforehand, would show if Town were up to a serious title challenge this season. And the answer was a resounding no. QPR have a good set of players, but more importantly have been drilled to play simple, fast, attacking football. Ipswich, on the other hand - with a five man midfield at home - ... More...

Ipswich Town 2 Bristol City 0

Having missed the first home game of the season, my most recent experiences at Portman Road had been the appalling two 3/10 performances at the end of last year which will have helped make up the minds of the 2,000 or so supporters who decided not to renew their season tickets. To be honest, nothing really happened in the summer to suggest Town would start this campaign any ... More...

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