The View From Churchmans

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

MATCH REPORTS BY SEASON

Ipswich Town 1 Rotherham 2

Looks like the Coventry result may have been a bit of luck rather than the sinking ship having been brought under control. That said, for the first quarter of the match we played the best football seen at Portman Road all season, but it was obviously built more on confidence than technique, because as the deserved goals failed to materialise, the inspiration drained away, and when we'd given a second away to produce ... More...

Ipswich Town 2 Coventry 1

Well, not the best quality football, but an exciting game which was fascinating for the tactician and showed the best and worst of this current squad. I loved it. So Joe's got his formation sorted, and now he needs to sort out the players who are going fit into it, and who want to be a part of the new regime. We're witnessing a major rebuilding exercise now. So far he's only about halfway ... More...

Ipswich Town 1 Crystal Palace 2

I'm not sure what Joe Royle's got in mind, but it has to be fairly drastic, and it has to be fast. Anyone expecting some instant miracle cure was obviously dreaming, because this was the same old stuff we've seen for the last two months. Most managers usually bring with them some hidden gems they've had at their previous clubs, and although I never thought I'd say this, if Man City have got ... More...

Ipswich Town 1 Slovan Liberec 0

Fans of statistical sequences will know that a home win should mean we get stuffed in the away leg, but I'm sure we'll all take tonight's result gladly. As expected, Joe Royle didn't tinker much with the team selection (after all, he probably doesn't know the names of some of the players yet), but he did opt for the flattest, plainest 4-4-2 you ever did see, presumably because that would give him the ... More...

Ipswich Town 0 Gillingham 1

Most top-level teams would probably look ahead to a fixture against Gillingham and prefix their comments with "With all due respect to Gillingham..." - which as we all know really means "With no respect at all to Gillingham..." Well, things have now sunk low enough that we really do have to respect teams like Gillingham. It was a day where Portsmouth's away thrashing of the team which comfortably got a draw with us ... More...

Ipswich Town 2 Burnley 2

Dear dear. Things didn't bode well as I walked towards the ground at 6.45pm to see Fab getting into his car (D1 FAB) and forcefully driving away from the ground. One for the more imaginative gossipmongers, I'm sure. What did it mean? I don't know. But I don't know much after tonight. Do the players all want to work for Mogga? Is Mogga the man for the job? Whatever your opinion, there was ... More...

Ipswich Town 2 Sheffield Wed 1

Well, those who wanted George's head on a plate got their wish, but that's only half the job done: now we have to find (and be able to afford) someone better. And if this was Oor Tony's manifesto, there was little to persuade the electorate to vote for him, I'm afraid. Apart from the enforced changes, Mogga didn't go for a radical alternative to the lineup and tactics which have let us down ... More...

Ipswich Town 0 Derby Co 1

I'm really irritated. Really, really irritated. Irritated with almost the entire team for not seeming to have the desire or the ability to put in even a respectable First Division standard performance. Irritated with that crap ref. Irritated - angry even - with the pond life of the North Stand who thought that chanting "one Marcus Stewart" at 18-year-old strikers struggling to cope was going to achieve anything other than giving Derby a notional ... More...

Ipswich Town 1 FK Sartid 1

"View from the Greene King Stand" tonight comes from the Cobbold Stand, which let me find out if the deathly hush from the North Stand this season had merely been down to being three times as far away from them as last year. But no, something horrible's happened: it seems moving the heart of the home support onto two levels really has ripped the heart out of the noise-making machine. At one point, ... More...

Ipswich Town 1 Norwich 1

Wow. All-out passion and commitment, form-book-out-the-window, ninety minutes of blood, sweat and tears, crowd baying for blood ...these are all the things you expect from a local derby. And which we got none of today. It wasn't a bad match, but it could have been any old match really. Norwich suckered us into playing it the way they'd planned, by dropping almost the whole team back, drawing us forward and hitting us on the ... More...

Ipswich Town 1 Bradford 2

Well, I accidentally left my shirt at home (bad omen), but having Master Rand Jnr as "Toddler of the Month" in the programme was cool, and that was enough to make me feel it was going to be a good night as they ran out. That, and the small matter of the presence of M.Holland Esq. But it was misplaced confidence. We were back to that "looks reasonably professional but ultimately goes nowhere" ... More...

Ipswich Town 6 Leicester City 1

A belated start to the season for those of us who weren't in the small but merry band at Walsall, and who couldn't go to Luxembourg either. Almost the entire division had played three matches and we hadn't seen a ball kicked yet. Still, it was worth waiting for. A real oddity this one, a bit like Rotherham must have felt against Millwall. "Even" at this level you don't expect the opposition to ... More...

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