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17.04.2017… Ipswich Town (a)…

Ipswich Town 3 Newcastle United 1

Portman Road… Monday April 17th… 3pm

Attendance: 25,684 (1,952 away fans)

Ticket: £32.50 – Programme: £4 (Special Edition)

Not the best of afternoons. In fact, the loudest cheer came on the train on the way back towards Peterborough, when Huddersfield conceded a late equaliser at Derby…

Ipswich’s largest home gate of the season, 2,334 more than attended the derby game against Norwich…

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First Half: Newcastle Attack…

Most likely the last time that I’ll ever attempt to sit quietly in the home end when i can’t get a ticket. Even if you win, it’s really not worth it. It really isn’t very nice to hear what the home supporters think of your club, and your support, when you have absolutely no right of reply; and, in this instance, whilst losing…

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Second Half: Ipswich Kick Off…

Ipswich Town; Bialkowski, Spence, Chambers, Berra, Kenlock (Emmanuel 77), Ward, Skuse, Huws, Lawrence (YC) (Pitman 89), McGoldrick (YC) (Smith 86), Sears

Not Used; Crowe, Bru, Diagouraga, Samuel

Goals; Sears (42), McGoldrick (69), Huws (90+3)

Newcastle United; Darlow, Yedlin (YC) (Gamez 78), Lascelles, Hanley, Dummett, Ritchie (Mitrovic 82), Shelvey, Hayden (YC), Atsu, Diame (Gouffran 61), Murphy

Not Used; Elliot, Mbemba, Colback, Perez

Goals; Murphy (62)

As usual, more pictures on flickr…

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22.10.2016… Ipswich Town (h)…

Newcastle United 3 Ipswich Town 0

St. James’ Park… Saturday October 22nd… 3pm

Attendance: 51,963

Ticket: £30 – Programme: £3

I’ve missed a few games recently, my dad hasn’t been well…

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Outside St. James’ Park…

He was diagnosed with Prostate Cancer last year; it spread to his arm, then to his back, then finally, to his liver. He died on Monday 17th October at 10.30am, peacefully in bed in his front room. I was holding his hand…

He taught my how to ride a bike, how to bowl overarm and how to kick a ball. He bought me my first black and white shirt. He took me to my first match, January 1981, an FA Fourth Round game against Luton Town. He bought us season tickets in 1983, and we went together until he thought that I was old enough to go with my mates…

He was never as big a fan as I became, he never understood the away trips or the boxes of programmes but it was always something that we had in common. Even in my thirties and forties I would always enjoy the game more when we went together…

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Inside St. James’ Park…

The match…? We won 3-0, and I wish that my dad could have watched it with me…

Newcastle United; Darlow, Yedlin, Clark, Lascelles, Dummett, Colback, Shelvey (Hayden 83), Ritchie, Gouffran (Atsu 75), Perez, Gayle (Mitrovic, 79)

Not Used; Sels, Mbemba, Anita, Diame

Goals; Perez (1, 73), Ritchie (78)

Ipswich Town; Bialkowski, Knudsen (Emmanuel 46), Chambers, Berra, Webster, Ward,  Douglas, Grant, Lawrence, Sears (Williams 83), Best (McGoldrick 46)

Not Used; Gerken, Bishop, Digby, Bru

Goals; None

As usual, more pictures on flickr…

08.11.2014… Ipswich v Watford…

Ipswich Town 1 Watford 0

Portman Road… Saturday November 8th… 3pm

Attendance: 22,490

Ticket: £31 – Programme: £3

Well it’s not very far from Hinckley to Ipswich but it’s certainly a disjointed train journey; trains may be pretty good North to South but they’re not so good East to West…

Reasonably early start and uneventful, albeit slow, progress; the Waitrose at Peterborough station was very handy, decent lunch at non-station prices, result…

I arrived in Ipswich about an hour before the match and there was an early bonus; I always like it when you can see the ground from the station, five minutes later I was there…

This was my first trip to Ipswich since 1993, our first season in the Premier League.  I’d been a couple of times before that too when we were having one of our regular spells in the old Second Division, I seem to remember Gavin Peacock scoring a cracker in a 3-2 defeat during the season when we nearly ended up in Division Three.

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Portman Road: Outside…

Ipswich has always struck me as being a decent football club with decent supporters, similar to Fulham in that respect, the kind of place where Sir Bobby was always likely to thrive. He got them, they got him, Ipswich never let him down in the way that we did…

I’m happy to report that Portman Road is still a great ground, it has a real 70s / 80s feel about it up the flanks with a twist of Premier League expansion behind the goals. History wins out though, I could almost see the blue shirt with white pinstripes, ‘Pioneer’ emblazoned across the chest. Fortunately I couldn’t see Eric Gates, unfortunately an Adidas Tango was nowhere to be seen either…

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Portman Road: Inside…

The match; two sides near the top of the league but uneventful really. Watford started reasonably well but Ipswich deserved all three points for their second half performance alone and they got them when Tommy Smith fired home from close range in the 83rd minute …

Nostalgia sated for another week…

Train back involved a change at Ely and a very impressive firework display while I waited for my connection…

A two game weekend; next stop, The Hawthorns tomorrow…

Ipswich Town; Bialkowski, Chambers, Smith, Berra, Mings, Bru, Tabb, Williams (Bishop 61), Murphy, McGoldrick (YC) (Sammon 94), Hunt  Not Used; Parr, Anderson, Bajner, Ambrose, Crowe

Goals; Smith (83)

Watford; Gomes, Paredes (YC), Ekstrand (YC), Bassong Nguena, Pudil, Munari (YC), Tozser, Andrews (Murray 86), Vydra, Deeney, Forestieri (Ighalo 74) Not Used; McGugan, Doyley, Cathcart, Dyer, Bond

Goals; None

As usual, More pictures on flickr…

05.10.2014… Forest v Ipswich…

Nottingham Forest 2 Ipswich Town 2

The City Ground… Sunday October 5th… 3pm

Attendance: 24,354

Ticket: £28 – Programme: £3

Stuart Pearce versus Mick McCarthy…

Two games in two days…. I’d forgotten all about this one, so travelled up to Nottingham feeling rather weary after the previous day’s trip to Swansea…

I hadn’t been to the City Ground since the late 1990s; my overriding memory of the place being a Thursday night in May 1996, sat behind the goal watching Ian Woan all but extinguish our title challenge but I’ve always liked the place…

It doesn’t appear to have changed much since those heady days, which is a very good thing. This is a proper football ground, one that has grown organically, stands being added and updated as and when required. As a result, each section looks different, giving the City Ground a look and feel that is unique…

Add to that its location; sat on the banks of the Trent, Trent Bridge and Meadow Lane both visible from within, and you’re left with a very special football ground….

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The City Ground, Outside…

Anyway, the game itself, and a chance to see two Newcastle signings, loaned back to Forest… Karl Darlow and James Lascelles (who must already be worrying about whether they’ve made the right choice)…

First half, very quiet, Ipswich going in 1-0 up thanks to a great individual goal from Daryl Murphy…

Second half, Forest picked up, eventually equalising through Robert Tesche following a corner. Daryl Murphy gave Ipswich back the lead with his second goal of the afternoon, a 71st minute header. Forest tied things up again in the 94th minute, Michail Antonio scoring from another corner…

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The City Ground, Inside…

A leisurely walk to the station followed, then a sustained focus on staying awake on the train back to Leicester. If I’d slept through then the next stop would have been St. Pancras. Fortunately I didn’t, made it home tired but in one piece; next stop, Nuneaton on Tuesday night…

Nottingham Forest; Darlow, Hunt, Mancienne, Wilson (Lascelles 29), Lichaj (Harding 81), Tesch, Burke (Veldwijk 75), Antonio, Lansbury (YC), Assombalonga, Fryatt Not Used; Paterson, de Vries, Grant, Osborn

Goals; Tesche (63), Antonio (90)

Ipswich Town;  Gerken, Parr, Chambers, Berra, Mings, Hyam (Tabb 33), Skuse, Williams (Bishop 61), Murphy, McGoldrick (Smith 76), Sammon Not Used; Bajner, Bru, Henshall, Bialkowski

Goals; Murphy (19, 71)

As usual, More pictures on flickr…