Tag: Ipswich Town

Match Of The Week: Ipswich Town 3-0 Leicester City

Winter came to visit us at the end of last week, and the out-stretching of his boney fingers was more like that of the Grim Reaper than of Jack Frost, knocking out game after game of the last weekend of matches prior to Christmas. As the day progressed, it soon became clear that very few would escape his wrath. Even a couple of the matches that managed to start didn’t reach completion and, somewhere in London, television executives were panicking. Chelsea and Manchester United’s weekend showdown and the Black Country derby between Wolverhampton Wanderers and West Bromwich Albion, a duo of Sunday fixtures that would have been more than worth avoiding the horrors of Christmas shopping for, both fell foul of the weather. One might have forgiven Ipswich Town for hiring a clutch of snow machines, placing them carefully upon the roofs of the stands at Portman Road and gesturing to the visiting broadcasters that there was no way on earth that this match could take place. Ipswich’s recent form has been dismal – six successive defeats that has seen them slide down the Championship table – which has been accompanied by a soundtrack of a succession of press conferences from manager Roy Keane that have given the impression of him almost trying to goad the directors of the club into trying to sack him. A free Saturday evening...

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The Christian Aid Secrecy League

Of all the football figures railing against the appointment of another independent FA chairman, Leeds United chairman Kenneth William Bates was the most predictable. An independent mind and independent voice would also have an independent eye. And Bates wouldn’t be one for independent eyes, in case they saw him for what he really is. That thought occurred as I read a report by Christian Aid, the – surprise – Christian organisation dedicated to the end of world poverty, into the secrecy surrounding football clubs in the United Kingdom. Entitled Blowing the whistle – Time’s up for financial secrecy, the report offered case studies of some of the more secretive clubs, and noted that Bates’ Leeds United “takes secrecy to a new level.” The way that Bates’ mind works, he would probably be miffed that these words didn’t translate into Leeds actually winning the Christian Aid Secrecy League which forms the focal point of the report – Manchester United fans can be assured their team won more than the Carling Cup this season. But being a voice independent of any footballing vested interest, Christian Aid are quite happy to tell things like they are, which makes for uncomfortable reading for more than just Bates. It would be easy to joke that world poverty could be near-cured by halving Premier League wages. But the report is only really using football and...

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Cambridge City To Leave Their Home Town – For Now

A couple of weeks ago, hidden away in the news section of their website, Southern League club Cambridge City finally confirmed their farewell from Milton Road, the club’s home since 1922 to pastures new at a temporary home in Newmarket. This is the story of how they came to be in this position.

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Roy Keane – Look Into His Eyes, If You Dare

Roy Keane, the nearest thing that we have to a Dark Knight in English football, is on the brink at Ipswich Town and the next five matches – at most – will determine whether the stays or goes. He left Sunderland when the going got tough. Will he stick it out this time?

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Neil Warnock & The Phantom Goal

Sometimes, one has to wonder whether this sort of thing follows Neil Warnock around. In 2007, Sheffield United were relegated on the last day of the season after Carlos Tevez scored an unlikely winner for West Ham United at Old Trafford. In February 2008, he accused a linesman of celebrating a goal for Bristol City in a match against his Crystal Palace team. Last weekend, in what threatened to overshadow everything else that took place over the three divisions of the Football League, Crystal Palace ran into more problems at Ashton Gate with a “goal that never was” in their Championship match against – again – Bristol City. They had been playing for half an hour at Ashton Gate on Saturday when Palace’s Freddie Sears drove the ball past the onrushing Bristol City goalkeeper Dean Gerken and into the bottom corner of the net. Except for one small detail. The ball bounced up off the metal rim that holds the net down and bounced out. The referee and his assistants presumably thought that the ball bounced out off the post and refused to give a goal. In the final minutes of the match, insult was layered upon injury when Nicky Maynard scored the only goal (that was awarded) of the match for Bristol City. Cue an expected amount of apoplexy from Warnock and the Crystal Palace owner, Simon Jordan....

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