Town drop valuable points in the games against Millwall and Preston. Only one point from 6. Playoffs a dream for this season. Championship football it is again for next season. Time to settle our youngsters and consolidate for a good solid run next season.
The game against Preston was called off due to a frozen pitch - no new date has been set as yet.
Pawel Krol has arrived from Poland on a week's trial. Krol is a capped Polish U17, U18 and U19 defender.
The striker jinx continues. Alan Lee is out for 3 weeks with a hamstring injury suffered in the 2-1 win over Crewe. And now, new loanee, Ricardo Fuller, will NOT start against Southampton due to work permit restrictions. Fuller's work permit allowed him to play for Southampton only, and does not allow him to play for any other team - even on loan.
Sheer Class Prevails: In a tense local derby, Town produce some of the silky free-flowing football we are used to watching and totally outplay their opponents. Norwich are lucky to have 11 men still on the park at the end of the game after shocking challenges by Fleming and Green. Ipswich do not resort to lowering themselves to Norwich's level after the referee, K Stroud, failed to find his cards in his pocket.
Class prevailed in the end, and after 2 penalty appeals were denied, Ipswich got the deserved winner through an own goal by Doherty (or a "header" off the wrist of Haynes) - the jury is still out on the verdict here!!
The derby game on Sunday the 5th will be broadcast by Sky Sports (11h15 local time). DSTV and Super Sport will broadcast it locally at 13h00 SA time on SuperSport 3. More details over the meet ups for Joburg, Cape Town and Durban to follow.
The performances are improving in January, as the youngsters get a chance to show what they are worth. Royle struggling with an injury-hit squad, and has no choice but to play the youngsters.
And the injury woes continue. Forster limping off early in the first half against Hull. The fears of all the fans that our squad was too small at the start of the season are now starting to come true. Anywhere but bottom 3 based on current performances is the only way to look at this season.
Sam Parkin could be out for as long as 4 months after breaking his ankle
Gavin Williams has been signed on loan from West Ham.
27/10/2005 - Town live on Sky:
The away game against Cardiff has been moved from Sunday 27 to Monday 28 November, and is now live on Sky. Meet ups will take place in Joburg and Cape Town. More to follow nearer the time.
27/10/2005 - New signing:
Teacher trainee Vemund Brekke-Skard signed for Town for the remainder of this season and next season. The midfielder (who cost nothing as he is currently an amateur) will have to "teach" the rest of the team how to play football, as Town drop to 14th after most recent 1-0 defeat at home.
16/10/2005 - Town totally pathetic:
Ipswich produced truly the most gutless, spineless display in 30 years of this author watching them from afar. It was the most embarrassing display ever seen live on TV. Hang your heads in shame, as you do not deserve to wear a Town jersey. I have seem better spines on snakes.
15/10/2005 - Town live on Sunday:
Ipswich are live on SuperSport 6 starting at 14h15 this Sunday, 16 October.
13/10/2005 - New loan signing:
Adam Proudlock has joined Town on a 3 month loan spell from Sheffield Wednesday, and is in the squad to face Reading.
24/9/2005 - Getting it together:
After a shocking start to September, Ipswich managed to get their campaign back on track with a 2-0 win over Leeds at Elland Road, despite having far less possession and shots (on and off target) than Leeds. Also, old Ipswich favourite George Burley makes it 8 wins out of 8 for Hearts with a 1-0 win over Rangers.
It's that time of the season. This Sunday is derby time with the midday kickoff at home to Norwich. But first, a small matter of Southampton at home before the big one on the weekend. No news as to whether Sky are covering the game live or not, as yet.
More injury problems:
Ian Westlake is now out for up to 6 weeks with ligament damage suffered in training. Jason de Vos looks set to come back after playing for the Reserves in the 2-4 loss to Arsenal Reserves, while Nicky Forster still out till October.
New signing for Town:
Ipswich have signed James McEveley from Blackburn on a year's loan.
Ipswich live on DSTV:
Ipswich Town are live on DTSV on Monday 29 August for the game at home against Preston. Cross over at 13h30, with the game starting at 13h45.
Major injury problems:
Lewis Price, Nicky Forster, Sam Parkin, Mark Fish (now retired) are all on the injury list, as the depth of the squad is challenged early in the season.
All over for Fish:
Mark Fish has retired from football after 45 minutes with Ipswich. A knee injury suffered just before half time has cut short his career and brought about Mark's retirement from football.
Ipswich renews the South African connection:
Mark Fish has agreed terms with the club and is on a month-long loan with Town. Joe Royle has confirmed he will go into the squad for Tuesday's game with QPR. Come on Feeeeesh - do South Africa proud. We're all routing for you here in SA.
New Season Upon Us:
The new season is upon us. We have talked about football for too long - now is the time for action. Full fixtures can be found at the link "fixtures" on the left hand side of this page.
Transfers so far this season are as follows:
8 July Pablo Counago
[Ipswich - Malaga] Undisclosed
8 August - Mark Fish [Charlton - Ipswich] - Month Loan
4 August Castro Sito [Racing Ferrol - Ipswich]
July Jimmy Juan [Monaco - Ipswich] - Loan for the year
July Sam Parkin [Swindon - Ipswich]
July Jaime Peters [Canada - Ipswich]
July Nicky Forster [Reading - Ipswich] - Free
August James McEveley [Blackburn - Ipswich] - Loan for the year
FA CUP WINNERS:
Congratulations to the U18 FA Cup winners - IPSWICH TOWN. Well done to the Academy team and Bryan Klug. 3-2 over Southampton over the 2 leg final. Here's to an extremely bright future. The last time we won the U18 FA Cup was 1975, and we all know what happened in 1978 (FA Cup final win over Arsenal) and 1981 (UEFA Cup victory).
Meet ups take place for all live games. Recommended locations in Johannesburg are the Sandton Sports Club (George Lea Park), and Rascals in Kildare Road, Kenilworth, Cape Town. The beers are always cold and very well priced (what else do you need?) Dates and times finalised once the exact TV times are confirmed.