Date: 29th January 2016 at 5:02pm
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The misfit keepers: Unfortunately Andy Marshall must be ranked as one of them. Coming as he did from Norwich did not endear him to supporters but there was more to it than that and it was always going to be a struggle for him to rid himself of his history.

Arran Lee-Barnett was another keeper that came in for a lot of stick behind the sticks but I personally think this was a bit unfair.

He kept a lot of clean sheets in his time at Town and yet, when we lost, the finger of blame seemed to be always pointing in his general direction. Sad.

The misfit defenders: And immediately the first name that springs to mind is Mark Fish! Joe Royle took a punt on him when he was Town manager and he turned out to be an abstract failure! The South African defender was good in his early days but when he came to Town he was both unfit and way past his sell-by date!

Ibrahima Sonko was another one that failed miserably, as he tried to adapt to the attack-minded Paul Jewell management style. The Senegalese defender had his moments but most of them were bad.

Scott Mitchell and Aidan Collins never quite made the grade and nor did northern Irish international Chris Casement. Gerard Nash was just unbelievably unlucky.

The misfit midfield: George Santos is a name that I have not forgotten but sadly for all the wrong reasons. He had a goal in him but lacked any real football skills but he is not the only one and seemingly in very bad company now and I would add to the list, Giles Coke, Chris Bart-Williams,Kevin Horlock,Ian Bowyer and perhaps too, the slightly more skillful and very likable Jamie Peters to the list of nearly men at Ipswich Town over the last fifteen seasons. Ulrich Le Pen needs no introduction!

The misfit attack: Sam Parkin was an overpriced misfit if ever there was one and although Hungarian Tamas Priskin scored that famous goal against Arsenal in the league cup, he failed terribly to to make a serious impact and was one of Roy Keane’s worst signings of many I feel. Francis Jeffers was known as the ‘fox in the box’ with Everton and Arsenal but when he came to Town he was known as the ‘scouse in alehouse.’

Northern Irish striker David Healy scored only once for the Tractor Boys and yet he seemed to score for fun for his home nation so he was a real footballing enigma?

For the record though, he scored an amazing 35 times in just 84 appearances for the Irish so he certainly had something?

Also on my misfit striker list we cannot forget Michael (what are the odds?) Chopra or headless chicken Lee Martin but let’s not be too cruel about it because with other clubs they performed quite well.

Well, that is my pick of the Town misfits of the last fifteen or so season and now for yours!

Frank Weston – editor of Vital Ipswich


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