With the Football League announcing the provisional schedule for the Play Off’s this season, here are the dates Ipswich Town need to pencil in should a trip to Wembley be on the cards!
Sitting in ninth place in the Championship, with just under two months left of the regular league campaign, automatic promotion is out of the question but sitting as we do, only four points off the last Play Off spot – albeit five with our inferior goal difference, means that we can record these dates in our hearts; if not perhaps in our heads at this moment in time.
It’s now known that the Play Off semi finals will be held between May 12 and 20, and the respective Finals at Wembley will then follow on May 28, 29, and 30.
Sky Bet Championship:
Leg 1: Friday 13th May (7.45 pm)
Leg 2: Monday 16th May (7.45 pm)
Leg 1: Saturday 14th May (12.30 pm)
Leg 2: Tuesday 17th May (7.45 pm)
And as there is very little else going on at Portman Road at the moment with a number of players on international duty, here are the dates for the rest of the football league. Maybe if the blues don’t make it you might be tempted to look elsewhere?
Sky Bet League 1:
Leg 1: Saturday 14th May (5.30 pm)
Leg 2: Thursday 19th May (7.45 pm)
Leg 1: Sunday 15th May (12.15 pm)
Leg 2: Friday 20th May (7.45 pm)
Sky Bet League 2:
Leg 1: Thursday 12th May (7.45 pm)
Leg 2: Sunday 15th May (6.00 pm)
Leg 1: Saturday 14th May (7.30 pm)
Leg 2: Wednesday 18th May (7.45 pm)
All the semi final ties will be screened live on Sky Sports, and for those sides who progress through to the respective Play Off Finals here are those all important dates.
The Sky Bet Championship Final – Saturday 28th May (5.00 pm)
Sky Bet League 1 – Sunday 29th May (3.00 pm)
Sky Bet League 2 – Monday 30th May (3.00 pm)
Back to Town for a moment and there is a possibility that we could have more first team players representing their countries tonight.
Yesterday evening Christophe Berra played the full 90 minutes as Scotland defeated the Czech republic 0-1 in Prague.
Daryl Murphy will be hoping to play some part in Dublin later today when his Irish side take on Switzerland at the Aviva Stadium. The 33-year-old has previously won 19 full Irish caps but is still to net his first international goal.
Ireland also face Slovakia, again at home in a friendly on Tuesday but it is unlikely that he will be involved in both matches.
Kevin Bru too will be hoping for some game time as Mauritius are in action at home to Rwanda in the first of two African Cup of Nations qualifiers on Saturday. Their away game against the same opposition is on Tuesday 29th March.
Frank Weston – editor of Vital Ipswich