I am now 64 and as far as the Beatles song goes, I lost my hair a long time ago. My worry is not about hair but whether I will see the Blues in the Prem again? I guess we could wait for an awfully long time and it may have even changed its name again by then anyway!
Now as the years pass me by inexorably I am getting seriously concerned. I have gone beyond the mid-life crisis because if you multiply 64 by 2 you get 128 and I don’t know anyone who has lived that long, do you? The club I have loved for more than 50 years is going backwards, and I am beginning to wonder whether the Grey Reaper might decide that enough is enough and put me out of my misery?
My wife reminds me constantly that there are more important things in life than football and my beloved Ipswich Town. She is right of course, but I struggle at times to find them. So many of my living hours have been spent eating drinking and sleeping the Blue dream. It is obsessive I know but I cannot get them out of my blood and more to the point I suppose, nor do I want to.
Next season will be tough. It is a rough old league down there, and there are some big clubs still struggling to get out of it. Sunderland missed out in the play-off’s and Coventry City never even got that far! Our best chance is probably next season though because, after that, I think it will become increasingly more difficult to escape. We are in need of some reinforcements and this is especially apparent in attack because goals win games and we are simply not scoring enough.
I am fearful too that the physicality of Divison One might find us wanting. Players like Teddy Bishop and Andre Dozzell might have to punch above their weight to survive in it and trying to play pretty football in this division will prove to be the ultimate challenge.
So then, will we get to the top flight of football again before I depart this earth? Or will it only be the memories of past triumphs that I will have to hold onto so dearly? I suppose it depends on how long it takes us to start looking up again and not looking down and I have never had a good head for heights I’m afraid.