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Richard Gardiner writes.

Starting with the positives. Cracking good 4-0 win today against an in-form Charlton side. Well done lads. An excellent crowd too of 26,002! That makes it half a million over the season at Portman Road. Not bad for an upper middle of the table team in the 3rd division of English football with nothing to play for.

Wes Burns’s brace today makes him our leading scorer for the season. Says a lot about the shortcomings of our forwards. Forwards excepted, Paul Cook recruited well. Just couldn’t organise them effectively on the pitch.

Nice sendoff for James Norwood, getting another good poachers goal. Talented but wayward in equal measure. What a waste! Wish him all of the best for the rest of his career. You wouldn’t bet against him punishing us next season though if as seems likely, he joins another League 1 team.

Another Macauley Bonne goal was ruled out for offside. If he stays in Suffolk, this is an opportunity for McKenna and Pert to put their coaching skills to good use.

Next season will be fascinating. If, as I think, MK Dons go up via the playoffs, League 1 will include:
Bolton
Charlton
Derby
Ipswich
Portsmouth
Sheff Wednesday
Sunderland

It’s a very ‘diverse’ league when you consider that it will also include the likes of:
Accrington
Burton
Fleetwood
Forest Green Rovers

The two groups are worlds apart in terms of history, crowd support, past achievements and financial backing, and yet League 1 is littered with banana skins around every corner. Results are often far less predictable than in the Premier League.

I’m already looking forward to next season. With season ticket sales for 22/23 already exceeding 15000, looks like Town fans are generally happy.

Enjoy your Summer. In this part of the world, Winter beckons!

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2 comments

  • Frank Weston says:

    Nice one Richard.

  • Richard Gardiner says:

    Thanks Frank – very few people comment, was wondering how many hits do you get typically?
    Recently, I cam across my old Rothman’s Football Yearbook from 1977/78. Oh happy days, including average crowds in 1976/77 that were 12th best and higher than West Ham’s and very high average crowds away from home (third best behind Man Utd and Liverpool). We were attractive to watch and well liked by neutral fans.
    Very early days admittedly but I really do think that we are now on the road back to those halcyon days.
    I haven’t lived in Suffolk since 1961 and emigrated in 1983 but ITFC remain in my heart and DNA. Really looking forward to next season. Watch us go!

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