Date: 21st January 2019 at 5:35pm
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Now I don’t want to tempt fate but with Ipswich Town all most certainly going further down, the question is, will they return to the top flight in my lifetime? I have supported the Blues for 50 years but since 1990 I have done so from the Netherlands.  This means I don’t get to Portman Road as often as I would like but perhaps that is not such a bad thing?

I am a subscriber to ifollow however and as an overseas supporter, I get to see all the games with those excellent commentaries from Radio Suffolk provided by Brenner Wooley and Mick Mills or Alex Mathie. The football is not great but nobody could doubt the squad’s endeavour and under new manager Paul Lambert, we have tried to entertain as well. Results have not gone our way and we still look pretty toothless up front but this might have as much to do with our midfield as it does with our strikers? Cole Skuse and Trevoh Chalobah are holding midfielders and too similar to be paired together in my view. I would like to see Andre Dozzell or Teddy Bishop back in the mix because they know how to pick a pass.

Alex Mathie rightly said on Saturday that we do not create enough going forward and so it is perhaps a bit unfair to blame our strikers when they get so little service and I am a little baffled too, as to why Emyr Huws was not in the eighteen again? He is not apparently injured but instead has been given another rest. I know that the club is dressing him up in cotton wool at the moment but we need him badly.

So then, back to the main premise of this blog. Will I ever live to see the day when Town are back in the Premier League? It is looking increasingly unlikely – unless of course, we do a Manchester City – or Paul Lambert can replicate what he did with our fiercest rivals down the road.

I will never lose my love of the Blues regardless of which division they find themselves in. I just hope beyond all reasonable hope that the new gaffer can turn things around. He has committed himself to this club in a number of different ways and with him at the helm hope of course springs eternal!

F.W.                        –            editor of Vital Ipswich


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