Ipswich – the team
It’s been one of those seasons which you suspect will be instantly forgettable once it is over for Ipswich Town fans. Too good to go down but not good enough to challenge the top six, Mick McCarthy’s side are pretty much marooned in mid table with not a lot going on. They remain the Championship’s longest serving club having been in the division for 2002 which is a remarkable record when you consider the turnover of clubs even since the Albion were promoted into the division in 2011. We of course know not to take them likely however having lost at home to Ipswich last season in that poor post-Christmas run of form which ultimately went a long way to ensuring we aren’t playing Premier League football this season.
Ipswich – the place
Ipswich is one of England’s oldest towns, if not the oldest. That claim to fame is disputed by Colchester but seeing as the Essex town was left uninhabited for some time, Ipswich can rightly be described as the oldest inhabited town in the country. As if that wasn’t enough, in 2007 it won an award for being the Cleanest Town in Britain while the tallest building in East Anglia – The Mill, which reaches to a whopping 23 storeys – can be found in the Waterfront area.
Ipswich – the people
Ipswich’s most famous celebrity fan is arguably Charlie from Busted. The town itself has given the world some great people down the years, including Henry VIII’s Lord Chancellor Thomas Wolsey, landscape painter George Frost and Steve Wright – the serial killer as opposed to popular host of BBC Radio 2’s Steve Wright in the Afternoon.
A good WeAreBrighton.com memory of Ipswich at home
The Tractor Boy’s first visit to The Amex was particularly enjoyable after they rocked up with that infamous “Money can’t buy everything” banner and were promptly smashed 3-0 thanks to an Ashley Barnes brace and one from Craig Mackail-Smith. The very definition of an egg on face moment.
A bad WeAreBrighton.com memory of Ipswich at home
We’ve already mentioned last seasons 1-0 defeat on a Tuesday night but it really was a terrible result. While the 90 minutes of football may have been utter crap, it wasn’t a complete waste of an evening as one member of the WeAreBrighton.com managed to pull in Shooshh afterwards via the quite unique method of buying 11 £1 vodka and lemonads and using them to explain to a girl why Chris Hughton’s decision to use a 4-2-3-1 formation was the wrong one.
Leon Best is on the books of Ipswich but McCarthy came out a few weeks ago and said he wouldn’t play again for the club. Which is bloody ironic given in the half a season he spent with the Albion he might as well not have bothered turning up either.
Having sold Daryl Murphy to Newcastle in the summer, goals have been a bit of problem for Town and their top scorer is Tom Lawrence who has eight so far this season while Grant Ward has five from midfield this season.
There has been just one goal in our last two meetings with Ipswich and you can guarantee a McCarthy side will be well organised. It will probably be similar to Cardiff’s visit to The Amex, in which case under 1.5 goals at a best priced 2/1 looks good value.
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