Thursday, 18 January 2018

Light Blues, no match for the Army power

Wednesday 17 January 2018, Cambridge University Rugby Union Club 10 Army RFU 73 - Grange Rd, Cambridge.

First of this is a cracking ground, maybe not as famous in name as it's counterpart in Oxford, but still plenty of 'old school' charm to be found. Pavilion is a gem, terracing either side, seats in front and on top a small seated enclosure, high in the sky! A good bar with a café also operating for hot drinks and hot food.

Plenty of pictures and artefacts to look at before the game starts, on the opposite side is a 70 metre long stand, with old wooden bench seating, a great place to watch the game from.

The game itself was very one sided, no surprise as the 'light blues' start their long process of getting a team ready for the Varsity match in December 2018, whilst the army are just finishing off their predations for the up and coming tri-service tournament.

The army had far too much power and speed but also plenty of flair, not surprising when you have a number of Fijians in your side.

Well worth a visit and the 'Light blues' have fixtures for the next 4 Wednesday nights, including games v the Navy and the RAF.

Tuesday, 16 January 2018

Rain, wind, a 'Shots' manager and an Irish coach

Monday 15 January 2018, Ipswich Town Under 23s 3 QPR Under 23s 0 - Professional Development League, Playford Rd

It rained it was windy but not a bad game - but you wonder how much managers, coaches and scouts learn from a game like this - would Garry Waddock the 'Shots' (Aldershot) manager have learnt anymore about George Fowler - currently on loan at Aldershot from Ipswich? Then spare a thought for Northern Ireland Under 21 manager, Ian Baraclough, came all the way down from the East Midlands and the only Ulsterman in the Town side only got on for the last 10 minutes.

A Cup win - but not the First team

Tuesday 16 January 2018, Ipswich Town Under 18s 2 Dagenham & Redbridge Under 18s 1 - FA Youth Cup, 4th Round, Portman Road

Exciting, crowd smiling, and to top it all a cup win - trouble is it was just the Youth team.

Saturday, 13 January 2018

A win at last

Saturday 13 January 2018, Ipswich Town 1 Leeds United 0 - Championship, Portman Road

Maybe only against ten men but think we would have beaten (dirty) 11 Leeds players.

Thursday, 11 January 2018

For the love of 'Old School' terracing

Wednesday 10 January 2018, Aylesbury Utd 0 Bedford Town 3 - Southern league, East Division, Meadow

Game was not great, it was cold but not all bad - a new ground, great burger van, the radiators in the bar were hot!

The ground is a bit run down but that was part of the charm and the highlight - the 'old school' terracing - a must to stand on , not many grounds like this left.

Saturday, 6 January 2018

Never get a cup win

Saturday 6 January 2018, Ipswich Town 0 Sheffield United 1 - FA Cup 3rd Round, Portman Road

Not one shot on target - looks like this may the last cup game we see Mick in charge and he will leave with us never winning a FA Cup game whilst he was manager.

Wednesday, 3 January 2018

Time to go, Mick?

Tuesday 2 January 2018, Fulham 4 Ipswich Town 1 - Championship, Craven Cottage

OK, we were winning and Stroud the same Ref who cost us 3 points earlier in the season, was up to his tricks again but we did collapse when we went down to 10 men and the feeling in the stands is now getting very toxic and not sure Mick will ever get the crowd  back on his side again.

I always thought Mick would go during the Summer but now it may be time Marcus got his cheque book out and let him go this January. Only hope... the first in a long time... a run in the FA Cup!!