Saturday, 19 August 2017

Top of the league (at half time!)

Saturday 19 August 2017, Ipswich Town 2 Brentford 0 - Championship, Portman Road

Monday, 14 August 2017

Sunny and a win.

Monday 14 August 2017, Ipswich Town Under 23s 3 Crewe Alexandra Under 23s 2 - Playford Rd Training Ground, Professional Development League 2

Sunny, nice breeze, pitch like a snooker table and a win! What is there not to like about early season football?

Where were the fans?

Wednesday 9 August 2017, APOEL Nicosia 1 Apollon Limassol 2 - Antonis Papadopoulos Stadium, Cyprus Super Cup

Family wedding in Cyprus and so would miss a week of the football season, but a quick check on Soccerway and noticed the Cyprus Super Cup (the Cypriot version of the Charity/Community Shield)  was being played less than 50 miles away in Larnaca.

Next hard bit was getting a ticket, never going to be a full house but because of crowd trouble (as witnessed the week earlier in the same ground at the Apollon- Aberdeen game). In the end I managed to get a ticket from the Cyprus FA - the only way to get a ticket for fans of both teams, leading to a crowd of just over 1,000.

The game itself may have lacked a large crowd but both teams were certainly up for the game, APOEL  taking an early lead but Limassol managed to miss a few easy chance. The best player for APOEL was Tommy Oar, who had a very short time at Ipswich not long ago.

Some meaty challenges from both teams forced the ref to hand out a few yellow cards and in the second half, the Apollon skipper got his second yellow and his marching orders. With just 10 men and only 12 minutes to go you would have thought Limassol had no hope of getting back into the game, but a fantastic free kick got them on level terms and when I was just preparing myself for extra time, the South West team Apollon, managed to get a winner.

The low crowd maybe down to the strict ticketing rules but those who did go were rewarded with a great game.

The stadium itself was also a great place to visit, all football in Cyprus is linked to politics and with the venue be;longing to a club that takes the name of a town in the Turkish part of the island, this is certainly the case here.

Saturday, 5 August 2017

Better than we thought?

Saturday 5 August 2017, Ipswich Town Birmingham City - Championship, Portman Road

Great start and might be a much better season than we thought (then again we won the first game last year)

All about Mo!

Friday 4 August 2017, World Athletics Championship, Day 1 - London Stadium

We came, we packed the stadium, we cheered, we had come to say good bye to Bolt and Mo - but in the end it was all about Sir Mo!

Loudest ever noise at at athletics event? A great race, a superb time and a win that the whole country can celebrate.

A great event from the speech from Sadiq Khan, the throws, the jumps the runs - Britain's qualifying, Bolt winning (just) then to cap it all off - Gold for Mo

Thursday, 3 August 2017

Have to love Ram Meadow

Wednesday 2 August 2017, Bury Town 1 Ipswich Town Under 23s 3 - PSF, Ram Meadow

Not a bad game, decent crowd and cracking clubhouse - but what I like about Ram Meadow, it still has the feel of a good old non-league ground - a variety of stands, most fans stood around the pitch and a quirky main stand that has no hope of keeping you dry - just love Ram Meadow

Sunday, 30 July 2017

Watch two sports at the same time

Saturday 29 July 2017, Bungay Town 5 Belton 3 - PSF, Maltings Pavilion

Not a great game and the ref did well to control the second half where a couple of Belton players started to lose their heads. with their number 6 lucky to stay on the pitch.

The first half had seen Bungay take an easy lead but Belton had missed a couple of sitters, in the end Bungay had the better footballers and deserved the win.

Wanted to visit Bungay for a while as new they had a great old stand and the club had become quite famous for some unique match promotions (free punnet of mushrooms for all fans who went tone game!) plus their humorous twitter feed, someone close to the club may not have been so happy as they have decided this year that the twitter feed will concentrate just on football - not sure that is a good decision.

Loved the ground, cracking stand, railed pitch and dugouts plus a quality bar/pavilion.  What did surprise me is that they are going to build a new pavilion and clubhouse, to me the clubhouse they already have is far better than most at far higher levels in non-league football.

Other bonus today is you could watch both Bungay Town FC and Bungay CC play at the same time from the club bar!