Wednesday, 29 August 2012

Long way to go to see us knocked out

Tuesday 28 August 2012 - Carlisle United 2 Ipswich Town 1 (aet) League Cup, Brunton Park

Another spineless display but at least a new (and nice) ground to visit - real 'Old School'

Friday, 24 August 2012

Not many KP supporters!

Thursday 23 August 2012, Ipswich Cricket Club v PCA England Masters, Charity 20/20 match, Clay Hall - Masters won.

A pleasant afternoon spent watching a charity cricket match. Almost as entertaining as the game was listening to the cricket legends (both those playing and those just spectating) give their views on the summer game. From the questions asked by those at the fund raising dinner, it beacme obvious that KP has very few supporters - including those who played alongside him for either England or Surrey.

Wednesday, 22 August 2012

At last, we beat Watford

And in style!

Tuesday 21 August 2012, Watford 0 Ipswich Town 2, Vicarage Rd, Championship

It may have taken us 15 games and it may ahve only been one nol (in the 90th minute) but we beat Watford - and in some style. Probably the best first half display I have seen by a Jewell team. So now on saturday we go to table topping Blackpool in good spirits.

Three sided ground

Monday, 20 August 2012

Met some legends

Monday 20 August 2012, Suffolk County Cricket Club v Lincolnshire CC - Minor Counties Championship, Ipswich School

Today I managed to watch part of the Minor Counties Cricket game at Ipswich School - the good news, it looks like Suffolk could wrap up a win on Tuesday.

But the good thing about Minor County Cricket, is that it is free and you can wander round the various grounds - and today I also met two legends - Ray East, legend of Essex Cricket Club and Suffolk and alonside him was occasional cricketer but football legend- Allan Hunter, Ipswich and Northern Ireland. Made the day even better.

Sunday, 19 August 2012

Hyam mighty

Saturday 18 August 2012, Ipswich Town 1 Blackburn Rovers 1 - Championship, Portman Road

The day started with our Suffolk Olympians and torch carriers doing a pre match lap of honour, the crowd gave them a good reception and there was a real 'fee-good' feeling in the ground and by then end of the game that feeling was still there. A good point against the former Premier League team and in the end a gmae we should have won. Probably the best ever Town display by local lad - Luke Hyam, lets hope Jewell just keeps him in the team.

Tuesday, 14 August 2012

Start with a win

Tuesday 14 August 2012, Ipswich 3 Bristol Rovers 1, League Cup Round 1, Portman Road

Makes a change - beat a team from a lower league in the cup! Lets hope we keep the same form for Saturday

Saturday, 11 August 2012

And to finish

Friday 10th August 2012, USA v Argentina, Olympic Basketball, semi-final - North Greenwich Arena (02)

My last live Olympic event and a chance to see the latest USA 'Dream team' and they did not dissapoint with an easy win over the South Americans. Kobe Bryant and Lebron Jmames are the two big stars but all the US team sparkled. Just leaving the debate in the USA of which is the best ever 'Dream Team'?

Top tip - good place to watch relay racing - the Jamaica Terrace at the Arena! They know relay.

Friday, 10 August 2012

We dreamt - and it came true

Thursday 9 August 2012, Athletics at the Olympic Stadium (followed by a trip up the Orbit)

I was in heaven – a superb stadium, great athletics and though we only had one GB moment (great run by the 4 x 400 relay team) it did not matter- the fans just got behind everyone – the stadium itself just adds to the brilliant Olympic Park.

The Olympics – The Greatest Event in the World – and probably none have ever been better than London – we should bid again – we can do it.
Here are some of many pictures I took. Thank you London, thank you Seb (and Tony Blair)

Should have stopped at half time!

Wednesday 8 August 2012, Colchester United 1 Ipswich Town 2, Community Stadium, Friendly

Good first half, a few subs and we may as well have all gone home after 45 minutes!

Tuesday, 7 August 2012

The Olympic Journey

The Olympic Journey – The Story of the Games – Exhibition, Royal Opera House

The excitement of GB winning the medals, the superb stadia and the enjoyment of spectating at all the sports events has led many to forget that there is another part to the Olympic Games – The Cultural Olympiad. But if you visit London, there are a number of cultural events you can visit – and most are free.

Yesterday I visited the BP Sponsored event, a great location – The Royal Opera House, I had expected to just see some pictures and notes but found a much more interactive display. It started with a history of the ancient Greek Games, with a cartoon video of a chariot race, I predicted a Macedonia win- but they were caught out cheating!

The next room featured Baron De Coubertin and how he led the movement to start the modern games, Much Wenlock in Shropshire is mentioned.

The best bit for me was the history of the torch and the exhibition featured a torch from very games since Berlin in 1936. There was a further display of all the medals that have been issued and then the last room features items on some of the greatest Olympic athletes – the names you would expect are there, Redgrave, Owns, Korbut but also some who may have been forgotten but who were trailblazers in sport through both their achievements but also because of their race, gender or colour – step up the likes of Edoado Mangiarotti and Balbir Singh.

Get along to the Royal Opera House, well worth the visit – Convent Garden to the 12th August.

Womens football - a fan

Monday 6th August 2012, Japan 2 v France 1, Olympic Woman’s Football Quarter Final

My first Woman’s football match live and I am now a fan – this was a nail biting match which had everything and over 60,000 other supporters joined me in Wembley.

Maybe too many Mexican waves – but this is the Olympics – but what a game. Japan took a two goal lead and then sat back- a mistake as France got one back and then their captain missed a penalty.

There could have been plenty of more goals as France put the pressure on and Japan counter attacked- a great advert for all football

Saturday, 4 August 2012

Feeling a bit more confident

Saturday 4th August 2012, Ipswich Town 3 West Ham 1, Friendly - Portman Road

Now was thinking of missing this game as now an Olympic addict but glad I went as Town put in a great display but don't feel West Ham will last more than one season in the Premier if they play like that.

Friday, 3 August 2012

Copper Box rocks

Friday 3 August 2012, Olympic Handball, GB v Angola and France v South Korea, Copper Box, Olympic Park

GB may have lost (as did Korea) but what a hit handball has been in this Olympics - as has the Copper Box - at least the womens team must be supported to go onto 2016 - great sport, great effort and great arena - the 'Copper Box does rock'

Thursday, 2 August 2012

Glasgow - a football city

Wednesday 1 August 2012
Egypt 3 v Belarus Under 23 1 - Olympics - Hampden Park
Celtic 2 v HJK Helsinki 1, Champions League - Parkhead

The Olympics 2012 - my first visit and not London but Glasgow, only just over 8,000 turned up for a good second half but also a well organised event - which attracted many family groups. Being in Glasgow, I was able in the evening to catch the Celtic Champions League game, a real football match- but guess what? I enjoyed both.



Olympics and Celtic join together