Some of the drivel coming out of Ipswich lately is beginning to get on my nerves. On Wednesday we had the Evening Star’s editor Nigel Pickover’s embarrasing tribute to sorry – meeting with – Marcus Evans.
That was followed with the incredible news that the Tractor Boys’ new sponsor was…the Tractor Boy’s owner – what a fantastic coup for the club!
But what finally tipped me over the edge was this story on the EADT24 website by Josh Warwick, which kicked-off with this:
SUCCESS-starved Norwich City fans are plotting a bumper celebration – to mark the 50th anniversary of LOSING an FA Cup semi-final.
The Canaries, whose sparse trophy cabinet is nearly as empty as their bank account, hope to boost flagging morale among fans by staging a series of events aimed at recognising the club’s heritage.
And ended with this:
Fortunately for Ipswich fans, Portman Road bosses have taken a more modest approach to marking success.
Had they not, supporters might be a little out of pocket celebrating an FA Cup win, a UEFA Cup win, a league championship, a Texaco Cup, an FA Cup semi-final, two league cup semi-finals, two top flight runners-up spots…
Do they ever actually report any news over there, or is it all brown-nosing and cheap insults? Judging by the previous story on the EADT site the answer seems pretty obvious. That little beauty starts with the line
The Blues have the backing of multi-millionaire owner Marcus Evans who has also sponsored the club.
It could be that this deal won’t affect Town as they are confident of winning promotion to the premiership and around £60m.
Ipswich have reported season ticket sales are going well and they are on target to slightly beat last year’s figures with around 15,000 expected to be sold.
Yes, yes, yes Ipswich now have lots of money again (well done) – and how it has come in handy so far! Eighth in the table when the January transfer window opened (i.e. when this new cash can be splashed) and where did they finish? Eighth. Job well done lads!
And also a job well done on the 15,000 season ticket sales. All this money and you still can’t get more than 15,000 people to commit to going to Portaloo Road once a fortnight.
Let’s not kid ourselves, we’ve got lots of work to do at our club after the disaster that was last season, but my God I wouldn’t swap that for what they’ve got at Ipswich if this is the sort of “journalism” that accompanies it.
So see you next season Tractor Boys. You’ll know who we are – we’ll be the ones with the sold-out stadium every week.