I guess we had this pencilled in as a potential promotion deciding fixture. As it is Portman Road becomes the finish line in a turgid season that has only been illuminated once or twice and has frankly dragged on since about February.
Yet, close to 2,000 Addicks will make the journey to Suffolk, a tremendous effort to see out the season. A crowd of almost 24,000 is expected only underlying the two club’s size and abject failure.
Both Ipswich and us had dreadful starts to the campaign, although they on paper at least had a far superior summer transfer window. There was a lot more building of expectation in Suffolk as the Tractor Boys signed pretty much anyone that was available. Just shows that it is quality and not quantity.
It’s interesting to note that when Adkins was sacked Ipswich were 9 places above us in the table. Meanwhile when Kieran McKenna took over at Ipswich in December, they were 11th, which is where they are today, a place above us.
John McGreal was caretaker when we beat Ipswich at The Valley 2-0, which was one of the few highlights of the season during Jacko’s caretaker phase.
As the curtain draws on the season, I hope it finds Addicks in good voice tomorrow and left with some optimism for what has to be a summer of hustle and intent.