Town's Chief Exec Simon Clegg shares his matchday programme column with the Club website
This week saw excellent wins by the U21s who beat Tottenham 5 -1 in a friendly and the U18s, who progressed to the fourth round of the FA Youth Cup after beating Bristol City 1-0, a team that they had lost to 4-0 earlier in the season,
Mick McCarthy at his first press conference said that the initials MM didn’t stand for Merlin the Magician, but he is certainly starting to work his magic! Seven points from the last nine, 13 points from the 21 available since he started is a great start.
I think the reaction from the team and fans alike at Portman Road a week ago on Tuesday made it clear what a great lift it was to everyone. Points are critical but I know what a boost it was to see the team play with such commitment and determination. Coming back from a goal down against both Peterborough and Bolton to take points in both games shows a degree of self belief that was severely lacking earlier in the season.
How good did it feel to secure back to back wins against Nottingham Forest and Bolton after the somewhat disappointing performance against Peterborough?
Last week saw the arrival of a three man team from Footpass, the Independent Standards Organisation, at Playford Road for a four day
I am also pleased to report that the Ipswich Town Ladies team (who were absorbed into the Club at the start of the season) are currently in third position in the South East Women’s Combination League, two places above Norwich City!
in- depth inspection of our Academy. Our categorisation is dependent upon the outcome of this inspection and Bryan Klug, our Academy director, together with Helen Broughton, the Youth Secretary deserve particular praise for the preparations they undertook for this inspection.
Our Academy Performance Plan (which now runs to 146 pages) together with our 271 page Coaching Programme and all 216 operational documents were poured over together with interviews with Academy staff, the manager and myself as well as some players and even parents which meant it was a gruelling four days. The new Portacabin required by the Elite Performance Plan, consisting of a Parents Lounge, Performance Analysis Suite and two classrooms arrived in sufficient time to be installed and equipped before the inspection. We should know the outcome in January, but I’m very grateful to everyone who contributed to the success of the visit.
We face a strong team from Millwall today who have not lost a game since September, but I know how much everyone will want to replicate our last home performance and if we can it should be a very exciting game. Come on you Blues!