Spud Thornhill: Would I laugh at Ipswich’s demise? Yes. Do I want Premier League football? You bet!
PUBLISHED: 17:00 09 February 2019
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In the last few weeks I’ve been frequently asked the same three questions, over and over again.
1: As you love the Championship so much, do you really want City promoted?
2: You don’t really want Ipswich relegated?
3: Are you going to boo Paul Lambert?
The answers are: yes, yes and no!
The last seven Championship games had everything, and I mean everything, which is why the Championship is such a great division. There was the comeback against Forest, the match against Derby had seven goals and a floodlight failure, a trip to Brentford’s traditional ground, cracking attacking football from both teams at The Hawthorns, sublime football against Birmingham, a cracking game with Sheffield United and the old-fashioned away performance and passion and grit at Leeds.
Would I get all that in the Premier League? Maybe not. But if don’t want the success of promotion, why be in football? Also, being in the top flight means extra money for the club and I hate to admit it but the money would be so important for our club.
The Premier League status puts us back on the football map. It’s great for the city and the county. I may not enjoy going to sterile places, which most Premiership grounds are. But it’s great upsetting teams like Manchester United, Manchester City and Spurs, just to name three, by winning at their place, which we have done in the last 10 years.
Spud’s teaser (answer at bottom): Who was the last player to be transferred between Norwich and Ipswich involving a fee?
That’s something Ipswich fans can only dream of. By tomorrow afternoon I’m sure if everything goes to form there will be many of their fans envious of us. And I hope they look to us with so much envy like I did in 2007 when it was announced that Marcus Evans would be taking over at their club. I remember watching them waving the £20 notes. Why them? Why?
I was at The Valley in 2009 when we lost 4-2 to Charlton and were relegated to League One. I spoke to a friend as I was leaving and he told me that he had heard the Ipswich fans were celebrating in the stands on hearing about our demise. I’ve since then seen the YouTube videos of them enjoying our relegation as the scores were read out. They definitely enjoyed it.
So when it does happen and Ipswich are relegated, I hope we are at home, even better if we’ve just won promotion. I will milk the celebration. Hopefully, the scoreboard can put a picture of the league table with the letter (R) next to their name.
Bitter? Me? Too right.
Now, on to Paul Lambert. Am I really bothered about him? Not really. Yes, I will always be grateful for the happy memories he brought me. But, like him, I’ve moved on and I am enjoying our new chapter with Daniel Farke. So I’m not really interested in him. The two main reasons I won’t be booing him is that he will thrive on it and milk it up like he has done on many occasions. My main memory of him doing this was when he returned to Colchester United for the first time with us.
He lapped up the support from us but most importantly he lapped it up more when the Colchester fans abused him. I’m sure he’ll look over to the Ipswich fans hoping to get some acknowledgement and hope the Norwich fans react. But I hope none of our fans react because we have much more important things to focus on.
Last week, there was a lot of focus from Leeds, especially from some of their fans on how they were going to welcome both the team and supporters. It was played down by Farke; we went to Elland Road and just played our game.
So I hope all the hype is just hype. If we play anything like we did last Saturday, I’m sure we’ll be ok. And maybe, just maybe, if we are winning comfortably in the 90th minute I may ask Agent Lambert to return to base. If not my whole focus will be on City.
NCFC Pride of East Anglia
Spud’s teaser answer: Johnny Miller (£45,000) in 1974.