Can We Stop The Season Right Here? An Ipswich Town Fan Enjoys A Week At The Top

The league table in August can often be misleading. After one game it's just plain irrelevant. That matters not to the Tractor Boys of Ipswich who are enjoying seven days of smugness and chest-thumping.
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The league table in August can often be misleading. After one game it's just plain irrelevant. That matters not to the Tractor Boys of Ipswich who are enjoying seven days of smugness and chest-thumping.

The league table in August can often be misleading. After one game it's just plain irrelevant. That matters not to the Tractor Boys of Ipswich who are enjoying seven days of smugness and chest-thumping.

Well, would you look at that! There we are, sitting pretty atop the Championship. Number one. Top of the pile.

Even at this early stage in the season, there’s always a healthy urge to indulge in a little chest-thumping, a good portion of smugness and a lot of flicking through the diary to see what I’ll be doing around, say, mid-April, by which time we’ll have wrapped up the league with three games to spare and there’ll be cause for a party in Ipswich town centre.

And anyone who saw my drunken Tweets on Saturday night will, quite rightly, point out that’s EXACTLY what I did.

‘Top, top, top of the league! F****** ACE!’ was one of my wittier remarks. I know, I’m a wordsmith.

But the truth is that for Ipswich, this isn’t entirely unheard of. Last year, the stands of Portman Road rocked as the Tractor Boys stormed to a 3-1 victory over Middlesbrough on the opening day of the season. A point against Burnley followed before six more against Palace and Bristol City. And it was mid-September before Ipswich came away pointless from a weekend - losing to eventual champs QPR.

Last year, as the cracks started to show in Ipswich’s side - and, more importantly, Roy Keane’s ability to manage Ipswich’s side - we began a seemingly unstoppable slump towards the bottom of the table.

There are 45 games to go, but there’s hope again for Ipswich Town.

But there’s more to this win than just three points and seven days of smugness. Chopra hasn’t just bedded himself into his new team, he already looks like a comfy old part of the Portman Road furniture and has two league goals to show for it.

At the other end of the pitch, ‘keeper David Stockdale has earned himself a call-up to the England squad against Holland. Not the ideal situation for Jewell, who’ll be hoping for an injury (and possibly appearance) free Wednesday night, but surely a good sign for a club hoping to push on into the upper echelon of the English football leagues?

Add to that the fact that some of the hot favourites for this year’s title have already discovered that the Championship is as competitive as they come, with West Ham and Forest failing to pick up three points on the opening day, and there’s a tangible sense of excitement around our ability to push for the playoffs this season.
There are 45 games to go, but there’s hope again for Ipswich Town.

Me? I just hope we don’t f*** it up again.

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