Winless Bolton Wanderers may be bottom of the league, but we will arrive at Ipswich Town tomorrow with a spring in our step.
No wins in seven. Two draws and five losses represents yet another slow start for the men in white - but that isn’t the story of the weekend for us. Yesterday, chairman and blogger Ken Anderson revealed that after 630 tedious days the club was free of the shackles of the world’s most unjust transfer embargo.
There was joy and celebration everywhere - well, except for certain corners of the internet where this was seen as a slam to the Supporters Trust. I kid you not.
That aside, it feels like the first day of the rest of our lives. Yeah we might lose tomorrow and yeah we might be relegated, but at least now we are the masters of our own destiny. We have the power to bring in new signings and....get this....pay them whatever we like! Marvellous stuff.
With all that in mind, there is a football match to talk about. Ipswich, under the stewardship of Mick McCarthy, have made a decent start to the season, currently lying in 7th place with 12 points from seven games, and a positive goal difference of two. That said, they arrive at the game having lost their last two, to Fulham (H) and QPR (A), with a third game against Derby County being postponed.
Ipswich fans seem to think that McCarthy is a bit of a throwback. A dinosaur. I tell you what though, whilst you might not like him - or like him to be manager of your club - he’s one of those bosses who is a fair guarantee of success at this level. You can be the judge of what success means to you, but the point remains.
Danger men to look out for include freckle faced diver Joe Garner, barrel-chested ex-Wigan Athletic man Martyn Waghorn and semi-prolific Irish forward David McGoldrick. Joining that dangerous trio is former Manchester City midfielder Bersant Celina who of course chose the Tractor Boys over the Trotters. What was he thinking?
It’s an away game, and so naturally I would expect us to go into the game as an outside bet at best - we are up to 29 away games without a win now (granted, with a year in between some of them), but the time to stop that rot has arrived.
If Phil Parkinson wants to shut the morons up and get things back on track then this is the perfect opportunity. Let’s go for it.