Could this be our year…
Surely this year could be our year? Can Ipswich Town Football Club finally win a cup match.
You would have to cast your minds back to 2010, a cold January day in Blackpool, goals from Jack Colback and Owen Garvan secured a place in the hat for round four of the FA Cup.
Since then Town have fallen at the first hurdle nine seasons in succession. While there has been some defeats against some greats higher based opponents, in truth Town have stumbled out more often than not.
But with Town now entering the first round of the cup for the first time since 1956/57, where Town knocked out Hastings United at Portman Road 4-0, surely this year we could end years of pain and heartache.
The League One fixture calendar accommodates round one and two as free weekends. It’s not until the ‘big boys’ enter in round three where Town are currently scheduled to entertain Joey Barton’s Fleetwood is there a clash and potentially a rearrangement / congested fixture list.
So this is a call to Mr Lambert, please can the squad be a competitive one, one which can topple a much changed Imps side.
One person who will be looking to make an impression is James Wilson, the former Imps defender had his contact mutually terminated in the summer before linking up with Town on trial.
After being on trial throughout the summer, Wilson signed a short term deal until the end of the year. However, his performances has since earned the no nonsense defender a deal until 2021.
Speaking to the EADT reflecting on drawing his former side, Wilson said: “It was an interesting draw. There are a couple of people who have left that I wanted to play against! I know a lot of the boys there and they are good lads. It will be a tough game for us.”
When asked about a ‘tough’ 18 months at Lincoln and having a point to prove Saturday, Wilson added: “I didn’t play anywhere near as many games as I wanted to and personally it was a frustrating year,”
“I did get injured at one point, which didn’t help, but there were other things too. Other people’s form contributed to me not getting into the team. They were playing really well and that’s all I really want to say about it.”
“I actually had another year on my contract at Lincoln but I agreed to leave because, well, for various reasons. I wasn’t worried and I was looking forward to a new challenge,” he said.
“I kept myself fit and I wanted to wait until there was something on offer that genuinely excited me. As soon as I heard from Ipswich I was buzzing and wanted to give it my very best shot.
“I suppose I’ve got a point to prove. Not just to Lincoln, but I’ve also got a point to prove to myself, I guess, so that’s what it’s about.”