Date:Thursday November 9 2006
Vital Sheffield Wednesday talks to Ipswich fan Phil about life down at Portman Road, Jim Magilton, saving the planet and more!
1. What has your start to the season been like?
It wasn't the best of starts for us after the pre-season promised so much more. The Blues fans expectations are much higher than they used to be and promotion was the aim at the start of the season but now we may have to slightly adjust that aim! We've picked up since our dire start but we still don't know whether the Ipswich who got thrashed by West Brom will turn up or the Ipswich that hammered Luton!
2. What were your aims at the start of the season and can you achieve them?
Our aim was promotion and still should be even though we haven't been totally up to scratch so far. Jim's a legend down here and we all want him to succeed with us so hopefully we'll get some consistency and go on to the play-offs. We've proved that in the Championship anyone can beat anyone we just need that belief.
3. Former Owl Jim Magilton is now in charge - what are the Ipswich fans views on him?
He's a legend here so he's going to get more support than most other managers who come in. I was surprised when we appointed him but I loved him as a player so wasn't disappointed. The first month of the season didnt fill me with confidence but we've picked up since then and have put in some quality performances and some not so good ones! I think once Jim gets his own team together we'll start moving forward again. He's got all the credentials to go on and do well and hopefully he will with us.
4. You've another former Owl in Alex Bruce - how's he doing?
I heard he was a big hit at Oldham when he was on loan there but I saw him a few times for Birmingham and couldn't help but think he was only playing because his dad was gaffer! But he's come in and he's been pretty good. A few fans have got on his back already but he's still young and looks like he could be a quality signing for us. He does get booked quite a bit though like his dad!
5. It looks like you've made one of the signings of the season in Sylvain Legwinski - what's he been like?
Superb. I was pleased when we signed him because I knew he was quality but he looked like he was just in it for one last pay cheque when he played his first matches. I suppose it takes a while to adjust to the hustle and bustle of the Championship though and he's found his feet now. Scored some real beuaties recently and his creativity is second to none. Has to be one of the best midfielders in the league.
6. What's all this about Ipswich becoming the first ever environmentally friendly ground in the country?
We're supposed to be becoming the first ever carbon neutral football club, pretty groundbreaking really and good to be part of. It ties in with our new sponsor and helps the club raise cash for players from pledges by fans to reduce emissions from match related stuff like coming to matches in cars and how much electricty is used on matchdays etc.
7. Who are your danger men?
Legwinski is a key player for us and will be the main threat from the midfield, He can split defences with a single pass and can also have a crack himself! Alan Lee has come on leaps and bounds this season and young striker Billy Clarke has also busrt on the scene and looks like he'll be a big prospect for us. He's only made four starts but has scored three goals!
8. What do you think of our chances this season?
I can understand your fans being upset at the sacking of Sturrock but you seem to be doing pretty well now just a point behind us so there must have been something wrong there. Not entirely sure with Brian Laws being appointed but he has done well at Scunthorpe this season and is a hard 'ave it' type of manager so he won't take any rubbish! Just not sure how far he can take you. You won't go down but I can't see you going much further than mid table to be honest!
9. Finally, what do you think the score will be?
Our home form hasn't been too bad and we hit five past Luton last time so I'm going for an Ipswich win although it'll be close. We both seems to be scoring and conceding so I'm going to go for 3-2 to Town! A real cracker! Reminds me of the old Joe Royle days, doesnt matter how many you score we'll score more! Good luck for the rest of the season.
Cheers Phil! Hopefully it will be an entertaining match, but with the scoreline in our favour of course!
NEXT UP - Coventry City...
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