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New Town Book Recalls Fans' Favourite Games
New Town Book Recalls Fans' Favourite Games
Monday, 9th Oct 2017 11:35

A new compilation of writing about Town, My Favourite Game, was published by Electric Blue on 29 September.

Thirteen very different Blues supporters write about their favourite games. From the sublime, when Ipswich beat Bolton in the 2000 play-off semi-finals, to a near riot at Millwall in 1978 and classic games against Norwich and Sheffield United.

The contributors to the book are first and foremost Ipswich Town fans writing as fans, but as well as those making their debut in print, there are essays by established writers whose names will be familiar to Blues supporters.

The book’s editor, Susan Gardiner, writes about beating Inter Milan at Portman Road, Seán Salter on the 1996 Bryan Gunn derby, Stuart Hellingsworth about the great comeback against Neil Warnock's Sheffield United in 2003, Sarah Rogers on a classic 4-0 defeat of Everton under Bobby Robson in 1980 and Alasdair Ross recalls a troubled FA Cup fixture at Chelmsford in 1973.
Emma Corlett remembers a trip to play Foggia in the Anglo-Italian Cup, Grant Bage writes about the notorious 1978 game at Millwall, Gavin Barber on the infamous play-off semi-final against Bolton Wanderers in 2000, Rob Freeman about the Town-Newcastle game in 1992, Hannah Sibley on Watford away in 2015, Chris Rand recalls a Meaningless Last Home Game of the Season (against Crewe), Stephen Moore on a play-off match at Bramall Lane in 1997 and Adam Green explains how a Norwich City fan went with the Blue Army to watch them play Torpedo Moscow in the UEFA Cup.

The book is available from TWTD via Amazon here. All proceeds from the sales of the book will be donated to EACH, a charity which ITFC is also supporting this season.

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Steve_M added 11:59 - Oct 9
As a contributor to this, I've read it already. There's a wide-ranging mix of styles of writing, of approaches to the match in question - some contain a lot of detail on the specific match, others on the wider picture, of the season in question or even just the experience of being an Ipswich Town fan.

Of course, I would recommend it but I do hope it appeals to a wide cross-section of Town fans. You would also find out what sort of perverse logic makes someone write about a losing play-off tie in a book like this.

Illinoisblue added 12:17 - Oct 9
Have mine on order from Amazon - estimated delivery date Oct 21 - looking forward to reading it!

fhb added 12:28 - Oct 9
Mmmm - that looks interesting. The Chelmsford game was my first ever Town game, and I can't remember anything about it other than being a bigger crowd then usual (I was a 6 year old Chelmsford fan then, before moving to Ipswich). It would be interesting to read what was so notable about it.
However, the game I want to know more about is the 4-0 at Everton. I didn't go but remember being told that the goals were superb. My challenge to you is to find some video of them !

BecclesITFC added 13:59 - Oct 9
This looks great. Will check it out. Everyone has their stories and it's always good to hear what other people did on those magical games. It's because of what we witnessed last season which makes these occasions so much more special.

That Sheff Utd match was just incredible.

Another one of those is overdue and just round the corner IMO.

Super_Cooper added 14:21 - Oct 9
Didn't ask me. :-(

whosroundisitanyway added 15:21 - Oct 9
I was also at that Chelmsford game and a large group of Ipswich fans, mostly 'Skinheads' back in the day, climbed out of the away end and ran the length of the pitch to confront the Chelmsford fans. As a teenage Town fan myself in the early 70's when football hooliganism was at it's peak, going to games especially away was not always a pleasant experience. I could write a book on my own!

Blue_Moses added 16:44 - Oct 9
Was Sheffield United really that long ago? Just goes to show how bad most of the past 10 years have been.

fhb added 17:09 - Oct 9
I see. As I mentioned, it was the size of the crowd I remember, but it was years later that I worked out it must have been the Cup game that I'd been to. I would have been oblivious to the prospect of trouble, and by the time I started to go Town away games (late '70's/early '80's) the hooligan element had started to calm down. Saying that, I still had quite a few scary moments - but all totally accepted as part and parcel of football !

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