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Thursday, May 26, 2005

What a beautiful noise

Just a thought, and it occured to me earlier this evening at the Neil Diamond Concert at Portman Road, but why is it that fans at a football game are NOT allowed to stand while spectators at a rock concert at the very same stadium are positively encouraged to do so? The Football Licensing Authority, when asked that question by Stand Up Sit Down (the campaigners for safe standing at football grounds), responded firstly that the action is in one place, so there is a reduced chance of toppling over in straining to follow it, and secondly that those attending music events are a different ‘profile’ from football supporters!

A few pictures of FPR converted into a 'rock' venue can be found here.

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Soldier Field

Sometimes it really is quite difficult to fathom out my relatives. They're big sports fans, they know I'm a big sports fan and yet they have made absolutely no mention at all of the redevelopment of Soldier Field, Chicago. Soldier Field is home of the NFL's Chicago Bears and is about two miles away from my cousins South Side home. The $400 million remodeling job was completed close to two-years ago although I have just found out about the project while doing some other, completed unrelated, research today (Quite coincidentally England take on the US there this coming Saturday).

A before and after picture appear below, while some interesting reaction to the controversial new design can be found here. Details of Permasteelisa, a company that specialise in re-cladding historical monuments, and carried out the work, can be found here and the ever reliable Stadionwelt has a few pictures of the remodeled stadium being used for "Soccer" here.



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Wednesday, May 18, 2005

Portman Road

Ipswich Town 0 West Ham United 2

Bang go my hopes of seeing Town playing in the Championship Play-off Final at the Millennium Stadium at the end of May and back in the Premiership next season. Despite the fact that this was our sixth failure at the semi-final stage since the play-off system was first introduced at the end of the 1985/86 season I still remain a fan. Many otherwise meaningless end of season games between mid-table sides have been transformed in to promotion and relegation battles. This has benefited Ipswich on a number of occasions in the past, where they slipped into a play-off berth with a few games to go, so yes its painful to finish third and be knocked out by a side finishing twelve points behind us in regular season play but it works both ways. Match details here.

So no more live football until June 17th when my son and I head off to Utrecht, Holland for a double header of Morocco v Chile followed by China v Panama in the FIFA World Youth Championships. What a mouth watering prospect!

Match: 77 (2004/05) 1,241 (Lifetime)

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Saturday, May 14, 2005

Upton Park

West Ham United 2 Ipswich Town 2

A busy weekend for East Anglian sides in the capital. 6,000 odd Ipswich fans at Upton Park for the Championship Play-off semi-final against West Ham Saturday lunch-time, a sizeable contingent of AFC Sudbury fans at White Hart Lane for the FA Vase Final against Didcot Saturday afternoon and on the Sunday 5,000 Norwich fan’s at Craven Cottage for their “Decision Sunday” Premiership game with Fulham. A shame that the West Suffolk side’s third consecutive FA Vase Final appearance had to be overshadowed by East Suffolk’s push for promotion to the Premier League. But that’s Sky TV for you.

Needless to say I thoroughly enjoyed the game at Upton Park with Town coming from two-goals down to draw 2-2 and set things up nicely for the return leg at Portman Road on Wednesday. An absolutely cracking atmosphere, it must be said, but more on that game here. AFC Sudbury’s afternoon ended with their third consecutive final defeat, while Norwich City, bless ‘em, with their Premiership future in their own hands saved their worst performance of the season for last, shipping league goals 72, 73, 74, 75, 76 and 77 of the season.

Back to Upton Park it’s a decent enough ground with away support housed in the Centenary Stand, which, before its redevelopment, used to be the “home” end. To its right, as you face the pitch, is the huge Dr Martens Stand which was opened at the beginning of the 2001/02 season. The two-tiered affair has a capacity of 15,000 with its main feature, two huge castle-like turrets modelled on the club’s badge, visible only from the outside. Opposite it, and set back quite a distance from the pitch is the old East Stand, which dates back to 1969, while at the far end is the Bobby Moore Stand.

This was my fourth visit, all with Town, to the “Academy of Football” in the past year-and-a-half and as I’ve taken quite a few pictures of the place in the past didn’t bother bringing the camera with this time around, forgetting that I have yet to take any pictures of the impressive Bobby Moore (“Champions”) statue which is located kitty-corner from the Boleyn Pub at the South-West corner of the ground. Maybe next time.

Match: 76 (2004/05) 1,240 (Lifetime)

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Sunday, May 08, 2005

Brighton & Hove Albion

Brighton & Hove Albion 1 Ipswich Town 1

Preamble: So, after 10 months and 45 league matches all that separates sides two and three in the Championship table, Wigan and Ipswich, is goal difference. And by 3 o’clock this afternoon, one will be in the land of milk and honey (aka the Premiership), the other consigned to the lottery that is the play-offs. While Wigan are at home to play-off chasing Reading, Town are at Brighton who need at least a point to avoid the drop into League One ...

The game: Albion’s ‘temporary’ home since 1999, the Withdean Athletic Stadium, had more of a school sports day atmosphere about it than that of a football match that could have been worth as much as £30Million to Ipswich. Town, who just two months ago were 5 points clear of champions Sunderland, deliver a performance to match the surroundings – amateurish. They got off to the best of starts, with Shefki Kuqi scoring after four minutes, but defensive frailties, so costly throughout the course of the season, are once again their undoing with the home side equalising six minutes later. Town fail to clear a free kick properly and Adam Virgo is on hand to score from eight yards.

News then began to filter through from the JJB Stadium, Wigan. 1-0 and then 2-0 to the Latics and the 750-odd Town fan’s in the packed Withdean knew it was not going to be their or Town’s day. Final score at the Withdean 1-1. Final score at the JJB 3-1. So it’s the play-off’s again for the Blue’s with a two-legged semi-final against West Ham who knocked us out at the same stage last year, but more on that here, and more pictures here.

As for Brighton they survive the drop – Gillingham, their landlord back in the late 90’s, slipped into the final relegation spot with a 2-2 draw at Forest - as the final stage of the six-year public inquiry into their proposed new stadium at Falmer, north-east of the City, reaches its climax. The club’s legal eagles are in the process of delivering their closing submissions with the final day of the hearing schedule for this coming Thursday. Good luck to them with that.

Match: 75 (2004/05) 1,239 (Lifetime)

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Saturday, May 07, 2005

Cambridge City

Cambridge City 0 Eastbourne Borough 3

I got a tip off from a fellow Town fan during the week that Cambridge City were taking on Eastbourne Borough in the Nationwide Conference South play-off final on Saturday. This week my attentions have been diverted elsewhere, namely anything remotely related to Ipswich’s upcoming crunch game at Brighton, and I had filtered out most other football related news so thanks to Simon for the pointer.

City would be taking on Borough at Milton Road whilst just a mile or so away Cambridge United would be playing Notts County in what could prove and emotional last League fixture at the Abbey Stadium for some time, the U’s having had their relegation from the Football League confirmed last weekend. I wanted something a bit more upbeat so chose the former fixture … no sentimental nonsense for me this weekend.

A neat and tidy ground, with an impressive 500-seater grandstand along the near touchline, Milton Road has a capacity of 2,000 and was opened just twenty years ago. However, in it latest incarnation the stadium occupies more or less the same position as its predecessor, Milton Road I, being at right angles to its former self. Opposite, and on the halfway line, is the Shed Stand, where the local ‘Shed Choir’ congregate, and next to it two slightly smaller covered stands giving that side of the ground a thrown-together-in-a-hurry look.

I took up position in the right-most of the three stands well before 3:00pm and as kick-off approached found myself surrounded by Eastbourne fans (and band) and so with no particular affinity for City became an honorary Boro’ fan for the day. A noisy but well-mannered bunch the visiting fans proved to be too.

Ben Austin gave the Sussex side the lead on 26 minutes, Matt Smart made it two-nil just after the break and the lively and impressive Yemi Odubade rounded off the win with a 25-yarder with quarter of an hour to go. Very much a case of a side taking its chances as otherwise both sides looked pretty evenly matched in terms of organisation and possession but City never really threatened the visitors goal and were pretty poor from set pieces. Nevertheless, a pleasantly entertaining game of football watched by a crowd of 1,106.

So a disappointing end to what the programme notes described as one of City’s better seasons for many years and certainly their best since they clinched the old Southern League title with a 4-1 win over Bexleyheath & Welling at a packed Milton Road I exactly 32 years ago to the day.

The victorious Borough, who are one of three non-league sides supported by the South Coast Town the other two being Eastbourne Town and Eastbourne United (both of the Sussex County League and both in Division One), will take on Altrincham in next Sunday’s Nationwide North/South play-off final at Stoke City’s Britannia Stadium.

Incidentally, two non-league website’s, that are well worth a visit, are the excellent Nomad On-line and Pyramid Passion which are both run by Eastbourne Borough fan David Bauckham. I’m sure that David had a great afternoon, and if his side can match Saturday’s performance in the Potteries next weekend, then should be enjoying Conference ‘proper’ football come August.

Match: 74 (2004/05) 1,238 (Lifetime)

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Thursday, May 05, 2005


While financialy stricken Cambridge United face Notts County in their last League game at the Abbey Stadium for at least a year, about a mile away at Milton Road Cambridge City will take on Eastbourne Borough in the Conference South play-off final. One more victory after that and the Lillywhites will be in the Conference proper alongside United come August. Tricky choice for this Saturday's game, although I could go for the FA County Youth Cup final at Portman Road between Suffolk and Hampshire, which is sixty miles closer to home and an eight minute walk from Chez ExtremeGroundhopping. The later would also give me extra time to paint the bedroom skirting boards, thereby keeping Mrs EG happy, before heading off to Brighton on Sunday for the Town’s crucial game at the Withdean. Thoughts anyone?

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