Apologies once again for being nostalgic about a defeat, but this one really was a corker.
Ipswich Town visit us this weekend. Now, those of us who bothered with Hull City prior to promotion to the top flight will have Ipswich’s visit down as the nadir of the near-relegation season that preceded our glorious day at Wembley by just one solitary year.
The day Danny Coles handed Ipswich victory on a plate.
Not just a plate, either. This was a banquetting plate, complete with cutlery for ten courses, well-buffed cruets, exclusive waiter service and a toastmaster banning all consumption until he said it was allowed. Such was the quality of this plate, Nanette Newman was hired to wash it personally afterwards.
We go back to March 2007, and the Tigers are suffering. Relegation from the Championship haunts our every kick of the ball. Phil Brown was just under four months into what was officially a temporary reign and was delivering occasional causes for optimism but still slightly more moments of doom. Two weeks before Ipswich’s evening visit to the Circle, City had capitulated in a quite humiliating fashion to Barnsley. The 3-0 defeat at Oakwell was so dreadful that it was hard to find a member of the Tiger Nation who wasn’t convinced, even with a stack of games left, that the players weren’t up for it and we were heading back to League One. Judging by the notorous shrug of the shoulders that Ian Ashbee offered the ferocious City fans as the players left the field, he thought this too.
Typically for that season, City tightened the straps and played promotion-chasing Birmingham City off the park four days later to win 2-0. But then a defeat at Coventry followed and so as Ipswich turned up for, in terms of scheduling, an unedifying and stupid midweek match, only victory seemed to matter. Read more