Mike Bacon: Sweet dreams, A-listers and so proud of our happy club
- Credit: Picture: Steve Waller
Another Ipswich Town win, another three points, MIKE BACON is not alone in dreamland....
I slept like a log on Saturday night.
Dreaming..... Of Luke Garbutt's 'worldie' free-kick that had it been Cristiano Ronaldo would have been drooled over by the great and the good in football studios for months.
Dreaming..... Of Ipswich Witches speedway rider James Sarjeant's heroic heat 14 ride that put the Witches into the Premiership play-off final after they beat Poole...
Ipswich fans going bonkers at Portman Road on Saturday afternoon.
Ipswich fans going bonkers at Foxhall Heath on Saturday night.
A steak and kidney pie, with 'austerity-led' bottle of water at Portman Road, sausage and chips and can of coke at Foxhall - the rock star life of a sports journo.
- 1 Village hall treasurer jailed after stealing cash to help his business
- 2 Push for 4 day work week in Suffolk after company's profits soar 200%
- 3 Road near A14 closed after 'serious' two-vehicle crash
- 4 'Incredible' Downes tipped 'to play at the very top'
- 5 When loans go permanent: Town's hits and misses when keeping hired hands full-time
- 6 First look inside Ipswich's new Tim Hortons ahead of opening
- 7 'We thought he could be someone special' - Comolli on McKenna's start in coaching
- 8 Flood alert issued for parts of Suffolk coastline
- 9 Colchester sack Mullins as ex-Town defender takes interim charge of U's
- 10 Walton completes permanent move to Ipswich Town
That night, back down the Bristol for last orders, a packet of Nobby Nuts and a bit of craic with my, 'much the worse for drink', pal Milky.
"Ah, Rasher lad," he shouted. "There you are.
"We showed 'em, we showed 'em good and proper didn't we boi? Top of the league, Witches in the final."
And off he staggered to the toilet where he passed water at a rate of knots, before passing out in a chair next to the dart board!
I don't remember Saturdays being as action-packed and fun as they are right now... Not for years.
Instead of trudging to Portman Road on a Saturday lunchtime wondering if Town will play one or even none up front, there is a 'skip' in my stride as I look forward to the prospect of Town not just scoring one, but two, three, or as on Saturday, four goals.
The chanting, the smiling faces, the feel-good factor has truly returned.
"I often read your stuff," said one lady as she starred at my name on my press pass as I made my way to the media centre on Saturday.
I'd been here before, so waited for the punchline!
But none came... Just a smile.
I held the door open for her and we smiled again.
What a place Portman Road has become, everywhere you go people are happy, good-humoured. Big smiles.
Even my golfing pal Graham, who works on the gate in the Britannia Stand, has stopped going to 'charm offensive' night school classes and has taken up yoga.
It's dreamland and I love it.
And as for the gaffer.
"Paul Lambert is a Blue, is a Blue is a Blue," and up goes the Lambo wave to the North Stand.
Could you have ever imagined all this panning out this time last season?
Marcus having 'selfies' with the fans like a wannabe 'A-lister' greeting his flock... It's brilliant.
We've had Rod Stewart concerts on the pitch, Ed Sheeran cheering in the stands.
We're becoming a club others can only dream of.
All we need is for Lionel Messi to announce he is quitting playing with 'immediate effect' and taking up coaching....in England...at Portman Road...with Ipswich Town... because Ipswich... 'is a happy club'.
OK, so I go too far..
Then again who knows what dreams lie ahead?
I have been to Fleetwood FC.
It was 11 years ago when I reported on Leiston losing 0-2 to the then Conference North side in the FA Cup first round.
Just outside Blackpool, the ground was well appointed then and is sure to be a nice place to visit for the Blue Army this weekend - looking to no doubt out-sing the Cod Army.
It was early November on my only visit in 2008 and after the FA Cup game I remember myself and BBC Suffolk commentator Brenner Woolley going for an Indian meal in the heart of a very dark, wet and quiet Blackpool night. We didn't stay out long!
However, on returning to my hotel, which I was sharing with many Leiston fans and committee folk, I found them dancing with their shoes off, singing "Take your shoes off if you love Leiston".
Most odd, but fun.
And that seems to be the premise of my column this week... fun and laughs.
Have we ever had it so good?
Well of course we have - and we've had it better.
But right here, right now, Ipswich Town are putting smiles on all our faces.
Long may it continue.