Mike Bacon: We are now officially a Division 3 laughing stock. Bring on the ‘behind closed doors’ games, I say!
PUBLISHED: 17:22 04 March 2020 | UPDATED: 17:27 04 March 2020
In his weekly look at life at Portman Road, MIKE BACON, like most Town fans, is fretful!
I know the coronavirus is no laughing matter, but I see a sliver of a silver lining.
With my Ipswich Town hat on, the possibility that sports fixtures, including football, could be played 'behind closed doors', is starting to appeal.
Admittedly if the figure was put on 'large gatherings' of more than 10,000, should Paul Lambert's team continue their current form, we may still be forced to observe at Portman Road should we choose. But all other bets are off!
I jest of course, because coronavirus is not funny - neither is Ipswich Town's plight.
Sad, sad days indeed.
We are now officially a laughing stock.
Our wonderful history, our wonderful, loyal fans, the very decent training facilities our mollycoddled players enjoy... And look at us.
Should Paul Lambert get the boot anytime soon it will be five managers in nine years.. From 1969 to 2002, we also went through five!
But the worrying thing is, what's the future?
I used to think I would never see Town back in the Premiership.
But it's so bad now, I'm not sure I'll ever see them back in the Championship!
I would have been slated as the most negative sports journalist on the planet had I written these words six months.. a year.. five years ago.
Doesn't happen now.
Our club, our famed, respected football club, now just dead wood bobbing up and down in Division Three (I won't call it League One anymore because that gives a more grandeur sense of our position than is even manifestly the case).
I looked at Fleetwood Town on Tuesday night and remember watching them playing at Victory Road, Leiston 12 years ago in the FA Cup when they were non-league.
Going to Fleetwood for the replay after a 0-0 draw in Suffolk, I was impressed with their set-up and determination to move up the pyramid. They've gone one way, Town are going the other.
The biggest fear for me is how low are we going to go?
I can't contemplate years and years in Division Three, although I'm starting to fear I may have to. Crowds will continue to diminish, a grand, but empty stadium.
It will get to the stage where the Suffolk Premier Cup final gets bigger crowds at PR!
A Genesis comeback gig would be the highlight of the year!
Sadly, all the time more and more young people and future Blues fans in Ipswich and Suffolk won't want to be seen anywhere near Portman Road to support their local team and watch 'that crap'. Why would they?
Of course many of us Blues fans keep the faith.
But for how long?
I'm not even sure if we beat Coventry on Saturday many of us will seriously think we've turned a corner. Jumped a red light and got away with it more like!
It will just be the one result, nothing more.
Normal service is likely to be resumed at Bristol Rovers on the 14th... Can't someone, anyone, stand up and be counted at our Club.
Thankfully it was all fun and games down at the Bristol on Friday night.
Milky was in great form and had brought six of his family up from Jaywick for the night.
The Peroni was going down a treat, as were the Scotch eggs.
But things almost spilled over when a game of Scrabble they were enjoying got out of hand.
Convinced Mississippi had three s's and one p, Milky had used two 'blanks' to spell it and try to claim 36 points.
Not that any of his family knew if he was right or wrong!
It was only when a young Justin Bieber look-a-like, who had just finished 'As Long As You Love Me' on Open Mic, pointed out it was spelt incorrectly, things got heated.
After a trawl through Google, Milky begrudgingly accepted his inaccuracy.
"I know loads of other rivers in Australia anyway," he mumbled as he headed out for a vape!