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Ipswich Town - Bringing Back The Glory Days

A Football Manager 2020 Story
Started on 31 December 2019 by LittleLaney11
Latest Reply on 31 March 2020 by Justice
A very tough month in August against some great sides. But a massive win against Liverpool and another win over Norwich which will always taste good. Martin on a free is already looking like a genius bit of business.
Some great transfer business there, Dean Martin seems to be a bargain find!
A brilliant volume of updates posted in the past month (irl). Great to see how much Ipswich has developed under your stewardship, bravo.
Absolutely tremendous work this time! A superb and dramatic performance against Liverpool and a derby win all in the space of three games is simply unbelievable.


It’s been a few days, but I’m back. We are into the final month before the two month long break due to the World Cup, and we have 4 games to navigate through.




The first game of the month sees us travel to West Brom as we look to build on our 3-1 victory over Norwich at the end of September.

West Brom will be looking for a win to push themselves further away from the relegation zone, but will be without Fabricio Bustos, Kostas Tsimikas and Craig Laycock.

Ipswich will be without Luke McCowan for this game as he recovers from a twisted ankle, but everyone else is fully fit.

WEST BROM: (4-2–1-2-1) Johnstone, Dallas, Gigot, Ferguson, Layun, Field, Davies, Hojbjerg, Kulusevski, Tulloch, Adams. SUBS: Vlachodimos, Almeida, Sawyers, Leko, Mula, Merson, Hopkins.

IPSWICH: (4-2-3-1) Naumov, Seppanen, Woolfenden, Fernandes, Mendes, Dozzell, Downes, Tue, Colic, Gouiri, Martin. SUBS: Dibusz, Williamson, Dobra, Antiste, Dinga, Alexandropoulos, Krizmanic.

Massive. Absolutely massive. An away win against a team predicted to finish around us, and I’m very happy to see Martin getting a double as well.



Marcus Evans has stepped up his development of Ipswich Town football club, as they much anticipated upgrades to the Youth and Training facilities have been completed, and Marcus has given the green light for further upgrades to be put in place to be finished in a years time. The biggest thing to come out of this revelation however, is that once the Youth Facilities are completed on the 19th of October 2024, the Ipswich Town will have successful created the best youth system in England, with youth facilities, junior coaching and youth development all at the maximum possible!

I am so happy that Marcus has granted an extra upgrade for us. The training facilities need another boost after this one, but the youth will be maxed out next year. Ecstatic!




The next game of the month sees us travel to mid table West Ham looking to build on our last game against Liverpool.

Ipswich have Luke McCowan back from injury for today’s game, but will be without Sotiris Alexandropoulos for a week, and Nikola Colic for the rest of October after he pulled a calf muscle. Baba Fernandes is also suspended.

Brentford will be looking for their first win of the season against Ipswich today, but will have to do so without Rico Henry who is suspended for today’s game.

IPSWICH: (4-4-2) Naumov, Seppanen, Woolfenden, Dinga, Mendes, Dozzell, Downes, McCowan, Tue, Gouiri, Martin. SUBS: Dibusz, Vincent-Young, Dobra, McCowan, Steiring, Kent, Antiste.

BRENTFORD: (4-2-3-1) Raya, Wahlqvist, Bielik, Pinnock, Thompson, Norgaard, Vesga, Mbuemo, Marcondes, Woodburn, Dervisoglu. SUBS: Gunnarson, Harries, Benrahma, Diallo, Bech Sorensen, Jeanvier, Yearwood.

An excellent result to move us into 8th position. That early season rut looks behind us for the time being, but what is more exciting for me this year, is that we’ve scored 5 goals in a game and none of them came from our strikers. Goals all across the park is exactly what I need.



Reports have come in that Portman Road has been expanded from 30,311 seats at the beginning of the save, to now being 37,500 seats. Over recent seasons the attendances have been declining due to this long upgrade, but the completion of this work should now seen the gates go from 24,789 to above the current record of 30,311 with gate receipts receiving a massive boost alongside it.

Finally the stadium has been expanded. We’ve spent two seasons in the Prem getting minimal gate receipts because of it, but are tie with Tottenham on New Years Eve will be the first League game in the new stadium. So hopefully we can get a record crowd that day.




Up next we travel to Chelsea looking to cause an upset that could be massive for the season ahead.

Chelsea will be looking to push themselves back into the top 4 with a win over Ipswich, but may have to do so without Max Aarons who is a doubt with a pulled ankle ligament.

Ipswich will be without Nikola Colic for today’s game, but it’s touch and go whether he’ll be fit for the final game of the month against Bournemouth.

CHELSEA: (4-2-3-1) Kepa, Tomori, Ampadu, Christensen, Alonso, Kovacic, Taylor, Bailey, Barkley, Sancho, Martinez. SUBS: Schlager, James, Pulisic, Belotti, Mount, Felipe, Abraham.

IPSWICH: (4-2-3-1) Naumov, Seppanen, Fernandes, Woolfenden, Mendes, Dozzell, Downes, McCowan, Krizmanic, Tue, Gouiri. SUBS: Dibusz, Williamson, Kent, Antiste, Vincent-Young, Baku, Martin.

An expected result in a game that was actually much tighter than the score line would suggest, as we both had 6 shots on target in the game.




The final game off the month sees us travel to Bournemouth looking to bounce back from defeat against Chelsea.

Bournemouth will be without numerous players for today’s game as they looked to distance themselves from the drop. Asmir Begovic, Jack Stacey, Jony and Mark Travers are all unavailable for this game.

Ipswich will be without Nikola Colic for today’s game, but it’s touch and go whether he’ll be fit for the tie, and will also miss Ryan Kent who has a tight calf.

BOURNEMOUTH: (4-2-3-1) Ramsdale, Mepham, Cook, Scholz, Zeca, Lerma, Biling, Biraghi, Da Silva, Buitink, Wilson. SUBS: Dennis, Chalobah, Horta, Seferovic, Cook, Kelly, Jota.

IPSWICH: (4-2-3-1) Naumov, Seppanen, Fernandes, Woolfenden, Mendes, Dozzell, Downes, McCowan, Krizmanic, Tue, Gouiri. SUBS: Dibusz, Williamson, Baku, Martin, Vincent-Young, Alexandropoulos, Antiste.

An annoying result as once again it was an even game with both teams having 8 shots on target, that are just more clinical.



The player of the year from last year, Andre Dozzell has done well for us this month, with 2 goals and an assist from midfield. Hopefully he can keep his form up for the rest of the season.



A very 50/50 month as we settle in 12th before the winter break kicks in. Hopefully we can keep that position when the new year rings in.



Usually this is where I have a perfectly designed graphic that takes 6 hours to perfect (okay about 6 minutes). When writing this piece I still haven’t decided what I will be doing in the next two months, so ‘Up Next’ is a mystery to me as well.


ScottT - it looked like it would have been sustained, but those final two showed me that the defence still needs work.

TheLFCFan - Martin has looked like a dream signing for me, he’s also now got his first two goals for Scotland as well.

Imagine - I don’t know how no one snapped him up before me, but I’m glad they didn’t do so.

Justice - thanks man much appreciated, if the actual owner and manager would realise what they have to work with, then the club might have a decent future.

Jack - that Liverpool game was so stressful but thank god we got through it, and the Norwich win was brilliant for the county.
The dominant become dominated! A great start followed by a calamitous show of defending. Unlucky, but you are in a comfortable position regardless.
A highly disappointing result against Bournemouth to end of the month, as a win against them, a side quite a bit below you, would of seen you knocking on those European doors. But it is still a good start to the season and something that can be built on for sure. Intrigued by the "Up Next" wonder if there's a move on the cards, which would seem odd considering the jobs turned down before and the improvements currently being made on and off the pitch!
Jack - we are a very up and down side currently, which can be annoying at times!

TheLFCFan - The 'Up Next' is not nearly as exciting as you might be hoping! literally two months of not knowing what transfers, friendlies and internationals i'll be dealing with !!
A tough month in the end. At least with the World Cup on the horizon it gives the players a chance to rejuvenate ahead of the second-half of the season. I presume not many, if any, of your players have been selected and called-up?

Regardless, a lot of news to celebrate off the pitch with work being done or planned in terms of facility upgrades!
Forgot to mention the addition of Ryan Kent previously. Surprised to see him TL for Rangers.. Hope he does well for you!


For those of you who do not speak French, German or Italian, my trusty Google Translate has turned the phrase ‘Winter Break’ in 3 nationalities. This update, will be a double run through of November and December, as I don’t expect much else to happen in these months. No POTM and no tables, just two months of intrigue and maybe the odd friendly here and there.




Ipswich Town vs Manchester City

IPSWICH: (4-2-3-1) Naumov, Vincent-Young, Fernandes, Williamson, Mendes, Dozzell, Downes, McCowan, Krizmanic, Kent, Antiste. SUBS: Book, Denham, Baku, Simpson, McClelland, Wright, Thorne, Burgess, Dixon-Bonner, Hvilsom, Woolfenden, Steele.

MAN CITY: (4-1-2-2-1) Scott, Jones, Lindqvist, Darville, Angelino, Rodri, Porro, Vernon, Wilcox, Sand, McAtee, SUBS: Moulden, Edwards, Stroud, Jones, Yates, Walker, Parry, Godbold, Hussin, Gamblin, Davies, Wootton.

Good win to start the winter break, even if it was two very rotated squads in play.



The Luke Chambers Testimonial - Ipswich Town vs Nottingham Forest

IPSWICH: (4-2-3-1) Iversen, Denham, Mavropanos, Chambers, Kenlock, Alexandropoulos, Baku, Antiste, Colic, Kent, Simpson. SUBS: Naumov, Williamson, Krizmanic, Webb, Steiring, Wright, Thorne, Dinga, Bishop, Hvilsom, McClelland, Steele.

NOTTM FOREST: (4-2-3-1) Shelvey, Tavares, Worrall, Stephens, Ribiero, Wallace, McCalmont, Fleck, Johnson, Ford, King, SUBS: Helsdown, Richardson, Yates, Woodrow, Lolley, Meling, O’Dowda, Silva, Diabete, Doorbar-Baptist, Hause, Marchwinski.

A game in full tribute to our longest serving player at the club currently, as Luke Chambers announced that he would be retiring at the end of the season. I thought it fit to give him a testimonial against the side that we signed him from all those years ago. We even got Daniel Iversen, Myles Kenlock and the Big Greek Defender to come back to play in the game. A lovely game for all.



Ipswich Town vs Inter Milan

IPSWICH: (4-2-3-1) Naumov, Denham, Dinga, McClelland, Williamson, Alexandropoulos, Baku, Hvilsom, Colic, Dobra, Antiste. SUBS: Dibusz, Burgess, Krizmanic, Webb, Baggott, Kent, Simpson, Healy, Steele, Thorne, Miller, Wright.

INTER MILAN: (3-5-2) Nubel, Fonseca, Onguene, Wober, Ranieri, Mulattieri, Aiello, De Ketelaere, Lodi, Salcedo, Schick. SUBS: Radu, Bettella, Vezzoni, Esposito, Greco, Fogliata, Cancello, Valli, Marques, Turini, Vigano, Santorelli.

Another nice win against a decent Inter side.



Atl. Bilbao vs Ipswich Town

BILBAO: (4-4-2) Iturrino, Capa, Nolaskoain, Martinez, Yuri, Williams, Garcia, Muniain, Córdoba, Intxausti, Villalibre. SUBS: Herrerin, Velez, Dominguez, Agirre, Lekue, Eizmandi, Urain, Guruzeta, Vicente, Bernaola, Murua, Vencedor.

IPSWICH: (4-2-3-1) Dibusz, Vincent-Young, Steiring, Woolfenden, Williamson, Alexandropoulos, Cain, McCowan, Dobra, Kent, Webb SUBS: Naumov, Seppanen, Tue, Gouiri, Mendes, Downes, Martin, Fernandes, Dozzell, Simpson, Denham, Krizmanic.

Shame to lose but it’s only a friendly.



Ipswich Town vs Osasuna

IPSWICH: (4-2-3-1) Naumov, Vincent-Young, Fernandes, Dinga, Williamson, Alexandropoulos, Baku, Antiste, Krizmanic, Kent, Martin. SUBS: Dibusz, Mendes, Tue, Gouiri, Seppanen, McCowan, Colic, Burgess, Downes, Walmsley, Woolfenden, Dozzell.

OSASUNA: (4-2-3-1) Martinez, Vidal, D Garcia, U Garcia, Llorente, Otegui, Blanco, Ibanez, Torres, Avila, Thomas. SUBS: Herrera, Calvo, Barja, Cardona, Moncayola, Mohamed, Iribarren, Grau, Perez, Ariadne, Perea.

Nice win for us, good hat trick for Martin as well.



Ipswich Town vs Stade Rennais

IPSWICH: (4-2-3-1) Naumov, Seppanen, Fernandes, Williamson, Mendes, Dozzell, Downes, McCowan, Colic, Tue, Gouiri. SUBS: Dibusz, Burgess, Krizmanic, Simpson, Denham, Alexandropoulos, Martin, Vincent-Young, Hvilsom, Antiste, Woolfenden, Dobra.

RENNES: (4-1-2-2-1) Guzman, Stolarski, Solet, Uremovic, Andersson, Lucas, Seri, Grimes, Rutter, Cavaliero, Hunou. SUBS: Mendy, Dabo, Grenier, Matthieu, Tait, Lemonnier, Tattevin, Rits, Camavinga, Kipre, Traore, Bourigeaud.

Nice win to end the mid season break.



We have already played 3 games so far in December, but we are finally back to competitive action with two games to end 2022.


ScottT - I don't think any of my players were called up for the World Cup, which is understandable because I have mainly European nationality players in the team, so the euro's might have a few.

Imagine - Kent has been mainly used as a back up, but when he comes on he always seems to make an impact.


We have two competitive games to run through to end 2022, as we travel to Brighton in the league and then travel the Watford in the FA Cup.




The penultimate game of the year sees us travel to Brighton as we look to build on our positive winter break.

Brighton are currently flying high in the league in 7th, but will be without Alfred Duncan, Steven Alzate and Aaron Connolly.

Ipswich will have a fully fit side to choose from for this game against Brighton.

BRIGHTON: (4-4-2) Maignan, Mazraoui, Webster, White, Bertrand, Holse, Chiquinho, Borkeeiet, Kamano, Higuain, Andone, SUBS: Forster, Aurier, Propper, Mac Allister, March, Duffy, Ostigard.

IPSWICH: (4-4-2) Dibusz, Seppanen, Dinga, Woolfenden, Mendes, McCowan, Downes, Dozzell, Tue, Gouiri, Martin. SUBS: Naumov, Williamson, Colic, Antiste, Vincent-Young, Alexandropoulos, Krizmanic.

Massive. Absolutely massive. An away win against a team flying high in the league, and Gouiri showing his class from last year getting a 9 minute hat trick.




The final game of the year sees us travel to fellow Prem side Watford in the FA Cup. It would be nice to go far in the cup competitions, but we always seem to get paired with a Prem side.

Watford have been on an inconsistent run of late, and will be without Kayne Ramsey, William Troost-Ekong and Lee O’Connor for this cup game.

Ipswich have a fully fit side as they look to progress further in the FA Cup, and try and complete another goal set out at the start of the save.

WATFORD: (4-4-2) Farinez, Conti, Wilmot, Hunter, Correia, Mandrogan, Bakayoko, Sarr, Phillip, Pedro, Loader. SUBS: Dahlberg, Dawson, Quina, Hernandez, Paulo.

IPSWICH: (4-4-2) Dibusz, Seppanen, Dinga, Woolfenden, Mendes, McCowan, Downes, Dozzell, Tue, Gouiri, Martin. SUBS: Naumov, Williamson, Colic, Kent, Antiste.

A decent result that gives a replay against Watford in the next few days. Hopefully we can grab a win at home to progress to the next round.



Only two games played in this update, but it was never going to be any one else getting this award. Gouiri’s hat trick against Brighton in the league moves us up the table.



Only one game played, one place up compared to October. Slowly moving away from the drop which is brilliant as well.



A very positive winter break in terms of the friendly results, despite some rotated squads, the victories will do wonders for morale. Good end to the season going unbeaten in December and a replay against Watford at home gives you an opportunity to get through to the next round.
Looking good and unbeaten in this one! I would go as far to say Europe is in sight ;)

P.s. what is Higuaín doing at Brighton :))
Not much to address, but very good.

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