The last time The Imps faced tomorrow’s opponents Ipswich Town, The Imps won 1-0 in the Third Round (replay) of The Emirates FA Cup, in front of a crowd of 9,054 at Sincil Bank, thanks to Nathan Arnold’s goal in injury-time. It was by far one of the most amazing night’s I’ve experienced watching Lincoln City. We were in the Conference, they were in the Championship, and we certainly didn’t expect the truly incredible results that followed in the competition that season!
Time for the Q&As. Thank you to Ipswich Town supporters Jamie and Tony for answering our questions. To get to the second set of answers, simply click “click here for the second set of answers!” at the bottom right of the page, or click the name above!
First up, the answers provided by Jamie:
How long have you supported Ipswich Town?
Since my early teens, so about 30 years.
Where did you finish last season?
In a strange pit of despair filled with optimism that in Lambert, maybe we had the soul of our club back.
What do you think of your Manager?
Completely in love with the guy. He’s repaired the disconnect between the club and the fans and made following Ipswich fun again.
What are your hopes and expectations for the 2019/20 season?
In a word, promotion. Anything less from here would feel like a failure.
One(s) to watch?
Flynn Downes. England international in the making. Vincent-Young also looks like a fantastic player, but he’s out at the moment.
Which teams you think will finish in the top six?
Besides us, Wycombe Wanderers and Peterborough United obviously. Tough to say beyond that as there doesn’t seem too much between the next 6 or 8 sides in the table currently.
Which teams do you think will finish in the bottom three?
Well, Bury have got their work cut out! Can’t see Southend United escaping either, but Bolton Wanderers, it’s a huge ask but the potential is there if they can build some momentum.
What are your thoughts on Lincoln City?
Have enjoyed watching your march up the pyramid from afar. As a supporter of a club which has punched above its perceived weight a few times in our history, I think it’s stories like yours which make English football so great.
What do you think the score will be?
I expect a close game. 2-1 maybe.
Will The Imps Win, Lose or Draw against Ipswich Town?
Random fact about your Club?
Rather than The Tractor Boys, we were briefly known as the Swede Bashers in the 70s apparently. I’m not quite old enough to remember.
If you could steal one Lincoln City player for your own team, who would it be and why?
Does Wilson sort of count!? He’s impressed since he joined us, no-nonsense and does the basics well.
What are your proudest and most embarrassing moments as an Ipswich Town Supporter?
Proudest easily our Wembley 2000 promotion to the Premier League. Magilton’s hattrick in the second leg of the semis was something really special.
Most embarrassing, probably losing 7-1 to Peterborough live on Sky a few years back, at a time when on paper they shouldn’t have laid a glove on us.
Who would you say is your most underrated player?
Tough one, possibly Cole Skuse. He’s on his last legs but reads the game so well and does a lot of “hidden” work to keep us on top of sides.
Do you have a Supporters Trust and what role do they play at the Club?
Ipswich Town 1st is the Independent Supporters Trust, they asked the right questions when Evans first took over but it’s been a few years now since they were visible.
Which was your favourite match involving Ipswich Town?
Really tough to look beyond the Wembley Playoff Final in 2000.
Which was your least favourite match involving Ipswich Town?
League Cup semi-final at St Andrews around 2001. They “accidentally” damaged their pitch with hot air blowers just before the game, turned it into a potato field and played ugly, agricultural football against our slick passing side. All but cheated their way to the final.
Do you have a Former Players Association at Ipswich Town?
I’m not sure.
What’s the best thing about Ipswich?
Christ, has some nice big parks I guess. I don’t live in the Town, but wider Suffolk is much nicer.
Are you sick of us in cup competitions yet?
Not really, I’d rather play someone who turns up to win!
After 10 years since you last won a tie in The FA Cup, do you look forward to the competition with some dread?
Under McCarthy the cup competitions were a total write off, he couldn’t give a monkeys about them and that attitude showed on the pitch. I’ve got a ticket for Saturday and it’ll be the first time I’ve bothered with a cup game in years. Lambert has made it rightly clear that the league is our priority, but our squad has enough strength in depth that we’re still capable of getting a result. So, in short, no, I’m looking forward to the game. Blue Action (supporters singing/banner display group) are also moving over to the middle of the Sir Bobby Robson stand where my seat is for the first time this game (normally they’re over by the corner flag), so I’m expecting a decent atmosphere.
— Vital Lincoln City (@VitalLincoln) November 8, 2019