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Jordan Rhodes: My gratitude to Ipswich Town fans

10:04 11 February 2013

Jordan Rhodes

Jordan Rhodes

Phill Heywood

Blackburn v Ipswich: His glowing tribute to his boyhood club will offer few crumbs of comfort to frustrated Ipswich Town fans today.

Jordan Rhodes was desperate to claim the scruffy winner, credited as an own goal to Town keeper Stephen Henderson, in Blackburn’s 1-0 victory over the Blues at Ewood Park on Saturday.

Town’s 14th defeat of the season, in a turgid game of few chances, coupled with victories for the sides occupying the bottom three, Barnsley, Bristol City and Peterborough, means Mick McCarthy’s men now only have Wolves between themselves and the drop-zone.

Just a point clear of safety, Ipswich were left to rue a lack of creativity in offensive areas and succumbed to Rovers’ first half-chance of the game.

They now face two crucial home games, against Blackpool, this Saturday, and Watford, next Tuesday, knowing two poor results could see them plunge into the bottom three.

Town’s misfortune is hardly likely to please Rhodes, a former Kesgrave High School pupil, who spoke of his admiration for the club after the game.

However, he will also have enjoyed the result, especially considering his controversial exit from Portman Road, when he was considered surplus to requirements by then-manager, Roy Keane.

“I’ve waited four-and-a-half years to score against Ipswich. I haven’t played them since leaving, so no-one is taking that goal off me,” said Rhodes, who has scored more than 100 league goals since leaving Suffolk.

“I would just like to put it on record that I’m very grateful for all the support that Ipswich supporters gave me, and continue to give me.

“I joined them when I was 15, went through the club’s scholarship and left when I was 19. They were really good to me.

“Even now I see the websites and the local newspapers and there is kind words for me and I’m really grateful.

“After leaving Ipswich, I made it my job at Huddersfield to wake up every morning and make myself a better player and prove a couple of people wrong behind the scenes at Ipswich who made that decision to let me go.

“I didn’t let what happened get me down and I never lost that desire to improve.”

11 comments

  • I'd have him back tomorrow, pay the £8m Blackburn paid for him if we had too! A boy born to score goals and we get rid of him through someone's say so? Keane never even watched him! If the owner let's decisions like that happen year in year out then we're better off without him! The decisions made from top to bottom at this club since the take over have been nothing but bad!

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    ITFC93

    Monday, February 11, 2013

  • hmmmm.... a loss to our club -.does this emphasise the malaise behind some of the key footballing decisions at management level at the club?

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    Blue and true since 1962

    Monday, February 11, 2013

  • "kind words for you" not from the Town fans who were at Ewood who saw you celebrate like you had scored the winner in the world cup.

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    martyn elmy

    Monday, February 11, 2013

  • hmmmm.... a loss to our club -.does this emphasise the malaise behind some of the key footballing decisions at management level at the club?

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    Blue and true since 1962

    Monday, February 11, 2013

  • only three - i wonder which camp is father was in at the time?.......................................... "There were probably only three people at the time who thought it was a good idea for Ipswich to sell Jordon Rhodes"

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    martyn elmy

    Monday, February 11, 2013

  • There were probably only three people at the time who thought it was a good idea for Ipswich to sell Jordon Rhodes, Messres. Keane, Evans and Clegg, and sadly they were the three that mattered.

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    Tim Bartlett

    Monday, February 11, 2013

  • hmmmm.... a loss to our club -.does this emphasise the malaise behind some of the key footballing decisions at management level at the club?

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    Blue and true since 1962

    Monday, February 11, 2013

  • I think this shows the calibre of rhodes just say what the fans want to hear and they will all beleive me. He is a goal scorer but wasnmt when he was with town and also he wasnt prolific for huddersfield but blackburn with all their millions from billionaire owners brought him and yes he is having a good season which will mean that if blackburn do not go up he will be sold to a premiereship team like I have said before Roy Keane was wrong but he would not be here at moment beacuse he would have gone for glory somewhere else were I am sure he will suck up to the fans.

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    finchk702

    Monday, February 11, 2013

  • Good for Jordan Rhodes. Why shouldn't he want to score against his home club? It's special, especially in the circumstances of his leaving. Finchk702 - what are you talking about? Rhodes was prolific at Town through all the levels - the reason every true Ipswich fan was shocked at his departure.

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    Charley Bolding-Smith

    Wednesday, February 13, 2013

  • O goodness me, sounds like some deluded guy harping on about his ex-wife and how wonderful she was before she cleared off. Hey listen up lad. You're history, yes clowns gave you away, we're all suffering for it but you're tickety-Boo aren’t you. So give it a rest please, if you wanted applause you should have joined the circus!!

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    floridaboy1

    Monday, February 11, 2013

  • sorry about the triple post - sometimes the system just freezes and you don't know where you are! I have lost more posts than those duplicated - maybe the web managers can sort this soon?

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    Blue and true since 1962

    Monday, February 11, 2013

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