ONE point a game will probably not be enough.

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That is the situation facing increasingly relegation-threatened Ipswich Town after the club’s worst-ever 15-game start to a season outside of English football’s top-flight was equalled this week.

Tuesday night’s 5-0 hammering at Crystal Palace leaves the Blues rock-bottom of the Championship, five points adrift of safety and with an embarrassing minus 20 goal difference – comfortably the worst record in the Football League.

Never in the club’s proud 76-year professional history have fewer points been on the board at this stage of a season outside of the top tier.

In the 1954/55 campaign there was also just 10 claimed from the opening 15 games. Scott Duncan’s side ended up finishing 21st and being relegated straight back down to Division Three South.

Over the last 10 Championship seasons the average number of points required to finish fourth-from-bottom has been 50. That leaves the Blues requiring an estimated 40 points from their remaining 31 games – an average of 1.29 per game.

Town were just one point better off at this stage of the season under the management of Roy Keane three years’ ago. Things rapidly improved and, after losing just eight of their remaining matches that season, a 15th place finish was salvaged.

The following season, a return of 27 points from the opening 15 games had many fans dreaming of promotion. The Blues soon slipped down the table though and, after Paul Jewell replaced Keane in the New Year, another 15th-place finish ensued.

Portsmouth and Coventry both had more points on the board than Town currently have at this stage of last season and ended up being relegated. On the flip-side, Bristol City had just 10 points after their opening 15 games and ended up finishing nine points clear of the drop zone.

It proves just how quickly things can change in the relentless and unpredictable world of the Championship. There is still a lot of football to be played, but, with the games coming thick and fast, manager Mick McCarthy knows that the gap can’t become much bigger.

Winning at home is likely to be crucial, with the Blues – currently in the middle of the club’s worst ever winless league run at Portman Road – hosting Burnley tomorrow afternoon.

9 comments

  • It is meaningless comparing the current campaign with 1955, or with any other season prior to 1981-2, as only 2 points were awarded for a win. Therefore, this season is already far worse.

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    vic boner

    Friday, November 9, 2012

  • I agree with John. Our defence is so bad that we are going to have to just try to score one more than we concede. I would like to see Mohsni given a chance up front, and PLEASE can we have a change at Right Back. Anyone will do!

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    Waterloo Blue

    Friday, November 9, 2012

  • But what is not stated is this 20 point deficit the worst in towns long 76 year history. My guess it is which will show what all us realists already knew - this is the worst team ever to play for town in their history. They deserve to get relegated after countless seasons of battling against it lets face it. Town play division 3 football so its about time they joined Colchester and co. Those poor soles who think a journeyman manager like mccarthy is going to do the Houdini act yet again for town are gravely mistaken, when the manager who should have been appointed was a young ambitious one.

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    ged scott

    Friday, November 9, 2012

  • mountain to climb? didnt know they came that big

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    clever canary

    Friday, November 9, 2012

  • If we do not beat Burnley, I would say that relegation will just edge it's nose in front of stayingmup, as the most likely outcome of this season. Simon Clegg should be sacked forthwith, in my view, for his role in this mess.

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    Kevin Bailey

    Friday, November 9, 2012

  • There are only so many permutations and combinations of the players he has now. What MM must do now is persuade them to play out of their skins, starting tomorrow. And no more negative one up front, that way lies the Ist Division, we must be bold. Campbell and Scotland please.

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    JOHN BURLS

    Friday, November 9, 2012

  • Is there any doubt those who are responsible for the situation at ITFC???? The previous management team brought together this group of players, but the players themselves must now shoulder their responsibility. Time for all the players to do what is required on the pitch or they accept together and individually that they are not Championship quality. No hiding place on Saturday. Play for the ITFC shirt each one of you, for 90+ minutes. Give it everything and work as a team. Then at the final whistle each one of you should stand and applaud every all of the fans in every part of the stadium - as we are the people who pay your wages and deserve to be shown some respect. We have endured the past years and witnessed the decline in attitude, effort, passion, commitment, and professionalism. Time you all deliver the performance the fans deserve. Many fans do not now recognise the team as ITFC, with players who have barely played together and appear to, have little affinity to Ipswich and our county. Few of us can believe what has happened!

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    Blue and true since 1962

    Friday, November 9, 2012

  • ME and Clegg need to answer some serious questions; such as why they gave PJ so long, when it was obvious he was doing a terrible job.

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    Jason

    Friday, November 9, 2012

  • It's all doom and gloom. I'm surprised no one has called for the manager to be sacked yet! Lets be positive. Football is a fickle game and we could be surprised in the coming months. Come on you Blues.

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    EuroSupporter

    Friday, November 9, 2012

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