Awayday joy at last for Town

CAN we play you every week!Town fans could be forgiven for singing that as the Tractor Boy's Awayday jinx was finally lifted at Sheffield Wednesday's Hillsborough ground.

CAN we play you every week!

Town fans could be forgiven for singing that as the Tractor Boy's Awayday jinx was finally lifted at Sheffield Wednesday's Hillsborough ground.

As soon as this season's fixtures were published last June, Town fans had been hoping that the club's first home victory would come against the Owls in the season opener.

But few would have believed that the club's first away victory would come against the same opponents . . . six months' later!

The away jinx seemed unbreakable - strong away performances earlier in the season against Burnley and the Canaries crumbled to draws thanks to the referee or an inability to hang on to a two-goal lead.

But now the 18-match no-away win spell has finally been broken in a match riddled with ironies.

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Sheffield Wednesday actually started the bad run when they beat Town 2-0 on April 9 last year. Draws against Norwich and Leeds to wrap up the season didn't seem so bad at the time!

This season, however, there had been 15 attempts at getting an elusive away victory until Saturday's Steel City triumph.

There was further irony, probably felt by the Wednesday fans most of all, when Town's first goal was scored by former Owl Alan Quinn.

He started his career at Hillsborough before making the short transfer to Sheffield United, from where he was signed by Town during the transfer window.

As happy Town fans made their way home from South Yorkshire after seeing their new-look side come up with a new-look scoreline, there was only one slight doubt in the back of their minds.

The most pessimistic of Town fans - and they do exist in all parts of the ground - were starting to ask themselves one last question.

Now the away hoodoo has been broken, will this affect the home-run of 19 league matches without a defeat?

Next up at Portman Road are Watford, currently sitting in one of the two automatic promotion places - but only seven points ahead of sixth-placed Town.

A win against the Hornets will reduce that gap to four points - and if Town can build marry good away results to their impressive home form then a top two finish is still possible.

Fans are now expected to flock to Portman Road next Saturday to see whether the new side can build on this weekend's success.

And they'll be praying that the ending of one sequence of results does not mean the ending of the other!

Away form:

2006/7

March 17: Luton-v-Ipswich 0-2

April 9: Sheffield Wed-v-Ipswich 2-0.

April 22: Norwich-v-Ipswich 1-1.

April 28: Leeds-v-Ipswich 1-1.

2007/8

August 14: MK Dons-v-Ipswich 3-3 (5-3 pens) Carling Cup.

August 18: Plymouth-v-Ipswich 1-1.

September 1: Watford-v-Ipswich 2-0.

September 15: WBA-v-Ipswich 4-0.

September 29: Hull-v-Ipswich 3-1.

October 2: Burnley-v-Ipswich 2-2.

October 20: QPR-v-Ipswich 1-1.

November 4: Norwich-v-Ipswich 2-2.

November 6: Sheffield Utd-v-Ipswich 3-1.

November 24: Cardiff-v-Ipswich 1-0.

December 4: Bristol City-v-Ipswich 2-0.

December 8: Charlton-v-Ipswich 3-1.

December 26: Leicester-v-Ipswich 2-0.

December 29: Coventry-v-Ipswich 2-1.

January 19: Blackpool-v-Ipswich 1-1.

February 2: Sheffield Wednesday-v-Ipswich 1-2.

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