Final push needed for play-off place

THIS season has not been without its frustration for Ipswich Town fans - sometimes, for instance the demolition of Bristol City and Sheffield Wednesday, the team has looked like world-beaters.

THIS season has not been without its frustration for Ipswich Town fans - sometimes, for instance the demolition of Bristol City and Sheffield Wednesday, the team has looked like world-beaters.

On other occasions - like the away matches against Coventry and Colchester - fans have been wondering why the team is not battling relegation!

But as we approach the last three games, there is the very real possibility of sneaking into the play-off places.

Of course at this time of the season there are a host of “if onlys.”

If only we had scored against Barnsley at the start of December. If only we had shown a little passion at Layer Road earlier this month. If only We'd hung on to the two-goal lead at Carrow Road in November, then we would have been challenging for an automatic promotion place.

But the fact is that a victory tomorrow at Molineux will go a long way to securing a play-off place and the opportunity to bid for the last place in next season's Premier League.

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It won't be an easy task - Town's record in Wolverhampton over the years has not been good - but this is a time for the current crop of players to put history behind them and play for their futures.

Wolves may have a great name, but today they are not a great team - and were outplayed at Portman Road earlier this season.

Tomorrow's match could decide Town's whole season - it is victory or bust for the boys in blue.

AMID all the turmoil that is hitting the financial markets at present, it is good to be able to report that the Ipswich Building Society has enough confidence in the future to open a new branch at Ravenswood.

This is not only a vote of confidence in a popular and fast-growing Ipswich community, it is also a vote of confidence in the general economy of the town and the county.

The housing market may be facing wobbly times - but it has suffered such wobbly times before and has always come through in the end.

People will always need to save up to buy a home - and to get a mortgage to help them buy a home - and it is good to report that a building society which knows the conditions in Suffolk better than any other has the confidence to open a new branch.

IPSWICH Council has always had a reputation for administrative competence - which make the bizarre scenes at the council planning meeting this week even more extraordinary.

Former mayor Bill Wright attended the meeting and took part in the votes even though he resigned from the council at the end of last month.

Why the councillors in charge of the meeting and the committee clerks in attendance did not take five minutes out to ask the advice of legal officers once the situation was questioned by opposition councillors is totally baffling.

Now the lawyers still have to confirm whether the decisions made at the meeting are legal - thank heavens there was nothing really controversial on the agenda.

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