Mike Bacon: 'I'll ride the good ship 'optimism' if that's alright with you!'
- Credit: Picture: Steve Waller
The morning after the day before!
This really does feel like a new start.
For someone who has supported Ipswich Town since the '70s, I've been hard-pressed, like most, to get my head around its decline in the last decade.
It's been sad. I've tried to make light of it and laughed at how rubbish we have become. But it's just been gallows humour.
I've felt for all the young tractor boys and girls who have never witnessed what I would call a 'proper' Ipswich Town side. For me, it all started going wrong that fateful night in Lincoln, where we were humiliated in front of the great British public on BBC TV, as we lost 0-1 to a non-league side in the FA Cup.
That sort of thing only ever happened to other clubs, never my club. We are Ipswich Town. I hated that night with a passion. I've never forgotten it, although it's history now.
And so is Marcus Evans' ownership of our club. I have no bad words towards him, I just feel bitterly sorry for all the wasted years, time and money.
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Keane, Jewell, McCarthy, Hurst, Lambert.... just one play-off place and one relegation from 14 stagnant years. The most boring club in England playing snakes and ladders, with twice as many snakes on the playing board as we rolled the dice . Utterly depressing....
...So, I hope you don't mind if today I wallow in a bit of over exuberance now we have new owners.
I know all this takeover stuff is no guarantee of success. I know it doesn't mean we will be Premier League in three years. I know it could all go completely belly up - but why should it? Let's be positive.
I'll ride the good ship 'optimism' if that's alright with you.
Optimism that our under-achieving squad will either be pepped up for the last eight games, or cast adrift in the summer if they don't cut it, as others, desperate to play for such a club as ours, are brought in.
Optimism that our ground, so lacking in TLC will be given the make-over it so badly needs.
Optimism that once again our football club won't be the butt of jokes about 'big club' in League One, because we'll soon be out of this awful League One and moving up the pyramid.
And most importantly, optimism that our fantastic fan base gets something to seriously get behind and cheer about. To enjoy their football experience again. So 'When Saturday Comes', it really means something for us all again.
Which brings me onto Paul Cook. Is he the man for the job under new owners?
Well, listening to them speaking last night, they certainly say he is. And why not?
I hope Cook gets every chance, years to have a go. He's the most complete footballing manager we've had under the now-gone Evans era. He gets us fans - he understands players.
So, what do I hope for now?
Well, for someone who gloried in the '70s and '80s' European adventures Sir Bobby took us on, as well as the John Lyall, Joe Royle and George Burley years, I can only dream of something similar.
But quite frankly, I'll be patient.
So long as I - and I'm sure all of us - can see real progress, real ambition and a far better and more passionate style of football at Portman Road, I'll take the ups with the downs that are sure to come.
As a football club we had become a car crash on a road to nowhere.
Now, I genuinely believe we're on a road to somewhere - somewhere far better.
Somewhere our loyal fans deserve.