Town 59th in achievement league table

NOT only are Ipswich Town under-achieving so far this season, but have been on a steady decline for some time, according to a New Football Pools survey.

Derek Davis

NOT only are Ipswich Town under-achieving so far this season, but have been on a steady decline for some time, according to a New Football Pools survey.

The Blues are ranked 59th among the 92 clubs in terms of their achievement since 1992 when the Premier League, and New Football Pools, were established.

They have done far better than Norwich City who are listed 78th, while Colchester United have done better than both their East Anglian rivals by coming in 14th.


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Each club's achievements were measured by statistics that included:

The club's starting position in 1992

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Stadium capacity and average attendances between 1992-2008

League and Cup performances each season

Changes in club ownership and associated investments.

Financial difficulties including administration

Transfers in and out

Although Ipswich have won promotion to the Premier League in the middle of the time-frame, they have also been relegated, gone into administration and been taken over since then.

Attendances rose when the north and south stands were rebuilt but have fallen away over the past four years.

The U's figure quite high after winning two promotions, and one relegation, have moved grounds and seen attendances rise.

Perhaps surprisingly, you can forget the likes of Liverpool, Manchester united, Chelsea and Arsenal as the biggest achievers, Doncaster Rovers top the list.

Rovers have gone from being a Conference side to a championship team, and have moved into a new stadium and that has given them a huge rating.

Sheffield Wednesday's prolonged troubled times mean they are bottom of the pile.

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