Scowie says... James Scowcroft’s column

SATURDAY all but saw our title hopes disappear in a 2-1 defeat to leaders Sutton.

Sutton just about shaded a close game that, at times, could have gone either way.

The fact that we were in a position challenging for the title is a great credit to everyone connected to the club.

We still find ourselves in second and it has to be our aim now to stay there. With four games left, it’s all to play for.

Tonight sees us change our focus away from the league and to the Suffolk Cup final, which is between ourselves and Needham Market, played at Portman Road.

It’s fair to say the competition isn’t top of either team’s list or priorities, but once you find yourselves in a final neither team will want to lose.

Needham, like Bury, are challenging for promotion in the league below, but have probably got just as strong a side as Bury and it will be a close game.

It will also see myself come up against one of my old team-mates in Kevin Horlock.

Kev, who lives out in Eye, is a good lad and was always involved in the dressing room banter at Portman Road. One day, I invited Kev over to the Cock Inn, in Stanton, as he’d only just moved into the area.

He was thoroughly excited and really enjoyed himself. Unfortunately, he soon realised that Stanton isn’t London or Manchester and I’m never quite sure how he got home to this day.

Unfortunately for us, we are being made to play two games in 38 hours this weekend, as our league game has been changed to Sunday.

I don’t know all the ins and outs of why this is happening, but I know it has upset a lot of people at the club. It’s unfair on us, but we just have to get on with it and do our best — the powers that be haven’t stepped into help what is a really good football club.

Last Friday night, I attended my first ex-Ipswich players’ dinner. It turned out to be a really good night with nearly 200 ex-players attending from every era, from the 1950s onwards.

Special awards were given out to the First Division winning side in 1961, to players including Doug Moran, Russel Osman and Paul Marriner.

What was interesting, was that receiving his award in absence of Paul, Sir Bobby Robson’s coach at the time, Bobby Ferguson, said that Marriner was the one player he and Sir Bobby felt made the team tick more than any other player at that time.

He put a lot of other players’ success down to the way Marriner played for the team and said that if Mariner played well, the team played well.

Enjoy tonight if you head over to Ipswich - see you next week.

Scowie

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