Ipswich Town fan RUSSELL CLAYDON embraces the fun on the farm in the new kit launch video

WITH a kit launch video on You Tube making more headlines than our league position, it’s an apt way to end 2011/12.

WITH a kit launch video on You Tube making more headlines than our league position, it’s an apt way to end 2011/12.

But while Jim Magilton made no secret of his distaste of the carrot-crunchers ‘Tractor Boy’ moniker, I can’t agree with the lazy assumptions made by a national newspaper this week.

According to The Metro, the kit launch video at Easton Farm Park, after an underachieving season, is ‘sure to cause a few more red faces in the Portman Road home dressing room’.

Really? I’m just glad we can be a club who still raise a smile, actually.

The reporter states we’ve taken our nickname a ‘bit too literally’ and ends by comparing it to the much-maligned Venky’s Blackburn advert.

The comedy bouncy country bumpkin music at the start, and the cheesy smiles from John Wark and co (note to the Metro: He wasn’t an attacker but did score goals) are a big hint to the tongue-in-cheek nature.

I’ve always felt the club should embrace the nickname. We’re in a rural area and shouldn’t hide away from it - it’s all a bit of pantomime, so well done to Arran Lee-Barrett, Jay Emmanuel-Thomas, Carlos Edwards and Josh Carson for getting involved.

And maybe the filming will have helped forge stronger links between the players themselves.

What was embarrassing, for The Metro’s sake, was Michael Chopra and Jimmy Bullard’s trip up north; Carlos Edwards’ driving ban and Chopra’s gambling problems and roaring along the road at more than 100 miles per hour.

It was Green Day who sang ‘wake me up when September ends’ and right now I can’t help transferring ‘the season’ for September.

While many teams’ seasons across the country are heating up, ours has long been cooling down.

On Saturday, if you’re off to Crystal Palace, I’m afraid you may be in for a stinker. Another less important fixture you probably couldn’t pick out.

The only thing to get vaguely enthused about is looking for promising signs for next season.

The home form, though ended by the scourge of Portman Road, David Nugent and his Leicester City side on Monday, is certainly one. But of the recent line-ups, there doesn’t seem to be enough of a nod towards 2012/13 yet.

I was pleased to see Ryan Stevenson given a start and Jason Scotland has more than earned it. But eyebrows were raised with Lee Boywer and Grant Leadbitter alongisde each other. And still no Luke Hyam, poor lad.

Despite Monday’s result, three defeats in our last 15 games is still promotion form and even better than Tuesday’s visitors to Portman Road, fourth-placed Birmingham City - perhaps we should have taken our balls down to the farm a lot earlier in the season!