Ipswich Town fan RUSSELL CLAYDON reveals who gets his ‘Clegg on face’ award

‘DAD’S Army’ worked wonders for Paul Jewell at Bradford City, but it certainly didn’t help Ipswich Town march towards the Premier League in 2011/12.

After Michael Chopra helped us cruise past Bristol City (3-0) in the sunshine on opening day, it seemed as if the Scouser’s ‘old’ magic was back.

But the Ipswich pensioners were soon caught cold with thumpings against Southampton (5-2) and Peterborough (7-1) before that calamitous seven-game losing streak that surely came close to costing Paul Jewell his job.

If he does go on to become a memorable Ipswich manager for the right reasons, he will forever look back on those second 45 minutes at Barnsley, with Keith Andrews inspiring a 5-3 fightback from 2-0 down as the Blues built on that win to pull clear of the relegation zone.

It was a fairly decent second half of the season where the home form drastically turned around, but it was too little too late for the play-offs.

So it will be out with the old and in with the new for 2012/13 after Jewell admitted there was no long-term plan.Here are my fantasy award winners, to sum-up a truly consistently inconsistent campaign:

BEST FIND: Aaron Cresswell our best player in 2011/12 cost only an initial £240,000 (possibly rising to £520,000).

FOOL’S GOLD: Lee Bowyer. Carling Cup winner didn’t get anywhere near to living up to his past.

Best celebration: Jason Scotland simply dropping his shorts to his ankles at Southampton following Bullard’s Newcastle nightclub misdemeanours.

CLEGG ON FACE: A number of PR gaffes to choose from, including... Giving a recovering gambling addict £250,000 of club funds to pay off debts; saying you won’t repeat the same mistakes with contract renewals, and then repeating the same mistake with contract renewals; dishing out two different punishments for the same crime, including fining a gambling addict who owes nasty people a lot of money. BUT, the award goes to...chief exec Simon Clegg, for the handling of the abandoned Middlesbrough match that meant a large number of people (eg. servicemen) paid for 90 minutes of football and only got 38 — while those that could make the re-run paid AGAIN.

CROSSBAR CHALLENGE KING: Jay Emmanuel-Thomas.

BLUE ARMY’S BEST MOMENT: Giving Billy Sharp a standing ovation after losing his baby.

BLUE ARMY’S WORST MOMENT: A rather perplexing banner at Brighton’s Amex Stadium that got them a wee bit angry.

PERFORMANCE OF THE SEASON: West Ham at home (5-1) — outplayed most expensive squad in the league, again.

STINKER OF THE SEASON: Burnley away (4-0) — zero per cent fight.

BIGGEST LETDOWN: Jimmy Bullard - normally a jester on the pitch, but a clown off it.

BEST DISGUISED DEFENDER: Carlos Edwards (please get us a right-back).

BEST GOALKEEPER (a new award, as we had four!): David Stockdale — he wasn’t even ours, which says it all...

•Next week: My 2012/13 wishlist.