Ipswich Town fan Russell Claydon signs off with his derby reaction and alternative awards

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After three long seasons, the Old Farm Derby with Norwich City is set to return.

But while glad of that, I must admit to being slightly relieved to see the weather scupper plans to fly a banner over Carrow Road welcoming them back down.

It is a bit sad on our part when we are already there and at least now £750 will be put to good use with the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation.

In that respect, hopefully we will now do our derby talking on the pitch.

I ended last season by saying the key ingredient would be to add goals to the midfield and, despite a much better campaign, it still remains our weak link.

It sadly looks like we will have to sell a player like Aaron Cresswell to build on a promising campaign, but George Burley did it with Kieron Dyer’s sale and I trust Mick McCarthy to do likewise.

So here is my end-of-season alternative awards:

Biggest disappointment:

I could say our wingers, but not seeing the old Sylvan Ebanks-Blake, due to injuries, was a crying shame.

Best game: Town 2 Derby County 1 (March 25).

Had the best goal (Jonny Williams) and also the most important, at the time, with Christophe Berra’s injury-time header lifting the roof off Portman Road as the play-off dream came back to life.

PR disaster: Season ticket renewals. Fans were left £120 out of pocket and then the club failed to apologise.

Forgotten man: David McGoldrick. How did he only come third in the fans’ player of the year?

Best beard: Paul Anderson.

Most annoying opponent: Chris Martin was close, but we’ll sure be most glad to see the back of pest David Nugent.

* That’s it for me until 
next season, but with the 
likes of Kieron Dyer and John McGreal playing at Bury 
Town in a dementia and academy fundraiser on Sunday (3pm) I hope to see a fair few of you at my charity cake stall!