Ipswich Town fan Russell Claydon dishes out his alternative Blues’ awards

It was a season of two halves — the misery of the end of Paul Jewell’s sorry tenure and the rejuvenation under Mick McCarthy which dug us out of Jewell’s mess.

On the whole though, it was another very underwhelming campaign that threatened to end in disaster.

Yet another big turnover of players is on the cards as McCarthy looks to put his stamp on the squad and finally mount the first solid promotion push in the Marcus Evans era.

With the official awards having already been dished out, here are my less official, and rather more honest and colourful, fantasy gongs:

WORST EXCUSE FOR NOT TURNING UP TO A PRESS CONFERENCE: Paul Jewell. Who, so the story goes, was so determined to turn things round he locked himself in the office to review the DVD of the 2-1 defeat to Derby County. Then left the next morning.

MOST USED PHRASE ON A CLUB STATEMENT: By mutual consent. Jewell, Simon Clegg and several players left under that now familiar phrase, which led to a fanzine in the same name.

GOAL OF THE SEASON: Aaron Cresswell against Crystal Palace. Won’t hit one sweeter.

PERFORMANCE OF THE SEASON: Birmingham City away (1-0). Mick’s first game in charge ended in a hard-fought victory. If it hadn’t, you shudder at what could have happened...

STINKER OF THE SEASON: Blackpool away 
(6-0) — Jewell’s folding pack caved in again.

FOOL’S GOLD: Nigel Reo-Coker came in with a big reputation but looked more MLS than Premier League.

TRANSFER GAFFE: Letting Jason Scotland go to Barnsley for free — and scoring goal after goal, which undermined Town’s results in bid to beat relegation.


BALL BREAKER: Frank Nouble (literally v Birmingham).

n Next week: Final column of 2012/13 on what we need now.