Derek Davis Freelance Journalist

2011/2012 Match Reports

September 3, 2011

2011/2012 season Match reports


Norwich 1 Stoke 1 (Premier League)


Peterborough v Ipswich (Championship)



Ipswich Town 0 Hull City 1 (Championship)


Ipswich Town 2 Leeds United 1 (Championship)


JASON Scotland proved a bogey-man for Leeds yet again.

Scotland thundered in a leveller for Ipswich who came from behind to halt a four-game  losing streak.

The 32-year-old striker has netted 10 of his 11 Ipswich goals at Portman Road since signing from Wigan.

And the 25-yard belter was the third goal he has netted against Leeds after banging one in for them when Town beat Leeds last year and a couple for Swansea when they met the Yorkshire side.

“I love celebrating in front of our fans but hopefully I can take it to away games and score away from home as well, said Scotland. “I always seem to score against Leeds and at home so it was good to happen again.”

Ross McCormack put Leeds in front before Keith Andrews made it three goals in three starts since signing on loan for Ipswich from Blackburn with a deflected shot to secure a win for the Tractor Boys after four straight defeats.

Scotland, who is being targeted by Birmingham and Coventry, said: “We had a rubbish week when we conceded seven and five so we are chuffed to bits to get three points.

“These past 10 days have been difficult and everyone was walking round with heads down so this was the game to bounce back. We knew we had to find a performance to give ourselves a lift.”

The old tag of ‘Dirty Leeds’ could be applied once more as Simon Grayson’s side had a third player sent off in five league games when Aidan White was shown a straight red card after tangling with Jay Emmanuel-Thomas.

But defender Darren O’Dea who was on loan with Ipswich last season, refused to use the dismissal as an excuse.

“I know how tough it is to play here yet it was as comfortable as it can get.

“We were holding on and we had chances to win the game but mistakes cost us.

“It was a catalogue of errors leading up to that sending off anyway and we can’t keep doing that.”

Leeds had a strong claim for a late penalty when Carlos Edwards brought down Max Gradel but referee Andy D’Urso waved away the claim.

O’Dea said: “Even their player (Carlos Edwards) said it was a penalty you can go on about referees but it was our own downfall.

“We were under pressure last half hour but we had chances to win and in this league a mistake can change the game

“It is not going to be a sob story we will just get on with it.”

Although they lost O’Dea is convinced they can turn things around and added: “If we play like that away from home then we will be there in the mix at the end we just need to put away our chances and cut out the silly errors.

“The quality we have in the squad is probably second to none but we need to get the points to go with the performances.”



Standing Up For Respect and Decency

August 14, 2011

 “What I know most surely about morality and the duty of man - I owe to football.”
                                                                                                                                              Albert Camus

HOW heartening it was to see so many people make a stand against the rioters and looters this week.

Everyday folk appalled by the scenes on our television, and for some in their homes, businesses or neighbourhoods, reacted in a variety of ways from hel...

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Posh v Palace Reports in Nationals

August 7, 2011
David Ball reveals how pumping iron is helping him get goals

Check out my match report on Posh's win over Palace

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Sex Pictures Blackmailer Jailed

August 7, 2011

A WELL-KNOWN scrote in the village has been banged up for two-years after trying to blackmail a woman he secretly photographed while she was engaged in a sex act.

25-year-old Mark Linnemoller, of Kingsland, admitted threatening to spread the pictures around the village unless gave him £2,000.

His victim, who can’t be named for legal reasons, found poorly written letters on her doorstep and was sent demanding text messages.

The woman went to meet the hapless blackmailer in a pub car park...

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Why U's Should Not Expect Too Much

August 3, 2011

WHILE much of this season will see me covering Ipswich Town, Norwich City, West Ham and Peterborough United, I do hope to cover some COLCHESTER UNITED games, because if I am it means they are doing well. But unlike many U’s fans I don’t let my heart rule my head and my expectation levels will be somewhat lower than theirs.


As unpalatable as it may be for many Col U fans promotion, or even the play-off places, is probably beyond them.

Given the resources, and let us be brutally honest...

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Farewell To A Legend

July 31, 2011

OK, legend maybe over-egging it somewhat, and farewell is not totally accurate, but outgoing Ipswich Town communications director Terry Baxter (in the middle of the motley crew above right) will appreciate the irony of the headline.

The green-fingered, media-mogul wannabe, popped into the Portman Road media centre before Town's pre-seaon loss to Wolves to bid farewell to his old mates in the Press pack and their hangers-on, before embarking on a not-so-new career.  

He will know that ...

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A Fan's First Dilemma

July 25, 2011

SUPPORTING the right team as a child can be a complicated affair these days.
Getting it right is important because and you can't, or shouldn't, change it and the team you support so often defines you in life.
Certainly when first introduced and that seemingly innocent icebreaker is asked. Which team do you support then? Followed by - how come?
Say Manchester United and you are from - let's say - Ipswich and you will be labeled a glory-hunter and respect is lost.
Say Ipswich and people will nod an...

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Learning The Hard Way

July 17, 2011

Never go back. Such sound advice if taken as you can’t fail if you don’t take the risk.
The braver, if not always the happiest, thing is to grasp the nettle and give it ago.
Posh fans are delighted Darren Ferguson ignored the negative route and returned to Peterborough United, where he had once fallen out so badly with chairman Darragh MacAnthony. He quit London Road in November 2009 and watched from afar as a relatively unknown, and totally inexperienced Mark Cooper took the entertaining, ...

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Scandal At School

July 17, 2011

THE poster by the school playground wasn’t huge but it sent out a big message.

A total of £2,018.75 had been raised at a recent fair at the school, ‘A Record Amount!’ it exclaimed at the bottom, and it was that final line which no doubt prompted many a wry smile by a majority of parents of the schoolchildren.

You see, no doubt the local media will pick up on this eventually, a huge scandal has engulfed the school of late with police investigating claims that almost £10...

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Lee Bowyer - Devil Incarnate or Ipswich Saviour?

July 10, 2011

Say what you want about Lee Bowyer, and many people say many things about him good and bad, this battling midfielder does what it says on the tin. He can dominate in midfield, he is a ball-winner who plays his heart out closing down the opposition, scraps for every ball, can pick a pass – oh and he can score goals from outside the box on a pretty regular basis.

So why then are many Ipswich fans unhappy, nay disgusted even, at the prospect of Bowyer signing for their club – probably this ...

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All-round journalist with a penchant for sport and for speaking my mind.

Derek Davis People say you can't teach an old sea dog new tricks, well I could prove a few wrong. After nine and a bit years working at the East Anglian Daily Times mainly as their Chief Football Writer covering Ipswich Town I'm now trying out life as a freelancer. Obviously after so long writing about sport, including the joys of petanque, but also a bit of boxing, some rugby and athletics, I will carry on in that vein and I have already done work for the Sunday Times, Independent on Sunday, various national dailies including The Times, Star and Express, as well as FanhouseUK website. But I'm looking to expand with work in other areas, especially features on a variety of issues, business and finance matters and travel. I also have other ideas using this website, which I'm developing on a daily (well almost) basis. I have also worked for the Stoke Sentinel where I had a year covering Port Vale, more interesting than it sounds. Before that I was at the Colchester Evening Gazette where I had a brilliant time working with some terrific people in a great place to cut my teeth in journalism before 'specialising' in sport. I trained at Highbury College, Portsmouth where I won the coveted, well it was by me, James Arlott Memorial Trophy for Outstanding Journalism Student award. I know Portsmouth well as I was also there during my days in the Royal Navy and when I came back from working in the Middle East as a crash rescue fireman. Just so you don't get confused with the picture, I'm the one in the middle picking up my second EDF Energy Sports Journalist of the Year award. The guy on the right is Olympic swimmer Mark Foster if you thought he looked familiar. The love of my life is my seven-year-old son Albie and he is a total joy.
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