Me and My Club
with Sean Slater
Town fan Sean Slater aka Renegade Statman discusses his favourite Town goal, manager and more.
How did you become a Town fan?
My father supported Town since the Division 3 South days, which he often reminded me about during the dark #jewellout days. Supporting Ipswich was a baton he handed down to me.
First Town game. Year/team/score/ground?
I'm not really into statistics that much but I recall it was against Wolves in the late 70s.
I can't remember much about the game as I spent most of it playing with a toy car on the terraces.
Favourite Town player of all time and why?
My first love was Frans Thijssen but this was superseded by Mauricio Taricco - I have so much time for that man.
I remember him once saying he "played like how he'd expect a fan to play", he had so much passion in everything he did on the pitch. Taricco also famously spent an afternoon away to Southend in the away end with the fans, class!
David Sheepshanks saw me on the day he agreed to sell Taricco to Tottenham & told me Taricco was his favourite player too.
Worst moment as a Town Fan?
Even though my daughter became an Ipswich legend, it has to be the 5-1 defeat by Norwich in 2011.
Never have I seen a manager send his team out for a Derby with such little passion, fight & desire.
Favourite Town goal ever and why?
I've got a list of about 100 but the standout goal has to be Magilton's third against Bolton in the 2000 play-off home leg.
Mogga was playing up front & won the ball in the air, knocking it into the path of Magic who put the ball past Jaaskelainen. It was at that point I knew we'd go on to win the game and head to Wembley.
Best Ipswich Town captain of all time and why?
We've had some great captains but I'm going with the current wearer of the armband Luke Chambers.
Hardly misses a game, weighs-in with a few goals & his fist pump always sends my two children home happy.
Favourite piece of Town memorabilia is?
David Johnson's shorts from the epic 2000 play-off semi-final 2nd leg. I was on the pitch at the end of the game celebrating with the fans when what I thought was Johnno's shirt came flying my direction.
After a game of tug of war with another fan I put the garment under my top. It wasn't until I was walking away from the game that I was brave enough to get my newly acquired memorabilia out. I remember saying to my mate "Look I've got Johnno's shir...wait a minute they're his shorts".
I caught up with David at Richard Naylor's testimonial and got the shorts signed.
Greatest Town game you have watched & why?
Oxford away in 1992, Liverpool away in the FA Cup the same year, the Bolton play-off semis, thrashing Norwich 5-0 in 1998 or Roy Keane's Ipswich beating Leicester 3-0 in the snow. I have so many that standout.
Who is your favourite Town manager and why?
It has to be Bobby Robson, what he achieved at Ipswich will never happen again.
Current boss Mick McCarthy is doing a great job & more importantly, after the miserable time we had to endure under Paul Jewell, I enjoy watching Ipswich again
Most memorable Town moment as a fan of Ipswich and why?
When Roy Keane was unveiled as Ipswich manager has got to be up there but nothing will beat the feeling of shaking Bryan Gunn's hand on the pitch at the end of the Derby match in April 1996.
Gunn famously kicked the air & the ball rolled into the back of the Town net