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The Twist - The Wise Men Say Newsletter
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The Twist | Ipswich Town (A) | Issue #16
Welcome to our 16th issue, and the first with our new name, crowned by you, the fans. Yes, you overwhelmingly voted in the new name as The Twist, a line shamelessly nicked from The Futureheads’ Beginning Of The Twist which we used to run out to, and is still played before matches at the Stadium of Light.
It’s also got that lovely dual meaning because we Sunderland fans like nothing more than a moan, and a twist on. So really, it’s perfect.
The Beginning Of The Twist
by Richard Easterbrook
So, on to Ipswich Town, maybe. I say maybe, as at the time of writing, games are starting to drop like flies through a combination of positive Covid cases and a general fear spreading around the country about the potential threat of Omicron possibly scuppering Christmas.
Everyone is absolutely sick to the tits of the pandemic now. People have lost jobs, family members, friends, they’ve missed out on seeing their pals, made huge sacrifices, the lot.
We’ve ridden each variant out as well as we can, but this weedy, pathetic version of the virus looks like the one that will send us all scrambling for the banana bread recipes and getting that Joe Wicks YouTube page lined up, all over again.
All we can control is what we do ourselves - mask up, get your jabs, keep testing. Everything else is out of our hands.
There are more football matches taking place tomorrow than have been postponed - the protocols put in place by clubs this week will reduce the risk, the question remains as to how long the supporters will be allowed in.
We just have to hope that this is nowhere near as bad as the experts are predicting, and if normal life is to once again be paused, let’s hope it is a relatively short disruption.
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Ipswich Town have just appointed Manchester United assistant Kieran McKenna as their new manager, signalling yet another change of direction for the Tractor Boys.
They have spent the last decade seemingly oscillating wildly between young, up and coming managers and older, wiser, pragmatic heads.
The disastrous reign of Paul Hurst, whose 15 games in charge set the wheels in motion on their collapse out of the Championship, saw a host of terrible players brought in which needed Paul Lambert to attempt a rescue of the club. 
Ultimately, that failed and, marooned in League One, Lambert was booted out last February to be replaced by Paul Cook, who brought in a raft of new players, who haven’t yet fully gelled, and off he went earlier this month.
For the first time since 2018, Ipswich will not have a manager named Paul. In fact, four of their previous five managers were called Paul. Will that be a factor tomorrow?
Of course it fucking won’t.
Ha'way the lads!
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THIS WEEK'S PODCASTS
Episode 735 - "Turning Around At Wetherby"
Episode 734 - "HB Dan Neil"
Episode 733 - Sunderland 2-1 Plymouth Argyle REACTION
LATEST WORDS
Played For Both - The brave men to wear the red, white and the Tractor
Sunderland AFC Match Preview - An opportunity for Black Cats to do the double over Ipswich Town
EFL expert George Elek rates Sunderland's season so far - and reveals who they should sign in January
Lee Johnson steers Sunderland back on course for promotion - the real test now is maintaining it
PUB QUIZ
Q. Who was Sunderland’s first signing to cost £1million or more?
Last week’s quiz question was:
Q. Sunderland have played everyone in the current Premier League and Football League at least once in their history, except for ten teams. Name them.
A. Predictably, all ten are based in League Two, a division Sunderland have yet to inhabit, and many of the teams included in the list are historically non-league - another area of the football pyramid Sunderland are yet to spend any time in…
  1. Forest Green
  2. Newport County
  3. Exeter City
  4. Sutton United
  5. Harrogate Town
  6. Hartlepool United
  7. Salford City
  8. Barrow
  9. Crawley Town
  10. Stevenage Borough
Nobody got this correct, so the prize of nothing will be rolled over to next week!
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