Jorn Urup Nielsen gives talks all things Tractor Boys Agra’s of tonight’s clash.
How long have you supported Ipswich Town?
Supported Ipswich since 1975 - funnily enough the 3 matches in the FA Cup against Leeds United, all shown on Danish television. Brought up with football from England on TV every Saturday (same all around Scandinavia at the time). We all had our team - although few of us at the time ever been to England. This tradition back in 1970 & 1980's.
What’s your favourite moment as a Ipswich Town fan. Season, game or anything other occasion.
Favourite Ipswich team shared between 1981 where we came 2nd in league, 2nd in FA Cup but won the UEFA European Cup - and then in 2001 when we came up in the PL and became 5th. That's when I was at Elland Road with my friend the Leeds supporter, sat among Leeds supporters and had to keep quiet while we won 2-1. Another very, very big moment was two visits to Finland in 2014/15 meeting former Ipswich Legends Shefki Kuqi and Pablo Counago - spending quite some time with them on both occasions. Usually not possible to get that close to your heroes.....
Tell us about a player that you were proud to have on the back of a shirt, if you didn’t is there one you wished you would have.
In recent years had two favourite players: Marcus Stewart and later Pablo Counago. Intelligent strikers with good technical and creative skills
What’s your most memorable match playing Leeds.
Most memorable match against Leeds that on Elland Road in 2001.
Are you happy with your dealings in this summer’s transfer market?
The transfer situation this summer was difficult as we brought in unexpectedly many players and sold our goal scorers. Then the league began and we just had our last few players through the door. So half the games so far felt as pre-season, where players and our new manager team had to get to know each other. That has not helped results obviously. Had prepared to keep Martyn Waghorn and get less new players.
What’s your realistic aim for the season?
This years start to the season indicate our primary target has to be survival - everything else a bonus
Who in your mind is going to be promoted this season?
Boro, WBA probably will go straight up. Leeds obviously looking good for a play-off at the moment - but let's see, you have a few "roller coaster seasons", change of managers - so needs to be seen if you can get some consistency into the result.
Can you name your three for relegation this year?
The relegation battle probably will be between Rotherham, Millwall, Reading and Birmingham. Sincerely hope we will not be fighting for survival until the final day.
Who’s your danger man?
We had high hopes for Jon Walters' return but that didn't happen with his achilles injury - probably will not play for us again. Our key man is our winger Gwion Edwards (don't tell anyone :-) ) - other two strikers not had too much luck yet.
Can you tell us about a rising star in the youth ranks?
Chalobah done really well for us - but owned by Chelsea. But we have several young players doing well in or around the team: Downes, Nydam, Bishop and especially Andre Dozzell
Prediction and scorers for the game?
Think we will be lucky and get a 1-1, Freddie Sears with our goal. COYB :-)
Thank you Jorn.
By Keith Ingham