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Ipswich Town column: Memories to last lifetime as Blues celebrate back-to-back promotions under Kieran McKenna





Ipswich Town. A club stacked in history, tradition and engraved into the fabric and DNA of the English game. A club who boasts so many legends and past glories. A club which means so much to so many people. A club who, little over three years ago, were a mid-table League One side, are now Premier League.

New history has been written and after 22 long, painful years, this famous old Town is back in the big time.

Come on then, be honest, who actually expected us to have the season we did?

Suffolk News' Ipswich Town columnist Joey Sadler
Suffolk News' Ipswich Town columnist Joey Sadler

I think we all thought we’d be competitive in the Championship, but to finish on 96 points, be the league’s top goalscorers and only two points off actually winning the whole thing – never in my wildest dreams could I have imagined that.

Saturday was magical and I'm sure like you - I will take these memories wherever I go in my life.

One in particular, was a special moment I got to share with my grandad. A man who means a lot to me, making a special moment feel even more magical. All because I got to do it all with him.

That is what football is about. Yes, what happens on the pitch is important, but the memories we share with friends, family and loved ones off it, that's what means the most and that's what really matters. And wherever we go now as Tractor Boys and Girls, we will always have those precious memories with us. Nobody can ever take them away.

The game itself was pretty straightforward really. Of course it was. Town dominated and looked like a team who had no interest in throwing away this opportunity. Nor did they.

One man inparticular who impressed me was captain Sam Morsy. I think that was one of his best performances of the season.

I remember watching him at 87 minutes, 2-0 up, still sprinting around everywhere and barking orders at others around him. That is a proper leader. That is a proper captain and if ever there was a man deserving of wrapping his hands round a trophy to send us to the Premier League, it is him. My player of the season for sure.

Leif Davis picked up the Players' Player of the Season at the awards ceremony on Monday and Omari Hutchinson picked up the Young Player of the Season.

Two men who - if we are to be competitive next season - I would love to see remain at the club.

Leif has been on another world this season and if it wasn't for Samy, would definitely be my number one. As for Omari, what a talent and what a future that young boy has. Let's just hope it's at Portman Road.

Honourable mention must go to Wes Burns too, who as you know by now, I just love. The Welsh winger was electric on Saturday and scored one of the biggest goals in our recent history. We really are so much better with him in the side.

For now, summer awaits and some much needed time off and recovery (or not if you are Harry Clarke).

I wonder who we'll be linked with? This is a different ball game altogether and I'm almost certain our current transfer record, set in 2001, will be beaten.

I can't wait, but not because we're going to splash unnecessary cash, but because Mark Ashton and Kieran McKenna are two of the finest transfer operators in the country and I trust them profoundly to make us competitive next season.

A special club, a special season that will live in our memories forever.