Former Blues midfielder Alan Judge admits his time at Town didn’t work out the way he wanted it to having signed a two-year deal at Colchester United yesterday.
The 32-year-old left Town in April after reaching 29 league appearances with a 30th set to trigger another year on his contract, something manager Paul Cook was unwilling to do.
Nine-times-capped former Republic of Ireland international Judge joined Town from Brentford in January 2019 and went on to make 75 starts and 16 sub appearances, scoring eight times, but admits his spell didn’t go as well as he’d hoped.
“There were some good times at Ipswich. I’m not going to beat around the bush – it didn’t happen for me on the pitch because I had a few problems in my personal life, off the pitch and it all kind of coincided,” he told the Colchester Gazette.
“I think anybody that knows me there and the fans knows I always gave 100 per cent when I played. For one reason or another, it didn’t work out the way I wanted it to work out.”
While with Town his daughter Emily had to undergo two operations, then earlier this year his mother died having been ill with cancer for some time.
The Dubliner says he had a number of options to stay at League One level before deciding to join the League Two U’s: “I had a few offers from League One and I took them all into consideration.
“But with family and when I saw the vision of what they want to try and do, it ticked all the boxes for me. They’re going to try and have a go this year.
“I know it didn’t go the way they wanted it maybe last year – Covid had an impact on a lot of teams and maybe it’s going a little bit different, this year.
“They’re going to have more experience in the team, through the middle of it anyway and hopefully we can help bring those young players through again and try and get into the play-offs – that’s what we’re hoping for anyway.”
With former skipper Luke Chambers, Cole Skuse and Freddie Sears all joining Colchester this summer Judge and Dean Gerken having been a Portman Road team-mate early in his time with the Blues. He also previously worked with Jon De Souza, the U’s performance director, from his time with the Bees.
“I knew quite a bit about the club, because there were one or two players here I knew,” he added. “I know Jon from my time at Brentford.
“I spoke to Jon quite a bit and he sold me on the idea of what he’s trying to do. I know the club usually brings young players through and they’re going a little bit differently, this year.
“They want a good strength through the middle of the team and then help the young players in and around that and it’s something that I’m interested in.
“It would be good for the young lads to have more experienced players around them, players who know what it takes to be playing Saturday-Tuesday continuously.
“I know the lads who have come in well – they’re great lads and they’ll be good for the young lads, I’m sure. That’s what we’re here for – we’re here to help the young lads come through.”
Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson Becker scored an injury-time winner against West Brom in the Premier League last Sunday . But anyone else notice that he was a man in all black, the same colour kit has referee Mike Dean. A vital three points for Liverpool in qualifying for Europe next season . Considering replays on VAR disallow goals for less than a centimetre or a bootlace, a colour clash with the officials should also not have been allowed ?
A brilliant goal to win any final, several wonderful saves by the keeper and the now invariable VAR decision, made it a entertaining 90 mins with victory to the underdogs. Strange considering all the spitting throughout the clubs could not then climb the steps and gantry to collect the cup due to social distancing. One wonders why two verses of National Anthem are not sung, here and at Internationals, has the cameraman had to do a Linford Christie down club line ups in the pre match preparations. Anyone else notice Bobby Roberts in the No4 shirt in the highlights of their last appearance in the Cup final together with now West Mersea resident Peter Shilton.
Spring is late....but the perennials have largely come up, or down again. No not in the garden, but club lawns of England, Fulham, WBA , Nodge , Watford, Rotherham, Northampton, Swindon and Grimsby are still going strong with promotion relegation every other season .
Ben Stevenson, Jevani Brown, Dean Gerken, Courtney Senior and Omar Sowunmi all missing from the U's squad today, along with Callum Harriott and Harry Pell - all seven players are out of contract at the U's, this summer. Thanks lads, can all collect your boots Monday .
Sadly passed away in January . Signed on a free from Watford in the mid 70’s, played over hundred games for the U’s and always went unnoticed in his left back role due to his consistency. Featured in the promotion winning team of 1976.
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Sad news regards the passing away of Frank Worthington. Scored a iconic goal , replayed often against the Tractorboys with the flick over his head and volley . Never realised he signed for Shankley’s Liverpool, but due to high blood pressure deal fell through.
The Times . Europe's biggest teams will be given a safety net to play in the Champions League even if they fail to finish in the top four of their domestic competitions under Uefa plans revealed to Premier League clubs.
Looks like PL clubs will be rewarded for the cost of failure in winning their own domestic leagues. Perhaps reinvent the wheel and have a European Cup competition and also another for ONLY the Champions of each country. Where ever the line is drawn in European games, the cup competitions and matches against bigger sides with the chance to gain much needed money are looking ever further apart.