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Plenty of highs and lows: How Ipswich Town fared in 2017/18

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Ipswich finished in mid-table again this year, picking up 17 wins and losing 20 games to finish 12th.

But next season will be very different after Mick McCarthy walked away from his job as manager following six years with the club.

Ipswich have had plenty of high points and low points throughout this season and here FLW shines a spotlight on their campaign, handing out some awards too.

FLW Player of the Year

Ipswich conceded 60 goals this season but that number could have been doubled if they did not have Bartosz Bialkowski between the sticks.

The 30-year-old has been so solid and reliable in goal for the Tractor Boys over the past several years and they will be hoping to retain his services this summer.

FLW Young Player of the Year

With eight goals and an assist to his name this season, Bersant Celina wins the Young Player of the Year accolade.

The 21-year-old has shown glimpses of his potential with some decent performances this year.

FLW Goal of the Season

Celina scored an absolute beauty in Ipswich’s 1-0 win over Leeds back in January.

The Kosovo international picked the ball up on the left, jinked into a central position and made a bamboozled Kalvin Phillips fall to the ground before hitting a stunning 30-yard strike into the top corner.

FLW Signing of the Year

Martyn Waghorn only narrowly missed out on FLW’s Ipswich Player of the Year award after an impressive year since his move from Rangers.

The 28-year-old contributed with a very impressive haul of 16 goals and 11 assists this season.

FLW Performance of the Year

Early on in the season, Ipswich turned in a five-star performance against Sunderland, beating the Black Cats 5-2 at Portman Road.

Waghorn opened the scoring and Sunderland hit back straight after through Billy Jones.

But goals from Jordan Spence, Bersant Celina, David McGoldrick and Grant Ward then brushed Sunderland aside, who grabbed one more goal from Aiden McGeady.

FLW Best Quote

Mick McCarthy finally left Ipswich after six years but it was not a sentimental goodbye from the boss.

Upon leaving, he said: “I won’t have to listen to that again. That’s my last game. I’m out of here.”

NCTJ-qualified journalist - University of Birmingham undergraduate - King's College London postgraduate - Coventry City and West Ham United

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