Paul was there watching from the stands as he's done for much of the time he's been out of the game, but until over an hour had gone he was unable to watch son Paul who'd been on an impromptu tour of Europe.
Young Ince was placed on the bench by caretaker boss, and former Claret, Steve Thompson after he'd been forced to fly to Switzerland, arriving in the middle of Thursday night, get up early on Friday and face a seven hour trial as his outrageous UEFA suspension was appealed.
Thompson raged: "It's madness that people in so called high places can dictate to us when we can have our top scorer. Tom's preparation for the game on Saturday was madness. On Thursday he left training early to get to the airport, got a plane and arrived in the middle of the night in Switzerland.
"He got up at 7 a.m. on Friday morning, then he had a seven hour trial. He then flew home and eventually got to our hotel at 11:30 p.m. on Friday night."
That forced Thompson to place Ince on the bench for a game they lost 1-0 with Michael Chopra, a former Newcastle player, scoring the only goal. Now who would have bet on that?
That win moved Ipswich away from the perilous positions just above the drop zone and they now sit a comfortable four points clear of Barnsley who were otherwise occupied in the FA Cup.
Up at the top there were wins for the top three and also for Crystal Palace who moved ahead of Leicester into fourth place. Palace hit four against a struggling Middlesbrough who are still four points clear of seventh despite their recent results.
Watford also joined in with four of their own, and not a single goal from Matej Vydra. They won 4-0 at Birmingham in a week when the Football League, after Ian Holloway's rant, are looking into their use of loan players from parent club Udinese.
Surely the Football League are not looking at closing yet another stable door after all the horses have bolted.
We've a full midweek fixture list this week. Eleven of the games are tomorrow with one on Wednesday. The last week's results have seen us drop to tenth in the table, but it's so tight in mid-table with only four points separating 8th from 15th.
The weekend results and stats are below along with the midweek fixtures.The Results Tuesday 12th February Brighton & Hove Albion 1 Blackburn Rovers 1 Middlesbrough 1 Leeds United 0 Hull City 2 Derby County 1 Saturday 16th February Birmingham City 0 Watford 4 Derby County 0 Wolverhampton Wanderers 0 Burnley v Huddersfield Town - postponed Hull City 1 Charlton Athletic 0 Cardiff City 2 Bristol City 1 Ipswich Town 1 Blackpool 0 Crystal Palace 4 Middlesbrough 1 Nottingham Forest 1 Bolton Wanderers 1
The Stats Biggest Win Watford 4-0 v Birmingham City (away) Total Goals Scored 22 (13 home - 9 away)
Player Scoring Most Goals2Fraizer Campbell (Cardiff City) v Bristol CityTroy Deeney (Watford v Birmingham City)Glenn Murray (Crystal Palace) v Middlesbrough Highest Attendance 25,586 - Cardiff City v Bristol City Lowest Attendance 15,677 - Hull City v Derby County Total Yellow Cards 33 Total Red Cards 3 Most Cards in a Game Brighton & Hove Albion v Blackburn Rovers (7Y) Ref: Andy WoolmerHull City v Derby County (6Y 1R) Ref: Bobby Madley
Leading Goalscorers (League Only) 26 Glenn Murray (Crystal Palace) - includes 7 penalties 21 Charlie Austin (Burnley) - includes 3 penaltiesJordan Rhodes (Blackburn Rovers) - includes 2 penalties, 2 with Huddersfield Town 19 Matej Vydra (Watford) - includes 2 penalties 17 Tom Ince (Blackpool) - includes 3 penalties 16 Chris Wood (Leicester City) - 11 with Millwall 15 Luciano Becchio (Leeds United) - includes 4 penalties 14 Troy Deeney (Watford) - includes 2 penaltiesDavid Nugent (Leicester City) - includes 1 penalty 13 Marlon King (Birmingham City) - includes 3 penalties 11 Craig Mackail-Smith (Brighton & Hove Albion) - includes 2 penalties 10 DJ Campbell (Blackburn Rovers) - 10 with Ipswich TownCraig Davies (Bolton Wanderers) - includes 2 penalties, 8 with BarnsleySteven Davies (Bristol City) - includes 2 penaltiesSylvan Ebanks-Blake (Wolverhampton Wanderers) - includes 2 penaltiesScott McDonald (Middlesbrough)Billy Sharp (Nottingham Forest) - includes 3 penalties 9 Almen Abdi (Watford) - included 2 penaltiesSam Baldock (Bristol City) - includes 4 penaltiesJamie Ward (Derby County) - includes 3 penalties
Hat Tricks Date Player & Game 01/09/12 3: Pete Whittingham - CARDIFF CITY v Wolverhampton Wanderers 15/09/12 3: Charlie Austin - BURNLEY v Peterborough United 22/09/12 3: Glenn Murray - CRYSTAL PALACE v Cardiff City 22/09/12 4: Craig Davies - Birmingham City v BARNSLEY 23/09/12 3: David Nugent - LEICESTER CITY v Hull City 29/09/12 3: Emile Sinclair - Hull City v PETERBOROUGH UNITED 02/10/12 3: Charlie Austin - BURNLEY v Sheffield Wednesday 23/10/12 3: Marlon King - Millwall v BIRMINGHAM CITY 06/11/12 3: Glenn Murray - CRYSTAL PALACE v Ipswich Town 17/11/12 3: Jordan Rhodes - Peterborough United v BLACKBURN ROVERS 12/01/13 3: Chris Wood - Bristol City v LEICESTER CITY
Disciplinary Record (League and Cup) Club Y R Y R Club Y R Y R League Total League Total Barnsley 40 1 48 2 Huddersfield Town 56 4 65 4 Birmingham City 47 3 51 3 Hull City 38 1 41 2 Blackburn Rovers 46 0 53 0 Ipswich Town 37 0 39 0 Blackpool 38 1 40 1 Leeds United 48 2 58 2 Bolton Wanderers 61 2 65 2 Leicester City 32 1 36 1 Brighton & Hove Albion 46 2 51 2 Middlesbrough 42 1 52 1 Bristol City 40 0 43 0 Millwall 57 2 64 2 Burnley 56 2 64 3 Nottingham Forest 49 4 49 5 Cardiff City 54 2 57 2 Peterborough United 43 1 46 1 Charlton Athletic 46 1 47 2 Sheffield Wednesday 54 1 60 1 Crystal Palace 42 2 53 2 Watford 56 4 59 4 Derby County 43 2 44 2 Wolverhampton Wanderers 41 2 45 2
Highest and Lowest Attendances Highest Lowest Att Fixture Att Fixture 33,010 Derby County v Nottingham Forest (19/01) 5,435 Peterborough United v Bristol City (18/09) 28,707 Nottingham Forest v Derby County (30/09) 5,633 Peterborough United v Blackpool (01/12) 28,595 Wolverhampton W v Ipswich Town (29/12) 5,997 Peterborough Utd v Blackburn Rovers (17/11) 28,582 Sheffield Wednesday v Leeds United (19/10) 6,188 Peterborough United v Millwall (21/08) 28,229 Middlesbrough v Sheffield Wednesday (09/11) 6,214 Peterborough United v Hull City (19/01) 27,437 Derby County v Sheffield Wednesday (18/08) 6,348 Peterborough Utd v Huddersfield Town(23/10) 26,727 Brighton & Hove Albion v Watford (29/12) 6,600 Peterborough Utd v Bolton Wand (23/12) 26,684 Brighton & HA v Nottingham Forest (15/12) 6,612 Peterborough Utd v Middlesbrough (08/12) 26,670 Nottingham Forest v Leeds United (26/12) 6,648 Peterborough Utd v Burnley (02/02) 26,598 Sheffield Wed v Bolton Wanderers (22/09) 7,339 Peterborough Utd v Barnsley (01/01)
The Next Fixtures Tuesday 19th February Barnsley v Wolverhampton Wanderers Hull City v Blackburn Rovers Birmingham City v Sheffield Wednesday Ipswich Town v Watford Burnley v Middlesbrough Leicester City v Charlton Athletic Cardiff City v Brighton & Hove Albion Millwall v Peterborough United Crystal Palace v Bristol City (20:00) Nottingham Forest v Huddersfield Town Derby County v Bolton Wanderers Wednesday 20th February Leeds United v Blackpool
Source: Clarets Mad