28th April 1962 – Portman Road – Ipswich Town win the First Division at the first attempt under Sir Alf Ramsey, with a 2-0 win over Aston Villa
6th May 1978 – Old Wembley Stadium – Roger Osborne wins the FA Cup for Ipswich Town, their first trophy since winning the league title in 1962, and to this date, this achievement is said to the towns “proudest moment”
20th May 1981 – Olympic Stadium, Amsterdam – Ipswich Town lift the UEFA Cup, with a 5-4 win on aggregate over AZ. Dutch player, Frans Thijssen, scored two over the two legs.
2nd May 1992 – Portman Road – Ipswich Town win promotion to the newly formed Premier League after winning the league title under the leadership of John Lyall.
29th May 2000 – Old Wembley Stadium – Ipswich Town win promotion to the Premier League, under George Burley. Ipswich win 4-2 over Barnsley.
19 May 2001 – Pride Park – Ipswich Town finish fifth in their first season in the Premier League, with a 1-1 draw against Derby, allowing them to play in next seasons’ UEFA Cup.
The Glory Days of Ipswich Town have passed, but can I be the man to bring them back?
Ipswich Town announced some unexpected news last night, that the club had parted company with Mick McCarthy, and shocked fans even further when they announced that Luke Hume would become manager, a manager with no managerial history.
We understand that Luke Hume will play a 3-5-2 tactic to start with, but has the squad to change to either a 4-4-1-1 or a 4-4-2 if the 3-5-2 doesn’t work.
The shocks didn’t end there though, as Ipswich also announced that Terry Connor, the assistant manager since 2012, had left the club, also via their Twitter account. What does Luke have up his sleeves, the fans asked?
The local press went in a frenzy over the news that Terry Connor had left, but it didn’t stop, as it was announced that Dave Bowman had left his role as Director of Football, and fans were pondering who could replace them.
The next day, 1st August 2016, at 8am, Ipswich announced the club’s new Director of Football, a familiar face, Ipswich legend, who were in the 1978 and 1981 squads, Terry ‘The Butch’ Butcher. As you may expect, the idea of The Butch returning went down very well in Suffolk!
There was still no news though on the vacant Assistant Manager role, well that was until minutes before the match started, when the clubs’ twitter announced that Luke had brought another legend back, this time, Russell Osman, who won the UEFA Cup with Town, as Assistant Manager.
The swinging door for the staff members had seemed to stop – at least – for now, but for the players – it was just beginning – and their first signing under Hume was a re-signing, as Darren Bent returned to Portman Road for a fee of 86k, which Hume called “a bargain!”
Thanks for reading Part One of The Return of the Glory Days, Part 2 will include Ipswich vs Barnsley, more staff incomings and players going in and out.