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”, and when the town felt most proud of itself.
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.
Can I add to the above list of achievements during my career? Keep reading to find out!
Luke Hume took charge of his first game as Ipswich Town boss, a home game against Barnsley. The odds were pretty even, and most people predicted a draw. What they didn’t expect was a 3-0 win and a very impressive perfomance from Hume’s side. Goals from Cole Skuse, Emyr Huws and Darren Bent sealed the 3 points for the Suffolk side.
A day later, the club announced on their Twitter, that the club had sold 14,000 season tickets for the season.
Up next was Oxford United, and Hume wasn’t underestimating them. “They’re the underdogs and want to prove a point. I’m taking this cup seriously, lets get to the next round, and enjoy a proper cup run, yes?”
It was the first cup match of the season, and Ipswich fans wanted a run this season and their wish was Hume’s command, as they won 2-1 against Oxford with an goal by Oxford and a goal by Chambers, Oxford’s goal came through an own goal by Steven Taylor.
The draw for the second round of the EFL Cup took place the next day, and the eyes were on the draw, this was the stage that Premier League teams entered, they could get one of the big teams!
But, no they didn’t. They were drawn an home tie against Scunthrope.
Away from the results business side of the game, Ipswich announced two outgoings, as both Leon Best and Christophe Berra departed the doors at Playford Road for the final time, Best mutually terminated his contract whilst Berra signed for Aston Villa for £1 million after falling out of favour with Town’s new boss.
For over a week, any in or outs on members of staff had gone dead, but it suddenly came back, as it was announced that former blue, David Johnson, was joining the club as part of the club’s scouting team
Up next was the short trip to the capital, as The Tractor Boys went to play Brentford at Griffin Park, there was a postive mood as the Town fans took over the Underground, due their good performances in the last two games, but they would soon be crashed back down to reality, as the Tractor Boys lost 2-1 to The Bees. Brentford got the first goal in the game as Sawyers put the ball in the net to make it 1-0 to Brentford, whilst Jozefzoon make it 2-0, but Ipswich’s skipper, Luke Chambers, did score in the 90th minute to get a goal back and give the away fans something to celebrate.
The Town had to travel to the Midlands as they took on Wolves, but before that, a lot of player news came through the clubs’ Twitter. First of all at 8am, the club announced the loan signing of Josh Sims, a promising young winger, from Southampton until the end of the season, who would wear the number 6 shirt.
Then another resigning happened, this time, an Irishman returned to the club, Hume said about him, “He’s not that tall but did score two headers in his time here”, Town resigned Jay Tabb as a backup option due to a number of injuries to the midfielders at the club.
Now it was time to head up to the Midlands for Hume and co, to take on Wolves, but after the game, a deflated Hume said to the press, “We’ve been robbed.”, after Wolves won the game 2-1 after an injury time winner from Wolves. “Firstly, we were on an attack, then a Wolves player fouls Darren [Bent], but the ref doesn’t blow for it? I personally think the ref has cost us two points today. We’ve the derby next, and getting something out of this game would have given us huge momentum for next Sunday but now we are going have to try even harder to get a result and give ourselves the bragging rights.”
The next day, Town announced some exciting news, as they announced that Town and Manchester United had agreed on terms to bring James Wilson to Portman Road on a season long loan, and that he would wear the number 30 shirt. This is what fans’ had wanted to see from the club for years – big money signings.
Town have also started their #youritfc campiagn focusing on the colours of Ipswich, the suffolk punch, and the 3 stars for the league championship, the FA Cup and UEFA Cup, with the tagline ‘THESE MAKE ITFC. YOUR ITFC’.
Thanks you for reading the second part of the Return to the Glory Days at Ipswich Town Football Club.
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