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!
21st August 2016 – Portman Road, Ipswich – 12pm. East Anglian Derby. It was back! Luke Hume was taking charge of his first East Anglian derby and it was on home turf, and expectations were high from both sides of camp as they looked to have the bragging rights after 90 minutes of football. But it was Ipswich who got them, as local boy, Tommy Smith scored what would become the winner in the 26th minute.
Just before the derby, Ipswich announced the signing of Belgian striker, David Henen from Everton for 325k, and that he would wear the number 99 shirt for the Blues.
Up next for The Tractor Boys was a home tie against Scunthorpe in the EFL Cup, and the home supporters expected the home side to get into the next round and they did, but Ipswich made hard work of this tie, as they went 1-0 down to Tom Hooper, before Grant Ward levelled the game up before Steven Taylor won the game for the Blues.
It was league duty again for Hume’s side next as they went up to Deepdale to play Preston North End, and they came away with a win, as Freddie Sears played a blinder, and scored two goals, including the 89th minute winner for the Blues, after John Welsh got the home side level, and many thought it would be a point a piece but no, Freddie Sears won the game for the Blues.
With just a few days left before the window slammed shut, Ipswich made their final signing, and their most expensive signing, as Oliver Finney, from Crewe, made the move to Suffolk for 500k.After a short international break, in which England lost both games 1-0 to Serbia and 3-1 to Slovenia, up next was Reading away, and not much happened. In fact, nothing happened. It was a bore goal and ended a bore draw with Town taking a point on the road.
It was time for some football under the lights at Pride Park as Town took on Derby County, and they actually went 1-0 up in the second half as Darren Bent scored against his former side – and he celebrated! – but Town were pegged back in the 74th minute as Craig Forsyth equalised for Derby, and whilst Town had the better chances, they will take a point and be rather happy about it on their long journey back to East Anglia.
Up next was a home game against Aston Villa, and Town came up against former Blue, Christophe Berra. The only change for the Blues was Ben Morris starting up front with Bent as James Wilson dropped to the bench due to poor performances. And it paid for the Ipswich boss, as Ipswich won 2-0 with goals from Tom Lawrence, and Darren Bent. Ipswich currently sit 8th in the league.
Back to cup action for now for the Blues, as they play Chesterfield for a place in the 4th round, a round Town haven’t got to since 2010, when they famously beat Arsenal 1-0 at Portman Road in first leg of the semi finals. Town made 4 changes, as Harry Wright (Son of Richard Wright), Andre Dozzell, Jay Tabb and Jonas Knudsen came into the team for this cup tie. The team came away with a 2-0 win with goals from Cole Skuse and Darren Bent, and Town were drawn against the champions of England, Leicester City!
A trip to Leeds, Elland Road in fact, as Town took on Leeds United in the Championship and Bartosz Bialkowski, Adam Webster, Tom Lawrence and Teddy Bishop all came into the starting 11 for this game. Town sat 8th before the game and a win could take them into the top 6. Town won the game 1-0 thanks to a 68th minute winner by loan striker James Wilson. Town moved up to 6th in the league, and are currently 8 games unbeaten in all competitions, with 6 of them being wins.
Up next for Town was a home game on a Tuesday night against Brighton, and Hume will look to make it 9 unbeaten. One change for the team as injured Skuse drops out for Toumani Diagouraga. Ipswich won the game 3-2 with goals from Ben Morris, and a double from Darren Bent! Ipswich moved up to 2nd in the league after this win.
Ipswich finish the game in 2nd place, only off top spot (and local rivals, Norwich) by goal difference, though both Newcastle and Norwich have games in hands.
Thank you for reading Part 3 of The Return of the Glory Days, we’re doing much better than I expected! Can we win promotion this season? I hope so!
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