Bobby’s Back in Town

Today is Sir Bobby Robson Day at Ipswich Town as they played Newcastle United at Portman Road at 3pm, as we celebrate the life of a football great, and a true gentleman, Sir Bobby Robson. Sir Bobby managed Fulham, Ipswich, England, Porto, PSV, Sporting, Barcelona and then hometown club Newcastle, but its arguable that Sir Bobby was most successful with the Suffolk side winning the Texaco Cup in 1973, the FA Cup in 1978, and UEFA Cup in 1981, and narrowly missing out on the treble in 1981. Whilst me and the others writers were brainstorming an idea for an article for Sir Bobby Robson Day, Dom [writer] came up with a brilliant idea, inserting the team of 1981 and Sir Bobby into Ipswich today and simming for 13 seasons (how long he managed Ipswich) and seeing how it differs… so here it goes!

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For this experiment, I moved Ipswich up to the Premier League as Bobby Robson managed them in the First Division so to get a proper comparsion we needed them in the Premier League. As you can see, Bobby Robson is their manager with a contract until 30/6/2042, I did a long contract to try and stop clubs trying to poach him.

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The 1981 winning squad with a few of current players to get the full number needed

All players have been given a current abilty of 150 and a potenial ability of 180, so all stats are generally randomised by the game. All players have a future transfer set to Ipswich Knights in 2042 to prevent them from getting sold.

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Season One

Ipswich finish the season in 6th place, winning 20 games, drawing 7 and losing 11, with a goal difference of 21, with a points tally of 67, just two off 5th place, but 10 points off 4th. Ipswich got to the sixth round of the FA Cup before they were beaten by Chelsea, Ipswich got to the quarter finals of the EFL Cup before they were defeated by the eventual winners West Ham United. However, for some reason they don’t qualify for Europe due to 4th and 5th now getting Europe.

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Bobby Robson also won the Manager of the Year award for his 6th place finish whilst Eric Gates and Russell Osman made it into the Players’ Team of The Year. Gates also finished Top Goalscorer with 27 goals

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A great start for Bobby and the 1981 boys, but can they now do it in  the league next season?

Season Two

Ipswich finish the season in 8th place with 20 wins, 6 draws and 12 defeats, with a goal difference of 25. Ipswich won a cup double this season, making the trip to Wembley twice as they won the EFL Cup and the FA Cup. This means that Ipswich will qualify for the Europa League next season

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Ipswich won the FA Cup with a 3-2 win over Manchester City with goals coming from John Wark and a double from Alan Brazil. Screenshot 2017-04-14 17.59.23.png

Ipswich won the EFL Cup with a 1-0 win over Manchester United, with the lone goal coming from Eric Gates.

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Not a bad season for the Suffolk side, qualifying for Europe and a cup double!

Season Three

Ipswich finish the season in 7th place, with 19 wins, 9 draws and 10 defeats and a goal difference of 24 and points tally of 66. Ipswich failed to win a trophy this season but got to the quarter final of the Europa League, and the final of FA Cup. Ipswich will qualify for Europe again next year as Arsenal won the FA Cup who won the league meaning they are already qualified.

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Season Four

Ipswich finish 5th in the league this season, ensuring European football at Portman Road next year, with a record of 22 wins, 8 draws and 8 draws, a goal difference of 20 and a points tally of 74, four points of 4th place, a champions league spot. Ipswich got to the Final of the FA Cup for the 3rd straight season but were defeated 3-1 by Chelsea. Ipswich got to the quarter final of the Europa League.

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Season Five

Ipswich finish 4th in the league, qualifying for the Champions League for the first time, with a record of 21 wins, 9 draws and 8 defeats, a goal difference of 25 and a points tally of 72. Ipswich went straight out of the EFL Cup with a 2-1 loss against Stoke after extra time, and lost in the 5th round of the FA Cup to Arsenal. Once again, Ipswich got to the quarter final of the Europa League, surely, it won’t be long before they win a European competition?!

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Season Six

Ipswich finished 5th in the league, once again qualifying for Europe. They went out of the EFL Cup with a 2-1 defeat to Arsenal in the quarter finals, and also went out of the FA Cup. After qualifying for the Champions League, they went out at the first Knockout Round against Monaco.

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Season Seven

Ipswich finish 4th, with a record of 21 wins, 11 draws and 6 defeats, and goal difference of 30, which got them into the Champions League over Arsenal who had a 21 GD. Ipswich exited the EFL Cup in the Quarter Final to Tottenham, and also exited the Europa League in the Semi Final to Dortmund. Ipswich won their third trophy under Bobby as they beat Manchester City 3-1 in the Final to win the FA Cup.

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Season Eight

Ipswich, for the second season in a row, finish 4th, once again qualifying for the Champions League. They have a record of 24 wins, 5 draws and 9 defeats, and a goal difference of 26. Ipswich won another trophy, the Community Shield for the first time in their history, 2-1 against Manchester City, but got knocked out of both the FA Cup and EFL Cup, and made it to the Semi Finals of the Champions League and won the first leg 2-1 against Manchester United, before losing the return leg 3-0.

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Season Nine

Ipswich finish 5th with 18 wins, 13 draws and 7 loses, with 67 points and 21 goal difference. Ipswich have qualified for the Europa League because of their league position. Ipswich also won the EFL Cup with a 3-1 win over Manchester United and also won the FA Cup with a 3-0 win over Tottenham. Ipswich got to the semi finals of the Champions League again, only to be knocked out by OM this time, having beat Real Madrid on the way.

Season Ten

Ipswich won the league, yes, you’re reading this correctly! They have a record of 26 wins, 8 draws and 4 defeats, a goal difference of 39, and finished on 86 points, 3 points above Chelsea in 2nd place. Ipswich got knocked out in the Quarter Final of the EFL Cup with a 1-0 defeat to West Ham at the London Stadium, and lost in the FA Cup 6th Round to Tottenham. In European football, after qualifying for the Europa League, Ipswich got through the group stages, 1st Knockout, 2nd Knockout and quarter finals before being knocked out on penalties in the Semi Finals by Chelsea. A good season nevertheless.

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Season Eleven

After winning the title the season before, Bobby’s boys had some work to beat it, but they did it! Ipswich won the Premier League title again! With a record of 28 wins, 4 draws and 6 defeats, with 37 goal difference and 88 points, they were deserved winners. Town lost in all the domestic cups, but did manage to win the Community Shield 4-0 against Tottenham, the FA Cup winners last year. Ipswich were so close to a Champions League trophy but lost the final to Manchester United 2-0.

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Season Twelve

For a 3rd season, Ipswich won another title under Bobby’s guidance with a record of 29 wins, 5 draws, 4 defeats and a goal difference of 59 and a points tally of 92 points. However, the Community shield was lost 1-0 against Chelsea at Wembley. Ipswich exited the EFL Cup at the 4th Round to Arsenal 2-1, and also went out of the FA Cup in the 6th Round to Chelsea. Ipswich got to another Champions League final but lost again, this time 1-0 to A. Madrid. When will they win that European trophy?

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Season Thirteen

Ipswich won the league again with a record of 30 wins, 4 draws, and 4 defeats, with a goal difference of 50. Ipswich also won the Community Shield 2-1 against Chelsea, and the FA Cup with a 4-0 win over Championship side Walsall, Alan Brazil got 3 of the 4 goals for Town. Ipswich got to another Champions League final and finally won the Champions League with a 1-0 win over Barcelona.

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There we have it. Thirteen seasons simmed, in all of them Ipswich didn’t finish below 8th under the helm of Sir Bobby Robson. The 1981 boys did well. But what spell was better? The original or this spell? We’ve made a table below with the 13 seasons compared, trophies won the season and the difference between the seasons. Have your say at @DictateTheGame on Twitter!

Season League Position Trophies Europe Progress
69-70 18th DNQ
70-71 19th DNQ
71-72 13th DNQ
72-73 4th (Europe qualfication) Texaco Cup DNQ
73-74 4th (Europe qualfication) QF
74-75 3rd (Europe qualficiation) R1
75-76 6th R2
76-77 3rd (Europe qualficiation) DNQ
77-78 18th FA Cup R3
78-79 6th QF
79-80 3rd (Europe qualficiation) R2
80-81 2nd (Europe qualficiation) UEFA Cup Winners
81-82 2nd (Europe qualficiation) R1
Season League Position Trophies Europe Progress Change in Position
16-17 6th DNQ 12
17-18 8th FA Cup, EFL Cup DNQ 11
18-19 7th (Europa) QF 6
19-20 5th (Europa) QF -1
20-21 4th (Champions League) QF 0
21-22 5th (Europa) R1 -1
22-23 4th (Champions League) FA Cup SF 2
23-24 4th (Champions League) Community Shield SF -1
24-25 5th (Europa) EFL Cup, FA Cup SF 13
25-26 1st (Champions League) Premier League SF 5
26-27 1st (Champions League) Community Shield, Premier League Final 2
27-28 1st (Champions League) Premier League  Final 1
28-29  1st (Champions League)  Community Shield, FA Cup, Champions League, Premier League  Winners  1
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