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!
The first game for October had came on the 1st October 2016, as Ipswich played Huddersfield at Portman Road, and currently sits 3rd on the league table. Ipswich won the game 2-1 with goals from Ben Morris and Darren Bent
After the 2-1 win at Portman Road over Huddersfield, the Suffolk side was in postive mood as they travelled to Blackburn a week later, as they sat second in the league, having not lost a game since early August, and that record continued as the Blues won the contest 2-1 at Ewood Park, with Ben Morris scoring another goal, and Jonny Williams scoring the game winner in the 84th minute
After the 2-1 win over Blackburn, the media started to speculate that perhaps Ipswich were a serious contender for promotions this season, and Sky Bet slashed their odds for Ipswich to get promoted to 1/5, which in the end caused the bookies to stop taking bets due to the vast numbers taking the bet up.
The Blue Army were back on the home soil for the next game against newly promoted side Burton Albion, and expectations were high that the Suffolk side could win the game to further better their position in the league table. In the end, Town won the game 1-0 through a 55th minute goal through Ben Morris.
After the win over Burton, it was an long trip to the Toon! As the Blues played recently releagted Newcastle, managed by a Champions League winning manager, Rafa Benitez, and the Blues came away with a credible draw at St. James Park, after Luke Chambers equalised in the 59th minute. A good point for the Blues!
League action took a break as Town played the champions of England, Leicester City, in the 4th Round of the EFL Cup, and it was a shock win for the Tractor Boys after Daniel Amartey took the lead for Leicester in the 26th minute, but after the break, the Blues came back stronger and and Ben Morris continued to impress the fans, and his manager, as he equalised in the 58th minute, before Jonny Williams scored the winner for the Suffolk side to take them to the 5th Round of the EFL Cup and a tie at Portman Road against Manchester United!
Thanks for reading Part 4 of The Return to the Glory Days, what a win against the champions, but what will the score be against Manchester United? Can we pull off another shock or will we be smashed 5 or 6-0? Have your say by tweeting us at @DictateTheGame.