28th April 1962 – Port man 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!
A bumper crowd was expected at Portman Road today as the Town took on English football giants, Manchester United, in the Quarter Final of the EFL Cup. Over 1,500 United fans came to town expecting to see their team clean sweep the Blues, but they went home disappointed as Ipswich pulled off a proper cup upset as Ipswich Town beat the former Premier League champions 2-1 with goals from Andre Dozzell in the 13th minute before going two nil up in the 64th minute with a goal from former Manchester United player, Tom Lawrence. United captain, Rooney scored in the 78th minute to make it 2-1 but the scoreline stayed the same. The fans couldn’t believe it, neither could Hume!
The town of Ipswich still couldn’t believe the events of the EFL Cup game a week later as they drove up to Bristol to play Bristol City, and got another win, 2-1 again, with goals from Freddie Sears and Luke Chambers
The Blue Army were back on the home soil for the next game against Welsh side Cardiff City, and the players played brilliantly again, as they won the game 2-1, with goals from Ben Morris in the 20th minute, and an injury time winner by Toumani Diagouraga.
After the win over Burton, it was an a trip to the Midlands as they played Birmingham City but they came away with their first loss since August, as they lost 3-2 to the Brum. Adam Webster and Tommy Smith both scored for Town though.
It was another away trip a week later, as Town headed to Wigan, but this away game ended in glee for the Suffolk side as they run riot against Wigan and beat the Lactics 5-1, with goals from Grant Ward (11′), Ben Morris (58′), an own goal by Daniel Burn (60′), Darren Bent (69′) and Luke Chambers (87′). Wigan’s goal came through an own goal by Tommy Smith on the 85th minute.
Thanks for reading Part 6 of The Return to the Glory Days, the strong form continues! A large win against Wigan was just what we needed after that loss against the Brum! As always, give us your thoughts at @DictateTheGame.