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This afternoon, we continue our series of archive matches from the clubs of the Football League Championship with Ipswich Town. A league championship win in 1962 proved to be a flash in the pan for this club, whose greatest years would come more than a decade after this win, and we have seven matches from the years between 1972 and 2000, with our focus very much on the decade between 1972 and 1982. Our first match comes from opening day of the 1972/73 season and takes Ipswich Town to Old Trafford to play a Manchester United side that was in serious decline, just four years after winning the European Cup, whilst our second match comes from the following season and sees Ipswich at home against Arsenal in March 1974.
Our third match comes from January 1977, and sees Ipswich at home against Wolverhampton Wanderers in an FA Cup Fourth Round match, and this is followed up with a home match against the then-champions Nottingham Forest from 1979. A year later, Ipswich are on their travels again, to play Wolverhampton Wanderers at Molineux, and we follow this up with a trip to Highfield Road to play Coventry City. The last of our seven matches, finally, sees Ipswich Town travel to Wembley to play Barnsley in the 2000 First Division Play-Off Final in the last club match to be played at Wembley Stadium before its demolition and subsequent rebuilding.
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Ian began writing Twohundredpercent in May 2006. He lives in Brighton. He has also written for, amongst others, Pitch Invasion, FC Business Magazine, The Score, When Saturday Comes, Stand Against Modern Football and The Football Supporter. Ian was the first winner of the Socrates Award For Not Being Dead Yet at the 2010 NOPA awards for football bloggers.