Tag: Ipswich Town

Video of the Day: The 1978 FA Cup Final

When Ipswich Town were promoted from the Third Division South in 1957, few would have guessed how eventful the next quarter of a century might be for the Suffolk club. The club was promoted to the First Division in 1961 and, under the tutelage of Alf Ramsey, became the champions of England a year later. This success, however, was short-lived, and in 1964 the club was relegated, conceding one hundred and twenty-one goals, the second highest in the history of top flight English football. Promoted back in 1968 as Second Division champions, the club lost the manager that took...

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Video of the Day: Ipswich Town vs Derby County, April 1976

Throughout the course of the ascent of Leicester City to becoming the champions of England, there has been much talk of what may or may not happen next. How might they fare in the group stages of next year’s Champions League? To what extent will they be able to defend their Premier League title? What might the team look like come the start of next season, considering the offers for their players that are likely to to flooding in as soon as this season is over? None of these questions are answerable at this moment in time, but this...

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Video of the Day: Ipswich Town vs Manchester United, March 1980

Manchester United travel to Shropshire this evening to play Shrewsbury Town in the Fifth Round of the FA Cup with a now familiar cloud hanging over Old Trafford. Last Thursday’s defeat in Denmark in the Europa League has turned up the tension between the supporters and the playing staff of the club just that little bit more, and a trip to the modest surroundings of a League One club which should make for a comfortable evening’s work now feels as if it may not be completely straightforward after all. Manchester United have had fallow periods before, of course, with...

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Video of the Day: Birmingham City vs Ipswich Town, 1982

This morning’s video of the day continues our run for this week of half-forgotten FA Cup Third Round matches of the past, taking us all the way back to January 1982. The winter of 1981/82 was a savage one, with snow blanketing much of the country for several weeks, but groundsmen at Birmingham City got the pitch playable for their match against Ipswich Town, who had reached the semi-final of the competition the year before being beaten by Manchester City at the penultimate hurdle. The commentary comes, in his last season as the Midlands’ voice of football, from Hugh...

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Back To The Eighties: 1980/81, Part Six – Last Year’s Champions vs This Year’s Leaders

Pushed to the final day by Manchester United at the end of the previous season, the defending champions Liverpool had started the 1980/81 season with a degree, just a degree, of uncertainty. Comfortable home wins against West Bromwich Albion and Manchester City had given the optimistic plenty of hope that they could life the Football League Championship, but in a defeat at Leicester City and underwhelming draws against Birmingham City and Coventry City were to be seen the seeds of an uncharacteristically uncertain season from a team that would soon be making a habit of sweeping all before it. In the European Cup, nerves were settled after a 1-1 draw in the first leg against the Finnish club Oulu Palloseura with a 10-1 win in the second match at Anfield. In an era during which attendances fluctuated considerably more than they do nowadays, in the space of just a few days in October Liverpool demonstrated just how extreme this could be. On Wednesday the seventh of October Liverpool beat Middlesbrough at Anfield in front of a crowd of just 28,204 people. The following Saturday, however, a crowd of 48,084 people turned out for the match against Ipswich Town. Under the managership of Bobby Robson, the Suffolk club had started their league season with seven wins and two draws from their first nine matches, opening up – in era during...

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