HIS introduction into football came alongside Gareth Bale and Theo Walcott.

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But David McGoldrick has painful memories of one of his first encounters with Ipswich Town.

The new Blues frontman was part of a Southampton youth team that also contained Adam Lallana, Nathan Dyer and Leon Best.

But it was not enough to overcome Ipswich in the final of the FA Youth Cup in 2005.

Bury St Edmunds boy Ed Upson scored an extra-time winner to beat the Saints in a memorable second leg at Portman Road.

McGoldrick, who made his full debut for Town in Saturday’s goalless draw at Cardiff, remembers the low point well.

The 25-year-old striker, who scored a penalty in the first leg, recalled: “We played them home and away. We drew 2-2 in the first leg at home and I scored.

“In the second leg we came down here (Ipswich) and didn’t really turn up in front of a great atmosphere.

“I think Walcott started and we had Nath Dyer, Adam Lallana, Leon Best, Martin Cranie, Lloyd James. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain was already training with us even though he was younger.

“Their boy scored in the last minute to win it and that was an upsetting feeling for me as a kid.”

McGoldrick joined Town on loan earlier this month from Nottingham Forest, although the move will become permanent in the summer.

While Forest fans have questioned his goal record, the man who last week earned the League One player of the month crown following his blistering loan spell at Coventry City has already impressed Town fans.

And he puts his ability down to his grounding he had on the South Coast.

He said: “A lot of the players from that game have gone on to get experience in the Premiership and Championship.

“It was a great academy that really helped me develop.”

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7 comments

  • I wonder if there is a link between which one of steroos multiple personalities he post under and the idiocrity of the posts that come with them. Seroulsy most people with that many personalities are on meds. Editor or modirator- I have seen you commnet and add notes to posts on here before so please could you annoint this one with reasons as to why his vitriolic spew is allowed to be posted. Or are streoo and the edmod in fact one and that same? STB you are right it is simply an admin issue as I understand it a deal is in placed for a perm move in the summer

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    TrueBlue

    Wednesday, January 16, 2013

  • The explanation is quite simple graham garrod, they drifted into oblivion because they were obviously not good enough for professional football. The casualty rate for footballer's not making the grade, is high at all clubs, not just at Ipswich. Allthough Southamton lost that match, it was widely thought at the time that their youth team was talented.

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    jungle boy

    Wednesday, January 16, 2013

  • Could there perhaps be a link between Town's long-standing suicidal tendancy to take absurd numbers of mercenaries on loan (like McGoldrick) and the fact that none of the FA youth cup winners were allowed to develop at the club? Or indeed the club's decline and embarassing fate as an embarrassing offshore investment with little or nothing in common with Ipswich Town other than the name.

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    Rob Steroo

    Wednesday, January 16, 2013

  • I can remember a certain manager (magilton) saying the youngsters are the lifeline of this club then not long after taking over letting a lot of them go,this carried on with Keane who came in thinking he could buy promotion,now whether that's what he was led to believe or not we will never know, biggest mistake he made was Jordan Rhodes look at him now, where is Keane i ask ? as for jewel good man good manager back in the day,as for MIC-MAC, i hope lessons have been learned all-round is this fourth time lucky for the owner

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    peter samuels

    Wednesday, January 16, 2013

  • Could Dalai Steroo enlighten us as to how many of the Southamton players are still at the club?

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    threenewknees

    Wednesday, January 16, 2013

  • Can anybody please explain why several of the losing team pushed on and made it at a much higher level. Whilst the Ipswich lads have all drifted into oblivion ?

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    graham garrod

    Wednesday, January 16, 2013

  • Is it just me misreading things or has it not been stated that McGoldricks "loan" move is simply an administrative issue because he cannot sign for more than 3 clubs in one season. Hence a loan before a permanent signing. This obviously does not stop some morons with no intellectual capacity to continue to call him a loan.

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    SussexTractorBoy

    Wednesday, January 16, 2013

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