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POLL & VIDEO: What was the best goal? Baines belter against Newcastle or Ipswich?

PUBLISHED: 10:24 03 January 2013

Leighton Baines celebrates his goal against Newcastle last night

Leighton Baines celebrates his goal against Newcastle last night

IT is an early contender for goal of the season.

Leighton Baines’ 30-yard swerving rocket of a free-kick lit up the New Year as Everton came from behind to beat Newcastle 2-1 at St James’ Park last night.

But for Ipswich Town fans, they knew all about Baines’ prowess from distance.

Just minutes after Baines’ stunner, Town fans took to Twitter to reminisce about Tuesday, December 21, 2004.

Just over eight years ago, Portman Road was packed for the visit of Paul Jewell’s Wigan as the two promotion rivals went head-to-head.

Town eventually won 2-1, thanks to Darren Bent’s last minute winner, but everyone in the crowd was already buzzing after Baines gave the visitors the lead with a 40-yard shot that flew past Kelvin Davis into the top corner.

Among the tweets last night, @chrismarsh85 wrote: “Remember his goal against us for Wigan? Best goal I’ve even seen. #wand.”

@jones_itfc added: “I remember thinking... “go on then, hit it... you’ll never score from there!!” #oops.”

Comparing the two, @steve_m10 said: “I was right behind that long-ranger he scored for Wigan. Tonight’s a bit closer in but similar swerve and power.”

Ipswich Town take on Leeds United, at Elland Road, in a top-six Championship match tomorrow afternoon (3pm). STUART WATSON previews the match.

David McGoldrick believes Ipswich Town have what it takes to stay in the Championship top six spots.

Ipswich Town manager Mick McCarthy says he will always be football’s ultimate pragmatist.

Ipswich Town take on Championship table-toppers Leeds United, at Elland Road, on Saturday.

FA Women’s Premier League South East Division One

Norwich City 0

Ipswich Town 5

Ipswich Town Ladies claimed the first bragging rights of the season with a resounding 5-0 victory over local rivals Norwich City at Norwich United’s Plantation Park last night, writes Kieren Standley

Ipswich Town skipper Luke Chambers says no-one at Portman Road is getting carried away by the start to the season the Blues have made – but they are ‘enjoying the ride’.

Ipswich Town sit fifth in the Championship table, with five wins from their first seven games – so why are some fans still so negative?

Ipswich Town Ladies face old rivals Norwich City tonight in the first East Anglian derby of the season.

Defender Adam Webster made his return from injury and Ben Morris notched a brace as Ipswich Town Under 23s put five past Nottingham Forest last night.

My mates who support other teams just don’t understand. They glance at the results, and the Championship table, and send me texts saying things like: “I bet you’re thrilled with your team.”

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