Gallery: Is this the top all-time Ipswich Town squad ever? And can you identify the pixelated players?

The Ipswich Town pixel team created by All-time Squad

The Ipswich Town pixel team created by All-time Squad - Credit: Archant

Following in the footsteps of George Best, Cristiano Ronaldo and Steven Gerrard is no mean feat for any Ipswich Town player.

But 11 of the Tractor Boys’ favourites over the years have done just that, by being immortalised as the town’s “All-time Squad” in pixel form.

The website alltimesquad.com trawls through hundreds of players for world class football clubs and scours dozens of fan forums to pick each club’s all-time 11 players and manager – before creating pixel versions of them for mugs, posters and t-shirts.

Now, after the industrious efforts of one avid fan, Ipswich Town has joined the likes of Arsenal, Barcelona and Manchester United.

Josh Warwick, a former journalist for the Ipswich Star who had contacted the All-time Squad for an article on his own website about football design, box2boxfootball.com, came up with the idea of a classic 11 for his favourite team.

The 34-year-old said: “I run a website all about football design and I got in touch with them because I really liked the design. I interviewed them and said any chance you are doing an Ipswich Town one? We have had some decent players over the years.

“Normally they trawl through message boards and research players, but they said if I did the work they would put it together.”

Jumping at the chance to pick the ultimate team, Mr Warwick consulted friends and came up with the final line-up, which was yesterday launched on the company’s website and is available to buy as a poster, clock, pillow, mug, bag or t-shirt.

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Mr Warwick added: “That vintage, retro design is really quite in fashion at the moment and you can reminisce on those early games that looked like that.

“I am sure some fans will think there are some erroneous omissions, and there are of course some great players who didn’t quite make the cut, but I am pretty certain this team would give anyone a game though.”

However, while dream squads are always open for debate, some of the players who made the final cut expressed their joy at being honoured in digital form.

Former midfielder John Wark said: “There are so many great players that have played for Ipswich so it is a privilege to be part of it.”

Striker Ray Crawford, said: “It’s a great honour. That’s technology and how it has moved on!”

George Burley added: “To be involved in the club at such a young age and having a successful team is great.”

Kevin Beattie concluded: “I always had a great rapport with the fans and still do. Normally it’s all the big boys who get the nod like Manchester United and Arsenal, so for us it’s a great honour.”

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