Ipswich Town Women's boss Joe Sheehan took charge of his 100th game as Blues beat Gillingham 1-0 on Sunday.

Sheehan was appointed back in February 2019 and has since guided the club to the third tier of women’s football and they are now fighting for promotion to the Championship.

In total, his side has won 72 games, have a positive goal difference of 234 and a winning percentage of 72%.

There have been plenty of memorable games during his reign- here we take a look at the key ones.

East Anglian Daily Times: Eloise King celebrates her hat-trick against NorwichEloise King celebrates her hat-trick against Norwich (Image: Ross Halls)


There were some memorable East Anglian Derby league wins during the 2019-20 campaign, starting with the 4-1 home win in September 2019.

Midfielder and big Town fan Eloise King went on to score a hat-trick as the Blues took home all bragging rights as the Tractor Girls won 10-0 at Norwich in February 2020.

The Blues have also knocked their rivals out of the FA Cup twice under Sheehan, with an emphatic 6-1 home win in October 2019 and a 3-1 away win in November 2020.

East Anglian Daily Times: Ipswich Town Women players celebrate during their win at HuddersfieldIpswich Town Women players celebrate during their win at Huddersfield (Image: Ross Halls)


The FA Cup has been a memorable competition for Sheehan's side, with them beating higher opposition during the 2019-20 campaign.

The highlight was a 4-1 win at Huddersfield Town as 16-year-old Maddie Biggs scored a first-half hat-trick as the Blues became the first fourth-tier women’s side to reach the last sixteen of the women’s FA Cup.

The Blues were beaten by WSL side Man City in the next round but put in a spirited display against a City side featuring 10 full internationals.

East Anglian Daily Times: Ipswich Town Women had some key battles against SouthamptonIpswich Town Women had some key battles against Southampton (Image: Ross Halls)


After winning promotion to tier three, the Blues went on an 11-game winning run which included a 2-0 away win at Southampton, which inflicted the Saints' first ever league defeat since their formation in 2017.

Natasha Thomas and Zoe Barratt scored the crucial goals in the game as the Blues made an impressive start to their first season in tier three.  

Ultimately the Saints would go on to win promotion to the Championship, but this was a statement win during a season in which the two sides went head to head.

East Anglian Daily Times: Lucy O'Brien celebrates her goal in the win at NewcastleLucy O'Brien celebrates her goal in the win at Newcastle (Image: Ross Halls)


It was time for another historic cup run for the Tractor Girls during the 2021-22 campaign, which included memorable ties both home and away.

The Blues equalled their club record with a 1-0 win at Newcastle, with Lucy O’Brien scoring the only goal as Town reached the fifth round for the second time in three seasons.

There was a crowd of 2,700 in attendance as the two sides faced off for the first time. 

East Anglian Daily Times: Tractor Girls celebrate their penalty shoot-out win Tractor Girls celebrate their penalty shoot-out win (Image: Ross Halls)


Following the win over Newcastle, the Blues were drawn against league rivals Southampton at home, which resulted in an entertaining encounter that had plenty of drama.

Anna Grey put the Tractor Girls ahead in extra-time, but Saints goalkeeper Kayla Rendell headed home with the final kick of the afternoon to take the game to spot-kicks. The Tractor Girls would go on to win, with Town goalkeeper Sarah Quantrill’s heroics seeing the Blues to a momentous 4-2 victory on penalties.

The Tractor Girls would bow out in the quarter-final in a valiant effort against WSL side West Ham at a sold-out Felixstowe and Walton, which was televised on BBC. The game will be another of Sheehan's reign that will be remembered.

East Anglian Daily Times: Joe Sheehan, pictured during his 100th gameJoe Sheehan, pictured during his 100th game (Image: Ross Halls)

Speaking about his 100 games in charge, Sheehan said: "It’s gone pretty quick. I'm really proud to lead the team as always, blessed to have an exciting group that we’re passionate about helping progress.

"I would like to thank them, the staff and all the supporters for their support throughout the 100 games so far and long may it continue."

Despite having a disappointing start to the campaign this year, the Blues have turned it around and are currently on a seven-game winning run which includes a 1-0 home win over promotion rivals Watford.

The Tractor Girls are in action this Sunday as they face Oxford United in the AGL Arena in Felixstowe in a big title clash, with a 2pm kick-off.

East Anglian Daily Times: In total, his side has won 72 games during his reignIn total, his side has won 72 games during his reign (Image: Ross Halls)