On this day in 2001, the Blues beat Italian giants Inter Milan 1-0 at Portman Road in the UEFA Cup. Ross Halls takes a look at where the team from that night are now....

The Blues had already knocked out Torpedo Moscow and Helsingborg to progress to the third round of the competition, which they previously won back in 1981. 

East Anglian Daily Times: Alun Armstrong celebrates his goal against Inter Milan.Alun Armstrong celebrates his goal against Inter Milan. (Image: PA)

Alun Armstrong scored the only goal of the game as Town won the first leg, seeing off a side which boasted the likes of Javier Zanetti and Clarence Seedorf.

However, Town would go on the lose the second leg when the Italians put out another strong team which included Ronaldo and Christian Vieri, who scored a hat-trick in the 4-1 defeat at San Siro. 


The Italian keeper is still the Blues record signing after joining the club from Sampdoria for a fee of £4.5 million, but it didn't quite work out for him. 

He made 33 appearances in total during his one season at Portman Road, but left the club after relegation from the Premier League, initially joining Brescia on loan, before joining Lazio on a permeant deal in July 2003. 

Sereni spent four years at Lazio, before a spell at Torino and finished his career back at Brescia, retiring from football in 2011.


The defender made 92 appearances for the Blues, before leaving the club to join Leicester City in the summer of 2004. 

He went to have spells at Derby, Reading and Southampton, before he retired from football in 2008, while briefly making a comeback playing for Radcliffe Borough in 2010. 

Makin has been living in Qatar for the last 12 years as a pundit covering the local leagues in English and recently chatted with us about his time at Town. 

East Anglian Daily Times: Titus Bramble battles with Mohamed Kallon at Portman Road.Titus Bramble battles with Mohamed Kallon at Portman Road. (Image: PA)


The Ipswich-born defender made over 50 appearances for the Blues, but left the club following relegation and was signed by Bobby Robson's Newcastle United for a fee of £6 million. 

He spent five years at Newcastle United, before spells at Wigan and Sunderland in the top flight, retiring from professional football in 2013. 

Bramble currently resides mainly in Dubai, coaching at a soccer school, and is the Ambassador for Akwaaba Volunteers in Ghana. 


The defender spent six years at the club, where he made just under 200 appearances.

He left the Blues in the summer of 2003 to have a spell at Cambridge United, before going into coaching. He has been former Town defender Tony Mowbray's number two for many clubs.

Venus has worked with Mowbray at Hibernian, West Brom, Celtic, Middlesbrough, Coventry City, Blackburn Rovers and currently at Sunderland. 


The Icelandic fans favourite was another big money signing, making over 100 appearances during his time at Portman Road, but left the club when Town went into administration.

He was sold to Charlton Athletic, before spells at Portsmouth and Coventry and finished his career playing back in his native Iceland.

Hreidarrson has since gone into management, notably a spell as a assistant manager under Sol Cambpell at Southend United and is currently the manager of his boyhood club IBV in Finland.

East Anglian Daily Times: Jamie Clapham (centre) comes under presure from Inter Milan's Javier Zanetti and Bunuk Okan.Jamie Clapham (centre) comes under presure from Inter Milan's Javier Zanetti and Bunuk Okan. (Image: PA)


The full-back joined Town from Spurs in 1998 and went on to make over 250 appearances for the club during his time at Portman Road. He crossed the ball in for Armstrong's match-winning header. 

He left the club in January 2003 to join Birmingham City, before spells at Wolves, Leeds, Leicester, Notts County, Lincoln City and finished his career at Kettering Town. 

Clapham is the current men's head coach at Loughborough University. 


The midfielder joined the club from Crewe in July 1999 as a replacement for Kieron Dyer, making made more than 200 appearances for the club.

He left Town to join Leeds United in the summer of 2006, before spells at Southampton and Blackpool. He retired from football in 2011 after a brief spell at non-league side Lewes. 

Wright has two sons who went to play football, with Drey playing in Scotland for St Johnstone and Diaz currently without a club after leaving Colchester in 2021. 


The Argentine was playing against his parent club and his performances on loan were a ray of light during the darkness of relegation.

He would never become a permanent Town player and moved to Mexico and back to his native Argentina before joining CFR Cluj in Romania.

Peralta then had spells in Chile where he brought his career to an end in 2014 and has since returned back to his native Argentina with his family. 

East Anglian Daily Times: Matt Holland applauds the 8000 plus travelling supporters wearing Zanetti's shirt.Matt Holland applauds the 8000 plus travelling supporters wearing Zanetti's shirt. (Image: Warren Page)


Captain fantastic played over 300 games during his six years at Portman Road and is the last player to lead the club to the Premier League. 

He left the club to join Charlton Athletic in the top flight in summer of 2003 and made more than 200 appearances for the Addicks before retiring from football in 2009. 

Holland is currently at pundit for various platforms and can been seen on Town TV covering games in the Championship this season. 


The Spaniard had just signed for the club that summer and went on to become another fans favourite, scoring 61 goals during his two separate spells at Town. 

He left the club in the summer of 2011 after a loan spell at Crystal Palace and went on to play in multiple countries from Vietnam, Hong Kong and Finland, before finishing his career in Spain. 

Counago was back at Portman Road for some games last season and is looking for his next opportunity in coaching as he is back in Spain with his family.  


The defender or forward progressed through the youth academy and made over 300 appearances during his long stint at Town. 

In the summer of 2009 he left the club to join Leeds United, before finishing his career with spells at Rotherham United and Doncaster Rovers.

Naylor is currently the academy chief at Hull City. 

East Anglian Daily Times: Alun Armstrong joined Town from Middlesbrough in December 2000.Alun Armstrong joined Town from Middlesbrough in December 2000. (Image: Newsquest)


Alun Armstrong joined the club from Middlesbrough in December 2000 and went on to score 19 goals in 94 games during his spell at Portman Road. 

He came on as a 77th minute sub for Richard Naylor and, afteronly being on the pitch for a mere four minutes, superbly headed home the winner against the Italian giants. 

Armstrong left the club in 2004 and was recently sacked as manager of Darlington in September, after four years in charge of the National League North side.