Blues boss to meet up with old foe

JIM Magilton and Peter Rajczi insist there will be no hard feelings tomorrow when they meet for the first time in nearly two years after being sent off for fighting in a pre-season friendly.

By Derek Davis

JIM Magilton and Peter Rajczi insist there will be no hard feelings tomorrow when they meet for the first time in nearly two years after being sent off for fighting in a pre-season friendly.

The Blues boss was Ipswich's skipper and Rajczi, now with Barnsley, was the Ujpest Dozsa star man when they clashed at the Szusza Ferenc stadium in Budapest in the summer of 2005.

Magilton was left with a black eye after clashing with Rajczi who scored twice in the 3-2 Town defeat before being dismissed five minutes from time.


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Magilton said: “It was a lovely pre-season game with no malice in it, but then it just exploded in a matter of minutes.

“Peter and I had a coming together if you like and shared a few comments as we went off the pitch.

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“I'm sure we will have a little smile and joke about it on Saturday, but that's it. I will shake his hand and that will be it.”

Rajczi was subsequently banned for the first game of the Hungarian season, while Magilton escaped punishment, as the English FA did not receive a report from the referee about the incident.

Rajczi said: “I remember Jim Magilton pushed my back and I turned and headed him and we both got a red card.

“I was punished and I think he was also punished. I was made to miss the first championship game after that. It was a big punishment.

“Yeah, I heard that he's now the manager of Ipswich. Maybe after the game we'll speak again.

“It wasn't such a big thing in our lives. It will be an interesting game because we haven't met each other since.”

Along with a number of Championship clubs, the Blues were given the opportunity to sign Rajczi and his Hungarian team-mate Istvan Ferenczi before Barnsley took the plunge. Magilton said: “Even though I knew of him and he had a terrific reputation as a very good player in Hungary, although that night he wasn't fantastic.

“When we knew of his, and Ferenczi's availability, but because we didn't really know that scene too well we didn't go down that route. Barnsley did and he and Ferenczi have done very well for them since they arrived and Simon Davey deserves credit for getting them in.”

Rajczi is expected to line up on the right side of midfield for the Tykes tomorrow with Martin Devaney suspended. Keeper David Lucas misses out after being knocked out in the 1-0 loss to Derby County last weekend and his place will be taken by the experienced Nick Colgan.

On loan Derby County defender Lewin Nyatanga is fit after missing international duty through injury and not allowed to play against the Rams last week in the 2-1 loss.

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