Did Ipswich Town’s 4-2 win over Barnsley in the 1999/2000 play-off final go down in history for you? We list Town’s Top 10 victories

Barnsley v Ipswich Town - play off final

Barnsley v Ipswich Town - play off final - Credit: PROFESSIONAL SPORT

Here’s the second part of our Twelve Days of Ipswich Town Christmas – highlighting the ten greatest games ever featuring our favourite football team.

Our list is in chronological order, do you agree? Or were there other wins that are worthy of a top slot?

Town 6 Burnley 2 Division One 1961-62

Alf Ramsey’s Country Cousins were supposed to be the whipping boys in Division One. After a slow start to the season, this result against highly-fancied Burnley made the football world sit up and take notice. Town won the title – Burnley finished runners-up.

Town 2 Aston Villa 0 Division One 1961-62


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Ipswich went into the last game of the season knowing they needed to win and Burnley had to slip up. Town did their bit thanks to two goals from Crawford – and Burnley failed to win. The miracle had happened. Ramsey told the man from the BBC “I feel fine’’ in a master-stroke of understatement.

Town 1 Real Madrid 0 UEFA Cup 1973-74

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Town’s first season back in Europe, and who did we draw in the first round of the UEFA Cup? Real Madrid, already by then six times winners of the European Cup. No worries - Mick Mills’ deflected shot gave us a first leg lead and we kept them out at the San Siro. The great European adventure had begun.

Town 7 WBA 0 Division On 1976-77

Mariner’s home debut, and what an incredible game. Goals flew in from all angles. Whymark got four against shell-shocked Baggies keeper John Osborne. Mariner scored an absolute belter, and Beattie thumped one home from outside the box. Has a football ever travelled as fast?

Town 3 WBA 1 FA Cup semi-final 1977-78

After the heartbreak of three years earlier, we were desperate to get to Wembley. Town quickly went two up thanks to Mills and Talbot’s brave header. But Albion got one back from the spot after Hunter’s inexplicable handball. Warky settled our nerves with a header from a corner. Cue wild celebrations.

Town 1 Arsenal 0 FA Cup final 1978

We all know the story...it was the biggest 1-0 hammering in footballing history. Mariner hit the bar, Warky hit the same post twice, Jennings saved brilliantly from Burley’s header. Would the goal ever come? It did, from the most unlikely (and most appropriate) source - Suffolk boy Roger Osborne. The best day in Town’s history?

St Etienne 1 Town 4 UEFA Cup quarter-final first leg 1980-81

Widely regarded as Town’s greatest ever performance. St Etienne’s team was packed with superstars, including a certain Monsieur Platini. But Ipswich absolutely thumped them - in both legs.

Town 5 AZ Alkmaar 4 (aggregate) UEFA Cup final 1980-81

Ipswich raced into a three-goal lead in the first leg at Portman Road, but things all got a little bit “squeaky bum’’ in the second leg in Holland. We edged it, though.

Town 7 Bolton 5 (aggregate) Championship play-off semi-final 1999-00

Incredible stuff. Thanks to Marcus Stewart, Town came from 2-0 down to draw the away leg. The game at Portman Road was surely the most exciting Town game ever. Who can forget Magilton’s hat-trick, including one off his shin in the very last second of normal time? Then two Bolton red cards and Reuser’s great finish to make the game safe. Wembley here we come!

Town 4 Barnsley 2 Championship play-off final 1999-00

It looked bad...David Johnson off injured, Barnsley ahead through a Richard Wright own goal. But we needn’t have worried...Mogga equalised, then Naylor and Stewart put us clear. Bit of a wobble after a Barnsley penalty, but then “Rolls Reuser’’ memorably raced clear tomake it safe. We were back in the big time!

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