Alan Quinn recalls shock at Magilton departure after last Ipswich Town derby win

Alan Quinn scores against Norwich

Alan Quinn scores against Norwich

Alan Quinn scored in Ipswich Town’s last derby win, but has bittersweet memories, ahead of the Blues’ trip to Carrow Road at the weekend.

Quinn cancelled out David Mooney’s opener for the Canaries and went on to help Town to victory, 3-2, in what proved to be Jim Magilton’s last game in charge.

Successful in both derbies he played, the Republic of Ireland international featured a year earlier as Danny Haynes netted the winner at Portman Road.

The only player to have ever scored for both teams in the Sheffield derby, Quinn said: “We went 1-0 down but I knew with the way we had been playing, we could get back into the game.

“I remember playing a one-two with Gio (Dos Santos) – he found me with a great pass and I was delighted to be able to finish.

“It was a very special goal, one of my brothers was in the stands and the noise was unbelievable.

“We had some great celebrations after the game and went out for a few drinks and Jim loved it.”

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Jon Stead netted the crucial goal in the last-minute, prior to Sammy Clingan’s late penalty consolation, but joy turned to despair soon afterwards.

“It was a great disappointment when we learned that Jim was going,” recalled Quinn, who saw Magilton sacked by the club three days later.

“We (Ipswich) were on to a good thing and I don’t know why they got rid of him.

“We had no idea that he was going, I think Jim knew himself.

“It was just disappointing as I think with another year Jim would have probably got the club to the play-offs.”

Town head to Carrow Road on Sunday without the suspended Tom Lawrence– the loanee having a similar impact to that of Dos Santos, who scored four goals in eight memorable appearances for Town.

“He (Dos Santos) was an unbelievable talent and it was so easy for him,” Quinn explained.

“Gio and Pablo (Counago) were the two best players I played with at Ipswich.

“Pablo was a great centre-forward who if you played the ball into his feet, you knew he would turn and put you back in.

“Gio has gone on to play in Spain, and in America, with my friend Robbie Keane, who says he is still different class.”

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