Gallery and poll: Ipswich Town’s worst 20 signings ever

Michael Chopra did not fare well at Ipswich

Michael Chopra did not fare well at Ipswich

Ipswich Town have signed plenty of great players over the years – but some of the club’s signings haven’t fared well.

In part two of our look at the best and worst signings the Blues have ever made, today we bring you the worst. As ever, let us know what you think!

See the 20 best signings here.

Jonas Axeldal

For a striker, the Swede’s record was, how shall we say, less than impressive. 26 games, no goals. Yes, not one. Luckily, the likes of David Johnson and Alex Mathie were doing the business on a regular basis, so we didn’t really notice.

Ivan Campo


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A former Real Madrid player who had done really well at Bolton but was well past his sell-by date by the time he arrived at Portman Road. Dodgy haircut, too.

Michael Chopra

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Started brilliantly with two goals on his debut at Bristol City. He did score a few goals in that first season, to be fair. But after that it all went horribly wrong – both on and off the pitch. Left for Blackpool where he sank without trace.

Drissa Diallo

Drissa is best remembered for his comedy throw-ins, being taken to the cleaners by West Ham’s Matthew Etherington in a play-off semi-final at Upton Park, and being injured in a collision with his central defensive partner George Santos. Three very good reasons to make this list.

Nathan Ellington

‘The Duke’ had been part of a fearsome goalscoring duo with Jason Roberts which fired Wigan into the top flight – at Town’s expense, ironically. But by the time Ellington arrived at Portman Road, the goals had well and truly dried up. Never managed to find the back of the net.

Mark Fish

Surely the most disastrous Town ‘career’ of them all. We had admired centre-half Fish during his time at Bolton and Charlton. But his loan spell with Town consisted of a hopeless 45 minutes in a defeat at QPR. He was taken off at half-time, never to be seen again by Town supporters.

Finidi George

Scored two goals in a fantastic debut against Derby County. What we all forgot was that Derby’s left-back had been sent off early in the match – and Finidi played on the right wing. Apart from a great goal against Sunderland, his contribution pretty much ended after one game.

Graham Harbey

It was the arrival of players like Graham Harbey that made Town fans wake up and realise that the glory days really had gone. Left-back Harbey was part of John Duncan’s dull-as-ditchwater team which most of us have gratefully erased from our memory banks.

Ivar Ingamarsson

Rarely has a defender looked so all at sea as Ingamarsson during his short, unhappy time with Town. He had a long and distinguished career with Reading, but by the time he came to Portman Road the game was up. To his credit, he realised this and gracefully bowed out of football.

Amir Karic

Inexplicable, this one. Karic won 64 caps for Slovenia, so presumably he was no mug. But his time in England was a disaster. He played only three League Cup games for Town before going on loan to Crystal Palace. He is apparently regarded by Palace fans as the worst player ever to ‘grace’ Selhurt Park – some claim! He then sealed his fate by slagging off Burley at great length in this very newspaper.

Ulrich le Pen

Why did no-one tell Burley not to sign a footballer whose nickname was “Lulu?’’ The hapless Le Pen picked up a nasty injury after playing only a few minutes in a Town shirt. Possibly the shortest Blues career ever?

Kevin Lisbie

Lisbie had done well down the road at Colchester, so when he scored in the very first minute on his debut for Town, it looked like we’d signed a gem. It didn’t work out like that, though, and six goals in 41 games tell a sorry tale. He went back to Colchester and rediscovered his goalscoring form, and has hit the back of the net regularly for Leyton Orient. A Division One player, perhaps?

Andy Marshall

His Norwich City credentials meant that Marshall was on a hiding to nothing when he arrived at Portman Road. Town fans were never going to be very forgiving – and the fact that he made some high-profile howlers certainly didn’t help his cause.

Lee Martin

Cost Roy Keane big money from Man Utd. Consistently promised to deliver, but very rarely did. No end product, either in terms of goals or delivery. Also had a habit of launching into wild tackles – most memorably getting a first-half red card in the humiliating 7-0 defeat at Peterborough.

Sam Parkin

Was brought in to replace fans’ favourite Shefki Kuqi after scoring tons of goals for Swindon in League One. What a flop. In a Town shirt, he just looked clueless.

Adrian Paz

Great excitement when Uruguayan Paz signed. He played up front – but was actually a wide attacking player. The result was inevitable – only one goal, and a very dismal, short Town career. The supposed ‘makeweight’ Taricco worked out much better.

Georges Santos

In the same bracket at Drissa Diallo. When they paired up as twin centre-halves, they managed to collide so heavily that Diallo was out for months.

Matteo Sereni

Flamboyant Italian keeper brought in to replace the much-missed local boy Richard Wright. Decent shot-stopper, but never moulded with the back four. Relegation beckoned.

Stuart Slater

With his ‘Suffolk boy’ background, and a glittering reputation from his early days at West Ham, we had high hopes for Slater when he arrived. He was clearly a talent and showed some sublime glimpses of skill, but nothing ever came of it – very few goals, very few assists. Immensely frustrating all round.

Neil Woods

Woods arrived in 1987 at the same time as David Lowe. While Lowe scored plenty of goals and quickly established himself as a fans’ favourite, it never worked out for Woods. Three unhappy seasons yielded only 27 appearances – many of them from the bench – and a paltry five goals.

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