Ipswich Town fans feel Emirates FA Cup third round replay loss was club’s worst ever – beating thumpings by Norwich City and Manchester United and horror-show at Peterborough United
You have probably been trying to put last week out of your mind if you’re an Ipswich Town fan.
Although the win against Blackburn was generally seen as a positive showing by the Blues, that was followed by an embarrassing loss at Lincoln in the FA Cup third round replay and then a 2-0 loss at Huddersfield on Saturday.
Regarding the FA Cup fiasco, we asked readers last week whether they thought that Tuesday night match was Town’s worst ever.
We had 124 responses and many of you thought it was.
One fan wrote: “Lincoln is the worst I have seen in 25 years of supporting them (Ipswich). It was absolute rubbish, no organisation, no movement, hoofball, deep defensive line, no pressing and no ideas, or fluidity or passion. Played in better Sunday league games.”
Another said: “This was worse than the 3-0 home defeat against Sheffield Wednesday after (former ITFC manager Paul) Jewell’s exit. Last night was my all time low point as a season ticket holder of 20 years.”
For some fans it was Lincoln’s status as a National League side, three divisions below Mick McCarthy’s men, and the fact the game was on television, which made the result all the more difficult to accept.
“9-0 defeat to Manchester United a humiliation but it was Man U and not non-league minnows,” one person wrote.
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However for some it is the scale of the scoreline which is their marker for Town’s worst game ever.
The 10-1 defeat to Fulham on Boxing Day 1963 and the infamous 9-0 defeat to Manchester United in the Premier League in March 1995 (mentioned above) were others chosen as the lowest the Blues have been in any one particular match.
A 5-1 home defeat to arch rivals Norwich was another choice, along with a 7-1 loss at Peterborough in August 2011.
The latter game saw Lee Tomlin bag a hat-trick against nine-man Ipswich – Lee Martin and Tommy Smith dismissed either side of half-time – with Grant McCann and future Town striker Paul Taylor getting a brace each.
Incredibly Keith Andrews had actually given visiting Ipswich the lead after 22 minutes.
However another FA Cup shocker (and Town’s heaviest FA Cup defeat), a 7-0 drubbing by Chelsea at Stamford Bridge in the third round of the 2010/11 season, escaped mention.