Ipswich Town Hall of Fame star recalls glory days

Brian Talbot

Brian Talbot

He was part of a glorious era, so it is no surprise when Brian Talbot admits the Blues took winning for granted during his time at Portman Road.

A recent inductee into the Blues’ Hall of Fame, alongside Micky Stockwell and Alan Brazil, the former Town midfielder made 177 appearances for Ipswich, scoring 25 goals, during seven years at the club.

A member of Sir Bobby Robson’s FA Cup-winning side in 1978, the player affectionally known as “Noddy” starred alongside fellow legends such as Mick Mills, John Wark, George Burley, Paul Mariner and the aforementioned Brazil as Town became one of the top sides in the country.

“At the time I think we took it for granted when we went to the smaller teams that we were going to win the game,” recalls Talbot who went on to make over 250 appearances for Arsenal.

“Sir Bobby Robson managed to create three tremendous sides at Portman Road, I am talking about the one in 1974 and those that followed in 1978 and 1981 and each team was successful.

“Looking back to the FA Cup final that I played in, we were playing Arsenal but, without being boastful, we expected to win.

“Under Bobby we expected to get a result but I don’t think that happens today. Mick McCarthy has done a brilliant job but I don’t think anyone is under any illusions that the club is up there with the likes of Manchester United, Manchester City or Arsenal now.”

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After a long and successful spell at Highbury, Talbot then went on to enjoy stints at Watford, Fulham Stoke, West Brom and Aldershot, managing the latter two, before ending up at Sudbury Town.

Having also managed in Malta, with Hibernians, the 59-year-old is continuing his European adventure and recently returned from Belgium and Holland where he was working as a scout for Fulham.

But it was at Portman Road where he made his name and the six-time capped England international was delighted to join the likes of Dutch duo Frans Thijssen, Arnold Muhren and Kevin Beattie in the club’s Hall of Fame.

“It’s an honour to be inducted into the Hall of Fame,” said Talbot.

“I started as a 15-year-old and I have been involved in the game for 45 years so to be recognised by my home town club gives me great pleasure.

“We had a great team but I made some great friends too and it was nice to be able to go back and catch up with some of them.”