Ipswich Town nostalgia: Marcus Bent fires Blues to Fulham win in 2002

Marcus Bent celebrates his winner

Marcus Bent celebrates his winner

Today we turn back the clock to January 30th 2002, when Ipswich Town were last in the Premier League, and taking on this weekend’s opponents, Fulham.

Bent scores the only goal of the game

Bent scores the only goal of the game

This win at Portman Road was only the second against Fulham in the league since December 28th, 1963 when Town hosted the Cottagers and won 4-2.

Marcus Bent celebrates with Matt Holland, who was playing his 200th consecutive league game

Marcus Bent celebrates with Matt Holland, who was playing his 200th consecutive league game

Of course, 1963 does hold an unwanted stat for Town against Fulham – that’s when the Blues lost 10-1 on Boxing Day, the biggest defeat in club history,

Andy Marshall with an important save to help maintain a fragile lead

Andy Marshall with an important save to help maintain a fragile lead

The meeting in 2002 was a close encounter with the only goal of the game coming from a Marcus Bent header in the tenth minute.

Hermann Hreidarsson and Matt Holland go in for the ball

Hermann Hreidarsson and Matt Holland go in for the ball

Fulham did have their chances to bring it level, going closest as John Collins fired in a free-kick from just outside the box to force a quality save from Town keeper Andy Marshall.

Sixto Peralta set up Bent's winning goal

Sixto Peralta set up Bent's winning goal


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This win, however, was one of only nine victories in the league – which wouldn’t be enough to save Ipswich from relegation that season.

Marcus Bent's powerful header tested Fulham 'keeper Edwin Van Der Sar

Marcus Bent's powerful header tested Fulham 'keeper Edwin Van Der Sar

Fulham's John Collins fires in a free-kick that brought a good save from Andy Marshall

Fulham's John Collins fires in a free-kick that brought a good save from Andy Marshall

Ipswich Town's Marcus Bent pats Sixto Peralta on the head after Peralta helped to create Bent's matc

Ipswich Town's Marcus Bent pats Sixto Peralta on the head after Peralta helped to create Bent's match-winning goal - Credit: sport

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