Ipswich Town’s greatest games: Blues beat Norwich with the help of Bryan Gunn’s airkick

Norwich goalkeeper Bryan Gunn holds his head in his hand, after his blunder.

Norwich goalkeeper Bryan Gunn holds his head in his hand, after his blunder. - Credit: Archant

In this week’s lookback at Town’s greatest games, we remember the most-famous air-kick in East Anglian derby day history...

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Norwich goalkeeper Bryan Gunn holds his head in his hand, after his blunder.

Norwich goalkeeper Bryan Gunn holds his head in his hand, after his blunder. - Credit: Archant

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Norwich goalkeeper Bryan Gunn holds his head in his hand, after his blunder.

Norwich goalkeeper Bryan Gunn holds his head in his hand, after his blunder. - Credit: Archant

April 14, 1996

Norwich goalkeeper Bryan Gunn holds his head in his hand, after his blunder.

Norwich goalkeeper Bryan Gunn holds his head in his hand, after his blunder. - Credit: Archant

Norwich goalkeeper Bryan Gunn holds his head in his hand, after his blunder.

Norwich goalkeeper Bryan Gunn holds his head in his hand, after his blunder. - Credit: Archant

This game will always be remembered with fondness – and hilarity – by Town supporters because of what happened four minutes from time.


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The game was level at one-all, and Norwich were quite content to play for time. Left-back Robert Ullathorne, under no real pressure, passed the ball gently back to keeper Bryan Gunn.

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As Gunn tried to boot the ball away, it hit a divot, bounced over his foot, and gently rolled into the goal at the Churchmans end of the ground. Cue pandemonium from Town fans – stunned disbelief from the Canaries’ supporters.

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Until that magical moment, it had been a ho-hum game. Ian Marshall put Town ahead midway through the first half, but Jamie Cureton (complete with hair dyed yellow and green) volleyed the Canaries level in the 62nd minute, literally seconds after coming on as sub.

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But all of that minor detail was quickly forgotten when the “Gunn moment” happened...

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