Ipswich Town’s greatest games: The Blues thump the superstars of St. Etienne

The Ipswich Town team is led out at St Etienne by Mick Mills. Pictures: ARCHANT

The Ipswich Town team is led out at St Etienne by Mick Mills. Pictures: ARCHANT - Credit: Archant

In our latest look back at Ipswich Town’s greatest games, we transport you back to France in March 1981, and perhaps the club’s best-ever performance...

St. Etienne 1 Ipswich Town 4 UEFA Cup quarter-final first leg March 4, 1981

The Ipswich Town team is led out at St Etienne by Mick Mills. Pictures: ARCHANT

The Ipswich Town team is led out at St Etienne by Mick Mills. Pictures: ARCHANT - Credit: Archant

The Ipswich Town team is led out at St Etienne by Mick Mills. Pictures: ARCHANT

The Ipswich Town team is led out at St Etienne by Mick Mills. Pictures: ARCHANT - Credit: Archant

Arguably Town’s greatest-ever performance. Surely the club’s most eye-catching result.

The Ipswich Town team is led out at St Etienne by Mick Mills. Pictures: ARCHANT

The Ipswich Town team is led out at St Etienne by Mick Mills. Pictures: ARCHANT - Credit: Archant

St. Etienne were one of the real powers of European football at the time, and their team included Michel Platini and Dutch star Johnny Rep.

The Ipswich Town team is led out at St Etienne by Mick Mills. Pictures: ARCHANT

The Ipswich Town team is led out at St Etienne by Mick Mills. Pictures: ARCHANT - Credit: Archant

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The Ipswich Town team is led out at St Etienne by Mick Mills. Pictures: ARCHANT

The Ipswich Town team is led out at St Etienne by Mick Mills. Pictures: ARCHANT - Credit: Archant

When Rep put the home side ahead after only 16 minutes, it looked rather worrying for Town. But a Paul Mariner header levelled things before the break, and the Suffolk side turned on the style in the second half.

The Ipswich Town team is led out at St Etienne by Mick Mills. Pictures: ARCHANT

The Ipswich Town team is led out at St Etienne by Mick Mills. Pictures: ARCHANT - Credit: Archant

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Arnold Muhren, superb throughout, put Town ahead with a 25-yard screamer just after the interval, Mariner grabbed his second and then John Wark sealed matters in the 76th minute.

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Bobby Robson described it as an “almost faultless performance.” It certainly made European football sit up and take notice.

Town won the second leg at Portman Road 3-1, to put themselves into the semi-finals of the UEFA Cup, an important step in what ended as a triumphant campaign, with Mick Mills lifting the giant trophy after the final against AZ Alkmaar.

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