Ipswich Town’s international history in numbers

Former England manager Sir Bobby Robson arrives at Cagliari Airport in Italy with his team for the 1

Former England manager Sir Bobby Robson arrives at Cagliari Airport in Italy with his team for the 1990 World Cup. - Credit: PA

Take a look at our numerical guide to Ipswich Town’s history in international football.

Christophe Berra is the most capped player in the current Ipswich squad

Christophe Berra is the most capped player in the current Ipswich squad - Credit: Picture: Steve Waller

10 - The number of full internationals in the current Ipswich Town squad. They are Jonny Parr, Jonas Knudsen, Tommy Smith, Christophe Berra, Daryl Murphy, David McGoldrick, Tommy Oar, Kevin Bru, Jonathan Douglas and Larsen Toure.

129 - The total number of senior caps won by those players. Christophe Berra leads the way with 30.

1954 - The year in which an Ipswich Town player was capped for the first time, as Billy Reed played for Wales against Yugoslavia.

3 - A joint record held by three players, as Terry Butcher, Mick Mills and Paul Mariner become the first players to represent England at a World Cup finals, against France in Bilbao in 1982.

Allan Hunter Kevin Beattie and Robin Turner.

Allan Hunter Kevin Beattie and Robin Turner. - Credit: Archant


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1961 - Ipswich’s first player capped by England is Ray Crawford as he plays for the Three Lions against Northern Ireland.

9 - Terry Butcher holds the record as Ipswich’s most capped player at World Cup finals, with nine between 1982 and 1986. Nine is also the number of caps Kevin Beattie earned before injury brought his career to a halt. Si Bobby Robson described him as the best England player he had ever seen.

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87,500 - The cost per cap of Amir Karic during his time with Ipswich Town. The Slovenian was signed for £700,000 in September 2000 and played just three times for the Blues before being released the following October, During that time he won eight caps for his country.

6 - The number of African Cup of Nations appearances made by Finidi George in 2002, as he helped Nigeria lift the title, It proved to be the end of international career as he called time on 62 caps.

Amir Karic played more for his country than he did for Ipswich, during his time at Portman Road.

Amir Karic played more for his country than he did for Ipswich, during his time at Portman Road.

47 - Allan Hunter is the player to have won the most international caps while with the Blues, having picked up 47 for Northern Ireland in just over 10 years at Portman Road.

270 - The number of minutes current Ipswich player Tommy Smith played at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, where his side picked up three draws before exciting the tournament at the end of the group stage.

5 - A quintet of nations were connected to former Blue David Johnson over the years, although he only played senior international football for Jamaica. Johnson played for England schoolboys, under 21s and B teams, before making his Jamaica debut in 1999. That same year he rejected a call-up from Northern Ireland, joined up with Wales before his chances were ruined by an ankle injury and was also approached by Scotland. He turned out not to be eligible for anyone other than England and Jamaica.

2 - The number of managers Ipswich Town have directly supplied to England, with Bobby Robson following in the footsteps of Alf Ramsey. Both were knighted.

High fives for Kieron Dyer and David Johnson

High fives for Kieron Dyer and David Johnson - Credit: Archant

33 - The total number of England caps won by homegrown Ipswich player Kieron Dyer, although none were won during his time with the Blues.

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