Ipswich Town’s top 100 - from 50 to 41, Hermann Hreidarsson to Mick Lambert
Terry Hunt continues his daily countdown of Ipswich’s greatest-ever 100 players, starting with Hermann Hreidarsson at number 50.
50: Hermann Hreidarsson
The Icelandic international defender joined Town after the team was promoted in 2000. He instantly became a huge favourite with his all-action style. The most memorable Hermann moment came when he flung himself headlong into the North Stand crowd to celebrate what he believed was his first Ipswich goal – only to find loanee Mark Burchill had actually got the final touch.
Middlesbrough legend “Mogga” was already in the twilight of his career when he joined Ipswich in 1995. But what an impact he had during his five years at Portman Road, culminating in him scoring the equalising goal at Wembley in the 2000 play-off final. Fittingly, that memorable day for all Ipswich fans marked the end of Mowbray’s illustrious playing career. Since then, he’s regularly been linked with the manager’s job at Ipswich.
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48: John Compton
Londoner Compton’s Ipswich Town career exemplifies the footballing genius of Alf Ramsey. After five undistinguished seasons at Chelsea, during which he made a mere handful of appearances, Ramsey signed Compton in 1960. Within two years, he had won both a Second Division champions’ medal and, extraordinarily, the First Division title as well.
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47: Basil Acres
Suffolk-born full-back Basil Acres was a key player in Alf Ramsey’s early Ipswich teams. In 1957, the side won promotion from Third Division South, the last time Ipswich played in English football’s third tier. Late in life, Acres spoke movingly about playing at Old Trafford in 1958 – just days before many of the Manchester United players were killed in the Munich air disaster.
46: Frank Brogan
Signed from Glagow Celtic, Brogan had a big part to play in the years between Ramsey and Robson. He was a potent goal threat, and deadly from the penalty spot. He scored 17 league goals in the promotion season of 1967-68, but faded from the first team the following season. Younger brother of Scottish international full-back Jim Brogan.
45: Andy Nelson
A Londoner, Nelson joined Ipswich in 1959 after failing to make the breakthrough at West Ham. The rest, as they say, is history. He captained Ipswich to the Second Division Championship in 1961, and the following season the unfancied “country cousins” stunned the footballing world by becoming league champions.
44: David Johnson
Young Liverpudlian striker Johnson was a surprise signing by Bobby Robson, arriving in a deal which saw Rod Belfitt go to Everton. Johnson instantly formed a brilliant goalscoring partnership with Trevor Whymark, which helped to establish Robson’s first great Ipswich team as a force to be reckoned with. Just don’t be surprised to see him wince if you mention a certain “tackle’’ by a Lazio defender.
43: Chris Kiwomya
Yorkshire-born Kiwomya was a key player in John Lyall’s team which won promotion from the Second Division in 1992, joining the Premiership in its first season. He carried on scoring goals in the top-flight, working particularly well with his good buddy Jason Dozzell. Later worked at Town’s academy.
42: Roy Stephenson
Roy “Rocky’’ Stephenson’s career appeared to be going nowhere until, at the age of 28, he joined Alf Ramsey’s up-and-coming Ipswich. Right-winger Stephenson was a key part of Ramsey’s masterplan which was to befuddle opposition teams and, in 1966, the whole world of football.
41: Mick Lambert
Multi-talented sportsman Lambert could have chosen either football or cricket as a profession. Luckily for Town, he chose the former and enjoyed a long and successful career at Portman Road, vying for the left-wing spot with Clive Woods. Lambert famously came on as substitute in the 1978 FA Cup Final, replacing goalscoring hero Roger Osborne.