Ipswich Town’s top 100 - numbers 30 to 21, Danny Hegan to Clive Woods
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Lifelong Ipswich Town fan Terry Hunt continues his rundown of the Blues’ best 100 players, starting today with Danny Hegan at number 30.
30: Danny Hegan
Scottish born but capped by Northern Ireland, Danny Hegan was a real star of the Bill McGarry era. Signed from Sunderland during the desperate 1963-64 relegation season, Hegan established himself as the darling of the terraces at Portman Road. He played a big part in getting McGarry’s team promoted in 1968, before leaving for spells with West Brom, Wolves and Sunderland. In later years, worked as a football coach at Butlin’s in Clacton.
29: Jim Magilton
The archetypal midfield playmaker, Magilton was hugely important in the promotion-winning team of 2000. Who could forget his astonishing hat-trick in the play-off semi-final against Bolton – including a last-gasp equaliser off his shin? He went on to perform well in the Premier League as well. Always wanted the ball, and usually did something creative with it.
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28: Tom Garneys
“Give it to Garneys” was a regular chant at Portman Road in the 1950s. Before the emergence of Crawford and Phillips, Tom Garneys was the main man up front for Town, scoring at a rate of better than a goal every other game through seven successful seasons, including two promotions. After retiring from football, he ran the Mulberry Tree pub in Ipswich.
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27: Jason Dozzell
Chantry boy Dozzell remains the youngest goalscorer in English football’s top flight. He was just 16 years and 57 days old when he scored on his debut against Coventry at Portman Road. He played more than 350 times for Town, playing a crucial part in the promotion campaign of 1991-92. A move to Spurs didn’t really work out.
26: Jimmy Robertson
Scots winger Jimmy Robertson was one of Bobby Robson’s most important signings. Towards the end of the 1969-70 season, Town were really struggling to avoid relegation back to the Second Division. Who knows what would have happened if they had gone down? But signing Robertson from Arsenal, and striker Frank Clarke from QPR, were masterstrokes by Robson. Both players had a major say in keeping Town up – and the team never looked back.
25: Colin Viljoen
South African midfielder Viljoen’s Town career started impressively – he scored a hat-trick against Portsmouth on his debut. Was part of McGarry’s promotion-winning side in 1968, and his form under Robson was impressive enough for him to win two England caps in 1975. Three years later, Robson controversially dropped Roger Osborne for the game immediately before the FA Cup Final and reinstated Viljoen after injury. Viljoen hardly got the ball, Town lost 6-1, and Osborne played in the final – as we all know!
24: Eric Gates
A unique player. Was Eric Gates a striker, a midfield player, or something in between? Whatever, he was a damned good performer during the later Robson glory years! His ability to turn and shoot all in one movement brought him some spectacular goals. Surely he should have had more than two England caps?
23: Matt Holland
Captain Fantastic. The ultimate professional. One of football’s good guys. All of these – and many more – apply to Matt Holland. Hardly missed a game during his six seasons at Portman Road, led the team with distinction, and lifted the play-off trophy at Wembley in 2000.
22: Russell Osman
Osman was so good at rugby as a schoolboy that he could have decided to play that sport professionally. For Town, he formed a fantastic defensive partnership with Terry Butcher. He was the only player to appear in all 66 games of Town’s incredible 1980-81 season, when they were fighting on three fronts.
21: Clive Woods
Along with Trevor Whymark, Norfolk boy Clive Woods was stolen by Town from under the noses of Norwich City. Originally a midfield player, Woods really flourished when he was converted into a left-winger. He produced a Man of the Match performance in the FA Cup Final. As one of the bankers among the Town supporters said: “Woods Fries Rice’’ – and he certainly did!