Ipswich Town’s top 100 players: Numbers 90-81 - Ian Marshall to Laurie Sivell

Who are the best players to ever grace Portman Road?

Who are the best players to ever grace Portman Road? - Credit: Mark Bullimore

In the second of a new daily series, lifetime Ipswich fan TERRY HUNT continues his countdown of Town’s top 100 players of all time, starting with permed predator Ian Marshall.

EADT editor Terry Hunt has picked out his top 100 Ipswich Town players

EADT editor Terry Hunt has picked out his top 100 Ipswich Town players - Credit: Sarah Lucy brown

90: Ian Marshall

90- Ian Marshall

90- Ian Marshall

With his trademark mullet and unconventional style, “Marshy” quickly established himself as something of a cult figure at Portman Road. Scored some good goals, too.

89: Kevin Wilson

89- Kevin Wilson celebrates one of his three goals against Blackburn Rovers in 1987

89- Kevin Wilson celebrates one of his three goals against Blackburn Rovers in 1987

The diminutive striker inevitably nicknamed “Jockey” played for Town at a difficult time - just as Robson’s great team was breaking up. Nonetheless, he proved to be a prolific goalscorer.


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88: Gareth McAuley

88- Gareth McAuley is still going strong in the Premier League

88- Gareth McAuley is still going strong in the Premier League - Credit: Archant

Irish defender McAuley was a consistent performer and important leader for Ipswich with a happy knack of scoring important set-piece goals. He’s still going strong in the Premier League with West Brom – testimony to his fitness and quality.

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87: Tyrone Mings

87 - Tyrone Mings went from non-league to Premier League

87 - Tyrone Mings went from non-league to Premier League - Credit: Sarah Lucy brown

Ipswich bought Mings from non-league Chippenham for £10,000 in 2013, and sold him to Bournemouth two years later for £8 million. Not bad business!

86: John O’Rourke

The bubbly is flowing as Town celebrate winning the Second Division championship in 1968. From left,

The bubbly is flowing as Town celebrate winning the Second Division championship in 1968. From left, Bill Baxter, Ken Hancock, Billy Houghton, John O'Rourke, trainer Sammy Chung, manager Bill McGarry, Danny Hegan, Tommy Carroll, Ray Crawford, and Frank Brogan.

Striker O’Rourke was signed by Bill McGarry in the final push for promotion back to the First Division in 1968. He is pictured above flanked by club chairman John Cobbold (right) and Wally Gray, the club secretary O’Rourke did the trick, scoring 31 times in 72 games for Town overall. Sadly died in 2016, aged 71.

85: Shefki Kuqi

The famous Shefki Kuqi swan-dive!

The famous Shefki Kuqi swan-dive! - Credit: Archant

How we loved the flying Finn! OK, he wasn’t the greatest footballer, but, as Joe Royle said, he would “chase a paper bag blowing across the pitch.” His commitment was phenomenal - and that swallow-drive goal celebration will live long in the memory!

84: Danny Haynes

Danny Haynes was the Canary Crusher!

Danny Haynes was the Canary Crusher! - Credit: Archant

The “Canary Crusher” is included in this illustrious line-up for one reason - his phenomenal habit of scoring against Norwich!

83: Connor Wickham

Connor Wickham

Connor Wickham - Credit: Archant

At 16 years and 11 days, Wickham became Town’s youngest player when he made his debut in 2009.He was still only 18 when Sunderland paid £8 million for him. Will he fulfil that early promise?

82: Simon Milton

Simon Milton was signed from Bury Town

Simon Milton was signed from Bury Town

Famously signed from non-league Bury Town, midfield player Milton did a good job for Town for several seasons.

81: Laurie Sivell

Laurie Sivell

Laurie Sivell

Diminutive, but extraordinarily brave, Sivell was a Lowestoft boy who pulled off some incredible saves, and also suffered some horrible injuries, most famously when diving at the feet of Aston Villa’s Andy Gray.

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