Ipswich Town’s top 100 players: Numbers 90-81 - Ian Marshall to Laurie Sivell
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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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
The “Canary Crusher” is included in this illustrious line-up for one reason - his phenomenal habit of scoring against Norwich!
83: Connor Wickham
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
Famously signed from non-league Bury Town, midfield player Milton did a good job for Town for several seasons.
81: 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.