Video/Have your say: What is the greatest Ipswich Town goal ever scored?
CONNOR Wickham’s wonder goal to clinch Town’s 3-0 victory over Sheffield United last Saturday has started fans asking: What was the greatest-ever Ipswich goal?
Everyone will have their own favourite – and we want your views. We’re looking for quality here, not significance, so you might feel that Roger Osborne’s legendary FA Cup Final winner is ruled out.
How about Jim Magilton’s mazy run and finish in the play-off semi against Bolton – one of his hat-trick?
Or Martijn Reuser’s “icing on the cake’’ goal against Barnsley a few weeks later at Wembley?
How about going back a bit further and singling out one of the goals in the 7-0 win against WBA in 1977?
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Or one of John Wark’s stunners from Town’s glory years? Or, for those with even longer memories, a strike from Ray Crawford, or Ted Phillips from the early 1960s?
Or you might have a less famous goal which you think was Town’s best-ever? Whatever your favourite, let us know!
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TERRY Hunt, a Town fan since 1968, recalls the best goal he has ever seen Town score.
It was January 1981, and Town were going for the treble – league title, FA Cup and UEFA Cup.
The visitors to Portman Road in the third round of the FA Cup were, ironically enough, Aston Villa, who would eventually break our hearts by “stealing’’ the first Division Championship from beneath our noses.
It was a tight affair, decided by the best team goal I have ever seen Ipswich Town score. I’m relying on my 30-year-old memories here, but as I recall it went like this.
Twinkle-toed Frans Thijssen pirouetted, leaving Des Bremner on his backside, before passing to Dutch colleague Arnold Muhren in the attacking inside-left channel.
Muhren launched a 40-yard diagonal ball from left to right, picking out George Burley on the edge of the penalty in the inside-right position.
Burley headed the ball to Alan Brazil, who was lurking at the near post, close to the by-line. Brazil instantly brought the ball under control (was there the merest hint of hand-ball?) before turning, pulling the ball back to the onrushing Paul Mariner, who slotted it in at the near post.
What a goal! It won the game, and Town went on to reach the semi-final.
Sadly, and cruelly, the defeat at Ipswich actually helped Villa. It allowed them to concentrate on the league, whereas Town were still fighting on three fronts, and a combination of fixture congestion and injuries finally told, leaving them picking up “only’’ the UEFA Cup.
Virtually injury-free, Villa won the league, despite losing to Ipswich three times in the season – twice in Division One and once in the cup. Still, we had memories of our magic goal to console us.