On this day: 20 years since Bryan Gunn’s ‘air kick’ in Ipswich Town’s 2-1 win over Norwich City

Bryan Gunn, on this day, 20 years ago

Bryan Gunn, on this day, 20 years ago - Credit: Archant

Today marks the 20th anniversary of one of the East Anglian Derby’s most iconic moments.

On this day, April 14, in 1996, Ipswich beat rivals Norwich 2-1 at Portman Road, with the winning goal becoming a moment which will never be forgotten by either side.

With the score locked at 1-1 heading into the closing minutes, Robert Ullathorne routinely rolled the ball back to legendary Norwich keeper Bryan Gunn who, following a bobble on the Portman Road pitch, kicked fresh air as the ball rolled under his foot and into the net.

Gunn slumped to the floor, with the 20,000-strong Portman Road screaming with delight.

The Blues went on to win, with Jamie Cureton having previously levelled after Ian Marshall’s opener.


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Ipswich Town: Wright, Uhlenbeek, Taricco, Stockwell, Wark, Williams, Mason, Sedgley, Scowcroft, Marshall, Milton.

Subs: Vaughan, Appeleby.

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Norwich City: Gunn, Bradshaw, Ullathorne, Crook, Polston, Newman, Adams, Fleck, Akinbiyi Milligan, Eadie.

Subs: Prior, Johnson, Cureton.

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