On this day in Ipswich Town’s history: Famous UEFA Cup winning campaign begins with a big bang
PUBLISHED: 11:04 17 September 2020
In this regular feature, we take a look at what happened on this day in Ipswich Town’s history, selecting one particular year, this time from 40 years ago and the start of Town’s famous UEFA Cup winning campaign, against Aris Salonika.
Over the next few weeks and months, we will be tracing Ipswich Town’s terrific UEFA Cup run, which culminated in skipper Mick Mills lifting the trophy after beating AZ ‘67 (AZ Alkmaar) in the two-legged final the following May.
But how did it all start?
Well, it started 40 years ago, to the day, when John Wark scored not once, not twice, not thrice but four times in a 5-1 thumping of Greek opposition Aris Salonika, in front of a Portman Road crowd of 20,842, in a one-sided first leg.
It was a feisty occasion, which suited Bobby Robson’s Ipswich down to the ground.
That resulted in the visitors’ Giorgos Foiros sent off for a second bookable offence, before the end of the first half, which gave Town a big advantage.
Greek indiscipline saw Town win three penalties on the night, all of them successfully converted by John Wark.
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An on-song Wark also scored a goal from open play in the first half, to make it four in total for him and five for Town.
It was 3-0 inside the first half-hour, Wark helping himself to a hat-trick with two penalties (12 and 29) sandwiching a goal on 15 minutes.
Paul Mariner scored on the hour mark before Wark swept home his third spot kick of the night on 81 minutes.
Aris also scored a penalty on a night of high drama, Theodoros Pallas on target with what proved to be only a consolation goal.
A fortnight later, Town lost 3-1 in Greece in the return leg, but eased through to the next round 6-4 on aggregate to set up a meeting with Bohemians of Prague.
Remarkably Wark, who top scored with 18 league goals in the top flight, scored 36 goals in all competitions that season.
TOWN: Cooper, Burley, Osman, Butcher, Mills, Wark, Thijssen, Muhren (sub Beattie, 75), Brazil (sub O’Callaghan, 75), Mariner, Gates,
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