On this day: Phil Whelan and Neil Thompson help Ipswich Town to a 2-1 win over Southend in 1992

Neil Thompson scored a famous winner at Southend

Neil Thompson scored a famous winner at Southend

Karl Fuller looks back at Ipswich Town’s 2-1 win at Southend United, on this day in 1992.

Twenty-four years ago, just about my favourite away trip occurred and it was the day I knew we were going to win the old Second Division championship.

It was my first-ever visit to Roots Hall and a packed away end was full of anticipation of a Town win having gone to the top of the league the week before after a 2-1 win at home to Derby – a position we maintained for the rest of the season by the way.

The game was quite a tense affair what with Southend still having faint hopes of reaching the play-offs.

Phil Whelan gave us the lead before Spencer Prior equalised for the Shrimpers.


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When John Wark had a rare miss from the penalty spot with his effort hitting the crossbar, I felt that it was not going to be our day.

Then in the 92nd minute, Neil Thompson ran down the left-wing and was the only player bedecked in all orange we could see within 25 yards of the Southend goal.

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Then out of nowhere, he curled an effort into the top corner to seal a win that left us going wild on the terracing behind the goal.

Shortly after, the final whistle went and in an unusual football episode, both sets of fans invaded the pitch and united firstly with chants of “Jobson out” as Southend fans vented their anger at their chairman Vic Jobson which was then met with chants of “champions” as Town fans really believed what was on its way.

Happy days indeed.

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