Middlesbrough v Ipswich Town nostalgia: Keane’s men open season with impressive Riverside win

Tamas Priskin celebrating after scoring Ipswich's second goal. Picture: MARTYN HARRISON

Tamas Priskin celebrating after scoring Ipswich's second goal. Picture: MARTYN HARRISON - Credit: BLADES SPORTS PHOTOGRAPHY

In this week’s nostalgia, we travel back to the opening day of the 2010/11 campaign when the Blues secured an impressive victory at Middlesbrough

The Ipswich players celebrate their win at Middlesbrough at full-time. Picture: PA

The Ipswich players celebrate their win at Middlesbrough at full-time. Picture: PA - Credit: PA

It all started so well for Ipswich Town in the 2010/11 season, as Roy Keane’s side got up and running with a 3-1 opening-day victory at promotion favourites Middlesbrough.

Middlesbrough manager Gordon Strachan (left) and Ipswich manager Roy Keane. Picture: Owen Humphreys/

Middlesbrough manager Gordon Strachan (left) and Ipswich manager Roy Keane. Picture: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire. - Credit: PA

The former Manchester United captain was entering his second full season as the Blues’ manager and started with a win, as goals from Tommy Smith, Tamas Priskin and Jon Stead secured the win.

Grant Leadbitter looks to bring the ball under control : Picture: MARTYN HARRISON

Grant Leadbitter looks to bring the ball under control : Picture: MARTYN HARRISON - Credit: BLADES SPORTS PHOTOGRAPHY

They had to do things the hard way at the Riverside, after Scott McDonald’s opener, but Smith levelled the scores before Priskin headed home a Carlos Edwards cross just a minute later.

Reggie Lambe on a rare Ipswich Town appearance. Picture : MARTYN HARRISON

Reggie Lambe on a rare Ipswich Town appearance. Picture : MARTYN HARRISON - Credit: BLADES SPORTS PHOTOGRAPHY

Stead completed the victory to seal the points with what was his final Ipswich goal before he was sold to Bristol City, while Jon Walters’ played his final game before his switch to Stoke.

Tamas Priskin celebrating after scoring Ipswich's second goal. Picture: MARTYN HARRISON

Tamas Priskin celebrating after scoring Ipswich's second goal. Picture: MARTYN HARRISON - Credit: BLADES SPORTS PHOTOGRAPHY


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The early-season promise was not realised as inconsistency cost Keane his job in January, leaving Paul Jewell to guide the Blues to a 13th-place finish.

Jon Walters and Nicky Bailey battle for the ball on the Ipswich player's final appearance for the cl

Jon Walters and Nicky Bailey battle for the ball on the Ipswich player's final appearance for the club. Picture : MARTYN HARRISON - Credit: BLADES SPORTS PHOTOGRAPHY

Middlesbrough: Coyne, Hoyte (Kink 60), Bates, Wheater, McManus, Thomson, Bailey, Flood (Arca 11), Robson, McDonald, Boyd

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Subs not used: Steele. Grounds, Lita, Miller, Williams

Ipswich: Fulop, Peters, McAuley, Smith, Kennedy (Ainsley 89); Edwards (Lambe 64), Hyam, Norris, Leadbitter; Priskin (Stead 74), Walters

Subs not used: Murphy, Brown, Healy, Hourihane

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