A Real Madrid legend, an LA Galaxy star and one current Town favourite - the last Ipswich side to beat Norwich
PUBLISHED: 13:40 16 February 2018
Ipswich Town have not beaten rivals Norwich since a 3-2 victory in 2009, in what proved to be Jim Magilton’s final game in charge. Andy Warren looks at the side who turned out for the Blues that day.
The academy product was in his second of three spells with Ipswich Town when the Blues last secured success over their local rivals, but would play just 18 more professional games following the success in April 2009.
After leaving the Blues, he briefly played for Sheffield United before returning to Portman Road for one game in 2011. After that he headed to Preston but quickly became Manchester City’s third choice goalkeeper, where he didn’t make a single appearance but was said to be a vital member of the first team squad as he backed up Joe Hart. He retired in 2016 with his son, Harry, now part of the Ipswich youth set-up.
Has played for seven clubs since leaving Portman Road in 2010 and, after starting the season with Bury, is now playing in League One with Wigan Athletic.
Now aged 33, he’s played nine times for the Latics this season having suffered with a back problem.
The Real Madrid legend played for the Blues for just one season, in a deal which felt surreal throughout his stay at Portman Road.
The barrel-chested Spaniard, who won two Champions Leagues with the Spanish giants, was released once Roy Keane took over at Portman Road and subsequently joined Cypriot side AEK Larnaca before retiring in 2010.
The former Tottenham and Wimbledon man was never really a hit at Portman Road, after being signed by Magilton in 2008.
The victory over Norwich ended up being his final game for the Blues, as he was immediately sidelined by Keane before his contract was terminated in 2010 after he refused to relocate close to Town’s training ground. Portman Road was the final stop of his career.
“He comes into training when he fancies it, every now and again when the traffic’s not too bad,’ Keane said. “He’s certainly not in my plans.”
The Dutchman, signed from Heerenveen, made 33 appearances during his time at Portman Road but saw little action once Keane was appointed.
He was loaned to Brentford and AFC Wimbledon, before joining the Dons permanently, and then moved home with VVV Venlo in 2013. He then joined German club Elversberg before joining amateur Dutch side De Treffers in 2016.
The signing of Norris was one of the first big deals completed under the ownership of Marcus Evans, with the former Plymouth midfielder eventually appointed captain in 2010.
He departed for Portsmouth in 2011 after turning down a new deal at Town, before representing Leeds, Peterborough, Yeovil and Blackpool in the final years of his professional career.
He represented Salford City, owned by Manchester United’s Class of ’92, in 2017 while also turning out for non-leaguers Shaw Lane in this season’s FA Cup.
The Irishman scored the Blues’ opening goal to pull his side level in the club’s last derby victory, following David Mooney’s opener.
Ipswich was also the last stop of his career, as he was told by Keane he would not play again before departing in 2011. He latterly played non-league football for Handsworth Parramore, in Sheffield.
The Macedonian international developed a reputation as something of a cult hero following his time in Ipswich.
Despite showing his ability in the middle of midfield, most notably early in his Blues career, he spent just 18 months at Portman Road before being sold to Preston in the summer of 2009. He played just six minutes of football under Keane.
Since then, he has played in Russia and China before moving to the Czech Republic to play for FC Slovacko in the top division there at the age of 36.
Giovani dos Santos
The Tottenham loanee’s star shone briefly but bright at Portman Road, as he scored four goals in just eight games for the club. His efforts have regularly seen him discussed as the club’s most impressive loanee.
He never made the grade at Spurs but went on to have spells at Galatasaray, Racing Santander, Mallorca, Villarreal and is now playing for LA Galaxy in the MLS.
He appeared at the 2014 World Cup for Mexico.
The striker was another player not required under Keane, as he was first loaned back to Colchester before a temporary spell at Millwall.
He left Ipswich permanently in 2011 and finished his professional career at Leyton Orient, Stevenage and Barnet in 2017.
At 39, he has played for Cray Valley Paper Mills in the Southern Counties East Football League this season.
The Spaniard was perhaps the most high-profile player to fall out of favour with Keane during his time at the club, with the former Town boss taking a swipe at the Spaniard in his autobiography before the striker responded with comments of his own.
After leaving Portman Road he played in Vietnam and Hong Kong before being reunited with Shefki Kuqi in Finland.
He is still playing in Spain, with CD Choco in the regionalised fourth division, at the age of 38.
The Pole was just a youngster during his sometimes-forgotten loan spell at Portman Road in 2009 and was an unused substitute for this victory over the Canaries.
He returned to Suffolk from Notts County in 2014 and has gone on to become a two-time supporters’ player of the year and has cemented his place as one of the Championship’s best goalkeepers.
Recently signed a new deal to keep him at the club until 2020.
The Blues reportedly beat the likes of Liverpool and Manchester United to the signing of the young Canadian, who played 114 games without fulfilling his potential.
After moving back to a full-back position, his time in England ended with loan spells at Yeovil, Gillingham and Bournemouth.
He missed out on a deal at Vancouver Whitecaps after returning to Canada in 2013 and is no longer involved in the professional game.
The striker scored what proved to be the winner in the last Blues victory over Norwich, but was another who never made the grade under Keane. His loan was made permanent during Keane’s first summer, but he made just 15 starts as a full-time Ipswich player before being loaned to Coventry.
He was sold to Bristol City in 2010, was part of Bradford’s famous cup runs in 2014 and is now at Notts County aged 34.
The Canary Crusher was the man for the big occasion against the Canaries, playing a starring role in a number of victories under the old enemy, but was another given little chance by Keane.
He moved to Bristol City before slipping down the football pyramid to Charlton, Cheltenham, Crewe and Ebbsfleet before moving into non-league with Boreham Wood, and Cray Wanderers.
The homegrown Irishman was sold to Crystal Palace after one season of Keane’s management, but suffered injury problems at Selhurst Park before loan moves to Milwall and Bolton and a permanent switch to Colchester.
At the age of 30, he is back in Ireland playing for St Pats Athletic, with the new Irish season due to begin soon.
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