Town edge closer to unwanted record

WHILE painful, Ipswich Town's current run of five games without a goal is still some way short of an unhappy record.According to exhaustive research by the EADT's statto team, that particular low point is in the proud possession of the hapless squad of 1994-1995, who triumphantly managed an amazing seven matches without once troubling the scorer (see below).

WHILE painful, Ipswich Town's current run of five games without a goal is still some way short of an unhappy record.

According to exhaustive research by the EADT's statto team, that particular low point is in the proud possession of the hapless squad of 1994-1995, who triumphantly managed an amazing seven matches without once troubling the scorer (see below).

That dreadful relegation season also saw Town pick up a host of other booby prizes, of course, including the record Premier League defeat, 9-0 at Manchester United.

The goalless sequence began on February 28, with a 2-0 defeat at Newcastle, and Town fans did not have cause to celebrate again until April 15, when “Sicknote'' Ian Marshall scrambled a late consolation goal in a 4-1 defeat at Arsenal. According to Rob Hadgraft's book The Modern Era, “Town's travelling fans cheer wildly when their side wins a corner!''


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Who were the guilty men spearheading the worst attack in Town's history? Surprisingly, Marshall and Alex Mathie - both remembered affectionately by Town fans - were two of the misfiring front men. The other two names will not come as a surprise: Adrian Paz and Lee Chapman. Need we say more?

Apart from the grisly afternoon at Old Trafford, other low points came with the 3-0 defeat at Carrow Road, during which ageing John Wark was red-carded, and Chris Swailes' horror debut against Aston Villa, when he scored a last minute own goal. Ah, happy memories . . .

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For the record, the grisly run went like this (turn away now if you have any medical condition):

February 28 1995: Ipswich Town 0 Newcastle Utd 2.

March 4 1995: Manchester Utd 9 Ipswich Town 0.

March 8 1995: Tottenham Hotspur 3 Ipswich Town 0.

March 20 1995: Norwich City 3 Ipswich Town 0.

April 1 1995: Ipswich Town 0 Aston Villa 1.

April 5 1995: Leeds Utd 4 Ipswich Town 0.

April 11 1995: Ipswich Town 0 QPR 1.

If you can find a longer goalless run during Town's lengthy history, then you must have a lot of time on your hands! Let us know.

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