WARK GETS THE BALL ROLLING
The pattern of what developed into quite an ugly clash was set as early as the first 20 seconds when Eric Gates was hacked down by Balis. And it was an action packed a first half as Portman Road saw all season.
Three goals, a sending off and five bookings livened up the first 45 minutes and referee Antonio Garrido of Portugal was by far the busiest person on the field of play.
It took just 13 minutes for Town to forge ahead. Gates was chopped down in the box by Balis and Wark was his usual accurate self from the spot. Two minutes later the same player added a second after the Aris 'keeper had failed to hold a cross from Mills.
Town defender Terry Butcher was shown the yellow card after kicking the ball away and then, in the 29th minute, Wark completed his hattrick with a second penalty. This time Gates was fouled by Venos whose team mate Firos was booked for protesting.
There was still plenty of drama to come. First of all Firos took the long, lonely walk to the dressing rooms after a clumsy challenge on Gates. It happened right under the watchful eye of referee Garrido who had no hesitation in producing the red card.
Two more players were cautioned before the break, Paul Mariner for booting the ball away following a skirmish with a couple of Greek defenders and then Semertzidis who made no attempt to play the ball and seemed only interested in kicking Frans Thijssen.
The crowd hardly had time to recover their breath when Aris grabbed a goal within three minutes of the restart. Again it was a penalty, awarded for an alleged foul by Butcher on Zindros, and Paul Cooper had no chance of saving the kick by Pallas.
Mokalis was booked just before Town scored the best goal of the night. Osman's forward pass to Gates was the launching pad. The little striker who had caused Aris all sorts of problems pushed the ball into the path of George Burley, overlapping at full speed. When the full backs cross reached the danger area, there was Paul Mariner to complete the move with a brilliant finish.
Seventeen minutes from the end Town made a double substitution, Arnold Muhren and Alan Brazil making way for Kevin Beattie and Kevin O'Callaghan who both took up forward positions.
Five minutes later Wark was on the spot again after a fine O'Callaghan run had put Gates through. Just as he was about to control the ball , however, his legs were taken away from under him by Semertzidis.
Referee Garrido had the last word when he booked goalkeeper Pantziaras to signal the end of an incident packed evening. Town were worthy 5-1 winners while the Greeks went off with the jeers of the Portman Road crowd ringing in their ears.
Town: Paul Cooper, George Burley, Mick Mills (Captain), Frans Thijssen, Russell Osman, Terry Butcher, John Wark, Arnold Muhren (Kevin Beattie), Paul Mariner, Alan Brazil (Kevin O'Callaghan), Eric Gates
Aris Salonika: Pantziaras, Mokalis, Pallas, Veenos, Firos, Kouis, Kindros, Balis, Tsirimokos (Drambis), Semertzidis and Zelidis
Extract from Champions in Europe