Putney’s Goal Beats Iraqis
A goal from Trevor Putney on the hour gave
Ipswich Town victory against the Iraq
National XI in Baghdad yesterday.
It was not easy going for Town who had a
bad journey out to the Middle East on
The flight took 15 hours after the Town
party had first been delayed at Heathrow and
then again in Paris where the plane stopped
for refuelling and a further delay.
Bobby Ferguson had decided to take the
opportunity to escape the winter weather once
the Leicester City match was called off last
Saturday to keep his first team squad in trim.
There was some doubt in Iraq as to whether
Ipswich were going to make the trip and as a
result the match was not advertised. Only a
crowd in the region of 3,000 turned up.
Ferguson said: “Our first half performance
was very poor because the players were tired
after the long journey.
“In the second-half we improved and played
some good football. Butcher and Cranson
were very good at the back while Dozzell also
showed up well.”
Town’s goal resulted from a very good
move. Dozzell started it with a telling pass to
McCall who crossed to the far post where
D’Avray headed down leaving Putney to
score from close range.
Town might have added a second goal 15
minutes from the end when Brennan was right
through with just the goalkeeper to beat, but
was brought crashing down by an Iraq
Brennan was forced to go off with a badly
bruised calf, but the injury is not serious and
he is expected to play again tomorrow when
Town play their second and final match
against the Iraq National XI.
Ferguson said he was impressed with the
Iraq team who later this month start their
matches in the prestigious Gulf Cup which
involves most teams in the Middle East.
Town return to this country on Wednesday
in time to prepare for Saturday’s First
Division match against Nottingham Forest at
It will be Town’s first League match since
they beat Liverpool on February 1.
Newspaper article 3rd March 1986 by Neil Manning