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Tuesday, October 28

Ipswich Town 1 Charlton Athletic 1

Match statistics from tonight's 1-1 Championship draw with Charlton Athletic at Portman Road can be found here.

Monday, October 27

Steve McCall

Defender 1978-84

McCall made his senior debut in the UEFA Cup tie against Skeid in the modest surroundings of the Ullevaal Stadium, Oslo in 1979, but just a year later became a key member of the (almost) all-conquering 1980-81 team, picking up a UEFA Cup winners medal at the Olympic Stadium in Amsterdam after Town's 5-4 aggregate victory over AZ '67 Alkmaar. In November of that year he started an impressive run of one-hundred and seventy-five consecutive first-team appearances, a sequence that ended in the 77th minute of an FA Cup 6th Round tie at Everton's Goodison Park in March 1985, when he was red-carded by referee Robinson for a foul on Trevor Steven.

McCall left for Sheffield Wednesday in 1987, a five-year stay plagued by injury, later playing for his home town club Carlisle United (on loan), Plymouth Argyle (twice) and Torquay United. He rejoined Town in 2001 as a scout (under George Burley) and became reserve team coach (under Joe Royle). Under current Blue's boss Jim Magilton he holds the position of Chief Scout. More

Ipswich Town v Charlton Athletic

A preview of Tuesday night's Coca-Cola Championship fixture between Ipswich Town and Charlton Athletic at Portman Road can be found here.

Saturday, October 25

Plymouth Argyle 1 Ipswich Town 3

Match statistics from today's 3-1 Championship victory over Plymouth Argyle at Home Park can be found here.

Plymouth Argyle v Ipswich Town

A preview of today's Championship clash between Plymouth Argyle and Ipswich Town at Home Park can be found here.

Tuesday, October 21

Nottingham Forest 1 Ipswich Town 1

Match statistics from this evenings 1-1 draw with Nottingham Forest at the City Ground can be found here.

Saturday, October 18

For the football fan who has everything (else)

At the back end of my school years Subbuteo was all-the-rage and in the various leagues created by and competed in against school chums, and my younger brother, I was always Glasgow Celtic - my second team at the time. I'm not quite sure exactly how this allegiance came about to be honest, perhaps it was due to memories from a few years earlier of black and white TV footage of the Lions of Vienna clinching Britain's first European Cup, or perhaps I just liked the green and white hoped shirts (Subbuteo catalogue number #025).

Like the 1967 real life players, my side were all conquering and after each game were carefully stored away in their original box on which was inscribed the names of the Celtic side that triumphed in the final against the Nerazzurri. I had carefully cut out and glued the numbers onto the back of each player as well and can remember that my favourite was number 7 Jimmy Johnstone (the real Jimmy sadly passed away in 2006) who would often cut in from the wing to score himself or lay-up a perfect assist for a team mate (all within the regulation three flicks of course).

Teenage Flicks: Memories of the sub-beautiful game is a highly readable collection of reminiscences by fellow Subbuteo fans - from some of Britain's top pro's, pundits, enthusiasts, comics and gossips - all mixed in with some pretty impressive images of the game itself. Compiled by Paul Willetts (and due out early next month) the book can be ordered here.

Ipswich Town 2 Swansea City 2

Match statistics from this afternnons 2-2 draw with Swansea City at Portman Road can be found here.

Forrest & Yallop

Craig Forrest (Goalkeeper) 1985-97 & Frank Yallop (Defender) 1982-96

Voted Supporters Player of the Year 1995, the 6' 4" Canadian 'keeper, who had paid his own way over to England for trials, ended up making over three hundred appearances for Town, winning a Second Division Championship medal in 1992. Forrest, who was the Canuck's first choice glovesman for many years, won 42 caps during his twelve-years at Portman Road, 57 in all. Born in Vancouver he starred in Canada's World Cup Qualifying campaign for USA '94, in which his side narrowly missed out on a play-off decider with Argentina for a place in the finals.

Forrest had the dubious distinction of playing for the Blue's in the 9-0 thumping at Old Trafford in 1995 as did fellow Canadian International and defender Frank Yallop. Watford born Yallop, made his debut as a nineteen year old in a league game at Goodison Park against Everton and went on to play almost four hundred times for Town, and was voted Supporters Player of the Year in 1988. He moved to the USA in 1996 where he first played for the Tampa Bay Mutiny before starting a highly successful coaching career. He was voted top North American coach in 2001 after guiding the San Jose Earthquakes to the MLS title. A further title followed in 2003 before he took up the position of head coach of the Canadian national side, a position he held for two-years. More

Friday, October 17

Ipswich Town v Swansea City

A preview of Saturday's Coca-Cola Championship fixture between Ipswich Town and Swansea City at Portman Road can be found here.

Wednesday, October 8


Laurie Sivell (Goalkeeper) 1969-84 & Paul Cooper (Goalkeeper) 1974-87

Paul Cooper tended goal for Town during, arguably, the finest period in the Club's history, winning FA Cup and UEFA Cup Winners' medals in 1978 and 1981, and almost a couple of League Championship medals. Signed from Birmingham City following his exploits for the second city side in an FA Cup Semi-Final against Leeds, Cooper was famed for his penalty saving, and in his fourteen years at Portman Road he saved 19 out of the 49 spot-kicks that he faced.

He had to wait a while though before making the number one spot his own as his arrival in Suffolk coincided with Laurie Sivell's best period of form for Town during the Lowestoft man's fifteen years at Ipswich. One of shortest 'keepers to play top-flight football, Sivell missed just two league games in Town's epic 74-75 season in which they missed out on the title by just two points. He also featured in all nine FA Cup ties that the Blue's played that season, including four games against Don Revie's Leeds United and the two heartbreaking semi-final games against West Ham. More

Saturday, October 4

Charlton Athletic 2 Ipswich Town 1

Match statistics from this afternoons 2-1 loss to Charlton Athletic in the Championship can be found here.

Friday, October 3

Charlton Athletic v Ipswich Town

A preview of Saturday afternoons Championship clash between Charlton Athletic and Ipswich at The Valley can be found here.


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