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A Potted Club History - The Seventies

Results and tables for the following seasons can be found in our all-time results section.

The Decades Winners

World Cup Winners: 1970 Brazil, 1974 West Germany, 1978 Argentina

European Championships: 1972 West Germany, 1976 Czechoslovakia

League Champions: 1979 Liverpool, 1978 Nottingham Forest, 1977 Liverpool, 1976 Liverpool, 1975 Derby County, 1974 Leeds United, 1973 Liverpool, 1972 Derby County, 1971 Arsenal, 1970 Everton

FA Cup Winners: 1979 Arsenal, 1978 Ipswich Town, 1977 Manchester United, 1976 Southampton, 1975 West Ham United, 1974 Liverpool, 1973 Sunderland, 1972 Leeds United, 1971 Arsenal, 1970 Chelsea

European Cup Winners: 1979 Nottingham Forest, 1978 Liverpool, 1977 Liverpool, 1976 Bayern Munich, 1975 Bayern Munich, 1974 Bayern Munich, 1973 Ajax, 1972 Ajax, 1971 Ajax, 1970 Feyenoord

UEFA Cup Winners: 1979 Borussia Moenchengladbach, 1978 PSV Eindhoven, 1977 Juventus, 1976 Liverpool, 1975 Borussia Moenchengladbach, 1974 Feyenoord, 1973 Liverpool, 1972 Tottenham Hotspurs, 1971 Leeds United, 1970 Arsenal

Cup Winner's Cup: 1979 Barcelona, 1978 Anderlecht, 1977 SV Hamburg, 1976 Anderlecht, 1975 Dynamo Kiev, 1974 Magdeburg, 1973 AC Milan, 1972 Rangers, 1971 Chelsea, 1970 Manchester City

Pictured above: 1978 FA Cup Winners

Season 1970-71

Bill Baxter (pictured) played his final game for Town in the FA Cup game at Westbrom (he made 459 appearances in total). Leading scorer Colin Viljoen with 12 league and cup goals. Alan Hudson scores "the goal that never was" for Chelsea against Town at Stamford Bridge. Notable results include a 4-0 home victory over Manchester United and a 0-0 draw at second placed Leeds United.


Season 1971-72

Construction of new Portman Stand completed in time for opening home game of season. Allan Hunter is signed from Blackburn and Bryan Hamilton from Linfield. Leading goal scorer Mick Hill (pictured) with 8 league and cup goals.


Season 1972-73

Texaco Cup Winners defeating Norwich in the final 4-2 over two legs. FA Youth Cup Winners. Kevin Beattie (pictured), in his debut season, becomes the first recipient of the ITFC 'Player of Year Award'. Leading scorer Trevor Whymark with 16 league and cup goals. Home attendance record is broken in consecutive home games. 31,918 watching the 4-1 defeat of Manchester United and 34,636 the 2-1 loss to Arsenal. Final league position of 4th secures UEFA cup qualification.


Season 1973-74

Real Madrid and Lazio dismissed en-route to the UEFA Cup Quarter Finals. Another 4th place finish scoring more goals than anyone else in the division but also conceding ten more goals than relegated Manchester United. Kevin Beattie is ITFC 'Player of the Year' for the second successive season and also wins the PFA 'Young Player of the Year' award. Leading scorer Bryan Hamilton (pictured) with 19 league and cup goals. Roger Osbourne, Eric Gates, Brian Talbot and George Burley, all youth team products, debut during the season. Paul Cooper, signed from Birmingham City, also debuts.


Season 1974-75

Despite leading the division on a number of occasions Town miss out on the Championship by just two points. FA Cup Semi-Finalists. FA Youth Cup Winners for the second time in three seasons. Record attendance set at Portman Road for the FA Cup visit of Leeds United (38,010). ITFC 'Player of the Year' Colin Viljoen (pictured). Leading scorer Bryan Hamilton with 17 league and cup goals.


Season 1975-76

Lowest league finish for four seasons - 6th !. Second Division Sunderland's FA Cup Final victory over Manchester United gives United the final UEFA Cup place in preference to Town. ITFC 'Player of the Year' Allan Hunter (pictured). Leading scorer Trevor Whymark with 15 league and cup goals. Notable results include a 3-0 home win against Manchester United and a 3-3 draw at Liverpool despite being behind on three occasions.


Season 1976-77

Third place finish secures UEFA Cup qualification for the 3rd time in 4 seasons. David Johnson departs for Liverpool for £200,00. Paul Mariner joins the blues for a then club record £220,000 from Plymouth. Record win is equalled with 7-0 defeat of Westbrom at Portman Road. ITFC 'Player of the Year' George Burley (pictured). Leading scorer Trevor Whymark with 15 league and cup goals. Notable double over Arsenal, winning 4-1 at Highbury and 3-1 at Portman Road.


Season 1977-78

FA Cup Winners in the 50th Final to be played at Wembley. Roger Osbourne's 77th minute goal defeating Arsenal. 6th Round tie at The Den held up for 18 minutes as Millwall fan's riot. Ipswich win comprehensively 6-1. Town narrowly miss out on UEFA Cup Quarter Final berth losing to Barcelona on penalties. ITFC 'Player of the Year' Mick Mills (pictured). Leading scorer Paul Mariner with 22 league and cup goals. Daily Express 5-a-side winners.


Season 1978-79

Robson signs Arnold Muhren (pictured) from FC Twente. Town lose out in European competition for the 2nd consecutive season to Barcelona - this time on the away goal rule. Champions Nottingham Forest run out 5-0 winners over Town in the Charity Shield at Wembley. Talbot joins Arsenal for £450,000. ITFC 'Player of the Year' Arnold Muhren. Leading scorer Paul Mariner with 17 league and cup goals.


Season 1979-80

ITFC 'Player of the Year' Frans Thijssen (pictured) signed in the close season from NEC Nijmegen. Leading scorer Paul Mariner with 22 league and cup goals. Notable victories include a 6-0 home win over Manchester United, 2-0 at Arsenal and 4-0 at Everton as Town finish 3rd.


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