Ipswich Town F.C.

Ipswich Town ( officially Ipswich Town Football Club ) - also known as The Blues, Town or The Tractor Boys - is an association founded in 1878, the English football club from Ipswich, who currently plays in the second-rate Football League Championship.

  • 6.1 Goalkeeper
  • 6.2 Defence
  • 6.3 Midfield
  • 6.4 attack

Club history

Championship title and the beginning of the era of Bobby Robson (1961-1977)

In the First Division 1961/62 Ipswich won the league title under the future England manager Alf Ramsey. The remarkable thing was that it was the first top-flight season ever for the club, which actually considered to be safer relegated. The team secured the title in front of the Burnley FC and the reigning champions Tottenham Hotspur. As top scorer shone Ted Phillips, who scored 28 goals in 40 league games. In Europe Champions Cup 1962/63 the team had already failed in the 1st round at Italian champions AC Milan. Only two years after the championship followed as Table of relegation from the First Division. After four years in the Second Division, the club was reached in 1968 to return to the First Division, and should keep this league for the next 18 years. The first years in the English top flight Ipswich was engaged in the battle against relegation, before coach Bobby Robson led the team in the 1972/73 season in third place in the standings. This led to the first in the UEFA Cup in 1973/74. Ipswich defeated in the first round of the Spanish giants Real Madrid and could also turn in the next two rounds Lazio and FC Twente before the quarter-finals came off against 1 FC Locomotive Leipzig. Also, in the championship of the club in 1973/74 and successfully acted was able to qualify through a fourth place for the UEFA Cup in 1974/75. However, the renewed foray into the European Cup ended already in the first round against Twente Enschede. For the team of Bobby Robson continued her success story in the First Division 1974/75 and was third in the table with just two points behind champions Derby County. After a Erstrundenerfolg over Feyenoord, this time from the followed in the second round of the UEFA Cup against FC Bruges. Two years later, Ipswich Town 1976/77 by a qualified third in the First Division for the fourth time in as many years for the UEFA Cup in 1977/78. This followed from the 3rd round on penalties against FC Barcelona.

Triumph in the FA Cup and two runner-up (1977-1983)

The season 1977/78 resulted in the league to a crash at number 18 and a barely reached relegation, but led coach Bobby Robson, the team to Paul Cooper, Mick Mills, George Burley, John Wark and Paul Mariner to victory in the FA Cup. The decisive goal in a 1-0 in the final in front of 100,000 spectators at Wembley scored Roger Osborne. Having won the FA Cup Ipswich started the first time in Europe Cup Winners' Cup 1978/79 and moved into the quarter-finals. Opponents as there was in last year's UEFA Cup FC Barcelona to Johan Neeskens and Hans Krankl, which again could scarce prevail and later won the title. In the 1978/79 season the club took part in the championship again successful, reaching over sixth place in the UEFA Cup 1979/80, however, failed there already in the second round. By the third place 1979/80 Ipswich Town again took part in the UEFA Cup. After various attempts, the still trained by successful coach Bobby Robson score to triumph in the UEFA Cup in 1980/81. After it was twice defeated 1-0 in the semifinals of the 1st FC Cologne, the team Mühren won by Terry Butcher, Frans Thijssen and Arnold the final with 3:0 and 2:4 against the Dutch side AZ Alkmaar. The 1980/81 season resulted in the league runners- behind Aston Villa, and thus the best placement for the championship title in 1962. Terminus in the UEFA Cup 1981/82 was already in the first round against FC Aberdeen. The success story was dedicated in the Football League First Division 1981/82 by the renewed runner-up title behind the champions Liverpool FC continues. , Which has become the club's legend Bobby Robson then ended his coaching tenure at Ipswich and was coach of the England team. Also in the UEFA Cup 1982/83 the team failed in the first round and there in the Championship only a ninth place was busy, the 1983/84 season was only the second time in the last ten years without European Cup participation instead.

End of the era Robson and relegation to the Second Division (1983-2000)

After two streaky seasons the club for 18 years from increased in the 1985/86 season as Third to last for the first time in the Second Division. Only after six years in the second division managed the team under coach John Lyall 's return to the first division. Participation in the first season of the newly introduced Premier League 1992/93 led Ipswich on table rank 15 and thus to avoid relegation. After a very nearly achieved relegation in the Premier League 1993/94 with only one point ahead of relegated Sheffield United, followed in the Premier League in 1994/95 under manager George Burley after three years of excellence to return to the second division. The 1973-1985 also active as a player for the club then remained Burley coach and reached until five years later to return to the Premier League.

Return to the Premier League and subsequent descent (2000 -)

The fourth season in the Premier League so far led to the best result. The team led by Richard Wright, Matt Holland and Titus Bramble finished sixth in the standings in 2000/ 01 and thus qualified for the first time since 1983, again for the European Cup. Marcus Stewart scored 19 league goals, thus securing 2nd place in the scoring charts behind Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink ( 23 goals for Chelsea ). In the UEFA Cup 2001/ 02 Ipswich Town reached the third round, but failed there with 1:0 and 1:4 at the top Italian club Inter Milan. This good last year was the team in the Premier League 2001 /02 does not hold, and rose as third from bottom in the second division from. About the Fair Play rankings Ipswich took part in the qualification for the UEFA Cup and made a place in the main round of the UEFA Cup in 2002/ 03. There, the club failed in the second round on penalties to Slovan Liberec.

Since 2002, the club plays in the second division, which was renamed the Football League Championship since 2004.


  • Football League First Division: Champion: 1961 /62 runners-up: 1980/81 1981 /82 play-off winners: 1999-00 (to 3 Up in the FA Premier League)
  • Football League Second Division: Champion: 1960/61, 1967/68, 1991/92
  • Football League Third Division: Champion: 1953 /54, 1956/57,
  • FA Cup: Winner: 1978 (1-0 against Arsenal )
  • UEFA Cup: Winner: 1981 (3:0 and 2:4 against AZ Alkmaar / Netherlands)
  • Texaco Cup: Winner: 1973 ( 4-2 against Norwich City )
  • Uhrencup winner: 1963

International Participation

  • European Champions Cup 1962/63
  • UEFA Cup in 1973/74
  • UEFA Cup 1974/75
  • UEFA Cup 1975/76
  • UEFA Cup 1977/78
  • European Cup Winners' Cup 1978/79
  • UEFA Cup 1979/80
  • UEFA Cup 1980/81
  • UEFA Cup 1981/82
  • UEFA Cup 1982/83
  • UEFA Cup 2001/ 02
  • UEFA Cup 2002/ 03


Their home ground is the Portman Road with a spectator capacity of 30,311 (all seats). The Portman Road was the first English football stadium, which (since 1993) had only seats (due to the stadium disaster at Hillsborough, Sheffield ). The record attendance before the conversion came with 38 010 on 8 March 1975 at the FA Cup against Leeds United materialize.


Ipswich claims to this day, in 1890 one of the first clubs to have ever been, the Nets used. With Alf Ramsey and Bobby Robson Ipswich Town is the only club that produced two England coach.

Since 2006 there is a strong friendship between fans of Fortuna Dusseldorf and Ipswich. So travel trailer Fortuna regularly to Ipswich ( or even away games ), to watch the games "Tractor Boys" on the spot. Conversely, use trailer from Ipswich to visit Dusseldorf to symbolize the common Fanfreundschaft both clubs. Homepage Fanfreundschaft Ipswich Town / Fortuna Dusseldorf

Squad 2013/14 season

(Updated: February 22, 2014)


Well-known former players

  • John Elsworthy Wales 1949-1964
  • England Tom Garneys 1951-1958
  • England Ted Phillips 1954-1964
  • Scotland Jimmy Leadbetter 1955-1965
  • England Ray Crawford 1958-1963, 1966-1969
  • Scotland Billy Baxter 1960-1971
  • England Mick Mills 1966-1982
  • England David Johnson 1972-1976
  • England Brian Talbot 1972-1979
  • England Kevin Beattie 1972-1981
  • Scotland George Burley 1973-1985
  • England Eric Gates 1973-1985
  • England Paul Cooper 1974-1987
  • Scotland John Wark 1975-1984, 1988-1990, 1991-1997
  • Paul Mariner England 1976-1984
  • England Russell Osman 1976-1985
  • England Terry Butcher 1976-1986
  • Scotland Alan Brazil 1977-1983
  • Netherlands Arnold Mühren1978 - 1982
  • Netherlands Frans Thijssen 1979-1983
  • Netherlands Romeo Zondervan 1984-1992
  • Frank Yallop Canada 1984-1996
  • England Mick Stockwell 1985-2000
  • Canada Craig Forrest 1985-1997
  • Mauricio Taricco Argentina 1994-1999
  • England Tony Mowbray 1995-2000
  • England Richard Wright 1995-2001, 2008-2010
  • England Kieron Dyer 1996-1999
  • Jamaica David Johnson 1997-2001
  • Ireland Matt Holland 1997-2003
  • England Titus Bramble 1998-1999, 2000-2002
  • England Marcus Stewart 2000-2002
  • Iceland Hermann Hreiðarsson 2000-2003
  • Netherlands Martijn Reuser 2000-2004
  • Nigeria Finidi George 2001-2003
  • Darren Bent England 2001-2005
  • Shefki Kuqi Finland 2003-2005
  • England Kelvin Davis 2003-2005
  • Mexico Giovani dos Santos 2009
  • Ireland Jonathan Walters 2006-2010
  • Connor Wickham England 2006-2011
  • England Grant Leadbitter 2009-2012

Manager ( Trainer)

League membership