Saturday evening’s roller-coaster victory at Barnsley forced me to cast my mind back to some of Ipswich’s most impressive comebacks of yesteryear. There never appears to be a dull moment at Portman Road at the minute and here are just three more of Town’s best recent comebacks in living memory.
Ironically Oakwell was the venue for this fantastic late fightback from George Burley’s playoff-chasing Blues. Following a strong late surge towards the top six Burley took his players to South Yorkshire looking to keep pace with the top six in their first year back in the second tier.
A brace of goals from long-serving Tykes midfielder Neil Redfearn and the now Ipswich Town fitness coach, Andy Liddell saw Barnsley breeze into a three-goal lead. However, with just five minutes remaining, Ipswich launched an astonishing fightback. Midfielder, Simon Milton and talismanic frontman Ian Marshall plundered a trio of goals to send the visitors wild with delight.
Following the passing of former Blues assistant, Dale Roberts, Ipswich provided a fitting tribute to George Burley’s former number two against Neil Warnock’s Sheffield United. On a horrific Portman Road playing surface, the teams served up a five-goal thriller which saw ten-man Town fight back from 2-0 down to prevail 3-2 in the birth of the Tom Hark goal celebration song at FPR.
A brace of goals either side of half time from Dean Windass and Peter Ndlovu handed the Blades a two-goal lead after Pablo Counago had received his first half marching orders by referee, Richard Beeby following an altercation with Michael Brown. However it was academy graduates, Darren Bent and Darren Ambrose who raised the roof with three second half goals against the odds to see off their high-flying South Yorkshire rivals.
Just two months after the memorable win over Sheffield United, Joe Royle’s Town – who had a habit of being involved in high-scoring affairs – fielded yet another wonderful comeback to move to within three points of the playoffs with just four games remaining.
The Blues again slipped two goals behind thanks to two goals before half time from Matt Jansen and Dean Gordon. However, Gary McAllister’s men were left shell-shocked after a spell-binding period of attacking from Ipswich in the second half, resulting in four goals in 17 minutes – a brace apiece for Marcus Bent and Pablo Counago.
Keep your eyes peeled later in the week for some exclusive video footage from former Town skipper, Matt Holland.