All-Time Premier League Record
|Played||Won||Drew||Lost||Scored||Conceded||Goal Difference||Points||No of Seasons|
Most Premier League Appearances
Most Premier League Goals
Biggest Premier League Victories
|Ipswich Town 5-0 Sunderland||29th December 2001||2001-2002|
|Ipswich Town 4-1 Leicester City||2nd January 1995||1994-1995|
|Oldham Athletic 0-3 Ipswich Town||14th August 1993||1993-1994|
|Everton 0-3 Ipswich Town||30th September 2000||2000-2001|
|Ipswich Town 3-0 Tottenham Hotspur||30th December 2000||2000-2001|
|Southampton 0-3 Ipswich Town||2nd April 2001||2000-2001|
|Ipswich Town 4-2 Leeds United||3rd October 1992||1992-1993|
|Ipswich Town 3-1 Manchester City||12th December 1992||1992-1993|
|Ipswich Town 3-1 Norwich City||19th April 1993||1992-1993|
|Ipswich Town 3-1 Southampton||16th December 2000||2000-2001|
Worst Premier League Defeats
|Manchester United 9-0 Ipswich Town||4th March 1995||1994-1995|
|Ipswich Town 0-6 Liverpool FC||9th February 2002||2001-2002|
|Sheffield Wednesday 5-0 Ipswich Town||23rd April 1994||1993-1994|
|Liverpool FC 5-0 Ipswich Town||11th May 2002||2001-2002|
|Ipswich Town 1-5 Arsenal||5th March 1994||1993-1994|
|Arsenal 4-0 Ipswich Town||11th September 1993||1993-1994|
|Leeds United 4-0 Ipswich Town||5th April 1995||1994-1995|
|Manchester United 4-0 Ipswich Town||22nd September 2001||2001-2002|
|Ipswich Town 1-4 Sheffield Wednesday||6th November 1993||1993-1994|
|Nottingham Forest 4-1 Ipswich Town||10th December 1994||1994-1995|
|Manager||No of Seasons managed||Left the Club|
|John Lyall||3||5th December 1994|
|George Burley||3||11th October 2002|
Highest Home Attendances
|Ipswich Town 0-1 Manchester United||27th April 2002||28,433||2001-2002|
|Ipswich Town 0-0 Chelsea||1st April 2002||28,053||2001-2002|
|Ipswich Town 1-0 Middlesbrough||24th April 2002||25,979||2001-2002|
|Ipswich Town 0-6 Liverpool FC||9th February 2002||25,608||2001-2002|
|Ipswich Town 1-3 Southampton||2nd March 2002||25,440||2001-2002|
|Ipswich Town 0-0 Aston Villa||23rd March 2002||25,247||2001-2002|
|Ipswich Town 1-0 Fulham||30th January 2002||25,156||2001-2002|
|Ipswich Town 2-1 Tottenham Hotspur||12th January 2002||25,077||2001-2002|
|Ipswich Town 2-1 Manchester City||7th May 2001||25,004||2000-2001|
|Ipswich Town 0-1 Newcastle United||9th December 2001||24,748||2001-2002|
Ipswich Town were the last champions of the old Second Division before the formation of the FA Premier League in 1992. The Tractor Boys were a side who might have lacked world-class players but had an abundance of team spirit. This meant they ensured top-flight football remained at Portman Road until 1995. They returned to the Premier League in 2000 for a two-season spell which saw them record a fine fifth-place finish in 2000-2001 before a crushing relegation just one season later.
Ipswich’s reward for winning the Second Division title in 1992-1993 was a place in the inaugural Premier League season. They made an impressive start, staying unbeaten in their first eight matches, even though six of those games ended in draws. By January, they sat as high as fourth in the table and even defeated Manchester United 2-1 at Portman Road.
However, the win over the Red Devils was their last success in 13 and saw the club plummet to 17th in the table. A crucial 3-1 victory over East Anglia rivals Norwich City in April with Jason Dozzell scoring twice helped Ipswich achieve their aim of survival, just three points clear of the drop zone.
Ipswich dealt with the blow of selling Jason Dozzell to Tottenham Hotspur in the summer initially very well and new signing Ian Marshall made a great start. The summer arrival from Oldham Athletic scored in his first three games as Ipswich recorded victories over the Latics, Southampton and Chelsea, without conceding a goal.
In November, they held Manchester United to a goalless draw at Old Trafford and by New Year’s Day, they sat in the top half, having lost only six of their first 22 games. However, there was little joy in 1994. John Lyall’s team recorded just two further victories and slipped into the relegation battle. On the final day of the season, they managed a goalless draw at Ewood Park against Blackburn Rovers.
However, they would have been relegated but for a late Mark Stein goal at Stamford Bridge which ensured Sheffield United lost at Chelsea and meant they went down rather than Ipswich.
After avoiding relegation by the skin of their teeth on the final day of the 1993-1994 season, Ipswich’s luck ran out this season. Although there were early season victories over Queens Park Rangers and Manchester United, Ipswich weren’t able to sustain any consistent form. They were in the bottom four from October onwards and two months later, manager John Lyall resigned as first-team boss.
Former full-back George Burley, who had played a big part in the successful era the club enjoyed during Sir Bobby Robson’s spell, returned to the club as manager. Ipswich did record a surprising 1-0 victory at Anfield over Liverpool FC in mid-January but survival was virtually impossible. In March, they fell victim to a 9-0 beating at Old Trafford against Manchester United which remains the biggest-ever defeat in Premier League history.
Relegation was confirmed over the Easter weekend and Ipswich ultimately finished bottom of the 22-team table, conceding 93 goals and recording just seven league victories.
After an absence of five seasons, Ipswich finally returned to the top-flight as play-off winners in 2000 and they spectacularly surpassed expectations. Considered as one of the pre-season favourites for the drop, Ipswich defied the critics time and again. They lost just three home matches all season and never relinquished a position inside the top six after a 2-0 victory away at Bradford City in late October.
A 3-1 home victory over the Bantams in early March took Ipswich into the dizzy heights of third position and it was a spot they held for over seven weeks. Marcus Stewart was a revelation and his 19 goals meant he finished runner-up in the race for the Golden Boot.
Ultimately, the experience of Liverpool FC and Leeds United wore down Ipswich and a 2-1 defeat to Charlton Athletic meant Ipswich were squeezed into fifth spot at the season’s end. Nevertheless, they spectacularly exceeded expectations, earning UEFA Cup football for the first time since 1982 and George Burley’s achievements meant he deservedly won the LMA Manager of the Year award.
£8 million was spent on new players in the summer of 2001 with the likes of Finidi George and Matteo Sereni arriving at the club. However, Ipswich were about to fall victim to the curse of “second season syndrome.” A 3-1 victory over Derby County on the 21st August was their only win in their first 18 games and left them rooted to the bottom of the Premier League table. Not even a 1-0 victory over Inter Milan in the UEFA Cup could lift the gloom around Portman Road.
Winter looked bleak but Ipswich then hit a purple patch. A late win at White Hart Lane over Tottenham Hotspur just days before Christmas started a glorious run of seven wins in eight games. This included a 5-0 drubbing of Sunderland which remains the club’s biggest-ever Premier League victory.
Ipswich were upto 12th and at this point, a mid-table finish looked a real possibility. However, a soul-destroying 6-0 home beating by Liverpool FC knocked the stuffing out of the team. Ipswich recorded just one victory from their last 12 matches and six more points following the defeat by the Merseysiders. They arrived at Anfield on the last day needing a win to stand any chance of survival. That never looked likely and a 5-0 defeat ultimately consigned them to relegation.
George Burley resigned five months later and Ipswich have rarely looked like escaping the Championship since. Paul Lambert has just been appointed manager but he’ll have a job on his hands to keep Ipswich in the second-tier of English football.