They were proud winners of the World’s oldest cup competition back in 1978, a Roger Osborne goal was enough to see off Arsenal in front of a reported 100,000 at Wembley all those years ago.
However, as 2018/19 season’s 4th round gets underway this week there will be a usual sight for fans of Ipswich Town, as per the last 9 seasons they won’t be participating.
A defeat in early January to League One Accrington Stanley didn’t prove to be a shock based on current league positions but it does continue a terrible tradition that they seem to have got themselves into.
Their last FA Cup victory was way back in 2010. A 2-1 victory over 9 man Blackpool in front of just over 7000 people at Bloomfield road.
A late Owen Garvan strike saw the Tractor Boys progress to what is now the unchartered territory of round 4 before Southampton ended the dream for another season.
Below is their recent 3rd round record:-
- 2010/11 – Chelsea 7-0 Ipswich
- 2011/12 – Hull City 3-1 Ipswich
- 2012/13 – Aston Villa 2-1 Ipswich
- 2013/14 – Preston 3 – 2 Ipswich (Replay after 1-1 draw at Portman Road)
- 2014/15 – Ipswich 0 -1 Southampton (Replay after 1-1 draw at St Mary’s)
- 2015/16 – Portsmouth 1 – 1 Ipswich (Replay after 2-2 draw at Portman Road)
- 2016/17 – Lincoln City 1 – 0 Ipswich (Replay after 2-2 draw at Portman Road)
- 2017/18 – Ipswich 0 – 1 Sheffield United
- 2018/19 – Accrington 1- 0 Ipswich
A couple of gallant efforts in forcing replays over the years but they somehow have always managed to come up short.
Roy Keane, Paul Jewell and Mick McCarthy have all come up short and current gaffer Paul Lambert didn’t fare any better.
The FA Cup just isn’t a competition that the men from East Anglia look forward to.
Lambert’s men currently sit bottom of the Championship with a substantial points difference to make up, to even give themselves a chance to stay up this season. The 3rd tier is very much on the horizon and a 2nd successive relegation for Lambert after going down with Stoke last season.
A change in owner and a cash injection are key for this club.
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