1980–81 Ipswich Town F.C. season

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Ipswich Town
1980–81 season
Manager England Bobby Robson
First Division 2nd
FA Cup Semi-finals
League Cup Fourth round
UEFA Cup Winners
Top goalscorer League:
All:
John Wark (36)

During the 1980–81 English football season, Ipswich Town F.C. competed in the Football League First Division.

Season summary[edit]

Ipswich had ended the previous campaign in third place following a splendid unbeaten run stretching from the beginning of December to the final Saturday of the League season, when they lost 2-1 at Manchester City - a run of 23 matches in total. They took this excellent form into the new season, remaining unbeaten in their opening 15 matches, and by the middle of March they were strong title contenders with only two defeats in 32. However, a 2-1 loss at Manchester United triggered a slump which handed the initiative to Aston Villa, although Ipswich did win at Villa Park during the run-in. This loss in form was due in no small part to a fixture pile-up as Ipswich also reached the semi-final of the FA Cup (where they lost to Manchester City) and the final of the UEFA Cup. A 5-4 aggregate victory over Dutch side AZ Alkmaar clinched the club's first (and, to date, only) European trophy success and was some compensation for the domestic disappointment.

Top scorer for the season was 23-year-old John Wark, who scored a remarkable total of 36 goals in all competitions. 14 of these came in the UEFA Cup, including one in each leg of the final, to equal the legendary José Altafini's record of 14 goals for A.C. Milan in the 1962–63 European Cup (this total was later exceeded by Jürgen Klinsmann in the 1995–96 UEFA Cup). Wark's goalscoring form saw him win the European Young Player of the Year and PFA Player of the Year awards. Frans Thijssen was named the FWA Player of the Year.

Kit[edit]

Ipswich Town retained the kit worn during the previous two seasons, manufactured by Adidas.[1]

First-team squad[edit]

Squad at end of season[2][3]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
England GK Paul Cooper
England GK Laurie Sivell
England DF Kevin Beattie
England DF Terry Butcher
England DF Mick Mills
England DF Russell Osman
England DF Tommy Parkin
England DF Kevin Steggles
Scotland DF George Burley
Northern Ireland DF Allan Hunter
England MF Steve McCall
No. Position Player
England MF Roger Osborne
Scotland MF John Wark
Republic of Ireland MF Kevin O'Callaghan
Netherlands MF Arnold Mühren
Netherlands MF Frans Thijssen
England FW Eric Gates
England FW Paul Mariner
England FW Robin Turner
Scotland FW Alan Brazil
South Africa FW Mich d'Avray

Results[edit]

First Division[edit]

Date Opponents H / A Result
F – A
Scorers Attendance
16 August 1980 Leicester City A 1 – 0 Wark 21,640
19 August 1980 Brighton & Hove Albion H 2 – 0 Wark, Gates 21,568
23 August 1980 Stoke City A 2 – 2 Brazil, Gates 10,722
30 August 1980 Everton H 4 – 0 Brazil, Wark, Butcher, Mariner 20,879
6 September 1980 Aston Villa H 1 – 0 Thijssen 23,192
13 September 1980 Crystal Palace A 2 – 1 Wark, Gates 24,282
20 September 1980 Coventry City H 2 – 0 Wark 2 20,507
27 September 1980 Wolverhampton Wanderers A 2 – 0 Brazil, Mariner 18,503
4 October 1980 Leeds United H 1 – 1 Wark 24,087
11 October 1980 Liverpool A 1 – 1 Thijssen 48,084
18 October 1980 Manchester United H 1 – 1 Mariner 28,451
25 October 1980 Sunderland A 2 – 0 Mühren, Brazil 32,368
1 November 1980 West Bromwich Albion H 0 – 0 23,043
8 November 1980 Southampton A 3 – 3 Gates, Wark, Mariner 21,261
11 November 1980 Brighton & Hove Albion A 0 – 1 17,055
15 November 1980 Leicester City H 3 – 1 Gates, Williams (og), d'Avray 19,852
22 November 1980 Nottingham Forest A 2 – 1 Brazil, Wark (pen) 24,423
6 December 1980 Manchester City A 1 – 1 Mühren 35,215
13 December 1980 Liverpool H 1 – 1 Brazil 32,274
17 December 1980 Tottenham Hotspur A 3 – 5 Mariner 2, Gates 22,741
20 December 1980 Birmingham City A 3 – 1 Mariner, Wark, Brazil 16,161
26 December 1980 Norwich City H 2 – 0 Brazil, Wark 27,890
27 December 1980 Arsenal A 1 – 1 Wark (pen) 42,818
10 January 1981 Nottingham Forest H 2 – 0 Mariner, Mühren 25,701
13 January 1981 Birmingham City H 5 – 1 Wark, Butcher, Mariner, Mühren, Brazil 21,158
17 January 1981 Everton A 0 – 0 25,516
7 February 1981 Crystal Palace H 3 – 2 Mariner, Wark (pen), Gilbert (og) 25,036
17 February 1981 Middlesbrough H 1 – 0 Brazil 24,781
21 February 1981 Wolverhampton Wanderers H 3 – 1 Wark, Gates, Beattie 24,218
28 February 1981 Coventry City A 4 – 0 Brazil, Gates, McCall, Osman 17,557
14 March 1981 Tottenham Hotspur H 3 – 0 Gates, Wark (pen), Brazil 32,052
21 March 1981 Manchester United A 1 – 2 Butcher 46,685
28 March 1981 Sunderland H 4 – 1 Mühren, Mariner 2, Thijssen 25,450
31 March 1981 Leeds United A 0 – 3 26,462
4 April 1981 West Bromwich Albion A 1 – 3 Brazil 22,216
14 April 1981 Aston Villa A 2 – 1 Brazil, Gates 47,495
18 April 1981 Arsenal H 0 – 2 30,935
20 April 1981 Norwich City A 0 – 1 26,083
25 April 1981 Manchester City H 1 – 0 Butcher 22,684
2 May 1981 Middlesbrough A 1 – 2 Mariner 15,503
13 May 1981 Southampton H 2 – 3 Brazil, Wark 19,504

League Cup[edit]

Date Round Opponents H / A Result
F – A
Scorers Attendance
26 August 1980 Round 2
First leg
Middlesbrough A 1 – 3 Wark 14,459
2 September 1980 Round 2
Second leg
Middlesbrough H 3 – 0 Osman, Mariner 2 14,780
23 September 1980 Round 3 Norwich City H 1 – 1 Osman 26,462
8 October 1980 Round 3
Replay
Norwich City A 3 – 1 Mariner 2, Mühren 24,523
28 October 1981 Round 4 Birmingham City A 1 – 2 Wark (pen) 18,968

FA Cup[edit]

Date Round Opponents H / A Result
F – A
Scorers Attendance
3 January 1981 Round 3 Aston Villa H 1 – 0 Mariner 27,721
24 January 1981 Round 4 Shrewsbury Town A 0 – 0 18,000
27 January 1981 Round 4
Replay
Shrewsbury Town H 3 – 0 Gates 2, Wark 27,543
14 February 1981 Round 5 Charlton Athletic H 2 – 0 Wark, Mariner 30,221
7 March 1981 Round 6 Nottingham Forest A 3 – 3 Mariner, Anderson (og), Thijssen 34,796
10 March 1981 Round 6
Replay
Nottingham Forest H 1 – 0 Mühren 31,060
11 April 1981 Semi-final Manchester City N 0 – 1 46,537

UEFA Cup[edit]

Date Round Opponents H / A Result
F – A
Scorers Attendance
17 September 1980 Round 1
First leg
Aris Salonika H 5 – 1 Wark 4 (3 pens), Mariner 20,842
1 October 1980 Round 1
Second leg
Aris Salonika A 1 – 3 Gates 25,000
22 October 1980 Round 2
First leg
Bohemians Prague H 3 – 0 Wark 2, Beattie 17,163
5 November 1980 Round 2
Second leg
Bohemians Prague A 0 – 2 15,000
26 November 1980 Round 3
First leg
Widzew Łódź H 5 – 0 Wark 3, Brazil, Mariner 20,445
10 December 1980 Round 3
Second leg
Widzew Łódź A 0 – 1 9000
4 March 1981 Quarter-final
First leg
Saint-Étienne A 4 – 1 Mariner 2, Mühren, Wark 40,000
18 March 1981 Quarter-final
Second leg
Saint-Étienne H 3 – 1 Butcher, Wark (pen), Mariner 30,151
8 April 1981 Semi-final
First leg
FC Cologne H 1 – 0 Wark 24,780
22 April 1981 Semi-final
Second leg
FC Cologne A 1 – 0 Butcher 49,476
6 May 1985 Final
First leg
AZ Alkmaar H 3 – 0 Wark (pen), Thijssen, Mariner 27,532
20 May 1981 Final
Second leg
AZ Alkmaar A 2 – 4 Thijssen, Wark 28,500

References[edit]