List of Ipswich Town F.C. seasons

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Statue of Sir Bobby Robson who managed Ipswich Town from the 1969–70 season to the 1981–82 season.

Ipswich Town F.C. have played football since their foundation in 1878. For every season in which they have played, a set of statistics exist for their results in a number of competitions, including competitions in English and European association football.

Following the club's foundation, Ipswich Town played amateur football against teams from around Suffolk. During the 1880s the club played a number of matches in the Suffolk Challenge Cup winning it three times. Throughout the early part of the 20th century Ipswich played in various amateur competitions including the Norfolk and Suffolk League, the South East Anglian League, the Eastern Counties League and the Southern Amateur League. Turning professional in 1936, Ipswich joined the Southern Football League before moving into the Football League by gaining entry to Division Three (South) in the 1937–38 season.

The club has won the League Championship on a single occasion, the FA Cup once, and the UEFA Cup once.[1] This list details the club's achievements in all major competitions, and the top scorers for each season. Records of competitions such as the Texaco Cup are not included, due to them being considered of lesser importance.

Seasons[edit]

Amateur era[edit]

Season Overall record FA Cup Top goalscorer[2]
P W D L F A Name Goals
1878–79 10 7 0 3 25 12
1879–80 8 7 0 1 39 5
1880–81 12 9 3 0 48 6
1881–82 9 8 1 0 48 4
1882–83 5 5 0 0 25 3
1883–84 4 2 1 1 17 9
1884–85 10 9 1 0 46 11
1885–86 19 13 3 3 47 20 HB Peacock 4
1886–87 15 11 2 2 44 23 HB Peacock 6
1887–88 14 8 0 6 42 24 S Turner 2
1888–89 16 12 2 2 63 21 GS Sherrington 6
1889–90 18 14 3 1 73 16
1890–91 15 10 1 4 38 20 GA Kent/P Turner 3
1891–92 21 12 2 7 52 31 EA Kent/S Turner 3
1892–93 26 15 2 9 84 48 QR4 AJ Haward 5
1893–94 29 22 0 7 123 31 AC Rock 3
1894–95 30 19 7 4 106 41 EA Kent/ER Oxborrow 9
1895–96 28 16 2 10 84 45 EA Kent 9
1897–98 24 15 3 6 74 37 EA Kent 5
1898–99 27 13 3 11 60 58 HJ Henman 3
1899–1900 29 14 6 9 68 45 HJ Henman/HF Steel 7
1900–01 28 14 2 12 70 58 EA Kent 12
1901–02 30 18 3 29 73 58 Three players[3] 7
1902–03 28 14 2 12 68 53 CC Woodward 18
1903–04 34 18 4 12 85 68 JW Malden 11
1904–05 38 24 3 11 102 62 HF Steel 28
1905–06 41 18 7 16 84 77 G Lewis 17
1906–07 39 22 5 12 101 61 JW Malden 21
1907–08 38 17 7 14 89 82 JW Malden 6
1908–09 32 13 6 13 71 65 F Turner 14
1909–10 33 15 3 15 73 83 JW Malden 11
1910–11 35 19 3 13 99 77 JW Malden 9
1911–12 37 18 9 10 81 60 E Bugg 17
1911–12 37 23 1 13 105 72 E Bugg 17
1912–13 36 20 4 12 106 78 E Bugg 14
1914–15 3 2 1 0 11 4
Ipswich played no competitive football between 1915 and 1920 due to the First World War
1920–21 44 19 13 12 96 72 L Mizen 15
1921–22 41 27 8 6 122 57 FC Johnson 26
1922–23 44 21 8 15 95 75 RH Haste 19
1923–24 45 16 10 19 84 83 Three players[4] 5
1924–25 44 22 4 18 98 87 WW Dempsey 22
1925–26 42 18 7 17 90 96 P Bugg 7
1926–27 44 17 9 18 115 118 WV Mathews 15
1927–28 51 27 7 17 142 107 J Green 7
1928–29 43 26 7 10 118 58 L Gibbs 16
1929–30 45 36 1 8 167 74 F Birtchnell 32
1930–31 45 28 3 14 131 97 QR2 AA Green 30
1931–32 47 19 8 20 132 118 AA Green 27
1932–33 42 26 7 9 98 56 A Rodwell 11
1933–34 48 28 3 17 125 71 J Sowerby 28
1934–35 45 20 9 16 85 75 QR2 J Sowerby 13
1935–36 42 20 9 13 114 85 QR1 L Calver 21

Professional era[edit]

Season League record FA Cup League
Cup
[5]
Charity
Shield
Europe Top goalscorer[6]
Division P W D L F A Pts Pos Name Goals
1936–37 SL 30 19 8 3 68 35 46 1st R2 Jock Carter 26
1937–38 SL 34 19 6 9 89 54 44 3rd R1 Gilbert Alsop 26
1938–39 Div 3(S) 42 16 12 14 62 52 44 7th R3 Fred Chadwick 23
1939–40 n/a[7]
Ipswich played no league football between 1939 and 1946 due to the Second World War
1945–46 n/a[8] R2
1946–47 Div 3(S) 42 16 14 12 61 53 46 6th R2 Albert Day 14
1947–48 Div 3(S) 42 23 3 16 67 61 49 4th R1 Bill Jennings 14
1948–49 Div 3(S) 42 18 9 15 78 77 45 7th R1 Bill Jennings 23
1949–50 Div 3(S) 42 12 11 19 57 86 35 17th R3 Stan Parker 15
1950–51 Div 3(S) 42 23 6 17 69 58 52 8th R2 Sammy McCrory 21
1951–52 Div 3(S) 46 16 9 21 63 74 41 17th R3 Tom Garneys 20
1952–53 Div 3(S) 46 13 15 18 60 69 41 17th R3 Tom Garneys 24
1953–54 Div 3(S) 42 27 10 9 82 51 64 1st R5 Tom Garneys 24
1954–55 Div 2 42 11 6 25 57 92 28 21st R1 Tom Garneys 21
1955–56 Div 3(S) 46 25 14 7 106 60 64 3rd R1 Tommy Parker 31
1956–57 Div 3(S) 46 25 9 12 59 101 54 1st R1 Ted Phillips 46
1957–58 Div 2 42 16 12 14 68 69 44 8th R4 Tom Garneys 19
1958–59 Div 2 42 17 6 19 62 77 40 16th R5 Ray Crawford 26
1959–60 Div 2 42 19 6 17 78 68 44 11th R3 Ted Phillips 25
1960–61 Div 2 42 26 7 9 100 55 59 1st R3 R1 Ray Crawford 40
1961–62 Div 1 42 24 8 10 93 67 56 1st R3 R4 Ray Crawford[9] 37
1962–63 Div 1 42 12 11 19 59 78 35 17th R4 [10] Runners-up European CupR1 Ray Crawford 33
1963–64 Div 1 42 9 7 26 56 121 25 22nd R4 R2 Gerard Baker 18
1964–65 Div 2 42 15 17 10 74 67 47 5th R4 R2 Gerard Baker 16
1965–66 Div 2 42 15 9 18 58 66 39 15th R3 R5 Gerard Baker 15
1966–67 Div 2 42 17 16 9 70 54 50 5th R5 R3 Ray Crawford 25
1967–68 Div 2 42 22 15 5 79 44 59 1st R3 R3 Ray Crawford 21
1968–69 Div 1 42 15 11 16 59 60 41 12th R3 R2 John O'Rourke/
Ray Crawford
17
1969–70 Div 1 42 10 11 21 40 63 31 18th R3 R3 Colin Viljoen 6
1970–71 Div 1 42 12 10 20 42 48 34 19th R5 R2 Colin Viljoen 12
1971–72 Div 1 42 11 16 15 39 53 38 13th R4 R2 Mick Hill 8
1972–73[11] Div 1 42 17 14 11 55 45 46 4th R4 R3 Trevor Whymark 16
1973–74 Div 1 42 18 11 13 67 58 49 4th R5 R4 UEFA CupQF Bryan Hamilton 19
1974–75 Div 1 42 23 5 14 66 44 51 3rd SF R5 UEFA CupR1 Bryan Hamilton 17
1975–76 Div 1 42 16 14 12 54 48 46 6th R4 R2 UEFA CupR2 Trevor Whymark 15
1976–77 Div 1 42 22 8 12 66 39 52 3rd R4 R2 Trevor Whymark 15
1977–78 Div 1 42 11 13 18 47 61 35 18th Winners R4 UEFA CupR3 Paul Mariner 22
1978–79 Div 1 42 20 9 13 63 49 49 6th QF R2 Runners-up European Cup Winners' CupQF Paul Mariner 17
1979–80 Div 1 42 22 9 11 68 39 53 3rd QF R2 UEFA CupR2 Paul Mariner 22
1980–81 Div 1 42 23 10 9 77 43 56 2nd SF R4 UEFA Cup winners John Wark 36
1981–82 Div 1 42 26 5 11 75 53 83[12] 2nd R5 SF UEFA CupR1 Alan Brazil 28
1982–83 Div 1 42 15 13 14 64 50 58 9th R5 R2 UEFA CupR1 John Wark 23
1983–84 Div 1 42 15 8 19 55 57 53 12th R4 R4 Eric Gates 16
1984–85 Div 1 42 13 11 18 46 57 50 17th QF SF Eric Gates 16
1985–86 Div 1 42 11 8 23 32 55 41 20th R4 R4 Kevin Wilson 15
1986–87 Div 2 42 17 13 12 59 43 64 5th[13] R3 R3 Kevin Wilson 25
1987–88 Div 2 44 19 9 16 61 52 66 8th R3 R4 David Lowe 18
1988–89 Div 2 46 22 7 17 71 61 73 8th R3 R4 Three players[14] 13
1989–90 Div 2 46 19 12 15 67 66 69 9th R4 R2 David Lowe 13
1990–91 Div 2 46 13 18 15 60 68 57 14th R2 R3 Chris Kiwomya 12
1991–92 Div 2 46 24 12 10 70 50 84 1st R5 R2 Chris Kiwomya 19
1992–93 Prem 42 12 16 14 50 55 52 16th QF R5 Chris Kiwomya 17
1993–94 Prem 42 9 16 17 35 58 43 19th R5 R3 Ian Marshall 15
1994–95 Prem[15] 42 7 6 29 36 93 27 22nd R3 R2 Claus Thomsen 5
1995–96 Div 1 46 19 12 15 79 69 69 7th R5 R2 Alex Mathie
Ian Marshall
19
1996–97 Div 1 46 20 14 12 68 50 74 4th[16] R3 R5 Paul Mason 14
1997–98 Div 1 46 23 14 9 77 43 83 5th[17] R4 R5 David Johnson 22
1998–99 Div 1 46 26 8 12 69 32 86 3rd[18] R4 R2 David Johnson/
James Scowcroft
14
1999–2000 Div 1 46 25 12 9 71 42 87 3rd[19] R3 R2 David Johnson 23
2000–01 Prem 38 20 6 12 57 42 66 5th R4 SF Marcus Stewart 21
2001–02 Prem 38 9 9 20 41 64 36 18th R4 R4 UEFA CupR3 Marcus Bent/
Marcus Stewart
10
2002–03[20] Div 1 46 19 13 14 80 64 70 7th R4 R4 UEFA CupR2[21] Pablo Couñago 20
2003–04 Div 1 46 21 10 15 84 72 73 5th[22] R4 R2 Darren Bent 16
2004–05 Chmp[23] 46 24 13 9 85 56 85 3rd[24] R3 R2 Shefki Kuqi 20
2005–06 Chmp 46 14 14 18 53 66 56 15th R3 R1 Nicky Forster 7
2006–07 Chmp 46 18 8 20 64 59 62 14th R5 R1 Alan Lee 17
2007–08 Chmp 46 18 15 13 65 56 69 8th R3 R1 Jonathan Walters 13
2008–09 Chmp 46 17 15 14 62 53 66 9th R4 R3 Jonathan Stead 13
2009–10 Chmp 46 12 20 14 50 61 56 15th R4 R2 Jonathan Walters 8
2010–11 Chmp 46 18 8 20 62 68 62 13th R3 SF David Norris 11
2011–12 Chmp 46 17 10 19 69 77 61 15th R3 R1 Michael Chopra 14
2012–13 Chmp 46 16 12 18 48 61 60 14th R3 R2 DJ Campbell 10
2013–14 Chmp 46 18 14 14 60 54 68 9th R3 R1 David McGoldrick 16

Key[edit]

Champions Runners-up Promoted Relegated

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ "Club Honours". Ipswich Town F.C. 16 May 2007. Retrieved 14 September 2007. 
  2. ^ Goals in all competitions are counted. If empty, top goalscorer is currently unknown.
  3. ^ EA Kent, HF Steel and WS Murdoch scored seven goals each.
  4. ^ A Fenn, F Tucker and L Turner scored five goals each.
  5. ^ The League Cup was founded in 1961.
  6. ^ Goals in all competitions (Football League or Premier League, FA Cup, League Cup and European) are counted.
  7. ^ The 1939–40 season was abandoned in early September and all results annulled. At the time of the abandonment, Ipswich had played three competitive matches, winning one and drawing two, and were in 10th position in Division Three (South).
  8. ^ The FA Cup was contested in 1945–46 but the Football League did not resume until the following season.
  9. ^ Ray Crawford was the joint league leading goal scorer with West Bromwich Albion's Derek Kevan for the 1961–62 season
  10. ^ There is no record of Ipswich entering the competition in the 1962–63 season. They apparently declined, possibly due to playing in the European Cup. In the early years of the League Cup, such decisions were commonplace.
  11. ^ Texaco Cup winners.
  12. ^ The 1981–82 season saw the introduction of three points for a win.
  13. ^ Lost in play-off semi-finals to Charlton Athletic.
  14. ^ Dalian Atkinson, Jason Dozzell and John Wark scored 13 goals each.
  15. ^ League record defeat 9–0 by Manchester United F.C.
  16. ^ Lost in play-off semi-finals to Sheffield United F.C.
  17. ^ Lost in play-off semi-finals to Charlton Athletic F.C.
  18. ^ Lost in play-off semi-finals to Bolton Wanderers F.C.
  19. ^ Promoted following 4–2 victory over Barnsley F.C. in the play-off final.
  20. ^ The Charity Shield is renamed the Community Shield.
  21. ^ Ipswich qualified for the UEFA Cup via the UEFA Fair Play rankings.
  22. ^ Lost in play-off semi-finals to West Ham United F.C.
  23. ^ Division One is renamed The Championship.
  24. ^ Lost in the play-off semi-finals to West Ham United F.C. for the second consecutive season.

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