Manchester United F.C. 9–0 Ipswich Town F.C.

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Manchester United v Ipswich Town
Manchester United vs Ipswich Town (4 March 1995) programme.jpg
Event 1994–95 FA Premier League
Date 4 March 1995
Venue Old Trafford, Manchester
Referee Graham Poll (Tilehurst)
Attendance 43,804

The 1994–95 season match between Manchester United and Ipswich Town at Old Trafford, Manchester, took place on 4 March 1995. The two teams went into the match at opposite ends of the table, although Ipswich had beaten United earlier in the season 3–2 at Portman Road.[1] Andy Cole scored a Premier League record five goals in the game to set up a 9–0 win for Manchester United, another Premier League scoring record.[2]


Manchester United were the reigning Premier League champions,[3] while Ipswich had narrowly avoided relegation to the First Division in the final minutes of the previous season, finishing one place above the relegation zone, after Sheffield United and Oldham Athletic lost their respective games and got relegated consequently.[4]

Manchester United went into the match three points behind league leaders Blackburn Rovers, and therefore needed a win to maintain the pressure on the Lancashire club going into the last two months of the season. Meanwhile, Ipswich Town were in 21st place in the league, three points ahead of bottom club Leicester City, but eight points away from escaping the relegation zone.[5]

Prior to this match, the two teams had met 50 times in all competitions, with Manchester United having the upper hand with 24 wins to Ipswich's 18. The remaining eight matches, which finished as draws, were all in the league, where it was a similar story, with Manchester United winning 20 of the teams' 45 meetings, while Ipswich had 17 wins.[6] The most recent game between the two sides, however, on 24 September 1994, finished in a 3–2 win for Ipswich at their home, Portman Road.



Manchester United 9–0 Ipswich Town
Keane Goal 16'
Cole Goal 24'37'53'65'89'
Hughes Goal 54'59'
Ince Goal 73'
Attendance: 43,804
Referee: Graham Poll (Tilehurst)
Manchester United
Ipswich Town
GK 1 Denmark Peter Schmeichel
RB 16 Republic of Ireland Roy Keane Substituted off 46'
CB 4 England Steve Bruce (c) Substituted off 80'
CB 6 England Gary Pallister
LB 3 Republic of Ireland Denis Irwin
RM 14 Russia Andrei Kanchelskis
CM 9 Scotland Brian McClair
CM 8 England Paul Ince
LM 11 Wales Ryan Giggs
CF 17 England Andy Cole
CF 10 Wales Mark Hughes
GK 13 England Gary Walsh
MF 5 England Lee Sharpe Substituted in 46'
MF 19 England Nicky Butt Substituted in 80'
Scotland Alex Ferguson
Man Utd vs Ipswich 1995-03-04.svg
GK 1 Canada Craig Forrest Yellow card 71'
RB 19 Canada Frank Yallop
CB 5 Scotland John Wark
CB 6 England David Linighan Yellow card 52'
LB 3 England Neil Thompson
RM 18 England Steve Palmer
CM 7 Wales Geraint Williams
CM 14 England Steve Sedgley
LM 21 England Stuart Slater
CF 11 England Lee Chapman Substituted off 64'
CF 33 Scotland Alex Mathie
GK 23 England Phil Morgan
MF 4 England Paul Mason
FW 10 England Ian Marshall Substituted in 64'
Scotland George Burley
Match officials
  • Linesmen:
    • M. A. Cooper (Walsall)
    • W. Markham (Blackburn)
  • Standby official:
    • A. S. Hogg (Sheffield)
Match rules
  • 90 minutes
  • No extra-time or penalties
  • Three named substitutes
  • Maximum of two substitutions


Statistic Manchester United Ipswich Town
Goals scored 9 0
Shots on target 14 1
Shots off target 7 5
Free kicks 8 10
Offside 3 2
Fouls committed 7 6
Corner kicks 8 4
Yellow cards 0 2
Red cards 0 0
Source: [8]


The result was Manchester United's biggest league win in 103 years, matching the nine-goal margin they recorded in a 10–1 win at home to Wolverhampton Wanderers on 15 October 1892.[8] It wiped out Blackburn's goal difference advantage at the top of the table as Rovers beat Aston Villa 1–0 at Villa Park on the same day, although Rovers' manager Kenny Dalglish shrugged off the result saying, "You only get three points whether you win 9–0 or 1–0".[9]

Manchester United went on to finish second in the league, just one point behind Blackburn, while Ipswich were relegated, finishing bottom of the league.[10]

Cole's record five-goal haul was later equalled by Alan Shearer – for Newcastle United against Sheffield Wednesday in September 1999;[11] Jermain Defoe – for Tottenham Hotspur against Wigan Athletic in November 2009;[12] Dimitar Berbatov – for Manchester United against Blackburn Rovers in November 2010;[13] and Sergio Agüero – for Manchester City against Newcastle United in October 2015.[14]

Ipswich goalkeeper Forrest went on to concede a further seven goals against Manchester United, playing for West Ham United in a 7–1 defeat in April 2000.[15]



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  13. ^ Chowdhury, Saj (27 November 2010). "Man United 7–1 Blackburn". BBC Sport. British Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 27 November 2010. 
  14. ^ Bevan, Chris (3 October 2015). "Man City 6-1 Newcastle". BBC Sport (British Broadcasting Corporation). Retrieved 29 October 2015. 
  15. ^ "Results & Matches on: Sat, 1 Apr 2000". Soccerbase. Racing Post. Retrieved 13 April 2011.