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2007 - U's Visit Portman Road

2007 - U's Visit Portman Road
The U's Championship adventure took them to Portman Road six years ago today, as they made their first league visit to Ipswich Town for decades in a highly-anticipated match.

Backed by thousands of away fans who had made the short trip up the A12, the U's made the trip in the unexpected position of being favourites for the game, occupying the final play-off position in the Championship with just eighteen games of the season to go whilst Ipswich languished in mid-table.

Buoyed by memories of Karl Duguid's winner at Layer Road in front of the Sky cameras in September, it was Doogie who again opened the scoring at Portman Road in controversial circumstances.

With a quarter of an hour on the clock, the hosts felt they should have taken the lead as Garry Richards hooked the ball away for the U's with it appearing to have gone beyond the line. The U's continued to play to the whistle though, and as the ball made it to Chris Iwelumo, he fired the ball across goal for Duguid to nestle into the net.

Richards wasn't to escape a second time though and, just fifteen minutes later, he brought down Alan Lee in the box who duly dusted himself down to bring the scores level from the spot.

Into the second half and the scores were reversed when Sylvain Legwinski headed Ipswich into the lead, forcing Geraint Williams into making changes with Jamie Guy and Johnnie Jackson replacing Hogan Ephraim and Kem Izzet.

However, just five minutes after Jackson's arrival on the pitch the game was all but won. Danny Haynes raced behind the U's defence to put himself in one-on-one with Dean Gerken, before coolly burying the ball from just inside the penalty area.

It was heartbreaking for the travelling supporters who had dreamed of three points in Town's own back yard as Duguid opened the scoring and, although Chris Iwelumo buried an injury time penalty, it was too late to prove a meaningful contribution.

Alan Lee failed to make many friends at the final whistle as he ran over to taunt and goad the away fans, and the travelling army made their way back down the A12 wondering what might have been.

Other Notable Events Today:

1990 - The U's beat Chesterfield thanks to a Richard Wilkins goal in a rare win that pulls them off the bottom of the Division Four table, a point clear of both Wrexham and Hartlepool.
1996 - A 1-1 draw away at Plymouth keeps the U's in the promotion hunt of Division Three, sat in fifth place with a game in hand on the automatic positions.
2004 - Despite falling two goals behind, Scott McGleish comes off the bench to score twice for the U's in an LDV Area Semi-Final at Northampton. He then memorably completes his hat-trick in extra time to book the U's two-legged tie with Southend in the Area Final.
2007 - Greg Halford plays his final game for the U's at Ipswich before his 2.5m transfer to Reading.

With thanks to Col U Day By Day for supplying these dates.


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Writer:Colchester Dan
Date:Sunday January 20 2013
Time: 11:19AM

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