Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

An FA Cup Flashback at Boro vs Ipswich

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

An FA Cup Flashback at Boro vs Ipswich

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MIDDLESBROUGH could be forgiven for thinking they've gone back in time when they arrive at Portman Road for what could well be a play-off deciding fixture.

Sunday, May 6, marks the 40th anniversary of Ipswich Town's FA Cup final victory over Arsenal at Wembley Stadium.

Therefore, the Suffolk club are calling it 78 Day in honour of their 1-0 win against Terry Neill's Gunners.

Bobby Robson was the manager who turned Ipswich into a power both in England and Europe.

The County Durham-born boss narrowly missed out on the Division One title in 1981 and 1982, finishing behind Aston Villa and then Liverpool in successive seasons.

In fact, it was Town's 2-1 defeat at Middlesbrough that enabled Villa to claim top spot in 1981.

Mick team's Alexandra Fixture congestion was widely acknowledged as the reason why Ipswich missed out on the title that year, but they did win the 1981 UEFA Cup final, beating AZ Alkmaar on aggregate over two legs.

Town actually had a uncharacteristically poor year in the league in 1977/78 and finished just two places above the relegation places but they were outstanding in the FA Cup final against Arsenal and should have won by a wider margin.

Goalscorer Roger Osbourne will be one of the guests on May 6, as will other FA Cup medal winners including former Boro players Kevin Beattie and John Wark plus ex-England internationals Paul Mariner and Mick Mills.

An Ipswich statement reads: "A signing session with the Wembley heroes will take place in the Fan-Zone in the morning, while the prestigious FA Cup trophy itself will also be at the club on the day.

"Supporters will be able to have their photo taken with the trophy in the FanZone, with all pictures downloadable at no cost from the club's Facebook account.

after his Princess "The 1978 players will also be introduced to the crowd on the pitch at half-time, with the FA Cup trophy again on show. …

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