Ahead of City’s trip to Portman Road, here’s some epilepsy-inducing footage of the Tigers home encounter with Ipswich in the 1989/1990 season.
On a bright May Tuesday evening late in the campaign, City took a commanding 3-0 lead, with goals from Peter Swan (stolen from Richard Jobson), Dave Bamber (no really!) and Greame Atkinson (who completed a buccaneering run with a fine finish). Roused into action, Ipswich, not the bleeding Tractor Boys back then, responded with two goals from Scouse striker David Lowe, the first a header, the second a neat low finish past corpulent City keeper Iain Hesford.
Unmarked, Ian Redford headed Ipswich level with a close range header from a free kick near the corner flag and City appeared to have thrown a win away. Andy Payton however, netted a winner as late in the game The Tigers resorted to route one football, a Hesford goal kick was twice knocked forward, lastly by Bamber, and the mulleted magician Payton turned his marker smartly before slotting past Craig Forrest. Payton had missed a penalty earlier in the game, but that highlight has been omitted.
City ended 1989/1990 in 14th place in the Second Division under Stan Ternant, who had replaced Colin Appleton in October. Appleton’s second stab at managing City was a bit of a disaster, but the part time carpenter did at least upgrade the Boothferry Park dressing rooms.