Me and My Club
with Kevin Painter
Darts Player and Town fan Kevin Painter discusses his first Town game, favourite Town manager and more.
How did you become a Town fan?
I lived in Essex as a kid and it only took half hour to get to Portman Road so that's how I became a Town fan.
First Town game. Year/team/score/ground?
As far as I can remember I think my first Town game was in 1976 at home against Leeds United.
Ipswich Won 1-0 and Kevin Beattie scored from around the halfway line with the ball sailing over Leeds keeper David Harvey.
Favourite Town player of all time and why?
We have had some great players over the years but Paul Mariner has to be my favourite, a proper centre forward, strength, pace, great in the air and on the ground. John Wark would be a close second.
Worst moment as a Town Fan?
Worst moments have been any Derby day defeats and the two consecutive years of losing to West Ham in the play-off semi finals.
Favourite Town goal ever and why?
Favourite town goal is a difficult one, but I'm going for both Marcus Stewart`s goals to get us back in the game/tie at Bolton in the first leg play-off semi at The Reebok because of how important they turned out to be.
Two great goals as well from who I consider our second best ever striker behind Mariner.
Best Ipswich Town captain of all time and why?
We have had some great captains but my favourite is Matty Holland, a great player.
A great leader and always had time for the fans.
Favourite piece of Town memorabilia is?
I have a bit of Town stuff from the past, programmes, signatures etc but I'm not a collector of memorabilia as such.
Greatest Town game you have watched & why?
I don't have a greatest Town game in particular, some of our wins in our UEFA CUP winning year campaign against St Etienne, Cologne etc were outstanding.
Who is your favourite Town manager and why?
Favourite Town manager has to be Sir Bobby Robson, incredible what he achieved at Ipswich and very unlucky it wasn't a lot more..a Legend.
Most memorable Town moment as a fan of Ipswich and why?
My favourite moment as a Town fan was being at Wembley when we won the 2000 play-off final against Barnsley.