Me and My Club
with Adam Rutherford
Doctor and Town fan Adam Rutherford discusses his favourite Town player, goal and more.
How did you become a Town fan?
Born and bred in Ipswich, I was 6 when we won the UEFA Cup, so really not much option other than to be a Blue for life.
First Town game. Year/team/score/ground?
I don't remember my first game clearly, but Dad tells me it was Aston Villa in the early 80s, and we won.
Favourite Town player of all time and why?
John Wark. Obviously. Because, John Wark. How is that even a question.
Worst moment as a Town Fan?
9–0 against Man U in 95. Poor old Craig Forrest.
Favourite Town goal ever and why?
Alun Armstrong against Inter Milan at Portman Road. Unbeaten at home in Europe!
Best Ipswich Town captain of all time and why?
Matty Holland. Just a towering man of honour during those golden years.
Favourite piece of Town memorabilia is?
Some time in the 80s, after the Mexico World Cup when Bobby Robson was managing England, I was walking down the Norwich Road with my dad and sister. Bobby was walking towards us, and my Dad said 'Hello Bobby', and he said 'Hello David'. It turned out we used to live next door to Bobby and Elsie, and I was just dumbstruck as they chatted away. Bobby then got his wallet out and gave me and my sister £20 each 'for ice creams'.
I kept that 20 note for ten years, until eventually caving in and spending it on beer in the Malt Kiln. That man was a gentleman and a legend.
Greatest Town game you have watched & why?
Easily the Play Off Final at Wembley.
I was there with my dad and Gran, on the halfway line. Richard Wright doing his X man penalty save. Such drama.
Who is your favourite Town manager and why?
George Burley. He made us play such quality football. Not much use in the 1st Division, but when we went up, no-one expected such a fluid, passing team. Which is why we came 5th. They were expecting hoofers, and we were like European teams.
Most memorable Town moment as a fan of Ipswich and why?
My best mate and I went on a road trip that ended in Helsingborg in 2001.
It was November, and freezing cold, but the travelling Blue Army was magnificent. Hreidarsson and a double for Marcus Stewart. And the Swedes were such cracking hosts, even after losing.