Me and My Club
with Harry Wainwright
Town fan Harry Wainwright discusses how he became a Town fan, his favourite Town player and more.
How did you become a Town fan?
Growing up in Dublin in the seventies, most people supported Manchester United, Liverpool or Celtic, but as a 13-year-old I was captivated by this team - not from a big city - who were tearing a strip across Europe, beating the likes of Real Madrid and Lazio in our first European run under Sir Bobby. I was hooked.
First Town game. Year/team/score/ground?
In England visiting relatives in Leicester with my Dad, it was a 0-0 draw at Filbert Street in November 1975.
Favourite Town player of all time and why?
Trevor Whymark - a lethal finisher, brilliant in the air and a player who could effortless ghost past defenders. I believe he would have thrived in the modern game with his array of skills.
Worst moment as a Town Fan?
Back to November 1975, and a catastrophic 4-0 defeat away to Club Bruges in the UEFA Cup having won the home game 3-0. They pulled it back level by half-time, but only got their winner near the end. I was utterly devastated. They went on to lose to Liverpool in the final.
Favourite Town goal ever and why?
Back to Trevor Whymark here, and his second goal in our 7-0 massacre of West Brom in November 1976.
It think it was Paul Mariner's first game and the two of them combined brilliantly and sliced the visitors defence apart. It was a perfect moment.
Best Ipswich Town captain of all time and why?
Mick Mills, for his quiet authority and for the way he led by example.
There is one moment after Trevor scored his fourth against Lazio and Portman Road is in a tumult. Mick jogs up and quietly shakes Trevor's hand as if to offer an understated 'Well done'. He was a calm head amidst the mayhem.
Favourite piece of Town memorabilia is?
My Ipswich-Arsenal Subbuteo mug depicting Roger Osborne's FA Cup winning goal.
Greatest Town game you have watched & why?
An odd choice, but last seasons 2-2 draw at Bournemouth gave me hope in our team like no game I have witnessed in years. We showed such character to withstand a battering and ended up playing very dangerous opponents on our terms, nearly pinching a winner.
Who is your favourite Town manager and why?
Sir Bobby, a man who showed you could achieve greatness and also be both a humane and decent person to the core. I am so proud he managed my football team.
Most memorable Town moment as a fan of Ipswich and why?
Another odd one - saying hello to George Burley after unexpectedly standing beside him in a queue at a service station on the M4 when he was with his team on the way to a pre-season game as manager of Southampton.
I have worked in roles which have involved meeting celebrities from time to time, but I was unashamedly star-struck!