Me and My Club
with Steve Groves
Town fan and chef Steve Groves discusses how he became a Town fan, his favourite Town player and more.
How did you become a Town fan?
My father supported Ipswich so I used to go to the odd game with him and my uncle, then me and my uncle had season tickets for 10 years, he still does. I can't make it to so many games these days.
First Town game. Year/team/score/ground?
Vs Liverpool in the Cup at Portman Road. Was 91/92 season 0-0 really cold and windy. I stood in the Churchmans and couldn't see that much! Was a good season to start going!
Favourite Town player of all time and why?
John Wark, I only got to see him towards the end of his career but he was real quality even when he was a little less mobile!
Worst moment as a Town Fan?
The 94/95 season was my first as a season ticket holder and on the whole it was pretty poor! The 9-0 to Man United was made even worse as I was at a Colchester game and they were taking great delight in announcing every goal as it went in! There was a lot of Burley bashing going on that day!
Favourite Town goal ever and why?
It has to be Reuser v Barnsley at Wembley, we'd finally done it!! Amazing day!
Best Ipswich Town captain of all time and why?
Matt Holland just because I was lucky enough to watch the team regularly when he was around. He really drove the team on and gave everything!
Favourite piece of Town memorabilia is?
I have two young children, too young to understand but they both have a kit, this will prepare them for any disappointment that lies ahead in life!!
Greatest Town game you have watched & why?
The play-off semi with Bolton (Obviously the one we won!) I think we went through every emotion that night! And off the back of coming from two down in the away leg!
Who is your favourite Town manager and why?
Bobby Robson, a great man and what he achieved was amazing! Of the managers since I've been going I'd say Burley, really enjoyed watching him build his team year on year, ultimately disappointing end to his reign but some great memories.
Most memorable Town moment as a fan of Ipswich and why?
That Wembley play-off final! Really hope we get to experience that joy again soon!