Me and My Club
with Tim Young
Leader of Colchester Labour Group and Town fan Tim Young discusses his favourite Town player, goal and more.
How did you become a Town fan?
Well, I don’t think I was supposed to be one as my Dad is a Gooner but I rebelled as you will see from my next answer.
We always watched Anglia TV’s ‘Match of the Week’ and supported most of the Regional teams (bar one of course!) but Town were always my favourite. I had a soft spot for Chelsea in the early 70s (Bonetti, Cooke, Chopper Harris, Osgood what wasn’t to like?) but it’s really always been Town for me.
First Town game. Year/team/score/ground?
24 August 1968 at Portman Road versus Arsenal.
We lost 2-1 and Ray Crawford, in his second spell with the club, scored our goal. My Dad took my older brother and I along ostensibly to watch his team, Arsenal, hoping that we would catch the bug and come home as committed Gunners.
We stood in Churchmans and I certainly became addicted but to the team in blue not red. Sorry, Dad!
Favourite Town player of all time and why?
I have seen so many great Town players over the years with special mentions to Colin Viljoen, Kevin Beattie, Paul Mariner, Jason Dozzell, Shefki Kuqi and David McGoldrick but head and shoulders above them all has to be
We changed the way we played after our FA Cup triumph just to accommodate him and what a stroke of genius that was as we became the best team in the country.
He had a wand of a left foot and, as someone once wrote, he was so elegant he could have played football in a dinner suit. I remember his (very rare) right foot volley that won an FA Cup Quarter Final replay against Forest past Peter Shilton, also curling one in with his wand at Carrow Road in a League Cup tie. And who was it who set up Marco Van Basten for his volley of the century against Russia in the European Championship Final? There is, indeed, only one
Worst moment as a Town Fan?
6 March 1985. Milk Cup semi final 2nd Leg at Carrow Road. Steve Bruce. Say no more.
Favourite Town goal ever and why?
“Reuser – Premiership.” Has to be Martijn’s last minute clincher in the Play Off Final against Barnsley. I went on my own as my family were going off for a holiday to Center Parcs.
It’s the only time I have watched Town at Wembley and when that goal went in I just went wild and hugged everyone around me. Got the train back to Colchester then drove to join the family at Elveden Forest going under all the bridges on the A12 with the ITFC banners on them.
When I reached our cabin at Center Parcs I just chanted ‘We are Premier League’ at the window. Unforgettable and took us back to where we really belong.
Best Ipswich Town captain of all time and why?
Mick Mills. Look at the success we had with him as skipper. Never the flashiest but always consistent and commanded respect. Came up with the odd important goal as well. He was certainly a better captain than he is a pundit!
Favourite piece of Town memorabilia is?
My wristwatch. I have had it for ages and wear it every day. Whenever I check the time it reminds me of the greatest football club on the planet.
Greatest Town game you have watched & why?
Again so many, including both legs of the UEFA Cup Final and the Play Off Final, but I will go for the 1978 FA Cup semi-final v West Brom at Highbury.
I went with my school mate and fellow Town fan, Kevin Crane, on the train and tube and we stood in the Clock End. We went 2-0 up early on through Talbot (who split his head open and had to go off) and Mills but WBA pulled one back from the penalty spot.
We got a corner in the last minute and I was perfectly placed to see Warky’s header soar into the net. 3-1 Town. “We’re going to Wembley, we’re going to Wembley; you’re not’ you’re not.” Train home to Clacton where I gave my Mum a huge hug and said, “This is the best day of my life.
Who is your favourite Town manager and why?
Sir Bobby of course because he made little Ipswich Town the best team in the country and brought us major trophies. We took success for granted when he was our manager.
He wasn’t perfect though because if he’d brought in adequate replacements for long term injury casualties, Butcher and Mariner, in 80/81 we would have won the league. You can’t criticise a legend too much though can you?! I do have to say however that I do love Mick McCarthy who has given us our pride back.
Most memorable Town moment as a fan of Ipswich and why?
I have mentioned a few of them but as I have condemned my son to a lifetime of trials and tribulations as a Town fan too it has to be one we’ve shared. I love going to away games and have been to over 50 grounds to watch the Town and we now often go together (he’s 18).
Millwall away last season was pretty special when we met up with his sister (my older daughter) who was living near the New Den at the time and we all sat with the massed ranks of Town fans and witnessed our 3-1 win. Noel Hunt’s brace got the party started and Jonny Parr’s clincher right in front of us makes it a very special memory. That game was featured in a documentary show fronted by Michael Portillo later in the year and, if you looked, very closely you could spot the three of us having a thoroughly enjoyable time!