Me and My Club
with Zach Ward
Town fan Zach Ward discusses his favourite Town goal, greatest Town game and more.
How did you become a Town fan?
My Dad has been following the Town since the 1950s, so I really had no choice! I was born in Bury St Edmunds and still live there, so my local team.
First Town game. Year/team/score/ground?
My very first ITFC wasn't a classic - it was a nil-nil draw, Ipswich Reserves against Wimbledon Reserves. Really can't remember much from the game, apart from the odd shot clearing over the top of the Sir Bobby Robson stand, and my little sister being scared by Bluey.
Favourite Town player of all time and why?
Fabian Wilnis is probably the first footballing hero I can remember having. I am a right back too - but the very defining moment was my first as a season ticket holder, when we hosted Manchester United on our return to the Premier League in 2000. The atmosphere was absolutely incredible that night - it was all season in fact. His goal was one of the moments of the season. I always liked his passion, he was a tremendous player, and we all know what he had to say about Norwich a few years ago, which endeared him to every Tractor Boy.
Worst moment as a Town Fan?
Quite a few of these! Relegation in 2001/2 after an amazing first season; the two 2nd leg defeats to West Ham in the playoffs two seasons in a row were hard to take. In 2004-05 we really should have won the league.
Favourite Town goal ever and why?
My favourite Town goal is one of the best I have ever seen us score. Sylvain Legwinski scored an absolutely brilliant volley away at QPR in the 2007/08 season.
Best Ipswich Town captain of all time and why?
Although he played before my time, I think Mick Mills will probably have to go down as our best captain of all time. He helped lead our best-ever side to FA Cup and UEFA Cup final glory. We probably won't see those days ever again. In more recent times, Matt Holland was an excellent captain, too. He led by example, both on and off the pitch.
Favourite piece of Town memorabilia is?
I’ve been fortunate to be gifted some programmes from the Robson era, including the FA Cup Final. I won a shirt signed by last season’s squad in a recent charity auction which has just been framed ready for the wall.
Greatest Town game you have watched & why?
Beating Inter Milan at home is probably the greatest game I have seen us play and win. I can remember when my Dad picked me up from school as a 12-year-old and he told me we had Inter Milan in the UEFA Cup...I just couldn't believe it. And to win on the night was amazing. Their team was packed with talent, even though they did rest a few on the night. Francesco Toldo, Javier and Cristiano Zanetti and Clarence Seedorf all turned out at Portman Road. It's a night I'm sure of those who managed to go along will never forget.
Who is your favourite Town manager and why?
Sir Bobby Robson and Sir Alf Ramsey are two giants of the game, and put Ipswich on the map. If it wasn't for those two, it's anyone's guess where we would be today. I'm very jealous of all of those who saw the sides they created. In the modern era, George Burley crafted an outfit which played some incredible football. And I'm also a big Mick McCarthy fan.
Most memorable Town moment as a fan of Ipswich and why?
Unfortunately, as I was on holiday, I missed the Wembley victory in 2000 - although watching on the TV was a rollercoaster enough. But in person, my first ever Norwich away game was in 2005.6, and the famous Danny Haynes handball goal in injury time. Winning in that manner, at Carrow Road - that's a top feeling!