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Cult players

Post by AzzurroMark » Tue Mar 31, 2020 4:18 pm

Have just been reading on TWTD about Neil Thompson's right-footed strike against Southend. Personally i still remember his fantastic, unstoppable free kick in a home match against Portsmouth. Maybe it was his knack of scoring a few real blinders, but Neil Thompson was a player i particularly liked.

This got me on to thinking about cult Ipswich players. Ones who were maybe not blessed with an abundance of talent, in fact they may have been bang average, but players who, for some reason struck a chord with the fans. I am sure we all have our particular players in mind. I am thinking the likes of Gus Uhlenbeek, Sito Castro, Paul Mason, or maybe a loan player such as Sixto Peralta. Just one or two names that have come to me as i typed this. It has been particularly quiet on here lately, so would be nice to open up a discussion.

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Re: Cult players

Post by number 9 » Tue Mar 31, 2020 5:13 pm

I’d think Shefki Kuqi would fall under this category Mark. He was bit of a donkey, but he was also well liked.

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Re: Cult players

Post by AzzurroMark » Tue Mar 31, 2020 5:45 pm

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I’d think Shefki Kuqi would fall under this category Mark. He was bit of a donkey, but he was also well liked.
Would totally agree with that. I think the anticipation of his belly-flop/flying Fin goal celebration clearly enhanced this.

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Post by tangfastic » Tue Mar 31, 2020 6:14 pm

Sito Castro was a player i liked, but always had that odd mistake in him. Pity that he didn’t quite make it as a regular.

I always liked Micky Stockwell - over 500 appearances. Not one of our greats, but must be one who could be considered as a ‘cult’ player. Remember the great solo goal against Wimbledon.

Roger Osborne, too. Never a real regular, but he won us the FA Cup.... and then feinted.

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Post by Ricco » Tue Mar 31, 2020 7:31 pm

Titus Bramble :lol:

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Post by Andym » Tue Mar 31, 2020 7:35 pm

I think Sito Castro is a good call. Gave everything and I think he was underrated. Was sorry to see him go.

Shefki Kuqi was a real cult figure. Not that talented but would run through a wall for the club. Helped Darren Bent make a name for himself by flicking on the long balls for Bent to run onto.

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Post by AzzurroMark » Tue Mar 31, 2020 8:52 pm

Ricco wrote:
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Titus Bramble :lol:
When Titus used to make those storming runs up the middle of the pitch it certainly lifted the crowd. Seem to remember a particularly impressive burst forward against Sunderland.

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Post by number 9 » Tue Mar 31, 2020 8:55 pm

I remember Reuser becoming a short time fan favorite. If I recall correctly, didn't he score a cracking long distance goal?

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Post by saint jude » Wed Apr 01, 2020 12:46 am

Adam Tanner

How often did the team win away at Anfield. May have been a strike from distance although such details from that day seem unclear other than we got a victory there in the 1995 relegation year. By no means a big name player or ever to make it to iconic status but for that goal alone and the score it brought, warrants a mention.

Mauricio Tarrico

First impressions were very good, became a key worker in a team that were good enough for a promotion but lost out to the eventual play-off system. Brought in by Lyall if correct, a creative and determined individual.

Lee Chapman

Only here a short time in fact blink and you would have missed it but causing a field invasion after a home goal (and victory) with Southampton (?) in the weeks before the teams 1995 relegation, felt it deserved a place among it.

Ulrich Wilson

Incident at Harwich when customs officers discover suitcases full of pornographic material : Wilson subsequently puts the blame at (Romeo) Zondervans door, the former gets deported back to the Netherlands and believe not returned to British soil. Played a handful of games with us before incident.

Shefki Kuqi

Other than the obvious goal celebration thing was a player that while not spectacular, weighed in with some important strikes and became a valuable member of the team over time. Never an icon but a name that stands out above others for individual traits.

Alex Mathie

He did score three against Norwich in a 5 - 0 win in 1998 right ? Been so long since we last saw victory over those fucks sometimes you have to question you own integrity about facts you know - or should be - correct. Not a prolific striker from what you can recall but an important member of the Burley team at the turn of the century. Must have proved a good partnership with David Johnson for a time, two names that while again were never superlative, could be relied on to contribute.

Richard Naylor

Can't pinpoint exactly why the inclusion but feel he needs to be part of it. Could operate in a number of positions and played it's hand in a number of pivotal games and scores. Scored in the 2000 play-off victory I feel but embarrassed to admit not certain on it. Versatile player that was utilized to good effect by the manager/s of the time.


Other names that were considered included Allan Hunter, Clive Woods, but they reached notice for events off the field rather than on it. (Hunter missed an important Championship game after falling over his dog in the dark, Woods injured his back attempting to whack a wasp with a gardening tool) Other names you can add to the proper section when time permits it but something to include if nothing else.

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Re: Cult players

Post by AzzurroMark » Wed Apr 01, 2020 7:25 am

Some good suggestions there Saint Jude, especially Tarrico and Naylor.
Have to confess that i do not recall Ulrich Wilson, but judging by the fact it was during the Zondervan era, it was in my earlier days of supporting Town, and a long time before my first visit to PR. Romeo Zondervan was a player i liked, maybe the continental name was the appeal there.

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Post by nicscreamer » Wed Apr 01, 2020 10:03 am

Eric "ugly as a carthorse" Gates

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nicscreamer wrote:
Wed Apr 01, 2020 10:03 am
Eric "ugly as a carthorse" Gates
I can see Gatesy being a cult hero, but I see him as more of the ‘legends’ category. We had so many in that category from that era.

I saw a photo yesterday of Paul Mariner in the EADT and it amused to see him wearing an EG training top. Surprised it fit him. Today’s footballers probably get 10 pairs of personalised training gear right down to their pants... bet they didn’t have to borrow a training top 3 sizes too small.

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Post by nicscreamer » Wed Apr 01, 2020 10:58 am

That's a great Pic of Paul!

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Post by AzzurroMark » Wed Apr 01, 2020 5:49 pm

Always interesting as to the attributes which might bring a player a cult following. There are probably different levels, if you also take in those who have shone in the local derby. Players like Danny Haynes, Fabian Wilnis, Dean Bowditch, two of whom only, IMO, really gained any level of cult status for these encounters alone.

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Post by tangfastic » Thu Apr 02, 2020 9:41 am

Jim Magilton should be classed as a cult player - especially after his heroics in the play-offs against Bolton.

Just noticed a recent podcast interview with Jim - from BlueMonday.

https://youtu.be/BWWH3DG7JVQ

Only able to listen to 10 minutes at the moment - but very interesting so far.

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Post by Ricco » Thu Apr 02, 2020 5:37 pm

Good interview, made me go back and flick trough some of the old playoff games from turn of the century.

Bit of a shame that's all they touched on though, would be more interesting to hear about where he thinks the club started going wrong, his time in charge and where the club finds itself now. Though I'm sure considering the times they were just trying to reminisce and cheer everyone up with memories of good times!

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Post by tangfastic » Thu Apr 02, 2020 5:54 pm

Ricco wrote:
Thu Apr 02, 2020 5:37 pm
Good interview, made me go back and flick trough some of the old playoff games from turn of the century.

Bit of a shame that's all they touched on though, would be more interesting to hear about where he thinks the club started going wrong, his time in charge and where the club finds itself now. Though I'm sure considering the times they were just trying to reminisce and cheer everyone up with memories of good times!
I think there might be a part two. The presenter stopped it there and said as much. It was over an hour long at that point.... Christ Jim can talk.

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Post by Charnwood » Thu Apr 02, 2020 10:58 pm

Two cult players for me and apologies to the younger generation as one goes back a long way, are Derek “Chopper” Jefferson and Alan Hunter, neither of whom were to be messed with if any opponent hurt any of our players.

I’m sure I’ll think of a few more as time goes by.

Oh yes, a definite qualifier.... Roger Osborne 👍

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Charnwood wrote:
Thu Apr 02, 2020 10:58 pm
Two cult players for me and apologies to the younger generation as one goes back a long way, are Derek “Chopper” Jefferson and Alan Hunter, neither of whom were to be messed with if any opponent hurt any of our players.

I’m sure I’ll think of a few more as time goes by.

Oh yes, a definite qualifier.... Roger Osborne 👍
At 50, it's nice to be classed in the younger generation. Thanks Charny :wink: :lol:

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AzzurroMark wrote:
Fri Apr 03, 2020 8:27 am
Charnwood wrote:
Thu Apr 02, 2020 10:58 pm
Two cult players for me and apologies to the younger generation as one goes back a long way, are Derek “Chopper” Jefferson and Alan Hunter, neither of whom were to be messed with if any opponent hurt any of our players.

I’m sure I’ll think of a few more as time goes by.

Oh yes, a definite qualifier.... Roger Osborne 👍
At 50, it's nice to be classed in the younger generation. Thanks Charny :wink: :lol:
You never believe it Mark, I get called “Young Un” at the golf club by some and that’s at 69 !

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Charnwood wrote:
Thu Apr 02, 2020 10:58 pm
Two cult players for me and apologies to the younger generation as one goes back a long way, are Derek “Chopper” Jefferson and Alan Hunter, neither of whom were to be messed with if any opponent hurt any of our players.

I’m sure I’ll think of a few more as time goes by.

Oh yes, a definite qualifier.... Roger Osborne 👍
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Post by verulam » Fri Apr 03, 2020 1:39 pm

Big All was one hell of a player but do you remember the player that went to Blackburn as part of the deal that brought Hunter to Portman Road? It was Bobby Bell and his partnership with Derek Jefferson had them described as two of the hardest defenders in the division.
Going back a bit further in time I liked Jo Broadfoot. He was a winger with an incredible turn of speed and a good eye for goal (20 in 100 games). He came from Millwall in 1963, went to Northampton in 65 (their one and only season in the TOP division) then went back to Millwall before returning to Town in 67. Had a Jag E type and was also a registered London black cab driver.

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Post by saint jude » Fri Apr 03, 2020 9:33 pm

Why not include Priskin in this. Didn't seem to last long but for a time weighed in with a number of important strikes. Fell out of favor with fans after a while, wouldn't be the first, unlikely to be the last.

Player who scored in the Inter Milan home game in the UEFA Cup just after our 5th place EPL achievement. Who was it though, maybe Armstrong or Leadbitter, can't recall the scorer from that night but to beat one of the biggest names on the continental scene for the first time in maybe 20 years deserves a mention. Occasions like it don't come our way too often in the 21st Century.

Tommy Miller, Jermaine Wright, Stockwell, Counago, even Kiwomya : not great players by any distance but those in recent time that made a difference and played a hand in eventual scores and achievement.

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Post by AzzurroMark » Fri Apr 03, 2020 10:45 pm

Saint Jude, you're thinking of Alun Armstrong who scored at home to Inter Milan (and a penalty away). Seems to be a slightly forgotten name for Ipswich, but i liked him.

Not sure about Priskin though, just my opinion of him. Maybe you're just trying to wind up Marko69, i know he is a big fan :lol: .

Talking of more recent names, how about Jon Walters? A real hard worker, but am i being slightly blinded by his loan return, where we were hoping he would be a saviour?

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Post by Marvinbay1973 » Sat Apr 04, 2020 12:37 pm

Wonder how many goals we would score today if we had Neil Thompson taking his thunderbolt corner kicks

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Post by AzzurroMark » Mon Apr 06, 2020 8:32 am

Marvinbay1973 wrote:
Sat Apr 04, 2020 12:37 pm
Wonder how many goals we would score today if we had Neil Thompson taking his thunderbolt corner kicks
Or Mark Venus. Both players used to hit them with such ferocity, i certainly wouldn't want to be a goalie trying to stop them :lol:

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Post by marko69 » Mon Apr 06, 2020 3:12 pm

That’s the difference here in Scotland. Thunderbolt corners usually go out for a shy on the other side! 🤦‍♂️

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Post by number 9 » Mon Apr 06, 2020 9:28 pm

Who was it who had such a bad shot we all used to joke the ball probably hit the twentieth row or higher in the stands? :lol:

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Post by Charnwood » Mon Apr 06, 2020 11:07 pm

verulam wrote:
Fri Apr 03, 2020 1:39 pm
Big All was one hell of a player but do you remember the player that went to Blackburn as part of the deal that brought Hunter to Portman Road? It was Bobby Bell and his partnership with Derek Jefferson had them described as two of the hardest defenders in the division.
Going back a bit further in time I liked Jo Broadfoot. He was a winger with an incredible turn of speed and a good eye for goal (20 in 100 games). He came from Millwall in 1963, went to Northampton in 65 (their one and only season in the TOP division) then went back to Millwall before returning to Town in 67. Had a Jag E type and was also a registered London black cab driver.
Blimey, I’d forgotten Joe Broadfoot, what a brilliant quick and tricky winger he was, a really fast No 7 as I recall. I’d also forgotten he left us and came back again.

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Re: Cult players

Post by Marvinbay1973 » Wed Apr 08, 2020 9:21 am

number 9 wrote:
Mon Apr 06, 2020 9:28 pm
Who was it who had such a bad shot we all used to joke the ball probably hit the twentieth row or higher in the stands? :lol:
Shefki ?

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