16 February 1980
Ipswich Town 2 (Burley,
Wark) Chester 1 (Jones)
FA Cup 5th Round
Ipswich Town: Cooper,
Burley, Mills, Thijssen, Osman, Butcher, Wark, Muhren,
Gates, Brazil, Woods. Sub Beattie.
Chester: Millington, Jeffries, Walker,
Storton, Cottam, Oakes, Sutcliffe, Jones, Rush, Phillips,
Howat. Sub Burns.
Ipswich Town pay their first
ever visit to Chester for today’s FA Cup fixture.
The only previous meeting between the two sides took
place in the FA Cup Fifth
Round at Portman Road in the 1979/80 season. On that
occasion Ipswich were unbeaten in twelve games and flying
high in the old Division One while Chester were mid-table
in Division Three and making only their third appearance
in the last 16.
Ipswich, widely tipped to reach Wembley for the second
time in three seasons, were managed by Bobby Robson and
included familiar names like England internationals Mick
Mills and Terry Butcher but their shining lights were
Dutch masters Frans Thijssen and Arnold Muhren part of
the new wave of foreign internationals in English football.
Chester, led by player-manager Alan
Oakes, had reached the Fifth Round after victories over
Workington, Barnsley, Newcastle United and Millwall
and were heavily reliant on the goals of teenage sensation
Ian Rush who had scored 12 goals in his previous 18
games. The youngster, who was being closely tracked
by Manchester City and Liverpool, lined up without his
regular striking partner Peter Henderson giving a rare
opportunity for Ian Howat, another product of Cliff
Sear’s youth team.
Chester started the game confidently and took a surprise
lead in the ninth minute when a hopeful punt upfield
by central defender John Cottam was met by Brynley Jones.
The Welsh midfielder, one of the smallest players on
the pitch, managed to evade the marking of the giant
Ipswich defenders and sent a looping header over keeper
Paul Cooper much to the delight of the large Chester
following behind the goal. For thirty minutes a first
ever appearance in the sixth round looked on the cards
as flying winger Peter Sutcliffe and young Rush caused
problems in the Ipswich defence but gradually the home
side got a grip on the game and in-form keeper Grenville
Millington had to be on his toes to deny Eric Gates after
a poor back pass from Oakes.
With half time approaching Chester
were dealt a cruel psychological blow when Ipswich turned
the tie on its head with two goals in three minutes.
First of all full-back George Burley dived to head home
a Thijssen cross. Then, in the 44th minute, Burley centred
for Gates who laid the ball back for John Wark and the
Scottish international volleyed in from close range.
Brynley Jones opens the
scoring for Chester.
Evening Leader special
The second half failed to produce
the excitement of the first forty-five minutes as Ipswich
controlled the game without ever looking like they would
run away with the game. The Dutchmen, Muhren and Thijssen,
gave masterful performances in midfield and showed why
they were so highly rated while Jones and Ronnie Phillips
battled admirably for Chester. With seven minutes to
go Howat had the chance to set up a replay at Sealand
Road but he shot into the side netting while Millington
had to be alert to block Alan Brazil’s stinging
drive in the closing stages.
After the game Bobby Robson was
full of praise for the Chester performance admitting
that he had been worried after his side had conceded
the early goal and suggesting that their brave display
had deserved a replay. However a more realistic Alan
Oakes recognised that Ipswich were the better side and
just about deserved the narrow victory. Nevertheless
it had been a gritty performance and Ipswich had been
given some nervous moments and forced to work hard for
their place in the last eight.
Team picture from the front
cover of the Chester Chronicle special supplement.
Back: Cliff Sear (assistant manager), David Burns, John
Cottam, Ian Howat, Grenville Millington, Trevor Storton,
Paul Raynor, Jim Walker, Vince Pritchard (trainer).
Front: Peter Sutcliffe, Peter Henderson, Ron Phillips,
Alan Oakes (player-manager), Ian Rush, Brynley Jones,
Sumner [Published 6/1/07]