For my sins I’m an Ipswich Town fan. For those of little interest in the beautiful game we currently struggle along in League One, the old Division Three. But wait, 39 years ago we used to be half decent and would have had an invite to the ESL. 39 years ago we had just won 1-0 away to Cologne in the second leg of the UEFA cup semifinal to get through to the final…this is what happened next ad told by Terry Butcher, who scored the only goal.
“After such an important goal and one of the most memorable nights in the club’s history, Butcher deserved to celebrate.
“We came back, on the flight to Southend and Russell Osman and I got some miniatures for the bus home, a big bagful,” he remembered.
“So we had a good drink on the way back and we got back well past midnight in the early hours and went to Russell’s house in Ecclestone Close in the town.
“Rex, Russell’s dad who ran the Centre Spot at Portman Road, had made us a lovely casserole so we had a meal when we got back, because you don’t get much on the plane and you didn’t want much on the plane.
“I remember sitting outside with Russell at 7.30 in the morning with a crate of Holsten Pils and my neighbour went past me on his way to work, I lived just down the road in Furness Close, and he just said ‘Good result last night lads, well done!’ as he walked past us as if anybody might be sitting out drinking beer in the garden at that time any day of the week.”