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Last Updated: Friday, 8 April, 2005, 09:24 GMT 10:24 UK
Ipswich's cult heroes

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John Wark has been voted Ipswich's all-time cult hero by Football Focus viewers.

Wark won with 75% of the vote, ahead of fellow Ipswich favourites Kevin Beattie and Marcus Stewart.


Simply the best player to ever pull on the blue shirt, and a great crowd-pleaser.
Ken Ingham

Quite simply, the best English player of all time who once out-jumped the Scottish goalie to score at Wembley in 1975 and broke an opponent's leg (John Ritchie - Stoke) with a fair tackle, he was that strong.
Stuart Woodward

Uncompromising central defender who liked a drink! A player whose potential was never truly fulfilled at international level through injury. A larger than life figure who can still be found in many bars in the town.
James MacRae

A brute of the highest order. More injury prone than Darren Anderton and more talent and guts than Roy Keane could dream of.
Matt Thomas


Stewy will always be remembered for scoring the goals that finally ended Town's play-off hoodoo in 2000, especially the beauty against Bolton at the Reebok. One of the stars of the all-conquering side that finished 5th the following season, the goals dried up the following year as the Blues dropped out of the top flight. He had no real pace but won the fans over with his finishing ability. Always gets a warm reception when he returns to Portman Road and rightly so.
James Collier

For scoring the goals that led us to the Premiership.
Tom M

Despite doubts over his ability to adapt to the Premiership, Stewy netted a brilliant 21 goals as Ipswich finished fifth, although things didn't quite go to plan the following season...


Always likely to score and a great inspiration to those around him.
Ken Ingham

John Wark has to be the ultimate, for so many reasons. Between his first and last game for Ipswich, 21 years passed. OK, he went to Liverpool in-between to replace that other handsome Scot Souness, but he came back to his roots. He was winner of the European Golden Boot Award in 1981 (I think it was then...), his record held for about 16 years until Jurgen Klinsmann came and ruined the party for him. That was when he was a genius striker. Following that he became a midfield general and a defensive rock, a first team coach (for three games), a youth team coach and now a scout. All that and he has never lost his Glasgee accent or his porn star 'tache. Respect is yours John Wark.
Stephen Howse

Talk about midfielders that score goals, and Jonny is your man.
Will Marston

A moustachioed monster in whatever role he performed. We got relegated in the season he shaved it off at Christmas.
Kevin Maule

I lost track of the number of times Warky signed for the club but he was a fantastic servant through the years from the glory days of the Bobby Robson era when he was all over the pitch to the point that they gave him a zimmer frame on caster wheels during his final season. Still connected with the club, I think as a scout.
James Belton

Defender/Midfielder/Attacker- all quality. If he was playing now he would be worth 40m with all those goals from midfield. Loved the team so much he joined us 3 times!!
Matt Thomas

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