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Ipswich's '78 FA Cup-winning team

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Highlights of Ipswich's FA Cup win in 1978

Sir Bobby Robson and Ipswich's FA Cup-winning side of 1978 will be celebrating the 30th anniversary of their famous victory on Monday, 5 May.

Local boy Roger Osborne scored the game's only goal against Arsenal, in front of 100,000 supporters.

Osborne and his team-mates will enjoy an open-top bus parade around the town centre before highlights of the match are shown to fans on the Cornhill.

Guest of honour Robson will also be handed the Freedom of Ipswich.

To mark the anniversary, BBC Suffolk has pulled together archive television footage, photos and accounts from fans as well as players.

But for more background information on the players that made history for Ipswich, BBC Radio Suffolk's Bryan Knights presents profiles of the 11 starters and one sub:


Left back and captain of the team at Wembley. Mick holds the record for the number of Ipswich Town appearances, having played 741 games for the club.

He joined Town from Portsmouth as a 17-year-old when Pompey abandoned their youth team.

Mick Mills
Mills played more games for Ipswich than anyone else

Mills made his debut against Wolves at the end of that season and played for Town for 16 years before leaving for Southampton.

In total he scored 30 goals for the club and also captained the Uefa Cup winning side.

Mick later managed Stoke City and Colchester. He gained 42 England caps, skippering his country and was awarded the MBE for services to football.


Goalkeeper and another long-serving player who joined Town as a 20-year-old from Birmingham City initially on loan before becoming a permanent player.

During the Cup-winning season Cooper played in all but two of Town's 58 matches. In total his 575 appearances puts him fourth on the list of Ipswich players.

He, too, gained a Uefa Cup winner's medal and is considered very unlucky not to have played for England, but Paul was competing with the likes of Peter Shilton and Ray Clemence.

He left Town for Leicester after a 13-year career at Portman Road.


Right-back and another in Town's all-time top five for appearances. George played 500 matches after joining as an apprentice in 1973 and won 11 Scotland caps while with the club.

His debut was as a 17-year-old against Manchester United in direct opposition to George Best.

Another Uefa Cup winner, he left in 1985 to join Sunderland and after retiring from playing joined the managerial ranks in Scotland.

After a short spell in charge of Colchester, he was appointed manager at Portman Road in 1994 and took the club to promotion and fourth place in the Premier League.


Midfielder and local lad, Ipswich-born and bred, he joined straight from school as a 17-year-old in 1970 but waited over three years for his debut.

He missed just two games in 1977/78 and ended up playing 227 times and scoring 31 goals for Ipswich before being sold to Arsenal eight months after Wembley.

He was a member of the Gunners' Cup-winning side that season. Of his six England caps, five were gained while at Ipswich.

He later managed West Brom and was for a time chairman of the Professional Footballers' Association.


Centre-half and another long-serving and hugely popular player with 355 appearances and 10 goals for the club.

He was signed by Robson from Blackburn in 1971 and is Town's most capped player, representing Northern Ireland 47 times while with the club - adding to the six caps previously gained.

He played very little for the first team after the Cup final and left to become player-manager of Colchester in 1982.


Central defender and dubbed with Allan Hunter as "Bacon and Eggs" by Robson.

Injury robbed him of many more than the 307 appearances for Town and nine England caps.

Kevin played just 21 times during the Cup-winning season and it was a similar story in 1980/81 when he missed out on the Uefa Cup Final.

He also scored 32 goals including some spectacular ones.

Beattie came to Town as a 16-year-old apprentice and made his debut against Manchester United.

He retired in 1982, aged 29. Attempts at a comeback were unsuccessful.


Midfielder and local hero, Roger is the man whose goal was the Wembley winner.

Roger Osborne gives the thumbs up
Osborne will go down in Town history for scoring the only goal

His start at Portman Road came late at 21 after driving his younger brother to midweek training and joining in.

He made his first of 149 appearances against Wolves in 1973. The Wembley goal was one of 10 he scored for the club.

Among Roger's other memorable games for the club was the night he played Dutch legend Johan Cruyff out of the game.

Like many others he made the short journey to join Colchester in 1981.


Midfielder and one of the most prolific goalscorers from that position in the game. He came to Town as a 17-year-old in 1974 and made a memorable debut in an FA Cup quarter-final against Leeds.

John was another Uefa Cup winner.

In his three spells with Town he made 679 appearances, putting him second in the all-time list and his 179 goals places him third behind Ray Crawford and Ted Phillips.

He also won 26 caps while at Ipswich and another three with Liverpool with whom he also enjoyed great success.

Striker who joined Town from Plymouth Argyle in 1976 and also made his debut against Manchester United.

Paul Mariner and Malcolm Macdonald
Mariner (l) was an England regular while at Portman Road

He played 339 games and, with 135 goals, sits in fifth place in the Ipswich goalscorers' list.

Paul missed just five games in FA Cup year and scored 22 goals, surpassing that in the Uefa Cup season with 26.

He gained 35 England caps, 33 of them as an Ipswich player, and after eight years at Portman Road was transferred to Arsenal in 1984.

Paul was not simply a goalscorer, he created numerous chances for team-mates with his subtle touches.


Striker and the surprise choice for the Cup final as the Ipswich coaching staff came up with the master plan in playing him wide on the right.

During his four years at Portman Road, David was never a regular in the first team, making just 30 starts and 26 substitute appearances.

He signed as an apprentice in 1975 and waited two years for a debut against Derby.

He gained one England 'B' cap and left a little over a year after the Cup final to go to Aston Villa.


Winger and a late developer in the game. He was 22 before he joined Ipswich from Norfolk non-league football, but made his first of 338 appearances against Newcastle three months later.

He also scored 31 goals and came close to a cap when he was called into squads, but never pulled on the England shirt.

His silky skills delighted the fans and he is one of the group of players to represent both Ipswich and Norwich, who he joined in 1980.


Winger and substitute at Wembley, Lambert was another who joined the club as a 17-year-old apprentice in 1967.

He could have been a cricketer, as he was in the Lord's ground staff, and actually took a catch as a substitute fielder in a Test match at Lord's.

Mick made his debut in 1969 against Coventry and went on to play for Town 263 times, scoring 45 goals.

His testimonial co-incided with Cup final year and the match was held two days after Wembley. He left Town for Peterborough in 1979.

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