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Monday, 3 July, 2000, 05:38 GMT
A nightmare revisited
Andy Cole
Andy Cole bags five as Ipswich concede nine
Ipswich's last campaign in the Premiership back in 1994-95 saw them break all sorts of records - sadly for all the wrong reasons.

Their 9-0 defeat at Old Trafford in March 95 set a new record for the highest defeat in the top flight with Andy Cole's personal haul of five also breaking new ground.

Their total of 29 defeats in the season also set an unwanted new mark.

And their final points tally of 27 was also the lowest number of points recorded in the Premiership.

George Burley
Ipswich were up against it when Burley tookover

Ipswich will at least be glad to have been rid of the third record - Watford's total of 24 points last season setting a new low.

So where did it go wrong for Ipswich in 1994-95?

Not optimistic

The Portman Road club did not go into the season filled with optimism having only survived on the final day the previous year thanks to a Chelsea victory over Sheffield United that sent the Blades down.

The campaign did not get off to a good start with just two victories in the opening 12 games but a 3-2 home victory over Manchester United at the end of September did at least offer some hope.

That hope was shortlived though as October brought no further victories and despite a 2-0 win over Leeds in November, December was another blank month for three-point hauls.

Ipswich have never been a club to chop and change manager's but it was a time for a new approach at Portman Road.

Burley's return

John Lyall, who had led the club into the Premiership but then subsequently taken a back-seat managerial role to Mick McGiven, resigned before Christmas and was followed out of the door by his former West Ham assistant.

George Burley a former favourite of the Suffolk club's exceptional late 70s and early 80s side swapped the hotseat at Colchester for a short journey up the A12 back to Ipswich.

But though the damage had already been done this Ipswich side were to achieve something that no other Town X1 had achieved in the club's past - namely a victory at Anfield.

Adam Tanner's strike from the edge of the box in January gave the Blues a 1-0 victory over Liverpool to at least raise the spirits of the suffering Suffolk fans.

But the 9-0 drubbing at Old Trafford and the reality of being doubled by local rivals Norwich City brought the season to a new low.

Richard Wright
Richard Wright was given his chance at just 17

Few survivors

Burley decided it was time to blood youth and 17-year-old goalkeeper Richard Wright came into impressive effect for the final three games of the season.

The young England keeper along with Burley are the only survivors from the Ipswich set up in that season so at least the scars should not be evident on the current side.

Goalscoring was a problem in 1994-95 for Ipswich as leading scorer Claus Thomsen's tally of five goals demonstrated.

But Burley is confident that the likes of David Johnson, Marcus Stewart, James Scowcroft and Richard Naylor offer his side far more attacking options this time around.

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