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Ipswich Town (1) 3 - 1 (0) AS Roma

UEFA Cup 1st Round, 2nd Leg 1982-83

Wednesday, September 29, 1982

Referee: Unknown

Manager: Bobby Ferguson

Portman Road

Attendance: 17,751

Manager: Unknown

Match Number: 1908


 Eric Gates (41)
 Steve McCall (54)
 Terry Butcher (71)
 Maldera (64)


ContiChierico (25)














Di Bartolomei




John Linford  



Match Report

Ipswich Town 3 AS Roma 1

In the face of their mountainous UEFA Cup first round second leg task gallant Ipswich Town gave the sort of spirited show that would have done justice to the legendary Sherpa Tensing himself.

The East Anglians excited the home fans with an effort full of all the spirit and determination they could muster and in the 54th minute that summit of a possible place in the second round came into clear view when Steve McCall put them two goals ahead.

The Italians were rocked but just when it looked as though the "Roman Empire" was about to fall about their ears Aldo Maldera rifled in from just outside the penalty box with what was their first real on target effort.

Ipswich, who had been given the lead in the 41st minute by the transfer seeking Gates, were then faced with the prospect of having to score three times to win the tie as away goals count double in Europe.

Terry Butcher, playing up front as Town threw caution to the wind, pulled back another with a header in the 71st minute, but the Italians held on to go into the draw for the second round in Zurich tomorrow.

So for the second season in succession Ipswich go out of the competition they won in 1981 at the first hurdle. And what is even more galling for them is that this time they do so sadly rueing two defensive errors from the first leg in Rome which they lost 3-0.

Following on from that record breaking league win at Notts County on Saturday, Bobby Ferguson's side again showed that they are still a big soccer power in the land and confidence remains high for the two clashes with champions Liverpool that are looming.

Roma, who lost World Cup wizard Bruno Conti with injury after 25 minutes, did not adopt a cynical attitude although they defended stoutly and got men behind the ball at the first opportunity.

However, Ipswich exploited the ever growing gaps that there were and they were defied by some fine first half goalkeeping from Trancedi including a magnificent stop from the rejuvenated Thijssen.

The cool, resilient approach that manager Ferguson was asking for was evident as Town began their task and early on Thijssen and Gates combined well to set up Brazil who saw a shot well saved.

Pruzzo went wide with a spectacular overhead kick for Roma while in the 29th minute Trancedi did well to get his body behind a fierce shot from Wark.

D'Avray had a header well saved after a cross from McCall and Butcher also brought a confident stop from Trancedi with a telling header from a cross by Gates.

The Roma goalkeeper reserved his best save of the match for the 39th minute when from a superb Thijssen flicked effort with the outside of this right foot from a Mills cross he somehow managed to keep the ball out of the back of the net.

But in the 41st minute the defensive wall cracked when Gates, operating on the wide right again for much of the time, planted home a dipping shot from 20 yards over the head of Trancedi and in at the far corner after Mills and Thijssen had combined delightfully.

McCall, who along with the inspiration of skipper Mills got through so much work down the left hand side, fired just wide shortly before the interval and there was optimism among the excited 17,751 crowd that the "impossible" just might be achieved.

With the rain slanting down Ipswich continued the onslaught and in the 54th minute they made it two through the ever probing McCall.

Osman pumped up a long lofted ball from the back, that was headed back smartly by the game D'Avray, deputising for the virus stricken Mariner. It fell to the path of McCall to lash home from 12 yards - a shot that took a deflection.

It was all coming good for a deserving Ipswich at this stage only for the killer blow to be inflicted ten minutes later when the Italians got their all important goal.

Osman was penalised for a challenge from behind on Pruzzo just outside the area. It looked a dubious decision. Prohaska touched to Maldera whose piledriver flew just wide of the outstretched right hand of little Sivell.

Butcher was pitched up front and in the 71st minute he rekindled the flame. Brazil swung over a cross from the right and there was the big makeshift striker in acres of space to head home.

Wark was guilty of a bad miss soon afterwards when he fired over the top from a clearance by Vierchowod after good work by Butcher who had been joined up front in the frantic later stages by a debut making Linford who had taken the place of D'Avray.

Ipswich: Sivell, Burley, Mills, Thijssen, Osman, Butcher, Wark, McCall, D'Avray (sub Linford 82 minutes), Brazil, Gates.

AS Roma: Tancredi, Nappi, Nela, Vierchowod, Falcao, Maldera, Valigi, Prohaska, Pruzzo, Di Bartolomei, Conti (sub Chierico 25 minutes).

Referee: Mr V Christov (Czechoslovakia)

Attendance: 17,751

Dave Allard (East Anglian Daily Times)

Thanks to AS Roma fan Max Troiani for the Italian match report and photos.

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