1961–62 Ipswich Town F.C. season

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Ipswich Town
1961–62 season
ChairmanJohn Cobbold
ManagerAlf Ramsey
StadiumPortman Road
Football League First Division1st
FA CupFourth round
League CupFourth round
Top goalscorerLeague: Ray Crawford (33)
All: Ray Crawford (37)
Highest home attendance30,649 vs Arsenal (Division One, 20 April 1962)
Lowest home attendance11,010 v Swansea Town (League Cup second round replay, 24 October 1961)
Average home league attendance22,835

The 1961–62 season was the 73rd season of competitive football played by Ipswich Town. The club had been promoted the previous season as champions of the Second Division the previous season. They made a steady start to the league season, and were in twelfth place by the end of August, but slowly rose to compete with Burnley for the title. Going defeated in February and March, the club were top of the league at the start of April. Burnley's poor form that month allowed Ipswich to take advantage and win the title with Burnley still left to play their final league fixture. It was the first time a club had won the championship at the first time of asking with the exception of Preston North End who had won the inaugural title in the 1888–89 season. Ray Crawford was the club's top scorer and equalled Derek Kevan of West Bromwich Albion as the league's top scorer with 33.

The club exited the FA Cup in the fourth round in a replay against lower league opposition in Norwich City, having played two replays against Luton Town the previous round. Similarly, Ipswich were sent out of the Football League Cup in the fourth round after losing heavily to Blackburn Rovers in the fourth round. As league champions, Ipswich qualified for European football for the first time in the club's history and participated in the 1962–63 European Cup where they lost to A.C. Milan in the first round. The Ipswich manager Alf Ramsey left after the following season to become England national football team manager.

Background[edit]

Ipswich went into the 1961–62 Football League having been promoted from the Football League Second Division as champions, one point ahead of Sheffield United.[1] It was Ipswich's first season in the top tier of English football in the club's history.[1] Ray Crawford was the league's top scorer with 39 goals as Ipswich ended the season with 100 goals scored.[2]

Summary[edit]

League[edit]

August to October[edit]

Ipswich Town league positions in the 1961–62 league season
League position during the season

Ipswich's first ever match in them top flight was against Bolton Wanderers at Burnden Park on 19 August 1961. The match ended goalless and Eric Todd wrote in The Guardian that although Ipswich looked like Second Division champions "only on occasions", they were denied a late chance to win of which "Bolton could not have complained."[3] Three days later, Ipswich made their first visit to Turf Moor where they lost 4–3 to Burnley after equalising three times, including two goals from Phillips. Despite the defeat, Ramsey said it was the best performance he had seen from Ipswich since he had been connected with the club.[4] In their first game of the season at Portman Road, two late goals by Peter Dobing secured a 4–2 victory for Manchester City on 26 August 1961. Journalist Clement Freud, writing in The Observer, noted that for half an hour of the match "Ipswich found their First Division feet."[5] Ipswich then faced Burnley at home, winning 6–2 including a brace from Crawford, to record their first victory of the season, and ended the month in 12th place in the league table.[6][7]

September started with a trip to the Hawthorns where Ipswich faced West Bromwich Albion. Two goals from Doug Moran, one either side of a Crawford strike, saw the visitors secure a 3–1 victory.[8] Three days later, and in front of 24,928 spectators, the highest attendance at Portman Road that season, Ipswich won 2–1 against Blackburn Rovers.[9] A fourth consecutive victory followed as Ipswich beat Birmingham City 4–1 which included another brace from Phillips, one of which was a 25 yards (23 m) strike.[10] After a mid-week League Cup victory over Manchester City, Ipswich faced Everton at Goodison Park: goalkeeper Wilf Hall stood in for injured Roy Bailey to make his debut in a First Division match. In blustery conditions, Derek Temple scored a hat-trick as Ipswich were beaten convincingly 5–2 with consolation goals from from Phillips and Moran.[11] Two days later, Ipswich travelled to Ewood Park and secured a late point with a 2–2 draw thanks to a 75th minute goal from Phillips, his second of the match. The ball rebounded off his face after being punched clear by Blackburn's goalkeeper Brian Reeves.[12] A 4–2 defeat by Fulham meant Ipswich had gone without a win in three games, but the final fixture of September saw them defeat Sheffield Wednesday at Hillsborough 4–1, with goals from Phillips (2), Crawford and Jimmy Leadbetter.[13] Ipswich ended the month in sixth place in the league table, seven points behind leaders Burnley.[14]

Ipswich's next league opposition was West Ham United who they faced on 7 October 1961 in front of 28,059 spectators, their largest ever league attendance at Portman Road. The home team won 4–2 with a second-half brace each from Phillips and Crawford. Tony Pawson, writing in the Daily Herald, praised Ipswich who "dominated [the] match by clever football".[15] A 2–1 defeat at Sheffield United the week later was followed by a 3–2 victory at home over Tottenham Hotspur, a result described by John Arlott in The Observer as "the highest of the peaks of Ipswich Town's achievement".[16] Cliff Jones scored twice for the League and FA Cup champions, but a second-half brace from Crawford ensured a win for Ipswich in front of yet another record Portman Road crowd.[16][17] A week later, a trip to Bloomfield Road saw Ipswich end the month in fourth place in the league after a 1–1 draw, with a performance deemed "half-hearted" by the East Anglian Daily Times.[17][18]

November to January[edit]

Matt Busby
Manchester United manager Matt Busby complimented Ray Phillips' shooting ability.

Nottingham Forest were the next visitors to Portman Road on 4 November, and despite them having considerably more chances to score, a solitary effort from Phillips midway through the first half was sufficient for Ipswich to take both points.[19] The following week saw Ipswich travel to Molineux where they faced Wolverhampton Wanderers. The visitors were down to ten men after just six minutes as Stephenson was forced to withdraw following a thigh injury. Two late goals from Wolves, from Terry Wharton and Alan Hinton, resulted in a 2–0 defeat for Ipswich.[20] Matt Busby's Manchester United were Ipswich's opponents at Portman Road on 18 November, with the home side winning 4–1 with goals from Phillips (2), Crawford and Elsworthy, and United's late consolation goal coming from Sammy McMillan. Both Busby and Ramsey acclaimed Phillips, the former suggesting that he had the "hardest and most accurate shot in the game at present" while the latter agreed: "Ted is the best shot of my time."[21] The final game of November saw Ipswich visit Ninian Park where they faced Cardiff City. With a performance described in the East Anglian Daily Times as "deadly", "efficient" and "polished and planned", the home team won 3–0 with goals from Moran and Phillips (2).[22] They finished the month in second place in the league, three points behind Burnley who had a game in hand, and a point ahead of West Ham United and Everton.[23]

December started with the visit of Chelsea to Portman Road. Pawson in The Observer noted that Ipswich "held off Chelsea's determined challenge, and then casually crushed them" 5–2 with a hat-trick from Crawford supplemented by goals from Moran and Stephenson.[24] A week later, Dennis Shaw of the Daily Herald described Ipswich as "the biggest disappointment of the season" as they lost 3–0 at Aston Villa, offering just two scoring attempts in the game.[25] After losing to Blackburn in the League Cup midweek, Ipswich went into their next home league game against Bolton Wanderers after two consecutive defeats, a situation they had not been in since late August. Bolton took the lead through Doug Holden but two goals from Crawford in the last seven minutes secured a 2–1 victory for Ipswich who The Observer's Arlott described as making a "mockery of footballing justice — if it exists."[26] Two days before Christmas, Ipswich travelled to Maine Road to face Manchester City on a frozen pitch. Although they had not won in eight games, City were 2–0 ahead by half time. Neil Young scored City's third and with Ipswich being denied a goal with numerous saves from Bert Trautmann, the match ended 3–0, inflicting Ipswich's third defeat in their last four games.[27] The Boxing Day fixture saw Leicester City visit Portman Road for the first competitive fixture in the clubs' histories. Leadbetter missed his first match in 156 games with a knee injury. Crawford scored past Gordon Banks midway through the second half to secure the points for Ipswich. The return fixture, scheduled for 30 December at Filbert Street, was called off on the morning of the match due to a frozen pitch.[28] Ipswich finished the year in fourth place, three points behind leaders Burnley who had two games in hand.[29]

Bobby Robson
Future Ipswich manager Bobby Robson suffered defeat as a West Bromwich Albion player during the 1961–62 season.

Due to fixture congestion in the FA Cup, Ipswich played just two league matches during January 1962. The first took place on 13 January and saw West Bromwich Albion, whose team included England international and future Ipswich Town manager Bobby Robson, visit Portman Road. Goals from Stephenson, Moran and the fit-again Leadbetter secured a 2–0 win for the home side.[30] The following week, Ipswich travelled to Birmingham where they faced Birmingham City at St Andrew's. The visitors were 2–0 down by half-time after a brace from Ken Leek. An own goal from Baxter put Birmingham three ahead; Crawford scored a consolation goal to end the match 3–1.[31] The month ended with Ipswich once again in fourth position in the First Division, four points adrift of Burnley who still had two games in hand.[32]

February to April[edit]

Knocked out of both the League and FA Cup by the end of January, Ipswich were left to fulfil their league fixtures which started with them hosting Everton on 3 February 1962. Stephenson dominated the inexperienced Colin Green and won corners from which Ipswich scored through a Phillips shot and a Moran header. Although Roy Vernon had scored for Everton, Ipswich's third goal came after Green fouled Stephenson, whose resulting free kick was converted by Elsworthy. Crawford made it 4–1 from a fine angle before Brian Harris scored a consolation, ending the match 4–2.[33] The following week, Ipswich were at Craven Cottage where they faced Fulham. Alan Mullery put the home side ahead after 13 minutes as they dominated the early stages, but injuries to Graham Leggat and Johnny Haynes weakened the team allowing Ipswich to take advantage. Stephenson equalised and Crawford scored the winner with twelve minutes to go, with Ipswich taking the points with a 2–1 victory.[34] After a two-week break, Ipswich faced West Ham United at the Boleyn Ground on 24 February. Described by Pawson in The Observer as a "curiously relaxed and gentle game", John Dick put the home side ahead before Leadbetter equalised with a rebound from a Crawford header which struck the West Ham crossbar. Bailey spilled Joe Kirkup's strike into his own net to give West Ham the lead once again before a penalty from Phillips secured a 2–2 draw.[35] The month ended with Ipswich in third place in the First Division, four points behind Burnley who had a single game in hand.[36]

March started with back-to-back games at Portman Road against opposition from Sheffield, the first of which was against Sheffield United who came into the match unbeaten in their last sixteen. Two goals in each half for Ipswich, including a brace for Crawford ensured a 4–0 win with the East Anglian Daily Times suggesting that United had lost their undefeated run "without a fight".[37] Six days later, Ipswich faced Sheffield Wednesday, and were behind in seven minutes to a Colin Dobson goal. Crawford equalised and with two minutes remaining passed to Stephenson who scored to secure Ipswich's eleventh consecutive home league victory.[38] On 14 March, Ipswich took on Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane in front of a crowd of more than 50,000, and won 3–1 to become the first side to beat Tottenham home and away for three seasons. Crawford put Ipswich ahead but Jimmy Greaves soon equalised for Tottenham. Phillips made it 2–1 just before half-time and Crawford made it 3–1 for the win which Frank Taylor writing in the Daily Herald described as "the finest match [he had] seen all season."[39] Three days later Ipswich hosted Blackpool at Portman Road. Crawford beat five defenders before passing to Moran who scored to make it 1–0 to the home side. Although it took until the 89th minute for Blackpool to equalise, and take a point from the match, Ipswich chairman John Cobbold admitted that the visitors were "unlucky not to take two points."[40]

The following weekend saw Ipswich travel to the City Ground where they faced a Nottingham Forest who had not lost a point to any of the top six sides during the season. In a game of many missed chances, Ipswich's lead through Moran was equalised just before half-time by Len Julians and the match ended 1–1.[41] Four days later, Leicester City hosted Ipswich at "slippery" Filbert Street. Crawford put the visitors ahead after just eight minutes and Stephenson doubled the lead early in the second half. The 2–0 victory saw Ipswich equal on points with Burnley at the top of the league albeit having played three more games.[42] Ipswich's final game of March was at home against Wolverhampton Wanderers. Crawford opened the scoring from the penalty spot midway through the first half but Ron Flowers equalised five minutes later. Ipswich were 2–1 ahead when Crawford scored his second of the game, lobbing Malcolm Finlayson in the Wolverhampton goal. The visitors missed a number of chances before half time but were level soon after the break when Peter Broadbent scored. Wolves squandered further chances to score and with two minutes remaining, Moran scored Ipswich's third to claim a 3–2 victory.[43] Ipswich had gone through February and March undefeated in the league and were top of the division, two points ahead of Burnley who had four games in hand.[44]

Ipswich began April with a trip to Old Trafford where they faced Manchester United. A hat-trick from Albert Quixall and goals from Nobby Stiles and Maurice Setters saw United win 5–0. Bob Ferrier, writing in The Observer, suggested that United had overwhelmed Ipswich "so completely and so unexpectedly that it was well-nigh incredible."[45] The following week, Ipswich hosted Cardiff City and secured a 1–0 win with an early goal from Moran.[46] Two games in two days followed, over the Easter bank holiday, with Ipswich drawing the first 2–2 with Arsenal on Good Friday. In front of a record Portman Road crowd of 30,649, the visitors took a 2–0 lead through Johnny MacLeod and George Eastham. Phillips pulled one back from the penalty spot and Leadbetter equalised with five minutes remaining to secure the draw.[47] The following day saw Ipswich travel to Stamford Bridge to take on Chelsea. First-half goals from Peter Brabrook and Barry Bridges were cancelled out in the second half by Crawford and a Phillips penalty, for Ipswich's second 2–2 draw in two days which consigned Chelsea to relegation.[48] Championship rivals Burnley were still involved in the FA Cup and had won just one of their seven league fixtures in April by the end of Easter Saturday to lay second in the league, a point behind Ipswich but with a game in hand.[49][50]

Ipswich's penultimate league fixture was against Arsenal at Highbury for which both Elsworthy and Moran required pain-killing injections to play. Despite early chances for the home side, Ipswich took the lead through Phillips in the 13th minute which Crawford doubled four minutes later. Eastham saw a goal disallowed before half time and Crawford scored his second and made it 3–0 to Ipswich.[51] Burnley drew with Blackpool to leave Ipswich top of the league, two points clear but having played one more game than Burnley.[52] The final game of Ipswich's season was at home against Aston Villa. After a goalless first half, Elsworthy's header struck the bar before Crawford scored from the rebound. He doubled the lead to secure a 2–0 win for Ipswich, and after news of Burnley's home draw with Chelsea, it was confirmed that Ipswich were league champions. The team who were the first to win the First Division at their first attempt since the inaugural champions and The Invincibles of Preston North End in the 1888–89 season.[53]

League Cup[edit]

Ipswich entered the 1961–62 League Cup in the first round where they faced Manchester City at Portman Road on 11 September 1961. Regular goalkeeper Roy Bailey was sidelined with a thigh injury picked up in the previous match, so Hall came in to replace him.[54] Six goals were scored in the twenty minutes either side of half-time and braces from both Moran and Phillips ensured a 4–2 victory for Ipswich.[54] The second round saw them drawn against Welsh club Swansea City away at the Vetch Field on 2 October.[55] Swansea were 2–0 ahead in ten minutes after two own goals from Ipswich, but Phillips equalised with two minutes to go and forced the match to a replay.[56] The match took place three weeks later, and despite having travelled 5,000 miles (8,000 km) over the preceding ten days, Swansea took a 2–0 lead midway through the first half. A penalty from Phillips made it 2–1 to the visitors at half-time and late goals from Stephenson and Moran secured a 3–2 win for Ipswich. They had recovered from a three-goal deficit twice to earn their passage to the third round.[57] There they faced cup-holders Aston Villa at Villa Park. Cyril Chapman, writing in the Birmingham Daily Post, noted that Villa dominated "a most one-sided game" but in which Ipswich scored three times from their four shots, to win 3–2.[58] Ipswich faced Blackburn Rovers in the fourth round, which was played at Ewood Park on 11 December 1961. Although the game was 1–1 at half time, with Ipswich's equaliser coming from a Phillips penalty, Blackburn scored three time in the second half to win the tie 4–1 and knock Ipswich out of the cup.[59]

FA Cup[edit]

Ipswich entered the season's FA Cup in the third round where they were drawn at home on 6 January 1962 against Luton Town, a Second Division club who were eleventh in the league.[60][61] Phillips opened the scoring in the second minute but Robin Chandler equalised for the for the visitors in the second half. According to Freud, Ipswich "deserved to lose" but the match ended 1–1 to send the tie to a replay, which took place the following Wednesday at Kenilworth Road.[60] After a goalless 90 minutes, the replay went into extra time during which both teams scored, Elsworthy for Ipswich and Luton through Dave Pacey, and the game ended 1–1 again to force a second replay.[62] The third clash between the clubs took place at Arsenal's home ground, Highbury, as a neutral venue. Within fifteen minutes of kick off, Ipswich were 3–0 ahead through Moran and Phillips (2), playing with the wind in their favour. Although Luton fought back and scored through Alec Ashworth, two late goals from Stephenson meant a 5–1 final score and finally saw Ipswich qualify for the fourth round.[63]

Twelve days later, on 27 January, Ipswich faced Second Division team Norwich City, their East Anglian rivals at Carrow Road. After a goalless first half, Norwich took the lead through Terry Allcock but Leadbetter equalised five minutes later and the tie ended in a 1–1 draw, resulting in a replay at Portman Road on 30 January.[64] Allcock once again put Norwich ahead in the first half but Crawford equalised soon after the break. With two minutes of the match remaining, Allcock scored his and Norwich's second, to win the match 2–1 and eliminate Ipswich from the competition.[65]

Players[edit]

During the season, 17 players represented Ipswich in the league, League Cup and FA Cup. Only defender Andy Nelson was ever-present, appearing in all 42 league games, and all five League Cup and FA Cup ties. Crawford was the top scorer with 37 goals, and shared the league top scorer title with Derek Kevan of West Bromwich Albion, both with 33.[66] For Ipswich, Crawford was followed by Phillips on 36 and Moran on 18.[67]

Ray Crawford and Ted Phillips
Crawford (left) and Phillips at Portman Road in 2007. They scored 73 goals between them throughout the 1961–62 season.
Players appearances and goals[67]
Pos. Nat. Name League FA Cup League Cup Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
GK  ENG Roy Bailey 37 0 4 0 3 0 44 0
GK  ENG Wilf Hall 5 0 1 0 2 0 8 0
DF  SCO Billy Baxter 40 0 5 0 5 0 50 0
DF  ENG Larry Carberry 42 0 5 0 4 0 51 0
DF  ENG John Compton 39 0 5 0 5 0 49 0
DF  SCO Ken Malcolm 3 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
DF  ENG Andy Nelson 42 0 5 0 5 0 52 0
MF  WAL John Elsworthy 41 2 5 1 5 0 51 3
MF  SCO Jimmy Leadbetter 41 8 3 1 5 1 49 10
MF  WAL Aled Owen 1 0 2 0 1 0 4 0
MF  ENG Reg Pickett 3 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
MF  ENG Roy Stephenson 41 7 5 2 5 2 51 11
FW  ENG Ray Crawford 41 33 5 1 4 3 50 37
FW  IRL Dermot Curtis 4 0 0 0 1 0 5 0
FW  ENG Doug Millward 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0
FW  SCO Doug Moran 42 14 5 1 4 3 51 18
FW  ENG Ted Phillips 40 28 5 3 5 5 50 36

Statistics[edit]

League[edit]

League table[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GAv Pts Qualification or relegation
1 Ipswich Town 42 24 8 10 93 67 1.388 56 League Champions, qualified for European Cup 1962–63 Preliminary round
2 Burnley 42 21 11 10 101 67 1.507 53
3 Tottenham Hotspur 42 21 10 11 88 69 1.275 52 FA Cup winners, qualified for UEFA Cup Winners' Cup 1962–63 First round
4 Everton 42 20 11 11 88 54 1.630 51
5 Sheffield United 42 19 9 14 61 69 0.884 47
Source: 11v11[68]

Results summary[edit]

Overall Home Away
Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts W D L GF GA GD W D L GF GA GD
42 24 8 10 93 67  +26 80 17 2 2 58 28  +30 7 6 8 35 39  −4

August[edit]

19 August 1961 1 Bolton Wanderers 0–0 Ipswich Town Bolton
15:00 BST [69] Stadium: Burnden Park
Attendance: 16,708
Referee: F. Allott (Sheffield)
22 August 1961 2 Burnley 4–3 Ipswich Town Burnley
19:30 BST Pointer Goal 23'
Harris Goal 42'
Miller Goal 64'
McIlroy Goal 77'
[4] Phillips Goal 38' Goal 73'
Crawford Goal 52'
Stadium: Turf Moor
Attendance: 24,577
Referee: R. T. E. Langdale (Darlington)
26 August 1961 3 Ipswich Town 2–4 Manchester City Ipswich
15:00 BST Betts Goal 34' (o.g.)
Leadbetter Goal 43'
[70] Barlow Goal 13'
Hayes Goal 35'
Dobing Goal 85' Goal 86'
Stadium: Portman Road
Attendance: 21,473
Referee: M. A. Fussey (Retford)
29 August 1961 4 Ipswich Town 6–2 Burnley Ipswich
19:30 BST Crawford Goal 3' Goal 65'
Stephenson Goal 12'
Moran Goal 21'
Phillips Goal 49'
Leadbetter Goal 73'
[71] McIlroy Goal 11'
Elsworthy Goal 86' (o.g.)
Stadium: Portman Road
Attendance: 23,835
Referee: K. Stokes (Newark)

September[edit]

2 September 1961 5 West Bromwich Albion 1–3 Ipswich Town West Bromwich
15:00 BST Jackson Goal 62' [72] Moran Goal 21' Goal 88'
Crawford Goal 42'
Stadium: The Hawthorns
Attendance: 19,016
Referee: G. McCabe (Sheffield)
5 September 1961 6 Ipswich Town 2–1 Blackburn Rovers Ipswich
19:30 BST Stephenson Goal 13'
Phillips Goal 22'
[73] Douglas Goal 41' (pen) Stadium: Portman Road
Attendance: 24,928
Referee: K. G. Aston (Ilford)
9 September 1961 7 Ipswich Town 4–1 Birmingham City Ipswich
15:00 BST Crawford Goal 2'
Phillips Goal 19' Goal 54'
Moran Goal 84'
[74] Singer Goal 12' Stadium: Portman Road
Attendance: 20,017
Referee: M. A. L. Mason (Maidstone)
16 September 1961 8 Everton 5–2 Ipswich Town Liverpool
15:00 BST Temple Goal 19' Goal 31' Goal 84'
Young Goal 48'
Bingham Goal 69'
[75] Phillips Goal 72'
Moran Goal 77'
Stadium: Goodison Park
Attendance: 25,359
Referee: P. G. Brandwood (Barnsley)
18 September 1961 9 Blackburn Rovers 2–2 Ipswich Town Blackburn
19:30 BST Lawther Goal 40'
McEvoy Goal 73'
[76] Phillips Goal 13' (pen) Goal 79' Stadium: Ewood Park
Attendance: 19,904
Referee: R. H. Windle (Chesterfield)
23 September 1961 10 Ipswich Town 2–4 Fulham Ipswich
15:00 BST Crawford Goal 22' Goal 70' [77] Cook Goal 34'
Cohen Goal 52'
Haynes Goal 55'
O'Connell Goal 72'
Stadium: Portman Road
Attendance: 23,050
Referee: J. E. Cooke (Waterbeach)
30 September 1961 11 Sheffield Wednesday 1–4 Ipswich Town Sheffield
15:00 BST Fantham Goal 25' [13] Phillips Goal 4' Goal 63'
Crawford Goal 15'
Leadbetter Goal 35'
Stadium: Hillsborough Stadium
Attendance: 26,565
Referee: E. Norman (Blackpool)

October[edit]

7 October 1961 12 Ipswich Town 4–2 West Ham United Ipswich
15:00 BST Crawford Goal 57' Goal 67'
Phillips Goal 65' Goal 73'
[78] Sealey Goal 70'
Musgrove Goal 87'
Stadium: Portman Road
Attendance: 28,059
Referee: P. G. Brandwood (Wolverhampton)
14 October 1961 13 Sheffield United 2–1 Ipswich Town Sheffield
15:00 BST Russell Goal 12'
Pace Goal 42'
[79] Leadbetter Goal 32' Stadium: Bramall Lane
Attendance: 22,194
Referee: L. J. Hamer (Bolton)
21 October 1961 14 Ipswich Town 3–2 Tottenham Hotspur Ipswich
15:00 BST Phillips Goal 37'
Crawford Goal 54' Goal 56'
[17] Cliff Jones Goal 21' Goal 41' Stadium: Portman Road
Attendance: 28,778
Referee: R. Tinkler (Boston)
28 October 1961 15 Blackpool 1–1 Ipswich Town Blackpool
15:00 BST Parry Goal 82' [80] Phillips Goal 32' Stadium: Bloomfield Road
Attendance: 19,773
Referee: A. W. Luty (Leeds)

November[edit]

4 November 1961 16 Ipswich Town 1–0 Nottingham Forest Ipswich
15:00 BST Phillips Goal 32' [81] Stadium: Portman Road
Attendance: 19,068
Referee: G. W. Pullin (Bristol)
11 November 1961 17 Wolverhampton Wanderers 2–0 Ipswich Town Wolverhampton
15:00 BST Wharton Goal 69'
Hinton Goal 83'
[82] Stadium: Molineux Stadium
Attendance: 21,711
Referee: P. Bye (Bedford)
18 November 1961 18 Ipswich Town 4–1 Manchester United Ipswich
15:00 BST Phillips Goal 25' Goal 67'
Crawford Goal 73'
Elsworthy Goal 87'
[83] McMillan Goal 90' Stadium: Portman Road
Attendance: 25,755
Referee: K. G. Aston (Ilford)
25 November 1961 19 Cardiff City 0–3 Ipswich Town Cardiff
15:00 BST [22] Phillips Goal 8' Goal 86'
Moran Goal 42'
Stadium: Ninian Park
Attendance: 22,823
Referee: J. Kelly (Chorley)

December[edit]

2 December 1961 20 Ipswich Town 5–2 Chelsea Ipswich
15:00 BST Crawford Goal 4' Goal 52' Goal 74'
Moran Goal 15'
Stephenson Goal 77'
[84] Tambling Goal 5'
Murray Goal 66'
Stadium: Portman Road
Attendance: 22,726
Referee: P. Bye (Bedford)
9 December 1961 21 Aston Villa 3–0 Ipswich Town Birmingham
15:00 BST McParland Goal 24' Goal 67'
Thomson Goal 82'
[85] Stadium: Villa Park
Attendance: 31,924
Referee: F. Cowan (Manchester)
16 December 1961 22 Ipswich Town 2–1 Bolton Wanderers Ipswich
15:00 BST Crawford Goal 83' Goal 88' [86] Holden Goal 37' Stadium: Portman Road
Attendance: 16,587
Referee: W. Clements (West Bromwich)
23 December 1961 23 Manchester City 3–0 Ipswich Town Manchester
15:00 BST Hayes Goal 9'
Dobing Goal 13'
Young Goal 46'
[27] Stadium: Maine Road
Attendance: 18,376
Referee: R. Langdale (Darlington)
26 December 1961 24 Ipswich Town 1–0 Leicester City Ipswich
15:00 BST Crawford Goal 67' [28] Stadium: Portman Road
Attendance: 18,146
Referee: A. Holland (Barnsley)

January[edit]

13 January 1962 25 Ipswich Town 3–0 West Bromwich Albion Ipswich
15:00 BST Stephenson Goal 16'
Moran Goal 50'
Leadbetter Goal 89'
[30] Stadium: Portman Road
Attendance: 18,378
Referee: M. A. Fussey (Retford)
20 January 1962 26 Birmingham City 3–1 Ipswich Town Birmingham
15:00 BST Leek Goal 10' Goal 26'
Baxter Goal 50' (o.g.)
[87] Crawford Goal 56' Stadium: St Andrew's
Attendance: 26,968
Referee: S. Pickles (Stockport)

February[edit]

3 February 1962 27 Ipswich Town 4–2 Everton Ipswich
15:00 BST Phillips Goal 6'
Moran Goal 37'
Elsworthy Goal 42'
Crawford Goal 58'
[88] Bingham Goal 24'
Harris Goal 89'
Stadium: Portman Road
Attendance: 22,572
Referee: H. Horner (Coventry)
10 February 1962 28 Fulham 1–2 Ipswich Town London
15:00 BST Mullery Goal 13' [89] Stephenson Goal 26'
Crawford Goal 78'
Stadium: Craven Cottage
Attendance: 25,209
Referee: R. J. Leafe (Nottingham)
24 February 1962 29 West Ham United 2–2 Ipswich Town London
15:00 BST Dick Goal 7'
Kirkup Goal 47'
[90] Leadbetter Goal 20'
Phillips Goal 78' (pen)
Stadium: Boleyn Ground
Attendance: 27,763
Referee: P. G. Brandwood (Wolverhampton)

March[edit]

3 March 1962 30 Ipswich Town 4–0 Sheffield United Ipswich
15:00 BST Moran Goal 14'
Leadbetter Goal 25'
Crawford Goal 58' Goal 75'
[37] Stadium: Portman Road
Attendance: 20,158
Referee: E. T. Jennings (Stourbridge)
9 March 1962 31 Ipswich Town 2–1 Sheffield Wednesday Ipswich
19:30 BST Crawford Goal 29'
Stephenson Goal 86'
[91] Dobson Goal 6' Stadium: Portman Road
Attendance: 23,713
Referee: C. A. R. Roan (Reading)
14 March 1962 32 Tottenham Hotspur 1–3 Ipswich Town London
19:30 BST Greaves Goal 9' [92] Crawford Goal 8'
Phillips Goal 41' Goal 71'
Stadium: White Hart Lane
Attendance: 51,098
Referee: W. E. Haynes (Leicester)
17 March 1962 33 Ipswich Town 1–1 Blackpool Ipswich
15:00 BST Moran Goal 14' [93] Charnley Goal 89' Stadium: Portman Road
Attendance: 22,450
Referee: G. McCabe (Sheffield)
24 March 1962 34 Nottingham Forest 1–1 Ipswich Town Nottingham
15:00 BST Julians Goal 44' [94] Moran Goal 18' Stadium: City Ground
Attendance: 26,053
Referee: R. E. Smith (Newport)
28 March 1962 35 Leicester City 0–2 Ipswich Town Leicester
19:30 BST [95] Crawford Goal 8'
Stephenson Goal 47'
Stadium: Filbert Street
Attendance: 19,068
Referee: K. A. Collinge (Altrincham)
31 March 1962 36 Ipswich Town 3–2 Wolverhampton Wanderers Ipswich
15:00 BST Phillips Goal 20' (pen)
Crawford Goal 32'
Moran Goal 88'
[96] Flowers Goal 24'
McParland Goal 59'
Stadium: Portman Road
Attendance: 22,153
Referee: S. Yates (Bristol)

April[edit]

7 April 1962 37 Manchester United 5–0 Ipswich Town Manchester
15:00 BST Quixall Goal 14' Goal 19' Goal 50'
Stiles Goal 84'
Setters Goal 85'
[97] Stadium: Old Trafford
Attendance: 24,976
Referee: R. J. Simons (Carlisle)
14 April 1962 38 Ipswich Town 1–0 Cardiff City Ipswich
15:00 BST Moran Goal 24' [98] Stadium: Portman Road
Attendance: 17,693
Referee: J. R. Loynton (Solihull)
20 April 1962 39 Ipswich Town 2–2 Arsenal Ipswich
15:00 BST Phillips Goal 64' (pen)
Leadbetter Goal 85'
[99] MacLeod Goal 55'
Eastham Goal 59'
Stadium: Portman Road
Attendance: 30,649
Referee: G. W. Grundy (Grimsby)
21 April 1962 40 Chelsea 2–2 Ipswich Town London
15:00 BST Brabrook Goal 26'
Bridges Goal 37'
[100] Crawford Goal 63'
Phillips Goal 77' (pen)
Stadium: Stamford Bridge
Attendance: 28,462
Referee: L. Hamer (Bolton)
23 April 1962 41 Arsenal 0–3 Ipswich Town London
15:00 BST [101] Phillips Goal 14'
Crawford Goal 17' Goal 80'
Stadium: Highbury
Attendance: 44,964
Referee: M. A. Holland (Barnsley)
28 April 1962 42 Ipswich Town 2–0 Aston Villa Ipswich
15:00 BST Crawford Goal 72' Goal 76' [102] Stadium: Portman Road
Attendance: 28,932
Referee: E. Crawford (Doncaster)

League Cup[edit]

11 September 1961 1 Ipswich Town 4–2 Manchester City Ipswich
19:30 BST Moran Goal 29' Goal 35'
Crawford Goal 42' Goal 64'
[54] Betts Goal 48' (pen)
Compton Goal 56' (o.g.)
Stadium: Portman Road
Attendance: 14,919
Referee: P. Bye (Bedford)
3 October 1961 2 Swansea Town 3–3 Ipswich Town Swansea
19:15 BST Compton Goal 2' (o.g.)
Nelson Goal 10' (o.g.)
R. Davies Goal 24'
[55] Phillips Goal 53'
Stephenson Goal 65'
Crawford Goal 87'
Stadium: Vetch Field
Attendance: 13,541
Referee: R. J. Leafe (Nottingham)
24 October 1961 2R Ipswich Town 3–2 Swansea Town Ipswich
19:30 BST Phillips Goal 38' (pen)
Moran Goal 44'
Stephenson Goal 80'
[103] Hughes Goal 14'
Reynolds Goal 26'
Stadium: Portman Road
Attendance: 11,010
Referee: R. J. Leafe (Nottingham)
21 November 1961 3 Aston Villa 2–3 Ipswich Town Birmingham
19:15 BST Burrows Goal 47' Goal 75' (pen) [104] Leadbetter Goal 15'
Phillips Goal 35' Goal 77' (pen)
Stadium: Villa Park
Attendance: 22,000
Referee: R. Tinkler (Boston)
11 December 1961 4 Blackburn Rovers 4–1 Ipswich Town Blackburn
19:30 BST Lawther Goal 23'
Byrom Goal 68'
Pickering Goal 73' (pen) Goal 81'
[105] Phillips Goal 40' (pen) Stadium: Ewood Park
Attendance: 11,071
Referee: V. James (York)

FA Cup[edit]

6 January 1962 3 Ipswich Town 1–1 Luton Town Ipswich
15:00 BST Phillips Goal 1' [106] Chandler Goal 57' Stadium: Portman Road
Attendance: 18,450
Referee: D. K. Dagnall (Bolton)
10 January 1962 3R Luton Town 1–1 (aet) Ipswich Town Luton
19:15 BST Pacey Goal 76' [107] Elsworthy Goal 16' Stadium: Kenilworth Road
Attendance: 23,818
Referee: D. K. Dagnall (Bolton)
15 January 1962 3R2 Ipswich Town 5–1 Luton Town London
19:30 BST Moran Goal 2'
Phillips Goal 6' Goal 16' (pen)
Stephenson Goal 78' Goal 88'
[108] Ashworth Goal 56' Stadium: Highbury
Attendance: 29,438
Referee: R. H. Mann (Worcester)
27 January 1962 4 Norwich City 1–1 Ipswich Town Norwich
15:00 BST Allcock Goal 48' [64] Leadbetter Goal 53' Stadium: Carrow Road
Attendance: 39,890
Referee: K. G. Aston (Ilford)
30 January 1962 4R Ipswich Town 1–2 Norwich City Ipswich
19:30 BST Crawford Goal 49' [109] Allcock Goal 40' Goal 88' Stadium: Portman Road
Attendance: 29,796
Referee: K. G. Aston (Ilford)

Post-season[edit]

Ipswich's title-winning season qualified them for the 1962–63 European Cup, the club's first foray into European football. The club defeated Maltese champions Floriana 14–1 in the preliminary round, with Ray Crawford scoring seven across the two ties.[110] The Suffolk club then faced Italians and eventual champions A.C. Milan. Ipswich were unable to overturn a 3–0 first leg defeat in the San Siro, despite winning 2–1 at Portman Road.[111] On 25 October 1962, Ramsey agreed to take charge of the England national team, commencing 1 May 1963.[112] Domestically, Ipswich struggled to repeat their form the following season, finishing 17th and four points above the relegation zone.

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