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MATT'S MEMORIES OF PLAY-OFF GLORY AT WEMBLEY

25 May 2020

Town legend on that special day almost 20 years ago

The Club website and Town’s social media channels are turning the clock back this week to the year 2000 and Play-Off glory.

Wembley memories will be revisited as players and staff involved in the dramatic 4-2 win over Barnsley will recall 29 May that year in what was the last domestic game played at the old national stadium.

Here's what former Town captain Matt Holland had to say:

"Wow, 20 years ago, where does the time go? 

"The day all our hopes and dreams came true as we were, eventually, promoted to the Premiership. My memories of the day aren't quite as vivid as I'd like them to be, but what a day. I remember arriving at the ground and seeing the twin towers at Wembley, then coming out to that sea of blue and white before the game. The noise was incredible and the hairs on the back of my neck are still standing up. The drama in the game, the quality of the goals and lifting the trophy in the direction of the Ipswich fans - it made it all so special.

"The bus journey home was a big celebration with wonderful team-mates and members of staff. We sang Wonderwall by Oasis all the way back to the Suffolk Showground. We saw fans on the bridges on the A12 cheering us home and I remember trying to get the microphone off Jim Magilton back at the Suffolk Showground.

"For me days like that are why we love football. It's why we make sacrifices as fans and players. Football is the greatest game and that was one of the greatest days."


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