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26 May 2020

'Bam Bam' reminisces about that memorable 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.

Richard Naylor, scorer of Town's second goal on the afternoon, is the next to look back at the victory over Barnsley.

Here's what 'Bam Bam' had to say: 

"We trained in London and Johno (David Johnson) struggled with an injury. I was next in line to start, I'd come on in the semi-final when the game was in the balance and done quite well. 

"I was quite confident that if Johno didn't make it, I'd start. As it happened, Johno started but didn't last too long which was disappointing for him but obviously good for me. I ended up playing a good portion of the game, nearly all of the game.

"I obviously got my goal - I don't really remember too much about it. I remember having a slightly heavy touch and the 'keeper coming out and thinking he was going to get it. I managed to get there first, lift it over him and celebrate around the back of that goal where all the Ipswich fans were - a sea of blue. It was unbelievable. 

"Afterwards, going back to Ipswich, I remember all the bridges with the flags and the banners. That's something that really sticks out in my mind. I think we went to the Suffolk Showground for a little bit of the celebration. I was just wiped out, physically and mentally drained after the day. I didn't really celebrate so much. I had a couple of drinks and soaked in the atmosphere.

"It was a tremendous day for me personally, a tremendous game. I don't remember many games of my career but that one stands out. The contributions to the goals and the all round game was really good for me. 

"We'd made the semi-finals three or four years in a row. It was a culmination of a lot of hard work. Adding Marcus Stewart to the squad just after Christmas gave us that final push and got us over the line that year. Happy days and great memories."

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