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28 May 2020

Former Town 'keeper on Club's play-off heroics in year 2000

The Club website and Town’s social media channels are turning the clock back this week to the year 2000 and Play-Off glory when Blues beat Barnsley 4-2 at Wembley.

Videos from former players have been published on the Club's social media channels, while Matt Holland, Darren Ambrose, Dean Bowditch, Darren Bent and Richard Naylor's memories have also featured on the website.

Today it's the turn of Town's former goalkeeper, Richard Wright:

"I know Ipswich isn't my town so to speak but it's the place I'd call home. It's the football team I grew up wanting to play for and supporting, it was always the Club I wanted to do well at because it's the Club I love. That day almost 20 years ago was incredible. I had so many friends and family members in the stands watching on and it was such a special occasion.

"It's very hard to describe just how good it feels to achieve something with your football club. I've seen photos of me from the day and I don't remember any of them! All I remember is being very emotional about the win, obviously we were all delighted.

"I can also remember being on the bus again for the journey home. Every single bridge was covered with Ipswich fans celebrating. Everyone on the bus was hugging, cheering, loving it. It really was a special day.

"To play for your club at Wembley, save a penalty, score a goal (*tongue in cheek*), and to win the play-off finals to get your team to the Premiership - it's unbelievable. The way we conducted ourselves as a club that day, along with the fans, was second to none. If I had to choose the favourite game of my career, it's definitely that day in 2000. I will never forget it."

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