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29 May 2021

A look back at Burley's Blues' eventful Wembley success

Town sealed promotion to the Premiership following a dramatic 4-2 play-off final victory against Barnsley, 21 years ago today.

Having fallen behind early on, goals from Tony Mowbray, Richard Naylor, Marcus Stewart and Martijn Reuser sealed Wembley success for George Burley's Blues.

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Below is a match report from the classic encounter at Wembley - written by BBC Sport.

"Ipswich Town survived a late attack of nerves to climb back into the Premiership for the first time since 1995.

Town had goalkeeper Richard Wright to thank as they came from a goal down to make it fifth time lucky at Wembley.

Wright produced a stunning save in the dying seconds to deny Barnsley an equaliser, having earlier saved a penalty.

George Burley's team have failed in the play-offs on four occasions in the last few years - but finally made it into the Premiership with a stirring fightback.

But led by the tireless running of sub Richard Naylor and with goals from Tony Mowbray, Naylor, Marcus Stewart and Martijn Reuser, they hauled themselves into the top flight despite two goals from Craig Hignett (one later confirmed as a Richard Wright own goal).

Hignett had put Barnsley in front with the game only minutes old before Mowbray levelled on 28.

Wright saved a penalty just before half-time, and five minutes after the interval, Ipswich were in front.

Stewart flicked on Wright's long ball and Naylor, on as a sub for the injured David Johnson, pounced.

With Stewart making it three with a firm header from Clapham's cross, Hignett's second, from the penalty spot, proved too late for Barnsley.

Wright was called upon late on but Reuser sealed the win in the last minute to send the hordes from East Anglia into ecstacy."


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