From The Vault – Blues V Ipswich semi-final


We take a look back at the 4-1 victory over Ipswich which sealed Blues’ place in the Worthington Cup Final.

Birmingham, who had already put out Tottenham and Newcastle en route to this semi-final, did it the hard way, overhauling a one-goal deficit from the first leg, watching as Ipswich levelled the tie and then enduring 30 minutes of extra time.

If the capacity crowd needed any reminding of the importance of the match, it was delivered by the commentator. “They don’t come much bigger than this,” he said, as the teams appeared.

The game was fast and furious and cried out for someone to put their foot on the ball. Tempers were on a short fuse, too, which was no real surprise with so much at stake.

Adebola’s pass put Horsfield clear, and though his first shot was beaten down by Wright, Horsfield rammed in the rebound.

However, the tie was brought back to parity within two minutes when Stewart hit Clapham’s centre straight at Ian Bennett, and James Scowcroft, introduced at half-time, turned in the loose ball.

The goal ensured that the game went into extra time. However, Horsfield’s moment was merely delayed for 13 minutes before he scored Birmingham’s third goal. Popping up unmarked inside the six-yard box, Horsfield met Martin O’Connor’s pass and side-footed the ball home.

To rub Ipswich’s noses further into the ground, Andrew Johnson scored a fourth goal, courtesy of John McGreal’s back pass. The ball bobbled in front of Wright, who miskicked and gave an easy chance for Johnson. The goal heralded another invasion, and then the celebrations began.

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