On this day in Town history: Joe Royle’s reign begins with a win in Europe

PUBLISHED: 15:00 31 October 2018

Joe Royle was in the Ipswich dug out for the first time on this day in 2002

Joe Royle was in the Ipswich dug out for the first time on this day in 2002

In our daily feature, we take a look at what happened on this day in Ipswich Town’s history – and somewhat suitably, today features the first game in charge for a much-loved former Blues boss.

In 2002, Town beat Slovan Liberec in the UEFA CupIn 2002, Town beat Slovan Liberec in the UEFA Cup

We start today in 2002, when Joe Royle took charge of his first game as Ipswich manager as the Blues beat Czech side Slovan Liberec 1-0 at Portman Road, with Darren Bent scoring the only goal.

David Wright scored on this day in 2009David Wright scored on this day in 2009

It was on this day in 2009 that Roy Keane recorded his first win of the 2009-10 season, at the 15th time of asking as the Blues beat Derby 1-0 at Portman Road, while Neil Thompson scored as Town beat Watford 1-0 at Portman Road in 1989.

David Johnson scored twice as Town beat West Brom in 1998David Johnson scored twice as Town beat West Brom in 1998

Ten years ago today David Johnson scored twice as Town beat West Brom 2-0 at Portman Road, while in 1992 the Blues won 1-0 at Nottingham Forest, thanks to Jason Dozzell netting the only goal at the City Ground.

Plenty of Halloween games feature on this dayPlenty of Halloween games feature on this day

In 2006, the Blues drew 1-1 with Plymouth at Home Park as Sylvain Legwinski scored as the Blues finished the game with 10-men with Fabian Wilnis shown a straight red, while Town drew 1-1 with Bournemouth at Dean Court.

Russell Osman scored as Town beat Aston Villa in 1981Russell Osman scored as Town beat Aston Villa in 1981

And finally on this day in 1981, Russell Osman scored the only goal as Town beat Aston Villa 1-0 at Villa Park, making it just two defeats in their first 12 league games in the 1981-82 season.

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