Ipswich Town and Norwich City derby day nostalgia: Bryan Gunn’s air kick
PUBLISHED: 12:00 22 February 2017
In the latest of our nostalgia series looking back at great moments in the history of the East Anglian derby, today sees us arrive at perhaps the most iconic moment of all...
Down the decades, the pitch at Portman Road has been famed for its quality. Many times it’s been voted the best pitch in the country. But, towards the end of the 1995-96 season, it wasn’t looking at its finest. In fact, when Norwich City arrived to take on the Boys in Blue, the action took place on what bore more than a passing resemblance to a ploughed field.
In a game which is only remembered for one thing, the other detail is generally forgotten. Ian Marshall put Town ahead, but Jamie Cureton (green hair and all) equalised for the Canaries.
Then came the iconic moment. In the 86th minute, left-back Robert Ullathorne rolled a gentle back-pass towards Bryan Gunn. The Scottish keeper decided to clear it first time. Deliciously, the ball hit one of the many divots, bounced over Gunn’s foot and trickled into the back of the Norwich net. Gunn sank to his knees, covering his face with his hands. And so a legendary derby moment was born.