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Classic matches: Ipswich v Forest

18 November 2016

There have been some classic matches at Portman Road between Nottingham Forest and Ipswich Town over the years - here are five of the best.

Tuesday 25 April 1978 
Ipswich 0 Nottingham Forest 2 (Mariner o.g. 73’, Clark 78’)

Nottingham Forest played their first match after being crowned First Division champions for the first time away at Ipswich Town. An own goal from Paul Mariner and a Frank Clark effort were enough for The Reds to pick up all three points at Portman Road.

Saturday 15 May 1982 
Ipswich 1 (Brazil) Nottingham Forest 3 (Davenport 3)

A Peter Davenport hat-trick gave Forest all three points on the final day of the 1981/82 season, denying their opponents who were in with a chance of the league title. Alan Brazil scored for the Tractor Boys, but The Reds ran out 3-1 winners, finishing the season in 12th position.


Saturday 20 August 1994 
Ipswich 0 Nottingham Forest 1 (Roy 40’)

Bryan Roy (pictured above, top) struck the only goal of the game as Nottingham Forest kicked off the 1994/95 season with a 1-0 win over Ipswich at Portman Road. The striker curled an effort into the top corner to mark his debut for The Reds after signing from Italian side Foggia.

Saturday 5 April 2003 
Ipswich 3 (Miller 14’, 26’ pen, Bent 60) Nottingham Forest 4 (Thompson 27’, Harewood 29’, 75’, Naylor o.g. 33’)

A brace from Marlon Harewood helped Forest to a thrilling win at Portman Road. The Reds came back from being 2-0 down to lead 3-2, with Marlon Harewood scoring the winner with 15 minutes left. Forest would go on to finish sixth in the First Division, losing out in the play-offs to Sheffield United.


Monday January 2 2012
Ipswich 1 (Leadbitter 75’) Nottingham Forest 3 (Tudgay 5’, 78’, McCleary 26’)

A great strike from Gareth McCleary and two goals from Marcus Tudgay got 2012 off to a flying start with a 3-1 win at Ipswich. The result ended a run of seven games without a win for Forest and is the last time that The Reds won at Portman Road.


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