Spurs v Ipswich town notes


They are linked with both

Milija Aleksic

Darren Bent

Alan Brazil

Tom Carroll -.

Jamie Clapham Spurs youth product who joined Ipswich on loan originally in January 1998 and then permanently in March of that year.

Jason Cundy

Giovani dos Santos Loaned to the Tractor Boys in March 2009, but made only eight appearances, scoring three times, before returning to Spurs.

Jason Dozzell Signed by Ossie Ardiles in August 1993, he played 99 league and Cup matches for Spurs scoring 14 times, before returning to Portman Road on a free transfer in October 1997.

John Duncan -.

Zeki Fryers Loaned out in March 2015, playing three times for Ipswich when with Crystal Palace, who had bought the defender from Spurs.  A convoluted route to signing with Tottenham, the former Manchester United youth player arrived via Belgium, with Alex Ferguson claiming it had been engineered to prevent a transfer fee being paid to United.  Only made 16 appearances before being allowed to join Palace to progress his career.

Marton Fulop

Paul Gascoigne Invited for a trial at Ipswich Town as a teenager, but Bobby Robson rejected him.  Went on to sign for Spurs from Newcastle United for a record fee of £2.2 million in 1988 and become one of the most skilful players of his generation.

Anthony Georgiou Loaned to the League One side and played 13 games between August 2019 and January 2020.

Ken Hancock

Scott Houghton Loan

Stewart Houston Spurs assistant manager under George Graham and Gerry Francis, Stewart Houston had filled the same role at Portman Road from 1998 until 1999

David Kerslake

Jake Livermore Loan

Massimo Luongo

Kieran McKenna Former Spurs Academy midfielder, who had to retire young because of injury, but was taken into the Academy coaching set-up before he was acquired by Manchester United to over-see their Under-18 and then became assistant first team coach.  Sacked when Ole Gunnar Solskjaer left Old Trafford in November 2021, Kieran was appointed as Ipswich manager on a three and a half year contract on 16th Decembe.

Roman Michael-Percival Youngster raised in the Spurs youth system had a trial with Ipswich Town following his release by Tottenham.

John Moncur Loan

Aled Owen

Troy Parrott -.

Alf Ramsey -.

Jimmy Robertson

Steve Sedgley -.

John Scales

Charlie Sheringham

Mauricio Taricco

Ben Thatcher Controversial defender, who was signed for Spurs by George Graham for £5 million form Wimbledon, but Glenn Hoddle then took over as manager and didn’t see Thatcher fitting into his side, so he was sold to Leicester City for £300,000 in the summer of 2003 having made 46 appearances.  Moved around clubs, with Ipswich getting him from Charlton Athletic in 2008 on a one year deal, but manager Roy Keane showed Thatcher the door in 2010 when he refused to move closer to Suffolk.  Played 23 times for Town.

Andros Townsend Loan

Kane Vincent-Young Spurs development full back, who left to join Colchester United in 2014 after being released having been with Tottenham for seven years.  Initially with the Academy, he progressed to the first team and became a stand-out player for the U’s, bringing him to the attention of Ipswich, who signed him in 2019.

Ian Walker Went to Ipswich on loan as injury cover for Craig Forrest in 1990, but didn’t play a match for the Suffolk side.

Grant Ward

Charlie Woods Chief Scout who served both clubs in that capacity, leaving Spurs for Newcastle United in 2000.


Debuts against Ipswich Town

Gary Stevens 27.8.1983
Danny Thomas 27.8.1983
Teddy Sheringham 30.8.1992
Neil Sullivan 19.8.2000
Sergei Rebrov 19.8.2000
Ben Thatcher 19.8.2000


Last game against Ipswich Town

John Hollowbread 4.4.1964
Mel Hopkins 4.4.1964
Roy Woolcott 27.12.1969
Roger Morgan 3.4.1972
Tony Want 3.4.1972
Steve Walford 31.1.1976
Colin Lee 21.12.1979
Terry Naylor 2.4.1980
Gordon Durie 26.9.1993


First goal for club – scored against Ipswich Town

Jimmy Robertson 4.4.1964
David Leworthy 20.4.1985
Jason Cundy 30.8.1992
Ilie Dumitrescu 30.8.1994


Last goal for club – scored against Ipswich Town

Tony Marchi 23.11.1963
Don McAllister 21.12.1979
Jason Cundy 30.8.1992





Bill Nicholson about the tactics for the game on 14.03.1962 (THFC programme 19.08.2000) “We were due to play Ipswich and in our team chat before the match, I was keen that we should change tactics and have our wing halves mark their wingers instead of our full backs doing the job.

This was because they had wily Jimmy Leadbitter pulling the strings back from deep and I believed that if our full-backs could do a smothering job it would allow us to raid forward while, we hoped, Danny Blanchflower and Dave Mackay throttled them before they could set up anything. 

But there was a disagreement about playing it that way and I conceded the point, because I did not want them playing a tactical plan they were unhappy about.  They beat us home and away.  3-1 on our pitch.  If we had beaten them 3-1 at White Hart Lane, we would have done the Double again, it was as simple as that.  It was all a question of tactics.”

The teams met in the Charity Shield at the start of the following season …
“There was no nonsense this time.  I put my foot down and told them very firmly that we would play this one my way.  We beat them 5-1.”

Manager Terry Neill about the Spurs fans at Portman Road on 14.12.1974 “I think those supporters are marvellous. I felt really sorry for them at Ipswich. They were still cheering us on when we were losing 4-0. I certainly would not have blamed them if they had been completely silenced by our performance. I only wish things had been different for them.”


Transfers from Tottenham to Ipswich Town


Name Date Fee
John SCALES July 2000 Free
Jason DOZZELL October 1997 Free
David KERSLAKE July 1997
Jamie CLAPHAM 1997
Jason CUNDY October 1996 £200,000
Steve SEDGLEY July 1994 £1,000,000
Aled OWEN July 1958


Transfers from Ipswich Town to Tottenham Hotspur


Name Date Fee
Mauricio TARICCO December 1998 £1,775,000
Jason DOZZELL August 1993 £1,900,000
Alan BRAZIL March 1983 £450,000
Ken HANCOCK March 1969 £7,000