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A look back to an FA Cup classic between Blues and Brum in 1982

PUBLISHED: 09:00 01 April 2017

John Wark almost added a second to his goal tally but Tony Coton managed to get down in time to stop the ball

John Wark almost added a second to his goal tally but Tony Coton managed to get down in time to stop the ball

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Today, we take a look back at when Ipswich Town travelled to this afternoon’s foes Birmingham City for a back-and-forth FA Cup Third Round clash back in January 1982.

It was a fairly even game, until the Blues’ breakthrough came from Scottish forward Alan Brazil making it 1-0.

Ipswich and Birmingham City players jump to reach the Eric Gates cross coming in which would eventually lead to Town scoring bringing the game to 2-2 Ipswich and Birmingham City players jump to reach the Eric Gates cross coming in which would eventually lead to Town scoring bringing the game to 2-2

Birmingham were then awarded a penalty for a handball and Frank Worthington stepped up to convert and make it to 1-1 as half-time hit.

Alan Brazil running towards the crowd after his shot hit the back of the net Alan Brazil running towards the crowd after his shot hit the back of the net

In the second half Birmingham were gifted the lead from a Paul Cooper mistake, the ball slipping through his hands from an Alan Curbishley shot to put the home side 2-1 up.

Alan Brazil slots the ball past the Birmingham goalkeeper Tony Coton to give Town the lead Alan Brazil slots the ball past the Birmingham goalkeeper Tony Coton to give Town the lead

Ipswich battled back level as John Wark scored from close range. Not long after, Eric Gates, who had been a constant threat all game, put in a cross for Brazil to head home his second goal unmarked and give Town a 3-2 win.

Ipswich's Steve McCall on the ball as John Wark looks on Ipswich's Steve McCall on the ball as John Wark looks on

Three days later the teams met in a league game at Portman Road, with Ipswich winning 3-2 again!

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