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David McGoldrick recalls ‘upsetting’ moment Ipswich Town beat his Southampton in FA Youth Cup final

PUBLISHED: 18:08 15 January 2013 | UPDATED: 18:08 15 January 2013

David McGoldrick goes close against Cardiff

David McGoldrick goes close against Cardiff

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HIS introduction into football came alongside Gareth Bale and Theo Walcott.

But David McGoldrick has painful memories of one of his first encounters with Ipswich Town.

The new Blues frontman was part of a Southampton youth team that also contained Adam Lallana, Nathan Dyer and Leon Best.

But it was not enough to overcome Ipswich in the final of the FA Youth Cup in 2005.

Bury St Edmunds boy Ed Upson scored an extra-time winner to beat the Saints in a memorable second leg at Portman Road.

McGoldrick, who made his full debut for Town in Saturday’s goalless draw at Cardiff, remembers the low point well.

The 25-year-old striker, who scored a penalty in the first leg, recalled: “We played them home and away. We drew 2-2 in the first leg at home and I scored.

“In the second leg we came down here (Ipswich) and didn’t really turn up in front of a great atmosphere.

“I think Walcott started and we had Nath Dyer, Adam Lallana, Leon Best, Martin Cranie, Lloyd James. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain was already training with us even though he was younger.

“Their boy scored in the last minute to win it and that was an upsetting feeling for me as a kid.”

McGoldrick joined Town on loan earlier this month from Nottingham Forest, although the move will become permanent in the summer.

While Forest fans have questioned his goal record, the man who last week earned the League One player of the month crown following his blistering loan spell at Coventry City has already impressed Town fans.

And he puts his ability down to his grounding he had on the South Coast.

He said: “A lot of the players from that game have gone on to get experience in the Premiership and Championship.

“It was a great academy that really helped me develop.”

Daniel Farke has warned Norwich City they will have to fight fire with fire to match ‘aggressive’ Ipswich Town in Sunday’s Championship derby.

Fans have a big role to play in the “massive” East Anglian derby this weekend – and must cheer on the Blues all the way to victory.

Punters are tipping Ipswich Town to win Sunday’s hotly-anticipated derby clash with old rivals Norwich City.

Ipswich Town skipper Luke Chambers says the new-look Blues squad should fear no-one in the Championship – and that includes Norwich this Sunday.

Respected Sky Sports pundit Danny Higginbotham insists cool heads will decide Sunday’s East Anglian Championship derby between Ipswich Town and Norwich City.

The Gunn family know all about the highs and lows that the East Anglian derby can provide and Angus is relishing the chance to follow in the footsteps of his father for Norwich this Sunday.

Ipswich Town skipper Luke Chambers issued a rallying call to his team-mates ahead of Sunday’s derby clash with Norwich City telling them “now is the time to stand-up and be counted.”

Ipswich Town legend and former England captain Terry Butcher has paid tribute to his son Christopher’s “larger than life character” and described him as a “formidable and true friend” following the 35-year-old’s death.

Ipswich Town skipper Luke Chambers has hit back at Nelson Oliveira’s claim that Norwich City are a ‘better club’ with ‘better players’ by calling the City striker ‘not very well educated’.

The fit-and-firing David McGoldrick is the Ipswich Town player that Norwich City fans would most like to have in the Canary ranks in Sunday’s East Anglian derby.

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