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Ipswich Town v Bolton - Nostagia: Blues reach Wembley after eight-goal thriller

Jim Magilton's wonderful goal in the play-offs against Bolton in 2000 will live long in the memory of the Portman Road faithful

Jim Magilton's wonderful goal in the play-offs against Bolton in 2000 will live long in the memory of the Portman Road faithful

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In this week’s nostalgia, we take a look at Ipswich 5 Bolton 3 back in the year 2000 – not any run-of-the-mill game!

Town fans celebrate Town fans celebrate

No, this was the play-off semi-finals, the two teams one game away from Wembley and evenly-poised at 2-2 after the first leg.

Martijn Reuser celebrates his goal Martijn Reuser celebrates his goal

Play-off games are usually dramatic but no-one could have predicted what followed.

Jim Magilton celebrates another one of his goals Jim Magilton celebrates another one of his goals

Dean Holdsworth scored either side of a Jim Magilton penalty (18) to give the hosts a slender lead. Magilton equalised again just after half-time, only for Allan Johnstone to put the Trotters back in front a minute later.

Jim Magilton celebrates his goal Jim Magilton celebrates his goal

However, there was late drama as Magilton grabbed his hat-trick and second penalty of the night, in the 90th minute, to send the tie into extra-time. although not before Mike Whitlow was sent-off for the visitors.

Jamie Clapham celebrates his goal with his team mates Jamie Clapham celebrates his goal with his team mates

Jamie Clapham scored the game’s third penalty in extra-time (94) to put Ipswich ahead, before Martijn Reuser (109) sent the Blues into a final shoot-out with Barnsley, Robbie Elliott having become the second visiting player to be dismissed earlier on.

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