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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.

Ipswich Town boss Mick McCarthy spoke openly about his uncertain future at this morning’s press conference ahead of tomorrow’s Championship game at Preston. STUART WATSON posed the questions.

Martyn Waghorn wants Ipswich Town to make a fast start and ‘have a real go’ at Preston North End tomorrow afternoon.

Mick McCarthy has confirmed striker David McGoldrick will not play again this season.

Mick McCarthy believes Luke Hyam needs to remain patient and push his case on the field as he enters the final few months of his Ipswich Town contract.

Mick McCarthy is hopeful Joe Garner will be fit to face former club Preston this weekend while a trio of youngsters could get a chance to impress at Deepdale.

Ipswich Town take on Preston North End, at Deepdale, on Saturday in what will be their third Championship game in seven days.

Ipswich Town travel to Preston North End for a third Championship game in seven days on Saturday. STUART WATSON previews the action.

Ipswich Town midfielder Luke Hyam knows he is playing for a future at the club he loves.

Ipswich Town defender Jonas Knudsen believes wins will come if the recent level of performances are replicated.

There was a sense a toxic atmosphere awaited manager Mick McCarthy as the Blues faced Cardiff following the weekend’s events at Norwich.

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