A look back at Ipswich Town taking on Cardiff in 1984 and a hat-trick for Eric Gates

Cardiff City defender Gary Bennett sliding in to challenge for the ball

Cardiff City defender Gary Bennett sliding in to challenge for the ball - Credit: Archant

As we continue to look back in time at previous games Ipswich Town have played against other league opponents, we take a look at when Cardiff City hosted Ipswich in the FA Cup in 1984.

Town celebrating after a well worked third goal and Eric Gates' hat-trick

Town celebrating after a well worked third goal and Eric Gates' hat-trick - Credit: Archant

January 7th is a date to forget for Cardiff as the two times the clubs have met in the cup, it has landed on the same day of the year and both times ended in defeat for the Bluebirds.

Town forward Gates being challenged for position by Cardiff defender Colin Sullivan

Town forward Gates being challenged for position by Cardiff defender Colin Sullivan - Credit: Archant

The first time they met was in 1978, Town’s first opponent (2-0 win) on the way to their famous cup win.

A tightly fought contest for the first 45 minutes of the match with the first goal not being scored

A tightly fought contest for the first 45 minutes of the match with the first goal not being scored until the 38th minute - Credit: Archant

Six years later, in 1984, Cardiff played host to Town in the FA Cup 3rd round, with Eric Gates leading the Town attack and Paul Mariner playing a starring role in midfield.

Gates taking one of shots that would add to his eventual hat-trick against Cardiff in the FA Cup

Gates taking one of shots that would add to his eventual hat-trick against Cardiff in the FA Cup - Credit: Archant

The first goal came in the 38th minute, Gates netting a deft strike coming from just outside the box, the only goal scored in the first half.

Gates was firing well as he pushed to increase Town's lead over Cardiff

Gates was firing well as he pushed to increase Town's lead over Cardiff - Credit: Archant


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The second half was much different as just four minutes in, Gates netted to make it 2-0.

Town had their fair share of chances at the Cardiff goal during their third round match in 1984

Town had their fair share of chances at the Cardiff goal during their third round match in 1984 - Credit: Archant

Shortly after he completed his hat-trick after a well worked team goal and the game finished 3-0 to Ipswich.

Cardiff defenders Phil Dwyer and Colin Sullivan's dramatic attempts at blocking Gates' shot

Cardiff defenders Phil Dwyer and Colin Sullivan's dramatic attempts at blocking Gates' shot - Credit: Archant

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