Back and Blue - The stars who came back

RICHARD Wright is hoping the make a successful return to Ipswich Town after being out of the limelight for the last six years.Since he moved away from Portman Road, the 30-year-old's career has failed to sparkle spending most of his time on the bench at Arsenal, Everton and West Ham.

Elvin King

RICHARD Wright is hoping the make a successful return to Ipswich Town after being out of the limelight for the last six years.

Since he moved away from Portman Road, the 30-year-old's career has failed to sparkle spending most of his time on the bench at Arsenal, Everton and West Ham.

He has set himself a target to win back his England place. But how will he fair?

WILL TAYLOR and ELVIN KING looks back on the fortunes of players who have made a playing return to Portman Road.


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Eric Newman

First spell 1945 to 1946 (1 appearance - 0 goals)

Second spell 1950/51 to 1952/53 (23 - 0)

A goalkeeper, like Wright he left Ipswich to play for Arsenal. Left Portman Road on October 9 1946 and returned on September 8 1950. Died in January 1971.

Ray Crawford

First spell 1958/59-1963/64 (219 - 156)

Second spell 1965/66-1967/68 (134 -71)

The Portsmouth-born player is one the best, if not the best, goalscorer Town has ever had. A natural finisher, Crawford played a big part in the 1961/62 First Division championship-winning season and his partnership with Ted Phillips is legendary. Became the first Town player to win an England cap.

Played for Wolves and West Brom where he failed to find his best form before returning to Suffolk. One of the first four players inducted into the Portman Road Hall of Fame.

Joe Broadfoot

First spell 1963/64 to 1965/66 (91 - 19)

Second spell 1966/67 to 1967/68 (24 - 2)

The flying winger joined Northampton on November 11 1965 before returning from Millwall on February 2 1967. Still follows Millwall with a varied career - including driving a London taxi - after his playing days.

Roger Wosahlo

First spell 1967/68 (1 - 0)

Second spell 1969/70 (1 - 0)

Born in Cambridge, Wosahlo started his career at Chelsea, and was the top scorer in their youth side. He made an impressive debut against Huddersfield Town, getting two assists too his name. Then made 15 appearances for Peterborough.

Returned in July 1969, but made just one more appearance. Lives in Belstead village and has been a leading light at Ipswich Wanderers for many years.

John Wark

First spell 1974/75-1983/84 (383 - 134)

Second spell 1987/88 - 1989/90 (105 - 25)

Third spell 1991/92 - 1996/97 (190 - 20)

Only man to play for Town in three separate spells - firstly joining Liverpool and then Middlesbrough.

The former Scotland international, who still lives in the area and does hospitality work at Portman Road on match days, set a record during Ipswich's victorious 1981 UEFA Cup campaign, scoring at phenomenal 14 goals.

Wark won trophies at Anfield, but didn't fair so well during his two years at Middlesbrough.

Still plays Sunday morning football in Ipswich and travels around the world with the Liverpool 'Legends' side.

Andy Petterson

First spell 1992/93 (1 - 0)

Second spell 1995/96 (1 - 0)

Keeper Petterson two loan spells at Ipswich - his first as an emergency deal from Swindon. Called up again three years later for one more appearance.

Jason Dozzell

First spell 1983/84 -1992/93 (406 - 71)

Second spell 1997/98 (10 - 2)

Became the youngest player to score in the old First Division (v Coventry, aged 16 years and 57 days) while still at Chantry School. Enjoyed a successful time at Town with England Under-23 caps before joining Tottenham.

Failed to make a huge impact on his return on a one month loan before leaving Spurs for Northampton. Later played for Colchester and then managed Ipswich Wanderers and Leiston.

James Scowcroft

First spell 1995/96 -2000/01 (248 - 55)

Second spell 2004/05 (9 - 0)

Won England Under-21 caps with Ipswich and helped the Blues gain promotion in 2000. Often used mainly as a big target man, playing the 'Sheringham role', and playing deep. Gained a reputation for creating chances, rather than scoring prolifically himself. Joined Leicester City for £3million where he made nearly 150 appearances, scoring 33 goals.

Returned when Shefki Kuqi was injured, but did not do enough to earn an extended stay. Now with Crystal Palace.

Tommy Miller

First spell 2001/02 - 2004/05 (139 - 37)

Second spell 2007/08 - Present (38 - 5)

Predominantly an attacking midfielder, Durham born Tommy Miller (who was released from Ipswich as a schoolboy) signed from Hartlepool United in 2001. Then moved on to Premier League Sunderland along with team-mate Kelvin Davis.

Miller made his return to Portman Road last summer and this expert spot kick taker has already notched two penalties this pre-season.

Pablo Counago

First spell 2001/02-2004/05 (122 - 34)

Second spell 2007/08 - Present (45 - 11)

Popular figure on the Town terraces the Spaniard had a chequered first spell at Portman Road, spending the last two years virtually in the wilderness under Joe Royle. Jim Magilton brought him back from Malaga last summer after a potential deal with Frannie Jeffers fell through.

Will be a key player this season, with Blues fans hoping he can recapture his home form on Town's travels.

Shefki Kuqi

First spell 2003/04-2004/05 (88 - 32)

Second spell 2007/08 (4 - 0)

Was delighted to come back to Ipswich after expressing his passion for the club many times. Not the most skilful perhaps but had a good goal record in his first stay and lifted fans with his famous swallow dive goal celebrations.

Moved to Premier League football with Blackburn Rovers before Crystal Palace paid £3million for him - where he is currently appears to be in dispute.

Richard Wright

First spell 1994/95 - 2000/01 (291 - 0)

Second spell 2008/09 - Present

Probably the greatest goalkeeper Ipswich have ever had, but if not a close second to Paul Cooper. He came through the youth ranks at Ipswich, making his debut as a teenager. Was instrumental in the 2000 promotion season to the Premier League - and fifth place the following year.

Joined Arsenal for £6million where groomed to be successor to David Seaman. In 2002 moved to Everton where he made 70 appearances before asking to be released. Did not make a single Premier League appearance for West Ham last campaign.


Successful Returns: Counago, Crawford, Miller, Wark

Unsuccessful Returns: Dozzell, Kuqi, Petterson, Scowcroft, Wosahlo, Newman, Broadfoot.

Richard Wright: Time will tell.

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