Town bid to stretch unbeaten home run

AVOIDING defeat for Ipswich Town against Watford today will stretch their unbeaten home league run to 20 matches And only three times in the club's history have they bettered this impressive feat.

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AVOIDING defeat for Ipswich Town against Watford today will stretch their unbeaten home league run to 20 matches

And only three times in the club's history have they bettered this impressive feat.

The record run is 33 games achieved under the management of Bobby Robson from October 1979 until March 1981 when Town were in the old First Division.


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Twice the Blues have gone 22 matches at home without defeat - the first time under Alf Ramsey in Division Three South from August 1955 to April 1956, and the second from October 1964 until September 1965 in the former Division Two.

The first game in the latter run - a 3-1 home victory over Newcastle - was when Jimmy Forsyth was in temporary charge and the rest when Billy McGarry took over the reins.

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A 20-match unbeaten run was also achieved from October 1961 - the season Town won the First Division championship under Alf Ramsey - until September 1962.

Earlier in the season Town won 12 consecutive games on the trot - which was three short of their record for successive victories and broken when they drew 0-0 with Barnsley on December 1.

Town have tasted defeat at Portman Road this season when Premier League Portsmouth beat them 1-0 in the third round of the FA Cup on January 5.

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