Ipswich Town’s 7 biggest club legends (Ranked)

Ipswich Town have made a strong return to the Championship.

Kieran McKenna’s side has been one of the second division’s surprise packages this season.

The Tractor Boys are towards the top of the table and in contention for the automatic promotion spots.

Ipswich Town have not played in the Premier League since 2002, but they might clinch back-to-back promotions to the top division in just 12 months.

Who are Ipswich Town’s all-time greatest players?

Each player’s name would be etched in the club’s history books if they were promoted to the Premier League.

Here are the seven greatest club legends the Suffolk club has ever had…

7 : Paul Mariner

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Mariner joined Ipswich Town in 1976 and stayed for eight years, making over 250 games.

He scored 96 goals for the Tractor Boys and helped them win the UEFA Cup in 1981.

Mariner went on to play for Arsenal and Portsmouth before retiring in 1993 and pursuing a coaching career.

6 : Frans Thijssen

Thijssen joined Ipswich from Dutch club FC Twente in 1979 and stayed for four years.

The now 71-year-old was a major member of the squad during the great 1980-81 season, in which Ipswich won the UEFA Cup, narrowly missed out on the First Division title, and reached the FA Cup semi-finals.

The midfielder left for Nottingham Forest in 1983, but his over 100 appearances for the club grabbed the hearts and minds of Ipswich fans.

5 : Ted Phillips

Phillips signed for Ipswich in 1953, spending over a decade with the Suffolk outfit.

He made over 250 appearances and scored over 150 goals, helping establish the club in the First Division under Alf Ramsey.

His goals were key to the club winning the top flight league title in their first year in the league in 1962.

4 : Mick Mills

Mills arrived at Ipswich after that league success, breaking into the first team squad through the academy system in the mid-1960’s.

Mills earned the club captaincy at a young age, highlighting just how important he was to the club.

The now 74-year-old was part of the 1981 UEFA Cup triumph, before departing for Southampton in 1982.

3 : Kevin Beattie

Beattie didn’t perhaps go on to have the career that many thought he might, with injuries playing a role in hampering his true potential.

But, for a lot of Ipswich supporters, there has never been a better player to wear the club’s crest.

Beattie spent nine years with Ipswich before his career petered out at the likes of Middlesbrough and Barnet.

2 : Ray Crawford

Crawford is Ipswich Town’s all-time leading scorer, with more than 200 goals in two spells with the club.

He was instrumental in the club’s elevation and subsequent league success under Ramsey before returning in 1966 to help bring the club back to the top flight after their relegation in 1964.

1 : John Wark

Wark had three spells at Ipswich, first getting into the club through the academy system in the mid-1970s.

He was a member of the 1981 UEFA Cup-winning team before joining Liverpool in 1984.

Wark returned to the Tractor Boys for the first time in 1988, then again in 1991, totaling over 500 appearances.

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