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So, last week we took the opportunity to stretch a half-baked link about biscuits (see what I did there) in order to bring you the underappreciated classic track Bob Wilson Anchorman. Subsequently the God of Tenuousness saw fit to punish us with back to back painful defeats, and so for episode 111 we have reverted to type and chosen to bring you a highlight from Ipswich Town’s past.

Whilst Doncaster Rovers spent the 1970s and 80s kicking around the Football League’s Basement, occasionally popping up to the Lower Ground level for some fresh-air, Ipswich Town were having a much different experience. The Tractor Boys enjoyed their most consistent period of success in those two decades, lifting the FA and UEFA Cups and being central to the plot in a number of title races. A fourth place finish in the 1972-73 season catapulted Town into European competition for the first time in eleven years and it is the start of that UEFA Cup campaign which this week’s episode centres upon.

September 1973 then, a month which offers a prime example of the differing fortunes of the two clubs set to meet tomorrow. On Monday 17th of that month Doncaster were thumped 5-1 by Peterborough at London Road to sink to 20th in Division 4. On the Wednesday of the same week Ipswich drove their agricultural vehicle into the UEFA Cup with a first round first leg tie at Portman Road against AC Milan. Surely the provincial Suffolk town could have no hope of beating the three times European champions. Could they?

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