Watching the Tractor Boys Play Soccer

One thing that should be on anyone’s list while visiting Suffolk is to watch a match involving the biggest team in the county, Ipswich Town.

College_soccer_yates_iu_v_tulsa_2004The blue clad soccer team plays in the English Football Championship League and are affectionately known as The Tractor Boys. Ipswich Town are currently in 17th place, but have scored much fewer goals than they have conceded. They have a strong online presence and have an email newsletter. Soccer teams these days could use to improve the security of their websites and email servers to ensure they are not hacked or used to spread malware.

Ipswich used to play in the top flight of the English League, in the Premiership, but were last there in the 2001-2002 Season.

The Tractor Boys are the only pro team in the county and their biggest rivals are Norwich City, the Canaries and yes, you guessed it, they play in yellow and they are based in neighboring Norfolk.

The football club has a long history, having been founded in 1878 and turning pro in 1936. They won thee English League title in their maiden season in the top league in the 1961-62 season. They have come second in the league twice and also won the FA Cup in the 1977-78 season. Ipswich Town has also won European honors, winning the UEFA Cup in the 1980-81 season.

Interestingly, the team has the distinction of having competed in the three major European competitions, having never lost at home. The team has claimed the scalps of European giants such as Real Madrid, Barcelona, Inter, Lazio and Milan.

Their most successful period of play was under the tutelage of respected coach Bobby Robson, who later went on to manage the English national team.

Ipswich play at Portman Road, a stadium which houses 30,000 fans. These attendance figures used to be reached when the team was still in the Premiership, but levels have now fallen to about 17,000 for a league match.