INTRODUCTION: Ipswich Town, the most impressive team in English football during the past 12 months, have finally won a major trophy ...
GV Ipswich (playing left, to right, in dark strip), taking corner and Frans Thijssen scoring. Ipswich 1 - Alkmaar O. (3 shots)
GV Alkmaar going into attack and Kurt Welzl scoring. Ipswich 1 - Alkmaar 1 (2 shots)
GV Alkmaar taking ball down right wing and Metgod scoring from cross by Jan Peters (2 shots) Alkmaar 2- Ipswich 1
GV Ipswich taking corner; John Wark scoring. Ipswich 2- Alkmaar 2 (2 shots)
GV Alkmaar attacking strongly and Pier Tol scoring. Alkmaar 3 - Ipswich 2 (2 shots)
(SECOND HALF) Jonker of Alkmaar taking free kick, and scoring. Alkmaar 4 - Ipswich 2; players congratulate each other (2 shots)
(END OF MATCH) Ipswich captain Mick Mills receiving cup for victory on aggregate score (2 shots)
SPORT: ASSOCIATION FOOTBALL
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Background: INTRODUCTION: Ipswich Town, the most impressive team in English football during the past 12 months, have finally won a major trophy ... after losing a key match by two goals. They lost 2-4 to Alkmaar AZ'67 of Holland on Wednesday (20 May), in the second leg of the European Football Union (UEFA) Cup final. Even so, Ipswich squeaked through by five goals to four over the two legs of the final. It was belated consolation for a talented team which had appeared capable for a long while of winning three important competitions in the 1981/81 season.
SYNOPSIS: This second leg match began brilliantly for Ipswich ... a goal in the fourth minute. It was an ironical touch for an Amsterdam crowd, because the scorer was Ipswich's Dutch midfield player, Frans Thijssen.
This goal gave Ipswich a four goals to none lead, which soon began to disintegrate. Only three minutes later, Kurt Welzl burst through for Alkmaar's first goal in the two legs.
On to the 25th minute, when the Dutch team struck again. After an attack poured down the right flank, Jan Peters crossed the ball, and Johnny Metgod hit their second goal.
But the Cup's destination was decided in the 31st minute. John Wark scored Ipswich's second goal for the night, equalling the individual record of 14 goals in a UEFA season.
Before half-time, Ipswich had cause to start sweating ... Pier Tol scored a third goal for Alkmaar, and the composure of the English team was badly ruffled.
Alkmaar needed six goals in this match to lift the trophy, and supporters of both sides were thinking, with conflicting emotions, that this wasn't beyond them when Jos Jonker scored their fourth.
Ipswich held out for the remaining 17 minutes. When it was all over, their captain, Mick Mills, could raise the cup in triumph.
His popular team had at last salvaged something from a busy and enervating season.