Robson’s famous 1981 Ipswich team ‘would only beat current side 2-0’

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Ipswich Town team of 1981

The famous Ipswich Town team of 1981 would only beat Mick McCarthy’s current struggling side 2-0, a former star player has claimed.

He said if both sides lined up today, his UEFA Cup-winning side, which famously also missed out on the League title on the last weekend of the season, and reached the FA Cup semi-final weeks earlier, would not be able to thrash the present team.

Every football fan in the country would say Bobby Robson’s brilliant 1981 team, packed with international stars such as Paul Mariner, Alan Brazil, Arnold Muhren, Frans Thijssen, John Wark, Terry Butcher, and George Burley, would wipe the floor with McCarthy’s current misfiring Tractor Boys.

But the former player, who asked not to be named, explained: “We have to be honest. If we played them today we would only win by about 2-0.

“After all, we are all about 60 years old now.”

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