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Leeds United beaten by Ipswich Town while Norwich City suffer thrashing at Blackburn Rovers




As far as days go, they do not get much better for Ipswich Town supporters than October 3, 1992.

That is because while the Blues were busy slaying the champions Leeds United at Portman Road during the first season of the Premier League, rivals Norwich City were being hammered 7-1 away at Blackburn Rovers.

It would be fair to say Leeds' defence of the title they had won the previous campaign was rather meek. They would eventually finish up just two points above the relegation zone, yet the side that arrived in Suffolk still contained the likes of Eric Cantona, Gary Speed, Gary McAllister and Lee Chapman. Howard Wilkinson's men were also unbeaten in their previous three games, including a 2-0 win at the expense of Everton last time out.

Ipswich Town legend John Wark scored twice during the win over Leeds United in 1992
Ipswich Town legend John Wark scored twice during the win over Leeds United in 1992

And yet, they were put to the sword by a rampant Ipswich who found themselves three goals to the good at the break.

It was Chris Kiwomya that opened the scoring in the 24th-minute with a close-range header, followed by a trademark dancing celebration in front of the Town faithful.

The second came courtesy of UEFA Cup winner John Wark, with his free kick proving to be too hot to handle for John Lukic in the Leeds goal. And then on the stroke of half-time Ipswich's legendary number five kept his cool from the penalty spot after Paul Goddard had been upended by David Batty.

Leeds rallied in the second half and pulled two goals back via Chapman and Speed in the 55th and 64th minute respectively, but any hopes of a dramatic comeback for the visitors from Yorkshire were extinguished 20 minutes from time.

Wark was the provider on this occasion, swinging over a cross from deep on the right flank which a stooping Jason Dozzell was able to head inside Lukic's far post.

Ipswich saw out the remainder of the campaign to secure a 4-2 victory and all three points, before the cherry was added to the top of an already sweet-tasting cake by the news filtering through from Ewood Park.

Future England captain Alan Shearer helped himself to a brace as hosting Blackburn dished out a hefty defeat on the travelling Canaries.

Ipswich: Craig Forrest, Linighan, Phil Whelan, Neil Thompson, Jason Dozzell, Gavin Johnson, Micky Stockwell, John Wark, Geraint Williams, Paul Goddard, Chris Kiwomya

Leeds: John Lukic, Chris Fairclough, Chris Whyte, Gary Speed, Tony Dorigo, David Batty, Gary McAllister, Scott Sellars, Gordon Strachan, Eric Cantona, Lee Chapman

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