September 13 1969
WBA 1 ( Astle 50)
Ipswich 1 ( O’Rourke 29)
When you’re out of luck, nothing goes right for you: open goals go begging, rebounds head straight to opposition strikers, offsides never work for you, even your own fans boo you. And if you’re even lower than that then you get assigned to write about two such teams playing each other.
There was a deep cloud of wariness over most of this match. which was only broken when Ipswich accidentally scored and returned to silence when Astle equalised for the home team. The cloud almost shook in the 75th minute when Astle almost won the game for Albion, only to hit the post.
The two goals were spectacular feats of skill. Ipswich’s O’Rourke had the WBA defenders on his back. A lithe spin and he completed bypassed the defence and only had the keeper to stop him. He quickly dispatched that problem and scored for the visitors.
Astle is not only a giant in the midlands, but a giant of the English game. Once behind Albion broke their silence and began their endevour to equalise. It took 20 minutes of hard work to open up Ipswich but it took a splendid bit of solo work by Astle to reward the home side of an equaliser.
Once the equaliser went in, the home crowd had great expectations. However the teams had other ideas and any spark the game had petered out for almost another half hour. But it was that man again Astle, who almost won the game for WBA. Alas the post stopped any fairytale finish for the home side.
WBA: Cumbes, Williams, Wilson, Brown, Potter, Kaye, Krzywicki, Suggett, Astle, Hegan (Hartford), Hope.
Ipswich: Best, Carroll, Mills, Viljoen, Baxter, Jefferson, Woods, Collard, Wigg, O’Rourke, Brogan.