Welcome to my latest and last FM22 Ipswich Town post. I have had 5 enjoyable seasons with the Tractor Boys and decided that I wanted to take a break from the save and blogging for a few weeks and play an FM save casually and do a few twitter updates.
Season 5 with Ipswich Town turned out to be somewhat of a rollercoaster, on one hand fighting for survival in the Premier League whilst embarking on two incredible Cup runs that resulted in a Wembley Final.
I could not put my finger on why our Premier League form was inconsistent, maybe the sweeping changes in personnel did not help. However we battled bravely on and managed to finish 10th in the table after an unbeaten run of 10 games at the end of the season.
We had a couple of heavy defeats at the hands of both Manchester United 5-0 and Liverpool 6-1 but we also had success against the top teams including wins against Chelsea, Tottenham, Arsenal and Manchester City along with a spirited 3-3 draw at Anfield against Liverpool.
Dominic Solanke and Brennan Johnson both scored 9 goals whilst Chuco Hernandez top scored with 19 goals. Morgan Gibbs White was our top assist man with 17 ahead of Robertino Baez on 14.
The Magic Of The Cup
We managed to reach the quarter finals of the League Cup but it was the FA Cup that produced the magic.
The 3rd Round draw paired us with a difficult tie against Tottenham Hotspur but a solid performance in London gave us a 2-0 win that saw Loftus-Cheek and Joveljic both get on the scoresheet.
On to the 4th Round when we entertained Middlesbrough who gave us a tricky game at Portman Road going 1 up in the 70th minute when Pukki knodded home to put the visitors what they thought was a winning goal but enter substitute Rhian Brewster who’s first touch in the 74th minute was to level the game at 1-1 before netting a superb winner just 4 minutes from time to turn the game on its head and put us in to the bag for the 5th round draw.
The 5th Round draw gave us another home tie this time against Stoke City who had knocked West Ham out in the last round.
The Tractor Boys made easy work of the Stoke game running out 4-0 winners thanks to a 25 minute hat-trick from Chuco Hernandez after a Robertino Baez header had put the Blues in front.
The Quarter Final draw pulled us out of the bag last giving us an away trip to Southampton were we made little work of a 3-0 win courtesy of goals from Hernandez, Loftus-Cheek and Steve Lowe to set up a Wembley Semi Final.
The draw for the Semi Final was made after our clash with Southampton Live from St.Georges Park. First out of the hat number 7 Arsenal will play number 3 Aston Villa then number 8 Ipswich Town will play 11 Norwich City. What a fantastic draw The Old Farm Derby at Wembley Stadium.
The first Semi Final ended with an Arsenal win when a Declan Rice strike was enough to set up a Final against either us or Norwich City.
A packed Wembley stadium witnessed an epic second Semi Final with the game going in to extra time after a goaless 90 minutes, but it wasn’t a bore draw both teams gave it their all and when Morgan Gibbs White broke the deadlock just 4 minutes from the end of extra time I knew we would be returning to Wembley to play Arsenal in the FA Cup Final.
Arsenal v Ipswich Town 2026 FA Cup Final
It was a proud moment leading the team out at Wembley for the FA Cup Final just like Bobby Robson did when the tractor boys met Arsenal in the 1978 Final. Ipswich won that game back in 78 with a single Roger Osbourne goal and I would be the happiest person in the World if we could do the same.
Arsenal, though strong favourites, soon began to lose their grip on the game after a promising start had seen them gain two corners in the first two minutes. Some of Ipswich’s combined movements were a delight to watch, as they gradually overran Arsenal’s midfield. An under performing Saka, obviously not fully fit, could do nothing right and was substituted after sixty‑six minutes.
In spite of their ever‑increasing superiority, the East Anglians had nothing to show for their efforts at half‑time. They finally got the breakthrough with just twenty minutes remaining, but before then Ipswich had deserved to score from each of three brilliant second‑half moves. Gibbs White crashed a terrific shot against an upright after Leno had rolled the ball into his path, and then a similar Ipswich attack gave Dier the chance to hit the same post with another effort. Soon afterwards Leno made the save of the afternoon from Lowe’s header.
With Ipswich beginning to wonder what they had to do to score, the long‑expected goal arrived. Inside Forward Joveljic ran with the ball from near the half‑way line and fooled both Tierney and Nelson by feinting to cut inside and then using a sudden burst of speed to go outside them. Gabriel merely cleared Joveljic low cross as far as Brennan Johnson, standing ten yards from goal, and he promptly dispatched the ball into the net for what was the only goal of the game giving us a 1-0 win and giving today’s captain Eric Dier the opportunity to lift the FA Cup 🏆
Thank you for following my adventure with Ipswich Town and hope that after my short break from FM that you will be back to check out any future blog posts.