The goals to choose from
The goals that got away
Goals 50 to 34
Goals 33 to 21
Goals 20 to 11
10: Brolly v Everton
9: Macca v Rushden
8: Oster v Sheff Weds
7: Cockerill v Huddersfield
6: Bonetti v WBA
5: Wilkinson v Everton
4: JPK v Spurs
3: Dobbin v Newcastle
2: Burnett v Bournemouth
1: Jevons v Liverpool
Town's greatest goals: 33 to 21
25 September 1979: Bob Cumming, v Notts County
Bob Cumming takes the ball from our penalty area and beats several players, before finishing from 25 yards in a League Cup win
"An all-time hero."
22 September 1990: Neil Woods, v Shrewsbury
Faced with a crowded area, Woods nutmegs his marker then chips the keeper and keeps on running to the Town support at Gay Meadow
"When the ball arrived at Neil Woods's feet early in the second half at Shrewsbury, I knew he was going to score. It was an irrational but powerful feeling. I had never seen him play before and in the first half, with Town struggling to remain on terms as Shrewsbury's right winger beat Jobling time and again, he had scarcely touched the ball. It was not even a real chance. Woods was marked and Shrewsbury had numbers back.
26 October 1993: Chima Okorie, v Tranmere
"Neil Woods, we would learn, was one of those strikers whose goals came in spurts. There would be times when he was off form and we were left wondering what he was doing on a football pitch, and he would seem to be thinking the same. In contrast, there were times when an aura of conviction would envelop him and a score became certain. This was one of those times. He tapped the ball between the defender's legs and ran round him to chip the advancing goalkeeper, then carried on his run, at what we were to discover was his full speed, to the Town support behind the goal.
"His critics will say that Woods's loan spell before he signed – he scored four goals in his first three appearances – was a false dawn, and they have a point. Woods was not the natural goalscorer whom we are forever craving, but a very good forward built to the Buckley mould – helping the team, rather than himself, to goals.
"My last sight of him as a player was at Bristol City in 1998, when we had half a hope of overhauling the Robins for an automatic promotion place, and the new claimants for the title of natural goalscorer were Jack Lester and Daryl Clare. A shocking first-half display put paid to any hopes we had in that match, but there was still time for Woods, replacing Clare at half time, to give a cameo in intelligent forward play – making space, keeping control, finding the pass to bring another player into the attack – to the young pretenders.
"If the loan spell led us to expect something we didn't quite get, what we did get was still one of the most skilful players in the recent history of the Mariners."
With one strike, a cult was born
"Only bright spark on a bad night."
14 October 1997: Steve Livingstone, v Leicester City
"Even though we were 4-0 down, we celebrated as if it was the cup final winner – and we will take Chima's goal to the grave."
Livvo proves he had the deadliest arse in football, his posterior knocking the holders out of the League Cup
"Who said Livvo was an unskilled, unathletic, laughing stock? OK, I did, but what a time to score such a dreadful goal. Going out, eh, Lawrenson?"
"Livvo the legend turns it around against a well-organised Martin O'Neill side."
"A special mention to Jack Lester for unselfishly smashing Steve Walsh against the post and allowing Livvo the glory."
17 January 1998: David Smith, v Brentford
Smith marks his debut with a goal from 25 yards
"Wonderful debut goal."
14 February 1996: Jamie Forrester, v West Ham
"Of course I meant that."
Forrester runs clear and finishes calmly to seal a 3-0 FA Cup win
"What a night."
9 January 1999: Peter Handyside, v Ipswich
"So I could take the mickey out of all my West Ham-supporting mates at school the next day!"
Handyside's overhead kick gains the Mariners' first ever win at Portman Road
"Not that long ago we did the unbelievable on a regular basis. We won twice at Wembley; we beat Queens Park Rangers at their place for the first time since 1949, and we regularly beat Ipswich at home. We'd never beaten Ipswich at Portman Road though and David Sheepshanks, their chairman, was obviously peeved that we had the drop on them.
9 November 2002: Steve Livingstone, v Stoke
"So – we go to to play a team full of players destined for the World Cup and better things and start to battle out for a draw. Groves is a star in midfield. Then there's a free kick on the Town left, which David Smith takes. It goes behind the oncoming Handyside who turns and hooks it over his shoulder and into the net. Cue party time on and off the pitch.
"This was the first and only time we had beaten Ipswich away and was probably the high point of the last Buckley team. Possibly our best moment for 20 years.
"Next season Ipswich won the play-offs and went into the Premier League and on to the UEFA Cup. It was that good a moment."
"This sort of goal is usually scored against us (see Izzet, Muzzy)."
"Made all my Ipswich Town mates mad! Ha ha ha!"
Livingstone lobs from Oster's pass to win a relegation six-pointer at the Potteries
"The boy wonder, returning to help save his first club from relegation, gets the ball wide right, just over the halfway line. He looks up and sees Livvo running down the middle. With pinpoint accuracy, Oster lifts a ball over the Stoke defence but curls it so precisely that it lands right in front of the big man. What happens next is remarkable. Instead of blasting it or trying to take on the keeper, Livvo takes one touch and then, with the second, calmly chips it over the stranded Cutler. Vision, accuracy, class, simplicity. Best goal of the season by far."
12 September 2003: Paul Groves (og), v Grimsby
"Livvo Livvo Livvo!"
Groves heads firmly into his own net, setting off a defeat by the odd seven goals in nine, at Hartlepool
"I came back early from a business trip to the USA for this one. Boy, great goal; Shearer would've been proud – providing he hadn't thought about what he was doing"
21 November 1995: Gary Childs, v Sheffield United
"I was there, one of those nights you will never forget in your life!"
Childs volleys into the roof of the net from 20 yards, helping Town to a 2-1 win at Bramall Lane
"The Yorkies had the worst kit in history that night. Pre-match, every car seemed to have Italian flags hangin' out the windows."
28 February 1996: Paul Groves, v Chelsea
"I asked Gary Childs once whilst drunk in O'Neills what his favourite Town goal was and he mentioned this little treasure. Apparently, Alan Kelly in the Blades' goal congratulated him on such a good strike afterwards."
Groves hits the ball very hard indeed for a consolation against a Ruud Gullit-inspired Chelsea
"Passing, movement, Craig Shakespeare and sipping champagne with a dolly bird on each arm as Golden Groves wandered down the Kings Road after scoring the best goal of the night, on a night of goals."
28 February 2004: Isaiah Rankin, v Barnsley
"Wonderful club man with a blistering shot and header."
Rankin makes sure he will never have to play for Barnsley again, as Town trounce his employers, and Rankin celebrates exuberantly
"Ranks cuts in from the left before slotting home, and celebrates by putting his back to the Barnsley fans and running his finger over the name on his shirt! 'Boulding... What's the score?'"
26 February 2005: Andy Parkinson, v Yeovil
"It was a special game, a 40th birthday treat, and did Town treat me! Macca told me they'd win and as a time-travelled, sagacious Town fan – did I believe them? I did after 90 minutes!"
Parkinson beats four of the champions' defenders for a late winner
"One good goal, 99 times running into opposition defenders and losing the ball."
"Worth the price of a season ticket alone."