Ipswich 1 Manchester U 1
Ipswich Town 1 Manchester United 1, Portman Road, English Football League First Division, February 5, 1983. Manchester United and Ipswich Town shared the spoils in a 1-1 draw at Portman Road. John Wark handed The Blues the lead four minutes ahead of the interval before Frank Stapleton equalised for the visitors a minute into the second period.
Manchester United had beaten Ipswich Town 3-1 in the reverse meeting at Old Trafford thanks to a brace from Norman Whiteside and a goal by Steve Coppell. In their last five First Division fixtures, United had defeated Aston Villa, Birmingham City, Nottingham Forest, drawn with West Bromwich Albion, and lost against Coventry City, whereas Ipswich had beaten Southampton, Brighton and Hove Albion, drawn with Aston Villa, and been defeated by Norwich City and Stoke City. The East Anglia club started the better and the home team had several good scoring chances early on. Ipswich eventually established the lead thanks to a spectacular overhead kick from John Wark following 41 minutes of play, but Manchester United equalised shortly after the restart through Frank Stapleton who unleashed a powerful shot from outside the penalty area past Town netminder Paul Cooper and into the goal in the 46th minute of the match. With less than ten minutes left of normal time, Ron Atkinson´s United almost had a late winner, but Steve Coppell´s low free kick was brilliantly saved by Cooper. A consistent and prolific marksman, Stapleton would go on to score 19 goals in 59 first team appearances for Manchester United during a season which culminated in The Reds lifting the FA cup trophy for the fifth time in their history after beating already relegated Brighton in the final after a replay. Ipswich Town Team: Paul Cooper, Trevor Putney, Irvin Gernon, Frank Thijssen, Russell Osman, Terry Butcher, Steve McCall, John Wark, Paul Mariner, Alan Brazil, Kevin O’Callaghan. Substitute: Mich D’Avray. Manchester United Team: Gary Bailey, Kevin Moran, Gordon McQueen, Mike Duxbury, Arthur Albiston, Steve Coppell, Arnold Muhren, Remi Moses, Frank Stapleton, Bryan Robson, Norman Whiteside. Substitutes: None.
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Manchester United finished the 1982-83 campaign in a disappointing third place with 70 points won from 42 games played, as much as twelve points adrift of First Division Champions Liverpool.