In the 1980-81 UEFA Cup final, Ipswich Town, a strong team from England, won the championship against AZ Alkmaar from the Netherlands. They won with an overall higher score in an exciting final that displayed their great skills and determination on the big stage.
In the first game at Portman Road in Ipswich, Ipswich Town had a dominant 3-0 victory over AZ Alkmaar. Wark scored a penalty goal at the 30th minute, followed by Thijssen at the 47th minute and Mariner at the 55th minute. Around 27,532 passionate fans filled the stadium, and the referee, Adolf Prokop from East Germany, managed the game well.
The tension rose in the second game at the Olympic Stadium in Amsterdam, where AZ Alkmaar fought back hard and won 4-2 against Ipswich Town. Goals from Welzl, Metgod, Tol, and Jonker showed their determination. However, Thijssen’s early goal at the 4th minute and Wark’s strike at the 32nd minute ensured Ipswich Town’s overall victory with a final score of 5-4. About 22,291 spectators watched this thrilling match, and the referee, Walter Eschweiler from West Germany, handled it skillfully.
Ipswich Town’s win in the 1980-81 UEFA Cup final was a significant achievement for them. It showed their strength, resilience, and added a memorable chapter to the history of the UEFA Cup.