Noel Hunt has sent a passionate message to Ipswich Town fans on social media, five years to the day since he scored an injury-time winner on his debut for the Tractor Boys.
Hunt joined Ipswich in 2014 after he was released by Leeds United, following a disappointing spell at Elland Road where he failed to score in 22 appearances for the Whites.
The striker made an immediate impact for the Tractor Boys though and scored a dramatic 95th-minute winner on his debut against Charlton Athletic.
With the Championship clash at The Valley seemingly destined to end goalless, Hunt won the game for Ipswich with a low strike from just inside the box.
It was a memorable moment for Hunt and earlier today Ipswich posted a video of the goal on the club’s official Twitter feed, five years to the day since it happened.
Hunt was quick to respond to the club’s tweet and thanked everyone at Ipswich – including his former teammates, the supporters at Portman Road and former Town boss Mick McCarthy – for giving him the chance and helping him fall back in love with football again.
So gratefully to Mick McCarthy,TC, Lids and this special club, Thank you to the fans,the players/Friends for making me fall back in love with the game! I would be lost with out you guys 😘😘💙💙💙 https://t.co/MSXJrO8JKm
— Noel Hunt (@Noelhunt20) November 29, 2019
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This was a special moment for Hunt and even now, five years on, is clearly something that he looks back on with happy memories.
Even though he wasn’t at the club for very long, Hunt clearly still has a soft spot for Ipswich and appreciated that the club were willing to give him a chance to get his career back on track following his disappointing spell with Leeds.
He was able to establish himself as a firm fans’ favourite throughout his relatively short time at Portman Road and I’m sure the Ipswich supporters will appreciate this heartfelt message from him.
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