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Played for both: Ipswich Town

8 April 2016

Ahead of tomorrow’s clash between Brentford and Ipswich Town we look at three players who have represented both sides

Tom Garneys, Brentford, 12 appearances (2 goals); Ipswich Town, 274 appearances (143 goals)
Garneys was discarded by Brentford after just 12 league matches but would go on to break Ipswich Town’s individual scoring record. Signed for Brentford by Jackie Gibbons in December 1949, Garneys managed just two goals in 12 matches before leaving for Ipswich Town 18 months later. There he netted 19 goals in the 1953/54 Division Three (South) promotion season but his tally of 20 goals in 24 matches wasn’t enough to prevent relegation a year later. He helped Ipswich regain their place in the top two divisions in 1957 before retiring a year later with 123 league goals in 248 matches to his name, a number only surpassed three times since. Tom took over the running of the Mulberry Tree public house, now called the Milestone, in Ipswich after his playing career. Tom died in 2007, aged 83.

Stephen Hunt, Brentford, 160 appearances (31 goals); Ipswich Town, 43 appearances (0 goals)
A real fans favourite for his energy, work-rate, and skill Stephen made his name at Griffin Park in the early part of the last decade. In his first season he was an almost ever present as The Bees lost out to Stoke City in the Play-Off final before netting double figures in the next two seasons as Brentford pulled off The Great Escape in 2004. His final season was blighted by injury before a move to Premier League bound Reading in 2005. Stephen joined Ipswich in November 2013 and spent 18 months at Portman Road as The Tractor Boys finished ninth and sixth in the Sky Bet Championship. The 34-year-old is now plying his trade in Sky Bet League One with Coventry City.

Jay Tabb, Brentford, 154 appearances (24 goals); Ipswich Town, 85 appearances (5 goals)
Released by Crystal Palace for being too small Jay crossed London in 2000 to join Ron Noades’ side as a 16-year-old. After making only a handful of appearances in his first three years with The Bees, Jay made his breakthrough under Wally Downes during the 2003/04 season, scoring 11 times in 40 appearances as Brentford avoided relegation on the final day of the season. He continued to play a key role in the next two seasons as Brentford reached the Play-Offs under Martin Allen both times. After leaving Brentford in 2006 Jay spent time with Coventry City and Reading before signing for The Tractor Boys in 2013, playing 40 times as they reached the Play-Offs last season.


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