Ipswich Town had six months earlier been crowned League Champions for what turned out to be the only time in their history. This season, 1962-63, they struggled and eventually finished in the lower reaches of the table, avoiding relegation by four points (these the days of two points for a win).
Arsenal were seventeenth before kick-off, Ipswich were twenty-first, three points behind. By the end, the gap would be five points as the hosts disposed of their visitors comfortably. The decline in his team’s fortunes didn’t do Alf Ramsey any harm, becoming England manager in April 1963.