George Hirst had a spell on loan with Blackburn Rovers during the first half of last season
Ipswich Town weathered a Blackburn Rovers comeback to edge a seven-goal thriller to keep pace at the top of the Championship.
The hosts wasted no time in taking the lead through Harry Clarke on four minutes but Arnor Sigurdsson levelled on his Blackburn debut just five minutes later.
But Ipswich moved back ahead through Nathan Broadhead's drilled low finish and George Hirst's goal against his former club.
Harry Leonard bundled home and Sam Szmodics turned things around for Blackburn before Massimo Luongo sealed the win.
Ipswich's victory means they are second in the Championship, behind leaders Leicester City, after Preston were held to a draw by Rotherham United, while Blackburn are 14th.
Clarke prospered from Blackburn failing to clear a corner to fire Ipswich ahead but the hosts could not maintain their lead for long as the visitors fought back.
Iceland international Sigurdsson's goal came via some good build-up work from Rovers, as Szmodics played through Lewis Travis on the edge of the box who them teed him up to slot past Ipswich keeper Vaclav Hladky.
Ipswich's second goal came via another Blackburn defensive error after goalkeeper Aynsley Pears was dispossessed by Conor Chaplin, who teed up Broadhead's fine finish for his fourth of the season.
Blackburn struggled to deal with the Ipswich attack as, just minutes later, Cameron Burgess set up Hirst having run behind Hayden Carter and he found the net through the legs of Pears.
Rovers boss Jon Dahl Tomasson made two changes at the break and his side took just seven minutes to make a breakthrough after the restart as Leonard scored his third goal of the season.
Blackburn levelled again, this time through Szmodics who coolly took a touch on the edge of the box before firing home, but Luongo struck from a similar range at the other end to edge the Tractor Boys into a late decisive lead.
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Referee:Keith StroudAttendance:28,792Match StatsHome TeamIpswichAway TeamBlackburnPossessionHome40%Away60%ShotsHome29Away10Shots on TargetHome11Away5CornersHome10Away5FoulsHome10Away13Live Text Post update
Match ends, Ipswich Town 4, Blackburn Rovers 3.
Second Half ends, Ipswich Town 4, Blackburn Rovers 3.
Attempt missed. Adam Wharton (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Tyrhys Dolan following a corner.
Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Leif Davis.
Foul by Adam Wharton (Blackburn Rovers).
Dane Scarlett (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Delay over. They are ready to continue.
Delay in match because of an injury Leif Davis (Ipswich Town).
Attempt missed. Dane Scarlett (Ipswich Town) header from the right side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Marcus Harness.
Attempt missed. Marcus Harness (Ipswich Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right.
Attempt blocked. Jack Taylor (Ipswich Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.
Attempt blocked. Marcus Harness (Ipswich Town) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Jack Taylor.
Foul by Dominic Hyam (Blackburn Rovers).
Omari Hutchinson (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Tyrhys Dolan (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Omari Hutchinson (Ipswich Town).
Substitution, Ipswich Town. Jack Taylor replaces Nathan Broadhead.
Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. Semir Telalovic replaces Harry Leonard.
Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. Joe Rankin-Costello replaces Callum Brittain.
Foul by Adam Wharton (Blackburn Rovers).
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