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A Potted Club History - The Forties

Results and tables for the following seasons can be found in our all-time results section.

The Decades Winners

League Champions: 1949 Portsmouth, 1948 Arsenal, 1947 Liverpool

FA Cup Winners: 1949 Wolverhampton Wanderers, 1948 Manchester United, 1947 Charlton Athletic, 1946 Derby County

Pictured above: Tommy Lawton

Season 1945-46

The season was played in two halves. The first on a league basis with Ipswich taking part in the Third Division South (Northern Section). Ipswich finished fifth. The second half of the season Town took part in the Third Division South Cup (Northern Section). This was played on a league basis with the top four sides progressing to a knock-out stage. Ipswich finished sixth.


Season 1946-47

A rather uneventful season with a final league position of 6th. FA Cup winners Charlton contested the Ipswich Hospital Cup before a season high crowd of 22,012 (Result 2-2). Debut season for midfielder Tommy Parker (pictured) who went onto make 475 appearances for the club. Norwich beaten 5-0 at home. Leading scorer for the season Albert Day with 14 goals.


Season 1947-48

Notable results included home wins over QPR (eventual Champions) and a new record away win, 5-1 at Norwich. Leading scorer Bill Jennings with 14 league goals.


Season 1948-49

Tommy Lawton, with 4 goals, powers Notts County to a 9-2 victory over Town in Nottingham. Eventual champions Swansea beaten 2-0 at home. Leading scorer Bill Jennings (pictured) with 23 league goals.


Season 1949-50

Lowest finish ever in the Football League. Threee wins in the last four matches see Town avoid applying for re-election. Only one team (Newport County) concede more goals -- 98 to Town's 86. Sam McCrory becomes the first Ipswich player to be sent off in a Football League game (away to Aldershot). Incredibly, it will be another 18 years before the next dismissal of a Town player. Leading scorer Stan Parker with 15 league and cup goals.


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