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A Potted Club History - The Fifties

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

The Decades Winners

World Cup Winners: 1950 Uruguary, 1954 West Germany, 1958 Brazil

League Champions: 1959 Wolverhampton Wanderers, 1958 Wolverhampton Wanderers, 1957 Manchester United, 1956 Manchester United, 1955 Chelsea, 1954 Wolverhampton Wanderers, 1953 Arsenall, 1952 Manchester United, 1951 Tottenham Hotspurs, 1950 Portsmouth

FA Cup Winners: 1959 Nottingham Forest, 1958 Bolton Wanderers, 1957 Aston Villa, 1956 Manchester City, 1955 Newcastle United, 1954 West Bromwich Albion, 1953 Blackpool, 1952 Newcastle United, 1951 Newcastle United, 1950 Arsenal

European Cup Winners: 1959 Real Madrid, 1958 Real Madrid, 1957 Real Madrid, 1956 Real Madrid

UEFA Cup Winners: 1958 Barcelona

Pictured above: Alf Ramsey with the 56-57 Squad

Season 1950-51

Victory at Carrow Road (3-1), in the last but one game of the season, breaks Norwich's unbeaten home record and effectively ends Norwich's chance of promotion. Leading scorer Sam McCrory (pictured) with 21 league goals. Jimmy Forsyth is appointed coach and stays with the club until his retirement in the early seventies.


Season 1951-52

Leading scorer Tom Garneys with 20 league and cup goals. Mick Burns becomes the oldest player to represent Ipswich in a first team fixture (versus Gateshead at 43 years and 219 days). Jack Parry (pictured) becomes first choice goalkeeper, ending on the losing side in his first 5 games including a 5-1 home defeat by Swindon.


Season 1952-53

Despite taking a 2-1 lead at Goodison Park, Town go down 3-2 against Everton in the FA Cup 3rd round. A crowd of 42,000 is the highest the team has ever played in front of. Leading scorer, for the second successive season, Tom Garneys with 24 league and cup goals.


Season 1953-54

Patient rebuilding of the side by manager Duncan (pictured) finally pays off as Town finish the season as Division 3 (South) Champions. Seven points ahead of their nearest rivals at the turn of the year Town were beaten only twice in their first 32 league and cup games. A record of eight successive league wins was also set. Leading scorer, for the third successive season, Tom Garneys with 24 league and cup goals.


Season 1954-55

Despite equalling their best ever league win (6-1 against Middlesboro) during a promising start to the season, a disastrous record of ten straight league defeats sees Town plummet to 21st place. Relegation to Division 3 (South) follows. Leading scorer, for the fourth successive season, Tom Garneys with 21 league and cup goals.


Season 1955-56

Sir Alf Ramsey replaces A. Scott Duncan as manager (Duncan had been manager since November 1937). Town finish a creditable 3rd, scoring 4 goals or more on 9 occasions, with a total for the season of 106. Leading scorer Tommy Parker with 31 league and cup goals.


Season 1956-57

Division 3 (South) Champions. Ipswich score twice, in the first 50 seconds, in the home game against Brentford. Tommy Parker (pictured) plays his final game for Town in the league game with Millwall at Portman Road (he made 475 appearances in total). Ted Phillips is leading marksman with 46 league and cup goals (a record for a Town player in one season) - he had been playing non-league football the previous year. The league game at Coventry is the first full game played by the Town under floodlights. Ipswich's 3-1 defeat of Norwich on Easter Monday moves them into first place, where they remained, and consigns Norwich to bottom place and the ignominy of applying for re-election.


Season 1957-58

Town are defeated by "Busby's Babes" 2-0 at Old Trafford in the fourth round of the FA Cup. It was to be Manchester United's last home game before the Munich air crash. Leading scorer Tom Garneys with 19 league goals.


Season 1958-59

Dermon Curtis becomes only the 2nd Ipswich player to represent his country in the Eire versus Poland international. Leading scorer Ray Crawford (pictured), with 26 league and cup goals, signed from Portsmouth for £5,000.


Season 1959-60

First ever floodlit game at Portman Road sees Town defeat Arsenal 4-0 in a friendly. Leading scorer Ted Phillips (pictured) with 25 league and cup goals.


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