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European Pennants

Town supporters lucky enough to have travelled around Europe with the Blue’s during the 1970’s and early 1980’s, where more often than not rewarded for their efforts with some sublime performances from Bobby Robson’s men, and if they travelled on one of the official supporters tours, a souvenir pennant from the travel company too! Here we present pennants from twelve trips, starting with the one to the Santiago Bernabéu in 1973 where Town ko’d Spanish giants Real Madrid (in the UEFA Cup) and ending with the journey to Germany in 1981 for the UEFA Cup Semi-Final against 1.FC Cologne [Many thanks to Don White]. More

What's New
December 2008
The Terrible Twins Re-United
Ipswich Town legends Ray Crawford and Ted Phillips who fired the team to the First Division Championship in 1961/62 are re-united on Saturday 13th December at the Planet Blue megastore, Portman Road. Town fans will have another opportunity to purchase Ray's biography 'Curse of the Jungle Boy' and have their books signed by the old strike partners, the signing is from 11.00-12.30. Ray and Ted will then be guests of the club and watch the afternoon game against Cardiff City.

Crawford has donated his royalties from the book to two charities dear to his heart, The Oakley Waterman Foundation, which gives teminally ill children and their familes the chance to stay at respite caravans on the south coast and the charity to help fund research for Motor Nuerone Disease, up to now Ray has given nearly £4,000 to these worthy causes.
Greeting Cards
Here we present a collection of greeting cards produced by the Club for resale and as seasonal greetings to suppliers, dignitaries and supporters. The sending of greeting cards to friends and family is a tradition that goes back around two-hundred years gaining mass popularity with the introduction of the world's first postage stamp issued in 1840. Our collection doesn’t quite go back that far but does include a Christmas Card from the Chairman, Directors and Club Officials dating from 1949. It also includes personalised cards for Junior Blue’s members on their birthdays, and designs that incorporate images of Portman Road, squad photo’s and player autographs alike. More
It's almost that time again ...
Everything you've ever wanted to know about the battle for supremacy over the forces of darkness and evil at the wrong end of the A140. And then some. More
Tommy Miller's Spot Kick Record
Tommy Miller’s spot kick against Sheffield United on November 29, 2008 was his 21st straight penalty conversion since hitting a match winning spotkick, for Hartlepool, against Southend United in December 2000. More
November 2008
Returning Heroes
Richard Wright returned to Portman Road in August. Ipswich born Wright, who last played for Town in 2001, moved to Arsenal for £6m that summer but failed to make an impact at Highbury. He then spent five years at Everton before moving to West Ham in 2007 and ended last season on loan at Southampton. Wright is by no means the first former Town player to return to his old stomping ground – last season (2007-08) alone saw the return of two former Blues on long-term contracts in the shape of Pablo Counago and Tommy Miller and the loan of Shefki Kuqi from Crystal Palace. Here are the eleven players before Wrighty to make a return to Suffolk, plus Darren Ambrose of course who has also returned to Ipswich (initially on-loan) from Charlton just a few days ago... More
Professional Football Arrives in Suffolk
Seventy-two years ago on May 1st, 1936 perhaps the most significant meeting in the Club's history convened at the Town Hall during which it was agreed that Ipswich Town Football Club would turn professional thereby bringing to a close the clubs strongly defended links to the amateur game that stretched back to 1878. This followed a turbulent few months during which a group of local business men, led by 21-year old Leonard P. Thompson, threatened to form a new pro-club 'Ipswich United' that would compete in the Southern League, play their games at the old Suffolk Greyhound Stadium on London Road, and hence threatening the seniority, and perhaps the very survival, of Ipswich Town FC. Pride of Anglia is proud to be able to show you some great documents from that era, including meeting agenda, share prospectii and newspaper cuttings that help tell the story of how the Club were effectively forced into professionalism by supporters who demanded League Football at Portman Road. More
October 2008
Steve McCall
Defender 1978-84

McCall made his senior debut in the UEFA Cup tie against Skeid in the modest surroundings of the Ullevaal Stadium, Oslo in 1979, but just a year later became a key member of the (almost) all-conquering 1980-81 team, picking up a UEFA Cup winners medal at the Olympic Stadium in Amsterdam after Town’s 5-4 aggregate victory over AZ ’67 Alkmaar. In November of that year he started an impressive run of one-hundred and seventy-five consecutive first-team appearances, a sequence that ended in the 77th minute of an FA Cup 6th Round tie at Everton’s Goodison Park in March 1985, when he was red-carded by referee Robinson for a foul on Trevor Steven.

McCall left for Sheffield Wednesday in 1987, a five-year stay plagued by injury, later playing for his home town club Carlisle United (on loan), Plymouth Argyle (twice) and Torquay United. He rejoined Town in 2001 as a scout (under George Burley) and became reserve team coach (under Joe Royle). Under current Blue’s boss Jim Magilton he holds the position of Chief Scout. More
For the football fan who has everything (else)
At the back end of my school years Subbuteo was all-the-rage and in the various leagues created by and competed in against school chums, and my younger brother, I was always Glasgow Celtic - my second team at the time. I’m not quite sure exactly how this allegiance came about to be honest, perhaps it was due to memories from a few years earlier of black and white TV footage of the Lions of Vienna clinching Britain’s first European Cup, or perhaps I just liked the green and white hoped shirts (Subbuteo catalogue number #025).

Like the 1967 real life players, my side were all conquering and after each game were carefully stored away in their original box on which was inscribed the names of the Celtic side that triumphed in the final against the Nerazzurri. I had carefully cut out and glued the numbers onto the back of each player as well and can remember that my favourite was number 7 Jimmy Johnstone (the real Jimmy sadly passed away in 2006) who would often cut in from the wing to score himself or lay-up a perfect assist for a team mate (all within the regulation three flicks of course).

Teenage Flicks: Memories of the sub-beautiful game is a highly readable collection of reminiscences by fellow Subbuteo fans - from some of Britain’s top pro’s, pundits, enthusiasts, comics and gossips – all mixed in with some pretty impressive images of the game itself. Compiled by Paul Willetts (and due out early next month) the book can be ordered here.
Forrest & Yallop
Craig Forrest (Goalkeeper) 1985-97 & Frank Yallop (Defender) 1982-96

Voted Supporters Player of the Year 1995, the 6’ 4” Canadian ‘keeper, who had paid his own way over to England for trials, ended up making over three hundred appearances for Town, winning a Second Division Championship medal in 1992. Forrest, who was the Canuck’s first choice glovesman for many years, won 42 caps during his twelve-years at Portman Road, 57 in all. Born in Vancouver he starred in Canada's World Cup Qualifying campaign for USA '94, in which his side narrowly missed out on a play-off decider with Argentina for a place in the finals.

Forrest had the dubious distinction of playing for the Blue’s in the 9-0 thumping at Old Trafford in 1995 as did fellow Canadian International and defender Frank Yallop. Watford born Yallop, made his debut as a nineteen year old in a league game at Goodison Park against Everton and went on to play almost four hundred times for Town, and was voted Supporters Player of the Year in 1988. He moved to the USA in 1996 where he first played for the Tampa Bay Mutiny before starting a highly successful coaching career. He was voted top North American coach in 2001 after guiding the San Jose Earthquakes to the MLS title. A further title followed in 2003 before he took up the position of head coach of the Canadian national side, a position he held for two-years. More
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On this day ... June 1st


No players born on this day
1963 Jednota Trencin (a)
5-1 Friendly

Doug Moran (1) Ray Crawford (3) Ted Phillips (1) 
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