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An open top bus ride through Ipswich for players and management after winning the Second Division Ch

An open top bus ride through Ipswich for players and management after winning the Second Division Championships in 1968.

With the possibility of Ipswich Town returning to the Premier League, either by automatic promotion or the play-offs, David Kindred has looked back at celebrations of success from earlier seasons.

The Star has featured many pictures of players and management celebrating their success over the years, but this time I have looked mainly at pictures of the fans and some of their crazy and sometimes dangerous antics on the Cornhill at past civic receptions.

As one of the Star’s team of photographers I was in the Town Hall in 1978 when Ipswich won the FA Cup. Somehow the open top bus made its way through the crowds to reach the thousands of fans on the Cornhill. I was on the Cornhill for the UEFA Cup celebrations of May 1981. I was working from the window of what was then Grimwade’s shop and watched with some concern as fans climbed to every vantage point around the Cornhill. Athletic young fans were hauling themselves into dangerous positions to cheer their heroes on the balcony of the Town Hall. Those in charge of the event were powerless to stop them.

In 2000 I was in a helicopter hovering low over the packed town centre as the players travelled from Portman Road to the town centre. I am told the helicopter was rather noisy (sorry!)

I have found photographs from other major celebrations for ITFC. When they won the Division One Championship in 1962 and Division Two in 1968.


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Fingers crossed that the Star’s present team of photographers will be busy on the Cornhill again at the end of this season, as I am sure there will be similar celebrations.

What are your memories of the celebrations featured in Kindred Spirits? E-mail info@kindred-spirit.co.uk

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