Hundreds say farewell to ex-Blue Big John

HUNDREDS of mourners - including many former team-mates - paid tribute to Ipswich Town legend John Elsworthy at his funeral yesterday.

Jonathan Barnes

HUNDREDS of mourners - including many former team-mates - paid tribute to Ipswich Town legend John Elsworthy at his funeral yesterday.

The former Blues star, who died earlier this month at the age of 77, was remembered at a service at St Andrew's Church, Rushmere St Andrew.

He was part of the Ipswich Town team that won the First Division championship under Sir Alf Ramsey in 1961-62 and enjoyed a long and distinguished career at Portman Road.


You may also want to watch:


Several members of the championship winning side - including Ray Crawford, Ted Phillips and Larry Carberry - were at yesterday's service.

They were joined by players from different Ipswich eras, including Roger Osborne, Allan Hunter and Simon Milton, former Town chairmen John Kerr and David Sheepshanks, and long-serving manager's secretary Pat Godbold.

Most Read

Elsworthy, who was nicknamed “Big John”, was regarded as the best uncapped Welshman of his era.

He achieved the remarkable feat of two championship medals in Division Three (South), one in Division Two and the First Division championship, in 1961-62.

He was originally signed by Town manager Scott Duncan in May 1949 after playing as an amateur for Newport County, but it was not until the 1952-53 season that he became established as a first team regular in attack at Portman Road.

In 1955, Elsworthy made the switch to left-half and became a dominant force in the side over the following years.

Overall, he made 435 appearances for the club between 1949 and 1965, scoring 53 goals, and was inducted into the Ipswich Town Hall of Fame.

Following his playing days, the father-of-two, who was married to Ann, ran a post office in Ipswich and was a governor at Murrayfield Primary School.

Become a Supporter

This newspaper has been a central part of community life for many years. Our industry faces testing times, which is why we're asking for your support. Every contribution will help us continue to produce local journalism that makes a measurable difference to our community.

Become a Supporter
Comments powered by Disqus