Ex-Town wing-half Thrower dies

Dennis Thrower, pictured at a Landseer Old Boys reunion in 2012. Photo: Archant

Dennis Thrower, pictured at a Landseer Old Boys reunion in 2012. Photo: Archant

Former Ipswich Town wing-half Dennis Thrower has died, age 80, following a lengthy illness.

Thrower grew up in Ipswich and played for Ipswich & District League side Landseer Old Boys before joining the Blues, as a Division Three South side, in August 1956.

When making his debut, aged 18 and 28 days, he became the youngest player in the club’s history.

He was largely a reserve team player for over the next nine years as Sir Alf Ramsey led the club all the way through the divisions and to a famous First Division title in 1961/62.

Overall he made 31 first team appearances, the most of which came in 1964/65, and scored four goals.


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Thrower went on to play for Bury Town, Sudbury Town and Crane Sports and managed both Whitton United and Woodbridge Town while running his own plumbing business.

He was a regular at player reunion events and is survived by son Gary and daughter Andrea.

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