Fans advised to get to Barnsley game early to salute champions

THE fantastic achievements of Ipswich Town’s championship-winning side 50 years ago will be honoured at Portman Road on Saturday.

Six members of Sir Alf Ramsey’s side that shocked football to win the old Division One in 1961/62 will be the club’s guests of honour for the home match against Barnsley.

The players – Andy Nelson, who skippered the side, Larry Carberry, John Compton, Doug Moran, Ray Crawford and Ted Phillips – will be taking to the Portman Road turf and presented to the crowd before kick-off.

Chief executive Simon Clegg said: “It promises to be a special occasion on Saturday when we celebrate one of the great milestones in the club’s history.

“The 1961/62 champions will be presented to the crowd 20 minutes before kick-off so we’d ask for supporters to take to their seats early if possible so they have an opportunity to salute the achievements of that team.”

The Barnsley match has been chosen as it coincides with the annual ex-players’ dinner that takes place tomorrow night.

The players from the championship team, who only achieved promotion to the top tier 12 months earlier, will also have a private lunch in the old club boardroom, the office of Town chairman John Cobbold during that era, which will be decorated with memorabilia from that amazing season.

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The two remaining members of the 1961/62 squad, Aled Owen and Reg Pickett, are unable to attend.

– Saturday’s matchday programme carries a special tribute to the champions while the EADT/Evening Star will be produced a special supplement in recognition of their achievements prior to the last match of this season.