Town players to wear black armbands and take part in minute’s applause in memory of Phillips
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Ipswich Town players will wear black armbands and take part in a minute’s applause before the Championship clash with Leeds United on Saturday after the death of legendary striker Ted Phillips.
Phillips died aged 84 in an Ipswich nursing home.
He formed a lethal strike partnership with Ray Crawford which was crucial to Town’s spectacular climb up the Football League ladder, winning the Second Division Championship in 1960-61, and the First Division Championship at the first time of asking the following season.
In the Championship-winning season Crawford scored 33 in the League and Phillips 28. Ted’s were the spectacular ones – he was renowned as having the hardest shot in football.
Paying tribute, Town boss Mick McCarthy said today: “I’ve been told of his goalscoring record at the club and it’s clear that he is player that stamped his mark on the history of Ipswich Town. Our sincere condolences go out to his family and friends at this sad time.”
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The club also tweeted a picture of the Town flag flying at half mast above the Cobbold Stand with the words “RIP Ted - and thank you.” The flags will fly at half-mast all week as a mark of respect.
As well as the club’s planned tribute on Saturday, some fans have suggested a minute’s applause in the 84th minute.
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