Play up for the champions – Jewell urges his players to put on a show for the boys of ‘62
IPSWICH Town manager Paul Jewell has urged his side to put on a show for the boys of ‘62 today.
Six players from the Blues side which stunned the football world by winning the old Division One title just a year after promotion to the top-flight will be at today’s Championship game against Barnsley at Portman Road.
And 20 minutes before kick-off, the sextet – Ray Crawford, Ted Phillips, Andy Nelson, Larry Carberry, John Compton and Doug Moran – will be part of a ceremony which will see Portman Road’s South Stand officially renamed ‘The Sir Alf Ramsey Stand’ in honour of their former manager (pictured right).
“If they’ve got their boots bring them!” joked Jewell, who will now be sandwiched between stands named after two managers who have achieved success with Town and England, with the ‘Sir Bobby Robson’ (pictured left) end already to his other side.
“We want to embrace the history of this football club and make some ourselves,” said Jewell (pictured below). “Someone joked to me this week about something being named after me here, the ‘Paul Paddock’ or whatever, but it would be lovely if that happened because it would mean we are being successful again.
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“This club’s supporters love the history here and I think it’s hugely important we pay respect to what’s gone on in the past.
With season ticket holders able to bring up to four extra adults for �7.50, a crowd of well over 20,000 is expected today.
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“It’s up to us to give them something to shout about,” said Jewell. “The away support at Watford last weekend was superb and then against Middlesbrough on Tuesday night we missed a penalty and they got behind us even more.
“They will cheer anything, they really will, and I mean that in a good way. You can always feel good will in the stadium, the feeling that people are just looking for any excuse to get behind the side.”
– See today’s EADT for full match preview.