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Sir Alf Ramsey inducted into Ipswich Town Hall of Fame

PUBLISHED: 07:54 09 April 2011

SIR Alf Ramsey joined the Ipswich Town coveted Hall of Fame at last night’s players’ reunion dinner at Portman Road.

The man who went on to lead England to the World Cup success in 1966 after winning the First Division title with Ipswich in 1961/62 won a special merit award.

The team that shocked the football world by lifting the trophy in the club’s first season of top flight football also received the same award last night as the manager.

Six players were inducted into the Hall of Fame itself – three members of the 1961/62 team Doug Moran, Andy Nelson and John Compton, plus Russell Osman and Paul Mariner from the Town side that won the 1980/81 UEFA Cup.

A posthumous entry into the Hall of Fame was given to Roy Bailey, who was keeper during the hey day of the Ramsey years at Portman Road and also won Third Division South and Division Two championships.

Moran, Compton and Osman were present last night - with current members of the Hall of Fame allowed to vote at an event organised by Bryan Hamilton and Simon Milton.

“It is the first time that a team has been inducted,” said Milton.

“The judges thought it is a special time and with the 50th anniversary of winning the Football League coming up this time next year.”

Most of the former players who attended last night’s event will be in a bumper crowd for today’s Championship match against Crystal Palace at Portman Road (kick-off 3pm).

There will be groups from the overseas branches of the Supporters Club.

In addition to promotions for season ticket holders and silver club members, parties from Sweden and Norway will also be attending as part of a weekend of activities that will also take in the home game against Middlesbrough on Tuesday.

Over 1,000 school children and teachers have also taken advantage of one of the club’s popular ‘Schools Promotions’.

The Supporters Clubs has arranged a series of events that include a question and answer session in Lloyds Tavern from midday, with chief executive Simon Clegg and first team players attending.

Also planned is an extended opening of the Legends Bar after the match where several of Town’s ex-players, including John Wark and Osman will be available to sign the new 1980-81 book and meet supporters.

Previous members of the Ipswich Town Hall of Fame:

2007: Mick Mills, Ted Phillips, Ray Crawford, John Wark.

2008: John Elsworthy, Frans Thijssen, Kevin Beattie, Jimmy Leadbitter (posthumous).

2009: George Burley, Arnold Muhren, Billy Baxter, Allan Hunter, Sir Bobby Robson, Pat Godbold, Roy Stephenson (posthumous)

2010: Larry Carberry, Terry Butcher, Cyril Lea, Roger Osborne, Tommy Parker (posthumous), John Cobbold (special merit award).

2011: Doug Moran, Andy Nelson, John Compton, Russell Osman, Paul Mariner, Roy Bailey (posthumous), Sir Alf Ramsey (special merit award), ITFC team 1961/62 (special merit award).

Cole Skuse agrees that his team mate and good friend Luke Chambers has probably taken on too much responsibility as Ipswich Town captain.

Shrewsbury Town chief executive Brian Caldwell has ruled out Paul Hurst returning to the club following his recent sacking by Ipswich Town.

More than 500 tickets have been donated for Ipswich Town’s home game against West Brom next Friday evening after one small act of kindness gained online momentum.

Toto Nsiala may currently find himself on the fringes of the Ipswich Town first-team but the central defender continues to make an impact off the field each and every week.

We’ve ranked the home kits of all 24 Championship teams. So who comes out on top?

Andre Dozzell has revealed his frustration as his return to action stalled earlier in the season but the teenager is now hungry for minutes on the field after returning to the first-team picture.

In past columns I have talked about a divide between athletes that earn large amounts of money, and those that do not, and how there is a movement in Ipswich to bring this sporting diversity together.

ANDY WARREN spoke to Ipswich Town No.2 Stuart Taylor about his journey from cleaning Paul Lambert’s boots at St Mirren to assisting him at Portman Road.

Striker Kayden Jackson scored a hat-trick as Ipswich Town defeated QPR 5-1 in a behind-closed-doors friendly at Playford Road this afternoon.

Trevoh Chalobah has been training with the full England squad today ahead of the Three Lions’ clash with the United States tomorrow night.

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