Sir Stanley Rous medal to be handed over by Town

PUBLISHED: 15:15 23 December 2010

FOLLOWING on from my yarn a couple of weeks back on Suffolk born former FIFA president Sir Stanley Rous it looks as though his family is going to be reunited with the medal he received after taking charge of the 1934 FA Cup final.

Pat Godbold, who still spends time at Portman Road following a near lifetime of working so efficiently for Ipswich Town and in particular Sir Bobby Robson, got in touch to say that the medal is currently in the Blues’ archive.

Roger Fern is nephew of Sir Stanley and his mother Audrey is also living in the town in her 100th year.

“My mum remembers very well how proud their father (my granddad Rous, whom I never knew) was when Stanley was booked to referee the cup final,” said Roger.

“He had previously been a good goalkeeper for Lowestoft Town, but had to retire prematurely after he broke a wrist badly.

“He became a successful referee and drew up significant guidance for how referees and linesmen should operate.”

The medal was given to Pat by Jerry Firth, who used to be Sir Stanley’s chauffeur and had been left to him.

“He gave it to me on behalf of Ipswich Town on the proviso that it would not be sold,” said Pat.

And Roger went on: “We got to know Jerry Firth quite well and he kept in touch with my parents after Stanley died, before his own passing.

“We wondered what had happened to the medal, and I was glad to see it when I visited the Ipswich Town boardroom as a guest of David Sheepshanks.”

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