Stand is opened in memory of stalwart supporter Claude Chapman

A STALWART supporter of non-league football will be fondly remembered after the official opening of a stand in his honour.

The Claude Chapman Stand was opened by members of his family at Maitlands, home of Debenham Leisure Centre, last Saturday prior to the club’s 3-2 win against Halstead Town in Division One of the Ridgeons League.

There was a good turn-out of supporters who were joined by players and committee members to dedicate the supporters’ shelter to the memory of former committee member Claude, who suddenly passed away in August.

Claude is widely-known as being the fan who originated the ‘1-0 to the Tractor Boys’ chant which was taken up by Ipswich Town supporters.

Stephen Anderson, the club chairman, made a dedication address, during which he reminded everyone about Claude’s character and his devotion to Debenham LC, before the unveiling of the sign fixed to the rear of the stand by members of his family.

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Kevin Snell, the club’s vice-chairman, said: “It was a superb day and everything went off very well.

“His family, who sponsored the match, were touched by the events and players rounded it off with a good victory.”

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