When Terry met Ray - 45 years later

THERE was a pleasant surprise in store for Ipswich Town legend Ray Crawford at his book-signing session on Saturday.Crawford, Ipswich's all-time leading goalscorer, was at the Planet Blue store at Portman Road before the home game against Barnsley to sign his book, Curse of the Jungle Boy.

THERE was a pleasant surprise in store for Ipswich Town legend Ray Crawford at his book-signing session on Saturday.

Crawford, Ipswich's all-time leading goalscorer, was at the Planet Blue store at Portman Road before the home game against Barnsley to sign his book, Curse of the Jungle Boy.

Among the fans who queued to meet Ray on Saturday was Terry Sporle, who is the 13-year-old boy pictured wearing a cap on the front of the book.

Terry, who lives at Chelmondiston, watched every game of the 1961-62 championship-winning season. He still follows Ipswich but does not go to every game.


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“It was great to meet Ray, who was one of my heroes along with Billy Baxter,” said Terry. “You wouldn't believe he is now 71 - he looks much younger.”

Crawford will be back in Ipswich on Thursday, December 13, to do a signing in the club shop in the Buttermarket centre from 5-6pm followed by another session in WH Smith in Westgate Street from 6.30-8pm.

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It is hoped that Ted Phillips, Crawford's former strike partner, will be there as well.

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