When Villa and Town met

HELLO and welcome to another Green'Un Gold.And remember to keep sending in your old team photos.This week Steve Prentice from Ipswich has send this grand photograph from 1939.

Mike Bacon

HELLO and welcome to another Green'Un Gold.

And remember to keep sending in your old team photos.

This week Steve Prentice from Ipswich has send this grand photograph from 1939.


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Over to Steve . . .

“Hi Mike,

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“I'm almost certain this photo was taken before the Ipswich Town v Aston Villa, Hospital Cup match on 8 May 1939.

“I can clearly recognise Ipswich captain Jimmy McLuckie (bald head front centre sitting with ball at his feet) and manager Adam 'Scott' Duncan (standing far right).

“The cup looks like the Ipswich Hospital cup and the Villa kit looks to be authentic for the period. I assume that it is the two chairmen sitting in the centre, as the one on the right is probably John Murray Cobbold and resembles both his sons John and Patrick Cobbold who were later chairmen of the club.

“Note the referee and linesman are all wearing blazers.

“During their first ever season in the Football League Division 3 South Ipswich Town also reached the third round of the FA Cup for the first time when two epic matches were played against the Aston Villa. Following a 1-1 draw at Villa Park, Town lost 1-2 at home in the replay before a then-record crowd at Portman Road of 28,194.

“Relations between the two clubs must have been good as Villa were invited back to Portman Road to play in the annual Hospital Cup match on 8 May 1939.

“Once again Villa emerged winners, this time 3-2 before 19,209 spectators.

The Ipswich team was: Mick Burns, Billy Dale, William Harris, Dave Bell, Tom Fillingham, Jimmy McLuckie (Capt), Ambrose Mulraney, Jackie Little, Fred Jones, Bryn Davies and Charlie Fletcher. Town scorers were Little and Williams.”

“Incidentally Ipswich player Billy Dale had a loser's medal from the 1933 cup final when he played for Manchester City who lost 0-3 to Everton.

“He returned to Wembley a year later and this time his Manchester City team beat Portsmouth 2-1. Also in the winning Man City team that day were legendary goalkeeper Frank Swift, who later became a Football journalist and was killed in the 1958 Manchester Utd air crash in Munich and Sir Matt Busby who played his football with Manchester City and Liverpool.

“Dale also won a Football League champions medal with Manchester City in 1936-37. Dale made 269 league and cup appearances for City and 44 for Ipswich in the 1938-39 season. His career was curtailed by the advent of the Second World War.

“While Mick Burns had an FA Cup runners up medal when he played for Preston who lost 3-1 to Sunderland in the 1937 final. He had previously played for Newcastle (104 appearances) and Preston (12 apps) before making 171 appearances for Ipswich between 1938 and 1951.”

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