Whitton's Portman Road glory

HELLO again and welcome to another Green'Un Gold.Well, this week I had a visit from Derek Davey and his wife Irene.They both kindly brought in this picture to the Green'Un offices of the victorious Whitton United 1959 Suffolk Senior Cup team.

Mike Bacon

HELLO again and welcome to another Green'Un Gold.

Well, this week I had a visit from Derek Davey and his wife Irene.

They both kindly brought in this picture to the Green'Un offices of the victorious Whitton United 1959 Suffolk Senior Cup team.


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Derek was part of that team which beat Bungay 3-0 at Portman Road in front of a crowd of just over 3,000.

Derek recalls the day.

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“Whitton were a good side in those days,” he said.

“I remember the day was dull, but it was perfect for playing football. I played for Whitton for about 14 years but I can't remember who scored our three goals that day.

“The picture is taken outside the old dressing rooms at Portman Road and our manager George Rumbold actually played for Ipswich Town, at left-back.

“The match was played in the morning and I remember leaving my boots behind in the dressing room. When I returned to collect them, Kenny Malcolm was sitting where my boots were positioned.

“He asked me if I would like to stay on and watch Ipswich Town play, as they were about to kick-off.

“Portman Road was a treat to play on, but we played on it quite often in those days because Ipswich 'A' team were in the Border League then and obviously played their home games at Portman Road.”

These days Derek can be seen more often than not on the golf course at Waldringfield, where he still plays with a former colleague in this picture, Brian Green.

Thanks Derek and Irene for that and if anyone wants to send in a photograph please do so, with a few words to Mike Bacon, Green'Un Gold, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich IP4 1AN. We will return all photographs.

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