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Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Football Statues

No 11 (in a series of several): Stan Mortenson (1921-1991)

Stan MortensonThe Wikpedia article on the late Stan Mortenson contains an impressive list of career stats for the Blackpool and England centre forward. 197 League goals for the Tangerines in 317 matches; 23 goals for England in 25 games; Scored in twelve consecutive rounds of the FA Cup; Division One’s leading marksman in 1951 with 30 goals; and most famously, a hat-trick in the 1953 FA Cup Final for Blackpool in the 4-3 defeat of Bolton (He remains to this day the only player to have achieved that feat). This statue of him (apologies for the poor quality image taken on a mobile phone on a particularly damp afternoon back in January) outside Blackpool’s Bloomfield Road ground was unveiled in 2001.

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Saturday, July 26, 2008

Ipswich Town 2 West Bromwich Albion 1

Portman Road, Ipswich, Suffolk

Portman Road

Portman Road

Portman Road

Match Number: 1444

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Football Statues

No 10 (in a series of several): Sir Alf Ramsey (1920-1999)

Sir Alf Ramsey

Ipswich Town, with a team made up of unknowns who had been widely tipped to go straight back down at the end of the 61-62 season, amazed the nation by winning the Football League Championship at their very first attempt. Alf Ramsey, an accomplished right back for Spurs and England in the 1950’s and now at the Portman Road helm, was the man instrumental in achieving this quite amazing success.

Dagenham born Ramsey had taken the managers job in the summer of 1955 shortly after the Blue’s had been relegated to the Third Division South after just a single season in Division Two. Promotion back to that division was achieved again two years later and Ramsey, an intelligent and measured player on the field, spent the next few years assembling a team that was a mix of youth and astute purchases from the lower leagues, but above all a close knit group of players that were very loyal to their manager.

Town were crowned champions of the Second Division in 1961 and, apart from the signing of inside forward Doug Moran from Falkirk it was the same side that went on to take the First Division title. In doing so Town emulated the Spurs side, of 1950 and 1951, who had became only the second side to win the Second and First Division titles in back-to-back seasons. Rather ironically, Ramsey had been a key player for the North Londoners in those two campaigns.

This extraordinary success was due to Ramey’s tactical wherewithal. Up front he employed strikers Ray Crawford and Ted Phillips (61 league goals between them), and on the wings Jimmy Leadbetter and Roy Stephenson. It was the use of latter two in midfield – in an early form of 4-4-2 – that was the key to Ramsey’s triumph. Town didn’t begin the season well, losing two or their three opening fixtures, but Ramsey stuck to his system and the results started coming. Closest rivals Burnley hit the self destruct button in the run in and Ipswich stole home to take the championship – clinched at Portman Road with a two-nil win against Aston Villa on the final day of the season.

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Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Braintree Town 0 Ebbsfleet United 1

Cressing Road, Braintree, Essex

Braintree Town

Braintree Town

Braintree Town

Braintree Town

Braintree Town

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Match Number: 1443

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Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Brantham Athletic 3 Walsham Le Willows 1

Brantham Athletic Sports & Social Club, Brantham, Essex

Brantham Athletic

Brantham Athletic

Brantham Athletic

Brantham Athletic

Brantham Athletic

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Match Number: 1442

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Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Chelmsford City 2 Ipswich Town Reserves 2

Chelmsford Sport & Athletics Centre, Chelmsford, Essex

Chelmsford City

Chelmsford City

Chelmsford City

Chelmsford City

Chelmsford City

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Match Number: 1441

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Wednesday, July 09, 2008

Bury Town 0 Ipswich Town 3

Ram Meadow, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk

Bury Town

In the corresponding fixture last season a crowd of almost 2,000 turned out for the game. Tonight the attendance was under half that. Last year the game was played on a beautiful summers evening while tonight’s game was played in a light to heavy rain which has covered most of these parts since around 9:00 this morning, so no real surprise that the attendance was down. The rain is also my excuse for a rather poor collection of photo’s of tonight’s action, but plenty from previous visits to Ram Meadow can be found here, here, here and here.

Bury Town

Bury Town

Match Number: 1440

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Monday, July 07, 2008

Whitton United 0 Chelmsford City 5

King George V Playing Field, Ipswich, Suffolk

Whitton United

The often maligned Kieron Dyer, whose antics with expensive automobiles, on-pitch brawls, and other nefarious activities have made headlines in past years, hails from the Whitton estate in Ipswich. The former Ipswich, Newcastle and England midfielder who is yet again beset by injury at current club West Ham has a side to him that sadly is less well publicised. He has sponsored a number of Ipswich Town Academy games and is, as tonight’s match programme very proudly points out, the main sponsor of Whitton United. This is a player who clearly hasn’t forgotten his roots but don’t expect the red tops to tell you that.

Whitton United

Whitton United

Whitton United

Whitton United

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Match Number: 1439

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