Enjoy a Newspaper History of the Blues
Ipswich Town FC was founded as an amateur team in 1878. The Blues turned professional in 1936 and joined the Football League in 1938. Alf Ramsey became manager of Ipswich in 1955 and he immediately led the club to a third place finish in Division Three. The Blues won the title in the following season and Ramsey guided Ipswich to the Second Division title five years later. The football world was stunned when Ipswich Town went on to win the First Division championship in their debut top flight season. The club’s form stalled in 1963, however, as Alf Ramsey departed to manage the national side. Bobby Robson brought success and trophies back to the club when he became manager in 1969. Ipswich Town regularly featured in the First Division’s top five places and they competed in the UEFA Cup during the 1970s. The club won the FA Cup in 1978 and the UEFA Cup in 1981. The Blues finished as runners-up of the First Division in 1981 and 1982.
Personalised Ipswich Football Books - Inspired Gifts
An Ipswich Town Gift Book can be an inspired present for a fan of the Blues. It is unique, smartly presented and filled with fascinating newspaper reports on the history of the club. Being able to personalise this Ipswich Football Book makes the gift even more special and shows the thought that has gone into buying it. The present will also prove to be a terrific addition to a supporter’s Ipswich Town memorabilia collection.
Ipswich Town Football Book Coverage
This Ipswich Football Book opens with Ipswich’s entry into the league in 1938. It goes on to cover a selection of great games through the decades of the 20th Century and many highlights from the present era.
Top stories in this Ipswich Football Book include promotion to Division Two in 1954 and Division One in 1961. The Gift Books report on Ipswich becoming Division One Champions in their first top flight season. Relive Ipswich’s success in Europe, such as the 10-0 mauling of Floriana in 1962 and wins against European giants including AC Milan, Real Madrid and Cologne. The Ipswich Books also feature coverage of the Blues winning the UEFA Cup in 1981. You can read about some of Ipswich Town’s great managers like Alf Ramsey and Bobby Robson, both of whom left to become manager of England. Other Gift Book highlights include beating Leeds United (at the fourth attempt) in a 1975 FA Cup tie, winning the 1978 FA Cup final against Arsenal, trouncing Manchester United 6-0 in 1980 and promotion to the Premiership in 2000.
Newspaper coverage continues right up to the end of last season. This unique insight into Ipswich Town’s history makes these books truly memorable gifts and a great addition for a collector of Ipswich memorabilia.
Ipswich Town Memorabilia
If you are a collector of Ipswich memorabilia or looking for other Ipswich gifts, why not consider our Ipswich Town Calendar or Ipswich Town Diary? Each month features a newspaper headline on one of the Blues’ key games. The presents can be personalised with the recipient’s name to make them even more special and both items make great gifts for Ipswich fans. Other Ipswich Town presents include Framed Newspaper Reprints and unique Ipswich T-Shirts.
Finally – Did You Know?
- Ipswich won the First Division title in 1962 with 56 points from 42 games. They beat second-placed Burnley by three points.
- Ipswich Town played their first competitive match in Europe against Floriana in 1962. The Blues ran riot, thrashing the Maltese side 14-1 on aggregate.
- Mick Mills has made the most appearances for the Blues, having played in 591 first-team matches between 1966 and 1982.
- A group of Ipswich players featured alongside Sylvester Stallone and Pele in the 1981 film “Escape to Victory".
- In 2006, Ipswich Town FC donated five hundred orange and blue shirts to children in Iraq.