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Ipswich Town Football Club
Portman Road,
Ipswich
IP1 2DA | map
Suffolk
Tel: +44 (0) 1473 400500
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Ipswich Town F.C. was founded in 1878 but did not turn until 1936. They were admitted to the Football League in 1938. Originally known as Ipswich Association F.C. the team merged in 1888 with Ipswich Rugby Club and was renamed Ipswich Town Football Club. The team played in Division Three (South) until finally gaining promotion to Division Two in 1954. They lasted only one season before relegation, but fortunes improved after Sir Alf Ramsey was appointed manager in August 1955. The club gained promotion again in 1957 and made to the top flight at the end of 1960-61. Amazingly, they won the League Championship at the first attempt in 1961-62. Unfortunately, for Ipswich at least, the club's success led to Sir Alf (then still just Alf Ramsey) being appointed as England manager. The run of success ended almost immediately and by 1964 they had been relegated. In 1968 the club were promoted again and appointed another future England manager one year later. Bobby Robson led the team to FA Cup glory in 1978 and UEFA Cup success in 1981. History repeated itself however and Robson went on to success with the England side and a knighthood. Once again, Ipswich were relegated soon afterwards. Since then Ipswich have hovered between the Championship and the Premier League.


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