Ipswich legend Ted back at Stoneylands

STAR ATTRACTION: First Division winning Ipswich Town striker Ted Phillips poses for pictures with Long Melford Colts Tyler French, Adam Crawford, Callum Hemson and Tom Gibson (above) and the players and coaches of the successful soccer school team (left).
STAR ATTRACTION: First Division winning Ipswich Town striker Ted Phillips poses for pictures with Long Melford Colts Tyler French, Adam Crawford, Callum Hemson and Tom Gibson (above) and the players and coaches of the successful soccer school team (left).
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IPSWICH Town’s goalscoring legend Ted Phillips returned to one of his former clubs on Sunday as the star guest at Long Melford’s presentation day.

Ill health meant Phillips’ strike partner from Sir Alf Ramsey’s First Division winning side in 1961/62, Ray Crawford, was unable to travel over to Stoneylands from Portsmouth.

But Phillips delighted the crowds by himself by recalling his stories as a professional and his season at Melford as well as presenting end-of-season awards on the pitch, under the marquee.

Club chairman Alf Woodhouse, who played in the same Melford side alongside Phillips during the Ipswich maestro’s one season there, said: “He was there for some time and presented the prizes through most of the junior sides.

“It was a beautiful day and we had a lot of people enjoying themselves.”

In the first team presentations, Errol Durrel picked up the players’ player award, Craig Wilson the manager’s player and Martin Westcott and Dan Cann shared the top scorer award.

In the reserves, the awards went to: Myles Clark (players’ player), Chris Cleverley (manager’s player) and Jack Goodwin (most improved).

Free-scoring Long Melford Colts Under-12s only lost one league game to gain promotion and Eddie Burgess (supporters’ player), Murray Lange (players’ player) and Michael Sharpe (managers’ player) picked up the awards on the day. Liam Skipp finished as the colts’ highest scorer with an impressive 55 goals.

The under-12s are looking for additional players to join the team for next season (under-13s), details can be found on Long Melford Colts website: www.longmelfordcolts.co.uk