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14 March 2014

Five honoured including John Lyall and Wembley winners

Tonight’s Ex-Players Dinner held at Portman Road saw five more Town servants inducted into the Club’s prestigious Hall of Fame. 

Paul Cooper, Clive Woods, Bryan Hamilton, Matt Holland and the late John Lyall were the recipients as ex-Blues and around 200 guests attended the function. 

Paul made more than 500 appearances for Town and was in goal for the 1978 FA Cup final win over Arsenal and the UEFA Cup triumph three years later. 

Clive was also in the team that lifted the FA Cup at Wembley and spent 11 years at Portman Road, appearing in more than 338 games on the wing for Blues. 

As well as scoring 56 goals in 199 games for Town between 1971 and 1975, Bryan had a spell as first-team coach at Portman Road, working alongside then manager, George Burley. 

He also played a leading role in the introduction of the Hall of Fame at the Club several years ago and still works at Town on matchdays. 

Matt skipped Town to Play-Off success at Wembley in 2000 and missed only one League game in his six years at Portman Road – and that was for an international call-up with the Republic of Ireland. 

John’s name goes into the Hall of Fame with a merit award. He spent four years in charge at Portman Road and guided Town to the Second Division title in 1992 and with it a place in the newly formed Premier League. He sadly passed away in 2006 aged 66.        

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