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HALL OF FAME 2017

31 March 2017

McCall, Kiwomya and David Rose latest inductees on prestigious night

The Sir Bobby Robson suite at Portman Road was the venue for the 38th Ex-Players Hall of Fame Reunion Dinner tonight. 

More than 200 guests attended the event, one of the most prestigious in the Club’s calendar, with players who have worn the Town shirt over the last seven decades represented. 

There were three new inductees into the Club’s Hall of Fame; Steve McCall, Chris Kiwomya and former Club secretary David Rose.

McCall progressed through the youth system at Town and went on to make more than 300 appearances in the first-team. 

He was in the side that beat AZ Alkmaar over two legs to lift the UEFA Cup in 1981 and in one spell, played in 166 consecutive games for the Club. 

Capped by England at U21 level, he left Portman Road in 1987 for Sheffield Wednesday after nine seasons at Town. 

He returned to Blues in a scouting role under George Burley and then under Joe Royle became part of the coaching set-up. 

Kiwomya was another product of the youth set-up at the Club and in eight years at Town he scored 51 goals in 224 League appearances. 

He played a leading role alongside Jason Dozzell in Town’s Second Division title win in 1992, booking Blues a place in the inaugural Premier League.

The striker joined Arsenal in 1995 but still kept in touch with his former team-mates at Portman Road and eventually returned to the Club in a coaching role under first Jim Magilton and then Roy Keane.

Rose received the Merit Award for his long-standing services to the Club. He arrived at Portman Road in 1958 and went on to become Club secretary, a post he held for 29 years until he retired in 2004. 

Former Town boss Joe Royle was guest of honour on the night, with the evening also paying tribute to the side that lifted the Second Division Championship trophy 25 years ago. 


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