Town to pay tribute as former boss passes away
Former Town manager Bobby Ferguson has passed away at the age of 80.
Bobby worked as first-team coach under Bobby Robson and was part of the coaching team for the UEFA Cup-winning side in 1981 before becoming manager the following season after Robson left to take charge of the England national team, with Robson recommending Ferguson to the Club as his successor.
Before joining the first-team set-up, Bobby was coach of the young Town sides that won the FA Youth Cup twice in three seasons in the 1970s.
He worked as the reserves coach until after the 1978 FA Cup final victory over Arsenal, and by the start of the following campaign had replaced Cyril Lea as first-team coach.
Bobby managed Town from 1982 until 1987 before leaving to join Dave Mackay at Al Arabi in Kuwait. He returned to England and linked up with Town legend Terry Butcher at Sunderland before again working with Mackay at Birmingham.
In his playing days he turned out for Newcastle United, Cardiff City and Newport County and made more than 100 appearances for Derby County.
Ipswich Town Football Club sends its deepest condolences to the family and friends of Bobby at this sad time.
Town players will wear black armbands for the match against Millwall at Portman Road on Monday in tribute to Bobby, with a minute’s applause before the game.