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26 February 2020

Legend John heads voting for tribute in concourse while the year 2000 is represented by trio

John Wark and Matt Holland led the voting as the 12 players to be portrayed on the main pillars in the Sir Alf Ramsey Stand can be confirmed.

Approaching 2000 season ticket holders responded to a request from the Club to cast their votes for the dynamic dozen they want to feature on the 12 pillars running through the concourse in the stand.

Wark - a four time Supporters’ Player of the Year in his three spells at the Club, topped the voting, appearing in two thirds of selections. Holland, who led Town to Championship Play-Off success 20 years ago, was 100 votes behind in second with another skipper, the legendary Mick Mills, only a handful adrift in third.

Not surprisingly, the Sir Bobby Robson team of 1981 dominated the voting with Terry Butcher, Kevin Beattie, Paul Mariner, George Burley, Frans Thijssen and Arnold Muhren joining Wark and Mills in representing that era.

Ray Crawford carried the torch for the League Championship winning side of 1961/62 while his strike partner, Ted Phillips, finished just outside the top 12.

The remaining two places were taken up by Marcus Stewart, who finished as the top English scorer in the Premier League with 19 goals when Blues finished in fifth in 2000/01 and Jim Magilton, who represented the Club as player and manager over 10 years.

From the more modern era, Luke Chambers, who has just passed 350 games for the Club, received the highest number of votes, finishing in 15th.  

The tribute to the 12 should be in place before the end of the season and is just part of a ‘makeover’ taking place at Portman Road.

The stairwells in the Sir Bobby Robson Stand and the Sir Alf Ramsey Stand will feature Club graphics while the history of the Club will be portrayed in the windows in the Cobbold Stand over the summer.

Flags featuring other iconic players will be in place next week in the Sir Alf Ramsey Stand concourse while a Legend of Ipswich Town mural in the Sir Bobby Robson Stand has proved popular with the Blue Army.

The top 12 in order of voting are:-
1 John Wark
2 Matt Holland
3 Mick Mills
4 Terry Butcher
5 Paul Mariner
6 Kevin Beattie
7 George Burley
8 Ray Crawford
9 Arnold Muhren
10 Frans Thijssen
11 Marcus Stewart
12 Jim Magilton


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