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22 January 2020

A look back at one of ITFC's and England's greatest managers on what would have been his 100th birthday

Today would have been Sir Alf Ramsey's 100th birthday.

Alfred Ernest Ramsey was born in Dagenham and grew up with four siblings. He was always into sport, particularly football, and established himself as a solid right-back during his playing career.

He turned out for Southampton - and made his England debut while with the Saints - before signing for Tottenham Hotspur. During his time with Spurs he won the Second Division title and First Division title in back to back seasons.

Alfred turned out for the Three Lions at the 1950 World Cup before retiring at the age of 35 having made 32 appearances for his country.

He joined Ipswich in 1955 and turned the Club's fortunes around. Town clawed themselves out of the Third Division and by the 1960/61 season were heading to the top flight - largely thanks to goals from Blues legends Ray Crawford and Ted Phillips.

One of Town's finest achievements to date followed as Sir Alf's men won the First Division title in 1961/62 - their first season at the highest level.


In 1963 he left to manage England and, of course, the country's greatest achievement to date came in 1966 when he guided the Three Lions to World Cup glory on home soil.

He was knighted in 1967, and, after parting company with England almost 10 years after World Cup success, he had a brief stint in charge of Birmingham City.

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Sir Alf enjoyed playing golf in Rushmere during his retirement, and passed away on 28 April 1999. A statue was unveiled on Portman Road in 2000 and stands proud outside the stadium, while the road is also named after him.

The south stand at Portman Road was also named after him in 2012. 

Sir Alf Ramsey. A true ITFC and England legend.


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