Tribute to Club patron and popular member of the Cobbold family
Ipswich Town Football Club is saddened to announce that Philip Hope-Cobbold passed away this afternoon.
A patron and former director at Portman Road, Philip is part of the Cobbold family that have been synonymous with the Club since its formation in 1878.
Born in 1943, he attended the Royal Military Academy at Sandhurst and had a distinguished military career with the 13th/18th Royal Hussars for 30 years until 1992, rising to the rank of Major and serving in Germany, Malaysia, Northern Ireland, Canada and Oman.
He attended his first Town match in 1950, taken by his uncle John Cobbold, then a director of the Club.
Philip accepted an invitation from chairman John Kerr to join the Club board in January 1995 following the death of his uncle, Patrick Cobbold, from whom he inherited Glemham Hall.
He remained a regular and popular attendee on matchdays at Portman Road and was a jovial host at the pre-season barbecue that was held for many years at Glemham Hall.
The grandson of Ivan Cobbold, who was instrumental in Town's transition from an amateur club to a professional one that has tasted success at home and in Europe, Philip played squash, rugby and cricket in his youth, and tennis throughout his life.
All at Ipswich Town send deepest condolences to Philip’s family and friends. He will be greatly missed by all.