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27 June 2021

"It still hasn't sunk in and still won't sink in for a long's special for me and my family"

Club legend, Terry Butcher, unveiled a sports hall and annual football tournament named in his honour earlier this week.

The Terry Butcher Hall is situated at Lowestoft-based Red Oak Primary School - previously Fen Park Primary - the school that the former England captain attended in his youth.

Terry took part in an opening ceremony where he revealed the two Terry Butcher Cup trophies and a plaque on the external wall of the sports hall.

He inspired the current pupils with a speech about his upbringing and how it had prepared him for success with Town and competing in World Cups with his country, before presenting the boys' and girls' winners of the inaugural Terry Butcher Cup tournament with their trophies later in the afternoon.

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"It means a lot, it really does," Terry told iFollow Ipswich.

"This is a school that my wife went to, my sister went to and my parents went to. It's got quite a lot of history within my house. I feel really honoured and humble. 'I'm not worthy' is the first thing that comes to my mind. 

"It meant a lot to my family. With it being near the epicentre of Fen Park and where my football learning was, it was the perfect place.

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"The school itself was a wonderful school. I was taught very well and taught the basics of what became me as a person and as a man.

"It's nice to leave a legacy. I still can't get my head around it. I found out a few weeks ago and it's been really weird thinking about it.

"It still hasn't sunk in and still won't sink in for a long time. It's special for me and my family, hopefully it's special for the children too."

Earlier this month, the UEFA Cup winning former centre-back was inducted into the National Football Museum's Hall of Fame at Portman Road by Sir Bobby Robson's wife, Lady Elsie and son, Mark

Watch the full interview with Terry below.

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