Suffolk Punch: How Ipswich Town Shocked The Football League In 1962

It is entirely appropriate that Ipswich Town should have chosen last Saturday’s home league match against Barnsley as an opportunity to rename their South Stand as The Sir Alf Ramsey Stand, for this month marks a very special anniversary in the history of the club. It is fifty years ago this month the Ipswich Town became, against all odds, the champions of England, an achievement made all the more remarkable for the fact that justĀ five years earlier they had been playing in the Third Division South of the Football League and was playing its first ever season in the top division of English football. Even so much as a place in the Football League had come relatively late to Suffolk. Ipswich Town were voted into the league in 1938, having played amateur football until 1936 before spending just two seasons as a professional club in the Southern League. Their election into the Football League came at the expense of Gillingham – who would be readmitted twelve years later – but their introduction to league football would be a brief one, with the outbreak of war interrupting the clubs progress after just one full season. When league football resumed in 1946, the club settled into a comfortable existence in the then-regionalised bottom division, and it would take a forward-looking appointment as manager in 1955 that would begin the clubs rapid...

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