Search

David Ablitt’s memories of following Ipswich Town to help raise cash for St Elizabeth Hospice

PUBLISHED: 12:05 20 November 2015 | UPDATED: 08:51 23 November 2015

Felixstowe businessman Dave Ablitt with his first book. Howda Towan Git On? about his school days as a young Ipswich Town fan

Felixstowe businessman Dave Ablitt with his first book. Howda Towan Git On? about his school days as a young Ipswich Town fan

Archant

Childhood memories of supporting the Super Blues

Ray Crawford scoring against Chelsea in 1961. Ray scored a hat trick in this game and Ipswich were on their way to winning the First Division Championship.

Day 1

Ipswich Town footballRay Crawford scoring against Chelsea in 1961. Ray scored a hat trick in this game and Ipswich were on their way to winning the First Division Championship. Day 1 Ipswich Town football

A die-hard Ipswich Town fan will be selling copies of a book about his memories of supporting the club at Portman Road this weekend.

Dave Ablitt spent around seven years writing ‘Howda Towan Git On’ – but having the work published came quite by chance.

He grew up in the Castle Hill area of Ipswich and went to Thurleston High School in Defoe Road.

Having read a similar book while on holiday and feeling he could do better, Mr Ablitt started collecting his thoughts and experiences of following Ipswich Town and growing up in the town in the 1960s.

Ipswich Town fan David Ablitt has written his first book, Howda Towan Git On? with a foreword by Town legend Ray Crawford.  They were sigining copies of the book at Portman Road on Saturday.Ipswich Town fan David Ablitt has written his first book, Howda Towan Git On? with a foreword by Town legend Ray Crawford. They were sigining copies of the book at Portman Road on Saturday.

After a few coincidental encounters with old teachers and friends he was persuaded to send it to publishers who took it up almost immediately.

“I didn’t write it with the intention of ever having it published, I never ever considered that it would be anywhere near good enough,” Mr Ablitt said.

“I think it helped in the writing that I was absolutely Ipswich Town FC daft and they had total influence on my life until I left school and had to grow up.”

With the book now on sale Mr Ablitt, aged 62, will be selling and signing copies with Town legend Ray Crawford in Planet Blue before tomorrow’s game with Wolves.

Part of the money raised from selling the book, which costs £10, will go to the ITFC academy, St Elizabeth Hospice and Ray Crawford’s preferred cancer charity in Portsmouth.

Talking about his memories in the book Mr Ablitt said they were all special but his first game watching the Blues, aged eight, against Arsenal in April 1962 stood out, as well as winning the Second Division championship.

“There are far more positives in supporting the Town,” he added. “If you are a real fan, you stick with them whatever. No other club compares as far as I am concerned.”

The signing sessions will be in Plant Blue from 12.30pm to 1.30pm before the Wolves game, and afterwards in the Legends Bar between 5pm and 6pm.


If you value what this story gives you, please consider supporting the Ipswich Star. Click the link in the orange box below for details.

Become a supporter

This newspaper has been a central part of community life for many years, through good times and bad, serving as your advocate and trusted source of local information. Our industry is facing testing times, which is why I’m asking for your support. Every single contribution will help us continue to produce award-winning local journalism that makes a measurable difference to our community.

Thank you.

Most Read

Most Read

Latest from the Ipswich Star

An Ipswich-based law firm said it is unlikely the coronavirus stamp duty holiday will be backdated to March, despite a growing campaign. Last week chancellor Rishi Sunak announced that property buyers would pay no stamp duty on homes worth less than £500,000. According to Birketts law firm, this means someone buying a house for £341,091 – the average price of a house in East Anglia – would save £7,054. Now, a national law firm, Simpson Millar, has called on the government to backdate this tax cut to the beginning of lockdown on March 31. Sarah Ryan, head of private client and conveyancing at the firm, said: “We of course welcome the plans announced to freeze the stamp duty costs on any property up to the value of £500,000 which will not only encourage potential buyers to move on and up the proverbial ladder, but will also help to retain jobs in the real estate sector. “However, there is no denying that for some, in particular those individuals, couples and families who have managed to complete on the purchase of their home either during lockdown, or in the immediate aftermath, this will come as a bitter blow.” A petition calling for the government to backdate the holiday even further has gained nearly 10,000 signatures. If the petition reaches 10,000 signatures the government has to respond and if the petition reaches 100,000 then a debate in parliament must be held. But Karl Pocock, partner and head of tax at Birketts, does not think the government is likely to make this move. He said: “Although there are calls for Rishi Sunak to backdate the reduced stamp duty rates to the start of lockdown, the Chancellor’s goal seems to be to galvanise the housing market now. As such, much as a backdated rate cut would be very welcome news for anyone that had completed on a property purchase prior to the change in stamp duty rates, it is, in our view, unlikely. “The various residential property teams at Birketts have seen a surge in transactions as lockdown restrictions were lifted. Much of this activity was existing transactions restarting. However, we expect that the reduction in stamp duty rates will provide a further, sustained, boost to this part of the economy in the short term.”