Excitement grows for Blues spectacular

NEW details emerged today of the poignant and memorable celebration which will commemorate Ipswich Town's wonderful 1978 FA Cup triumph.May marks the 30th anniversary of the Blues' stunning 1-0 victory over Arsenal at a sun-soaked Wembley Stadium.

NEW details emerged today of the poignant and memorable celebration which will commemorate Ipswich Town's wonderful 1978 FA Cup triumph.

May marks the 30th anniversary of the Blues' stunning 1-0 victory over Arsenal at a sun-soaked Wembley Stadium.

And to ensure one of the proudest days in the club's history is never forgotten, The Evening Star and BBC Radio Suffolk are organising a magical day of festivities.

The event, Thirty Years of Honour on May 5, will see the heroes of '78 - including the great Sir Bobby Robson - brought together for probably the final time.

Sir Bobby's appearance will be charged with emotion.

The gentle Geordie, who is fighting cancer for the fifth time, is universally adored - but nowhere more so than in Suffolk.

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An open top bus ride will transport the players, including John Wark, Kevin Beattie and goal hero Roger Osborne, through the town before they enjoy a gala dinner at the town hall.

Organiser Austen Dack, from events company Adprom, said the day would be a fitting tribute to Sir Bobby's cup-winners.

“We will have between 300 and 400 people in the town hall for the meal and the whole place will be kitted out in blue and white,” he said.

“The day will be a really nice occasion.”

He said the original cup final programme would be reproduced and talks were ongoing to bring the famous FA Cup back to Suffolk.

Ipswich Town chairman David Sheepshanks said he was thrilled that the anniversary of Town's cup win would be celebrated.

“When we think back about the high spots of Ipswich Town's history, there cannot be a bigger emotional one than the FA Cup win.

“Hats off to The Evening Star and BBC Radio Suffolk. I think it's the most marvellous gesture and we as a club will do everything we can to support it.”

Ipswich Town fans were today invited to register their names for a chance of dining with their cup heroes on May 5. Individuals or businesses interested should contact Michelle Dorrell on 01473 324867 or e-mail michelle.dorrell@eveningstar.co.uk

Tell us your FA Cup memories. Write to Evening Star editor Nigel Pickover, at 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN or e-mail nigel.pickover@eveningstar.co.uk.

FA Cup final 1978 - the numbers game:

100,000 - the number of fans who filled Wembley

78 - minute Roger Osborne smashed in Town's winner.

3 - occasions Town hit the woodwork before Osborne's goal

8 - pounds, the price of a ticket

21 - goals scored on Town's road to glory

Did you know?

Roger Osborne's FA Cup final winner was only his second goal of the 1977/78 season

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