FA Cup celebrations to mark '78 triumph

PREPARATIONS for the 30th anniversary of Ipswich Town's FA Cup triumph were continuing today - with Blues supporters offered the chance of being part of the celebrations.

PREPARATIONS for the 30th anniversary of Ipswich Town's FA Cup triumph were continuing today - with Blues supporters offered the chance of being part of the celebrations.

A day dedicated to the heroes of 1978 will take place on May 5, when the cup-winning squad will be united for perhaps the final time.

Staged by The Evening Star, Ipswich Borough Council and BBC Radio Suffolk, the event - Thirty Years of Honour - will pay homage to the outstanding achievements of Sir Bobby Robson and his team.

And Town fans can enjoy the anniversary festivities with their cup idols by registering their interest in buying a table for the gala dinner, which will be held at the town hall.

The meal will be followed by a screening of the highlights of the magical day, while talks are underway to bring the famous FA Cup to Ipswich for the occasion.

There will also be an open top bus tour through the town, finishing on the Cornhill.

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And it is hoped the original cup final programme will be reproduced especially.

Sir Bobby's unfancied Town team overcame hot favourites Arsenal at a sun-soaked Wembley Stadium on May 6, 1978 to claim one of the world's most famous trophies.

Ipswich Town chairman David Sheepshanks and the club have already offered their firm support to the anniversary celebration.

Fans wishing to register their names for a chance of dining with their cup heroes on May 5 should contact Michelle Dorrell by calling 01473 324867 or by e-mailing michelle.dorrell@archant.co.uk

Tell us your FA Cup memories. Write to Evening Star Newsdesk, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN or e-mail starnews@eveningstar.co.uk.