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Help us to honour Ipswich hero Sir Alf Ramsey

PUBLISHED: 17:00 20 July 2016

Ipswich Town Football Club manager, Alf Ramsey, in his tiny office at Portman Road in 1961.

Ipswich Town Football Club manager, Alf Ramsey, in his tiny office at Portman Road in 1961.

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On the 50th anniversary of his greatest triumph, we want you to help us celebrate the extraordinary Sir Alf

Team manager Alf Ramsey and trainer Harold Sheperdson (standing) watch England's victory over Germany in the 1966 World CupTeam manager Alf Ramsey and trainer Harold Sheperdson (standing) watch England's victory over Germany in the 1966 World Cup

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At the end of this month, it will be half a century since Sir Alf – who lived in Ipswich for more than 40 years – led England to victory in the World Cup Final. No other England manager has matched it – although Bobby Robson came close!

Before becoming England’s most successful boss, Sir Alf transformed unsung Ipswich Town from third division no-hopers to league champions – another incredible footballing feat which surely will never be repeated.

On Friday, July 29, the Ipswich Star will publish a special tribute edition to Sir Alf. We will talk to his players, and those who worked closely with him at Ipswich Town, where he was manager from 1955 to 1963. We will try to solve the conundrum that was Sir Alf. How did a man who appeared so difficult with the public and press, inspire two football teams to unimaginable heights?

We’ll explore his very humble roots in Dagenham, as the son of a dustman, and discover how he turned himself into a well-spoken, immaculately dressed figure more like a 1960s bank manager than a football boss.

Most of all, we want to celebrate this fascinating, hugely successful yet intensely private man who took our national football team to the pinnacle of glory.

We’ll also ask whether today’s underachievers could still learn from Sir Alf and his team, even after all this time.

To do justice to Sir Alf, we need your help. He lived in Ipswich for more than four decades until his death in 1999, and was regularly seen out and about in town, or at Rushmere Golf Club.

Did you meet him? Did you know him? Do you have a Sir Alf anecdote we could publish?

Please help us to pay a fitting tribute to this enigmatic, yet legendary, footballing character.

Please email us your memories

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