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Author Eastwood's Memorabilia Up for Auction
Author Eastwood's Memorabilia Up for Auction
Tuesday, 8th Jan 2013 14:38

Town memorabilia and ephemera which was formerly the property of John Eastwood, who co-wrote The Men Who Made The Town in the mid-eighties, is included in a one-day sale of football memorabilia at Stacey’s Auctioneers and Valuers in Rayleigh on Monday 11th February (11am). Eastwood, who also wrote In Quest of Glory, died in 2004 aged 57.

The items in the auction include six Ipswich Town minute books 1880 – 1957 covering every detail of the club on a day-to-day basis, club handbooks, including the first edition 1937/38, scrapbooks, photos from 1936/37, Town’s final non-league season and also from the first season in Football League.

There is a complete collection of Ipswich Football Star newspapers from seasons 1936/37 to the 1980s, programmes, including unusual and rare editions, and tickets, one from the 1962 Charity Shield.

There are also further photos and books, including Eastwood’s copies of his own books, amongst them number 600 of The Men Who Made The Town, a limited edition of 600.

You can download the full catalogue here, Ipswich items starting from lot number 300.

Stacey’s Auctioneers and Valuers is at 37 Webster Way, Rayleigh, Essex. SS6 8JQ. For general enquiries, contact Roger Ambrose: 07977 464417.

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arc added 15:39 - Jan 8
Surely the club should buy this stuff. I wonder why they got rid of the minute books in the first place.
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itsonlyme added 16:51 - Jan 8
I went to school with John Eastwood, well actually he was in the class above, but what a terrific guy he was. His love of anything ITFC was mind blowing. There was nothing he did not know about ITFC and he could be heard regularly on BBC Radio Suffolk. What a tragic loss at an age that today would be classed as not very old. His collection should be bought by ITFC.
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PhilTWTD added 17:07 - Jan 8
arc

Club are aware of the auction.
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yorkshire added 20:08 - Jan 8
I had the priviledge of meeting John when I was a kid, he took me along to a chess tournament and along the way all we talked about was Town. When we got back he gave me a copy of his book and I read it from cover to cover. He was a great guy and really knowledgeable about all things concerning Ipswich.

Think it would be great if his collection could stay together and think it's a great idea for the club to buy and display it
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parhamblue added 11:22 - Jan 9
The Club needs a museum. The work Pat Godbold does as part-time archivist is great, however the recent piece on the Football League show from Bramall Lane is a bit of an eye-opener. We certainly have our history too.
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Superfrans added 12:38 - Jan 9
Having looked through the catalogue, there are several lots which should definitely end up back at the club - the books of minutes for instance. But there are plenty of items which the club should already have. Presumably we have a full collection of every programme printed, for instance? if not, we should have.
A museum would be a great idea, although I'm not sure where it would go at the club. These things are not cheap and take up a fair amount of space - not to mention maintenance.
In the first instance, the club should acquire the Pride Of Anglia site, digitise every item of memorabilia we have and make it available to search and read on there. It must be possible to get a sponsor for something like that.
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parhamblue added 17:01 - Jan 9
Like the idea of an online resource of some kind. Where a museum goes, the whole project to get it started, the acquisitions, and the ongoing staffing and maintenance - don't these all beg the question of the owner's further commitment to the Club and its relationship with IBC over rent (recent or still ongoing?) and the area alongside PR itself? And then there are the portakabins in Constantine Road.
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Toepunt added 09:57 - Jan 10
The club could have a display cabinet in the Portman Road shop and rotate the items on display (would gat a few more people into the shop so maybe help sales too).
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approveds added 15:54 - Jan 17
I am researching for a book about John eastwood, if anyone has any memories. I know he was a Barnardos Boy, played a lot of cricket at school, in Eye ? I first met him when he was living in a caravan, before he moved to Ipswich. Then the bookshop in St Johns Wood, London, before moving to Ealing.
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