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Blues Legend Carberry Dies
Monday, 29th Jun 2015 11:40

Larry Carberry, who played right-back in Sir Alf Ramsey’s Town sides which won the old Second Division and the First Division championship in successive seasons, died on Friday, aged 79.

Liverpool-born Carberry was signed by Ramsey in May 1956 after he had watched him playing amateur football for Bury Town while he was completing his National Service with the army at Gibraltar Barracks in the West Suffolk town.

He was a member of the team which won the Third Division South in 1956/57 and then went on to win the Second Division in 1960/61 and then the First Division title at the first attempt in 1961/62 when he was ever-present in the league.

One of five Town players to have done the treble of the First, Second and Third Division South titles - along with Roy Bailey, Ted Phillips, John Elsworthy and Jimmy Leadbitter - Carberry made a total of 283 appearances for the Blues without scoring before moving on to Barrow in June 1965.

He also played for an FA XI while with the Blues and later featured for Lancastrian non-league side Burscough, who he also managed twice and watched regularly in his latter years.

Speaking to TWTD in an interview about the great Ramsey side in 2002, wing-half Elsworthy, who died in 2009, wrote about each member of that squad.

Of Carberry he said: “His great asset was his speed, tremendous pace had Larry. He had the advantage of Ramsey being a full-back when he was a player. Ramsey could tell him all the facets of being a full-back.”

In 2010, Carberry was inducted into the ITFC Hall of Fame. He leaves a wife Mary, four children and a number of grandchildren.

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grumpyoldman added 11:46 - Jun 29
Another of my boyood heroes gone, RIP

GusPoet added 11:47 - Jun 29
RIP Larry.

I had the pleasure of speaking to Ted Phillips and Ray Crawford 4 years ago at an ex-players dinner which for a die-hard fan was a real thrill.

Despite that it was Larry Carberry who left the greater impression that night, despite being a quiet chap, by being thoroughly charming, entertaining and he totally underplayed his role in the side, something Ted and Ray both suggested I shouldn't listen to.

An absolutely lovely man who seemed to be quite embarrassed by all the fuss made of him. Very glad I had the chance to listen to him (reluctantly and with prodding from his team mates) talk about his days under Sir Alf.

GusPoet added 11:50 - Jun 29
In fact just realised from the above story it was 5 years ago, when he got inducted into the hall of fame. I knew all about Crawford, Phillips, Elsworthy and Leadbitter, but until that night Carberry was just a name. All of his team mates thought so very highly of him.

Westover added 11:57 - Jun 29
When my uncle Basil Acres got a career ending injury playing against Swansea it was Larry that took his place in the side those were the days RIP

MaySixth added 11:58 - Jun 29

Fatcatevans added 12:01 - Jun 29
I met him a couple of times at functions and would totally agree with all of the above. a terrific player and a lovely guy

portman_blue added 12:09 - Jun 29
Very sad to hear of Larry's passing. We went to the same church - St Mary Magdalen's on Norwich Road - and although I was only 9 or 10 when I first realised who he was, he was a lovely man to talk to and made a great impression on me. And a fantastic player to watch. What a Team!!

KilburnBlue added 12:12 - Jun 29
Sad day for ITFC

Be great if someone can upload the 'Time of Our Lives' program which featured himself with Crawford & Phillips on Sky a few years back. Only seen it once & would love to see it again

RIP Larry

oldelsworthyfan added 12:14 - Jun 29
Great player, great guy.

I watched him play throughout his time at the club. Not only was he absolutely solid at full back, but (as John Elsworthy said) he had genuine pace.

If only we could have a Right Back like him to-day!

RIP Larry.

spiegal added 12:33 - Jun 29
Indeed a sad loss...a hero from my days when the club was a family affair. Met Larry a few times, extremely modest, a quiet man, one of the original Ramsey team.
Had great speed which in those days was the opposite of teh mormal cloggers who played full back.

Sad loss

dalinghooblue added 13:01 - Jun 29
One of the most underrated players ever to play for the town. I met him once, and concur with everything that has been said about him as a man. Rest In Peace

Bluetone added 13:02 - Jun 29
Another boyhood hero gone RIP Larry

Carberry added 13:15 - Jun 29
'To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven'.
RIP Larry.

PJH added 13:50 - Jun 29
Sad that another of the team that(as an 11 year old)I saw become Champions of England,has gone.

I never met him other than in my capacity as an enthusiastic autograph hunter but
from those posting above,he would appear to have been a true gentleman.

RIP Larry

TractorBeezer added 14:06 - Jun 29
I was blessed to have been around during the 50's and 60's and met Larry a few times .mainly as a schoolboy collecting autographs. He was always friendly and approachable and was a key cog in the team.
Thanks Larry for your significant contribution to our history and for the great memories you have left behind. My sincere condolences to the family.

linhdi added 14:29 - Jun 29
So time marches on, and another of our heroes from our most successful team is no longer with us. Rest in peace, Larry, secure in the knowledge that you were loved by so many.

It was wonderful, in recent years, that Larry was one of the 61/62 team who came up to Legends bar to meet the fans (late season, the lkegends in Legends event the day after the ex-players dinner). Larry was a real highlight, entertaining and so clearly respected by his team mates. And it gave us a chance to say a heartfelt "thank you" for those precious memories.

itsonlyme added 14:32 - Jun 29
Like quite a few above, I first watched the town in the late fifties and boy what a team we had. It was no exaggeration to say that Town shook up the football elite and played an exciting different brand of football, curtesy of a forward thinking great manager in Sir Alf. Larry was a steady hard working fullback who did his job superbly and let Ray and Ted take most of the plaudits.
RIP you gentleman!

Tedsleftfoot added 14:54 - Jun 29
RIP Larry, I have great memories but sad to see another one of that First Division Championship winning team leave us.

therein61 added 15:26 - Jun 29
Another sad loss from that great side I watched winning the championship R.I.P Larry

raycrawfordswig added 17:41 - Jun 29
Thanks for the memories Larry.Another town legend gone .RIP.

BlueandTruesince82 added 17:56 - Jun 29
A legend has passed, RIP.

oldburian added 18:45 - Jun 29
Watched him for Bury Town too, a true legend for the Town.

turbothesailor added 19:41 - Jun 29
RIP young man, played your part in making ITFC a team worth following.

hancockingoal added 21:34 - Jun 29
I remember as a 9 year old in 1962 knocking at his door in Chelsea Close to get his autograph, his wife answered the door and was very friendly, as luck would have it Doug Moran was there having tea, so I got two autographs for the price of one, they were both very nice men! About three years ago I met Larry and, his wife in the Centre Spot after a game. I was with my son and we had a long chat with a fantastic charming couple!
RIP Larry, a true gentleman a real role model!

Sospiri added 08:23 - Jun 30
Wonderful tributes everyone. A football club is such a lovely, uniting force.

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