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Wark Tops Stand Pillar Poll
Wednesday, 26th Feb 2020 17:14

Town have announced the 12 players who will be featured on the pillars which run through the Sir Alf Ramsey Stand concourse with legend John Wark having topped the voting.

Almost 2,000 season ticket holders responded to the club’s request for votes on “icons, heroes, legends of the club [from] across the years” to be featured on the pillars.

Wark is joined by Mick Mills, Terry Butcher, Kevin Beattie, Paul Mariner, George Burley, Frans Thijssen and Arnold Muhren from the FA and UEFA Cup-winning Sir Bobby Robson era, while Sir Alf Ramsey’s First and Second Division championship-winning team is represented by Ray Crawford with his strike partner Ted Phillips having finished just outside the top 12.

Matt Holland was second in the voting and Marcus Stewart and Jim Magilton, his colleagues in the team which was promoted in 1999/00 and then finished fifth in the Premier League the following season, are also in the 12.

Current skipper Luke Chambers was the player from the current era closest to the 12, finishing 15th.

The tributes to the 12 are expected to be in place by the end of the season as Portman Road undergoes a makeover.

The stairwells in the Sir Bobby Robson Stand and the Sir Alf Ramsey Stand are set to feature club graphics and the club’s history is to be portrayed in the windows at the back of the Cobbold Stand over the summer.

Other iconic players will feature on flags which will be put in place next week in the Sir Alf Ramsey Stand concourse, while a Legends of Ipswich Town mural is already in place in the Sir Bobby Robson Stand


The Top 12
1 John Wark

2 Matt Holland
3 Mick Mills

4 Terry Butcher

5 Paul Mariner

6 Kevin Beattie
7 George Burley

8 Ray Crawford

9 Arnold Muhren

10 Frans Thijssen

11 Marcus Stewart
12 Jim Magilton

Photo: Action Images/ITFC

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bobbyrobsonisgod added 17:45 - Feb 26
so in over 140 years of history we have selected 3 teams. Such a shame that only 12 can be honoured and i believe Chambers needs some recognition but i agree its hard to remove anyone from that list. personally as an 80s and 90s massive fan i am happy with a lot of the choices and also believe Holland and Super Jim deserve their spots. But i enjoyed jason dozzell, chris kiwomya, dalian atkinson etc too. such a tough decision - i propose we put up more pillars!

gixxeral added 17:53 - Feb 26
The first David Johnson, Clive Woods, Eric Gates, Trevor Whymark, Paul Cooper. I thought Mark Venus was bloody awesome as well. Just throwing it out there :)

happybeingblue added 18:01 - Feb 26
what a brilliant 12 i picked 10 of that group, i had paul cooper and jason dozzell instead of ray crawford and our favourite ever Marcus :) but such a tough choice

ChrisFelix added 18:10 - Feb 26
Include Chambers who jas captained during one of our worst ever periods. Would you include any of Miburns relegation team of 1964 !!!

kozmik added 18:16 - Feb 26
would be good to see the full Top 20

budgieplucker added 18:24 - Feb 26
Good selection, my only one gripe is that Ted Phillips didn’t make it, a phenomenal goal scoring record made him a true legend and a local.

I would have probably dropped out Jim Magilton, not that he too isn’t worthy of consideration.

trulyblue added 20:28 - Feb 26
I was under the impression that this wasn't supposed to be about who supporters favorite players were but that legends and service to the club should be taken into account, therefore how Simon Milton hasn't made the cut is disrespectful to the service he has given.

itfc1974 added 20:31 - Feb 26
Being in my 40's i feel Mauricio Taricco, the poodle loving Martlesham living uber-passionate Argentinian, should have just sneaked ahead of his peers & friends - Jim M and Matt H.

Lets just hope that in 10 years time, if there was another similar vote, that there would be a challenge to these 12 players; for the current and ongoing health of the club.

Tractorboy58 added 21:09 - Feb 26
Just makes me realise how mediocre we are now...and gradually accepting less and less

Cakeman added 21:30 - Feb 26
Good to see Warky at number one. He was the finest Town player I’ve ever seen. Brings back great memories of our UEFA cup nights. Sadly will never be repeated.

runningout added 23:22 - Feb 26
Where’s Matteo Sereni and Andy Marshall

runningout added 23:31 - Feb 26
and Ulrich Le Pen

Beattiesballbag added 01:11 - Feb 27
As well as the twelve picked you could/should pick, Whymark, Johnson, Woods, Hamilton, Viljoen, Hunter, Morris, Talbot, Osman, Philips, Brazil, Mobary, who have all produced the goods in the top flight for town & you could pick another dozen after them who I have left out before you could justify putting Chambers or any recent players as a footballing legend, fist pumping & being a nice bloke in the 3rd division dosen't compare to doing it in the top flight.

itfchorry added 01:39 - Feb 27
David Best
Mick Mills


Jimmy Robertson


cat added 07:22 - Feb 27
We all know what Chambers brings to the club on and off the pitch, but to mention him along our ultra legends (I.e Butcher) is nothing short than total embarrassment. ‘Get a grip’ to coin a North stand 80’s chant!

MickMillsTash added 10:14 - Feb 27
Alex Mathie hatrick should be honoured

and Surely a tribute column to Rob Ullathorne and Gary Megson is warranted

TimmyH added 10:26 - Feb 27
Jim Magilton in there?...he only had one possibly two good seasons with us, there are other players that should be in his place i.e. Gates, Kiwomya, Osman, Cooper etc.

By the way @itfchorry - Vincent-Young... are you having a laugh!?!

JewellintheTown added 10:38 - Feb 27
If only that was our first team now. Draw straws for who gets to be in goal and who's on the subs bench though.

JimmyJooJarJee added 10:40 - Feb 27
We live in the past 😪

Lightningboy added 11:22 - Feb 27
Nice to see Jimbo make the list - the last truly great midfielder this club had.

Dockerblue added 11:22 - Feb 27
Chambers should not be anywhere near that list, what about Big Al? a player who is a Town Legend, Captain Calamity should study footage of AH and learn the art of defending.

DifferentGravy added 12:32 - Feb 27
Brilliant! Thats most of the players i or listed

Cannot believe that Chambers is anywhere near the top 12. It seems the majority of voters were basing their decision purely on the number of appearances and how a player comes across publicly. Surely how the player performed and how the team performed should be paramount.....especially given that Chambers has stood on deck as captain whilst the crap ship ITFC sinks beneath the waves......Evans and Lambert watching on from the safety of the shore

John Wark........now thats a Town legend!

philpott2 added 12:41 - Feb 27
I'm amazed that nobody has mentioned Micky Stockwell!
Always gave 101%

How many games, over 500 if my memory serves me correctly, and in how many positions did he play?

John Wark has been my absolute favourite player ever, but Micky was a star too.

ernie added 13:47 - Feb 27
whole place looks like it could do with a refurb

Beattiesballbag added 13:58 - Feb 27
I have to appologise for forgetting to mention Eric Gates in my earlier post, ......... a phenomenal goal scorer & part of the best team town have ever had, not forgetting Roger Osborne FA cup goal scorer who kept Cruyff quiet against Barcelona amongst numerous other performances while serving the town,............sorry but If they didn't get us into the top flight or play for us in the top flight there are far to many that have that are in the queue before any present day players & if you are not old enough to appreciate the difference it doesn't change the facts.

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