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Club Patron Hope-Cobbold Dies
Wednesday, 8th Jul 2020 21:04

Town have announced that club patron and former board member Philip Hope-Cobbold died this afternoon.

Born in 1943, Hope-Cobbold was the nephew of former chairmen John - who took him to his first Town match in 1950 - and Patrick Cobbold, as well as a grandson of Ivan Cobbold, who put up the money required to turn the club professional in 1936.

He was invited to join the Blues board in 1995 after Patrick’s death and remained a director until the 2007 Marcus Evans takeover when he became the club's patron as well as a member of the PLC board.

After attending the Royal Military Academy at Sandhurst, Hope-Cobbold served with the 13th/18th Royal Hussars, now the Light Dragoons, for 30 years in Germany, Malaysia, Northern Ireland, Canada and Oman and rising to the rank of Major before retiring in 1992.

He inherited Glemham Hall, the place of his birth, from his uncle Patrick where he and wife Raewyn hosted the club’s annual pre-season barbecue for some years.

The high sheriff for the county of Suffolk for 2005, Hope-Cobbold remained a familiar face around Portman Road last season.


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Vancouver_Blue added 21:07 - Jul 8
RIP, an absolute gentleman

Moriarty added 21:17 - Jul 8
Rest in Peace. Sympathies to his family and friends.

PJH added 21:18 - Jul 8
RIP I never actually spoke to the gentleman but he always seemed so cheerful at shareholders meetings and such like. He seemed to be such a nice and sincere man.

Bluearmy_81 added 21:45 - Jul 8
Very sad news, RIP

linhdi added 22:23 - Jul 8
A massive loss. Philip was very much part of the Cobbold DNA, a wonderful character, a great host, a passionate fan. Tomorrow is the first day in the 142-year history of the club that there is no Cobbold involvement.

parhamblue added 22:34 - Jul 8
RIP. Sympathies to the family. He carried on the fantastic family tradition of devotion to the club.

itfchorry added 23:23 - Jul 8
Wonderful Man - Very sad news

runningout added 23:30 - Jul 8
Great man from a great family

Ryorry added 23:32 - Jul 8
Real sorry to hear that. Our last link with our origins, sad end of an era. R.I.P.

floridablue added 23:39 - Jul 8
Sad news and to think there's no longer a Cobbold name connected to our club! Plus I'm learning through DNA ancestry I have a 'surprising' link to the Cobbold name and I've just been added on their historical family website.

therein61 added 06:45 - Jul 9
Very sad to hear R.I.P the end of the Cobbold era that has overseen all our best days.

RegencyBlue added 08:10 - Jul 9

Our last link with the real ITFC.

OldClactonBlue added 08:36 - Jul 9
Very sad news. Such a nice person. A real Town man and will be sorely missed.

wokingblue added 11:01 - Jul 9
Sad news. I met him many times and he was such a character and real gentleman. Ipswich to the core and a part of the real club DNA. Ipswich will be a poorer club without him.

BeattiesBackPocket added 12:38 - Jul 9
RIP forever grateful to the whole family for what they done for the club. Very sad news 😞

DiamondGezzer added 15:27 - Jul 9
I second the comments of all of the above, R I P.

Razor added 10:38 - Jul 10
Splendid fellow and certainly a chip off the old block----will be sorely missed.

Gonefishing added 11:42 - Jul 10
Lets try and keep the Cobbold involvement going. Patrick and John's late sister Jean has a Grandson working in the world of sports journalism, a huge Town fan and a lovely bloke. Get him on the board!!

ChestnutSe added 15:32 - Jul 10
Gone fishing- what a great idea, he sounds superbly qualified. Alternatively I have a neighbour called Patrick who might also be available

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