Ex-Ipswich Town star Ted Phillips dies aged 84

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Ipswich Town's league championship-winning goalscorer Ted Phillips has died at the age of 84, it has been announced.

Phillips formed a partnership with Ray Crawford in the 1961-62 season when they won the top-flight title under Alf Ramsey.

He played for the club in 1953-64, when Town rose from the old Third Division South to the top of the First Division.

He also played for Leyton Orient, Luton Town and Colchester United.

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Image caption Ted Phillips (front row, second from right) had a "ferocious" shot, according to his former strike partner Ray Crawford (pictured front row centre)

Phillips joined Ipswich from Suffolk non-league side Leiston and went on to score 181 goals in 295 appearances.

He also holds the club's season goalscoring record with 46 in the 1956-57 campaign, when they won the Third Division South title.

They were promoted having won the Second Division in 1960-61 and lifted the First Division title at their first crack, with essentially the same team of players, leading to Ramsey's appointment as England manager in 1963.

During the title-winning season he scored 28 goals in the league, while his strike partner Ray Crawford netted 33.

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Image caption Ipswich lifted the top-flight title for the first and only time in the club's history during the 1961-62 season

Crawford, who lives in Portsmouth, said he was a "great servant" to the club.

"Ted had this ferocious shot and I got a lot of my goals because the goalkeepers couldn't hold them and could only parry them, and I just used to mop up," he said.

"He was ferocious off the field as well and wasn't a man to put up with any nonsense.

"We were big pals right up until he had this dementia.

"He'd just moved into a home and I had hoped to pop in and see him next time I was up."

The club said it would pay tribute to Phillips before Saturday's home game against Leeds United.

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