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|Town Friendly in Sorrento Late 60s/Early 70s|
at 12:08 29 Jul 2019
Had an email from a Town fan yesterday asking if anyone on here could help with the below.
My wife and I went back to a little town above Sorrento where we had got married years earlier.Its a hotel run by a Napoli-mad Italian family.
One morning,I wore an old Town polo shirt for breakfast, as we walked towards reception we suddenly heard an Italian voice
shouting ‘Eeeppswich town eeepswich town!’. We looked up to see William (the ageing Italian hotel manager) running towards us ,arms waving and beaming from ear to ear in the style of Paulo Rossi's goal celebration from the 82 World Cup.
The words poured out of his mouth in excitable Italian English! ”I played Ipswich Town, I played Ipswich Town!” After a while he calmed down enough to explain that as a young man he played for a local team and pointed in the general direction of Sorrento, Naples, bay of Napoli area and they had played Ipswich in a pre-season game locally then been invited back to play at Ipswich the following summer.
We lost about 15 -0, he laughed ,but he was so proud to have played against a professional team from England. I was so surprised I didn't ask him for any details.
I watched him walk slowly back to reception and the two young girls working there. He pointed in our direction and started laughing and joking with them, legs and arms were going in all directions, he was clearly telling them how good a footballer he once was. For a few moments he wasn't seventy years old but a young man again.
The young girls were laughing with him and it was looked so lovely
and strangely very poignant. I immediately thought I would like to go back there one day and take some Town stuff for his grand kids and hopefully track down any picture or report of either game Ipswich played against his team. I know this would make him happy and repay his family for giving us a lovely week’s break.
If you have the time Phil please could you ask your forum members or any Town historians if they could identify when Town could have played these games. My Italian friend would be about seventy, so the match could have been played about fifty years ago give or take a few years! Did Ipswich go on pre-season tours back then?
at 14:49 26 Jul 2019
Can we have slightly less squabbling for the rest of the afternoon? Got stuff to do. Will just ban people who continue to waste our time.
at 10:46 9 Jul 2019
Not sure why the forum has become quite so tetchy again after a relatively quiet few weeks but just a reminder that we're not quite so forgiving on abuse/stirring etc as we were as we've got rather fed up with the hassle. That goes for long-term users as much as anyone else.
Perhaps rather fewer threads on certain non-footballing topics which have been somewhat over-prevalent over the last few months would help matters.
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