Ipswich Town has a long history and, since its foundation in 1878, has had a great deal of success, including as Football League champions in 1962 and winners of both the FA Cup (1978) and the UEFA Cup (1981). Two of its managers, Sir Alf Ramsey and Sir Bobby Robson, went on to achieve greatness in the game. As a result there have been several comprehensive club histories. This book is intended to be different from the traditional history of Ipswich Town Football Club. It is both a history of Ipswich Town and a social history - recording and exploring the relationship between the football club, the town of Ipswich and the wider county of Suffolk. Covering the period from 1878 to the present day, it uses the voices of people involved with the club, including supporters, players and former players, owners, administrators and local writers, to describe the club's history within its social context, how changes have affected the club and how developments in football itself have made an indelible impact upon both the football club and the local community.
Susan Gardiner is a self-employed electronic publisher. She has written local history articles for magazines in the past and written for Ipswich Town fanzines, including editing the first issue of Turnstile Blues (2012). She also writes blogs on local history (thosewhowillnotbedrowned.wordpress.co.uk) and turnstile-blues.co.uk. She lives in Stowmarket, Suffolk.