June 17, 2024

A former Ipswich Town player and manager has been named president of a sports club he said holds a ‘special place’ in his heart.

George Burley, who played for The Blues between 1973 and 1985, and managed the team between 1994 and 2002, has been named as the new president of Ipswich Sports Club in Henley Road – 50 years after his Portman Road debut.

Scottish by birth, Mr Burley has lived in Suffolk since 1971, and the club said his ‘deep connection’ with the county made him perfect for the role.

His role at Ipswich Town marked the beginning of his professional senior career, but he also played for other clubs, including Sunderland, Colchester United and Ayr United before his retirement.

Mr Burley expressed his enthusiasm for the role.

He said: “Ipswich Sport Club holds a special place in my heart, and I am truly honoured to take on the role of president.

“This club has been an integral part of my journey, and I am excited to contribute to its growth and success.

“As we embark on this journey of transformation and community engagement, I look forward to fostering a culture of excellence and camaraderie.

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Mr Burley’s role will see him act as an ambassador for the club, participate in events and endorse schemes to match the club’s vision.

His first event is scheduled for September 16.

Chris Grimwood, the general manager of Ipswich Sports Club, said Mr Burley’s football career and longstanding relationship with the club stand to make him an inspirational figure to both current and aspiring athletes.

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