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Ipswich Town lifelong fan David receives a captain's match shirt signed by the team

A lifelong supporter of Ipswich Town has been presented with a very personal gift from his favourite football team.

David Crisp, originally from Needham Market,now lives at Hillcroft House residential care home in Stowmarket.

He has been presented with a signed match day shirt worn by team captain Luke Chambers.

Julie Smith and David Crisp with Luke Chambers Ipswich Town shirt (11659246)
Julie Smith and David Crisp with Luke Chambers Ipswich Town shirt (11659246)

Administrator at the care home, Julie Smith, heard about David's love of Ipswich Town and spoke to her friend and neighbour Carl Collins who is head chef and catering operations manager at the club.

Carl and Town's kit man James Pullen got together and arranged for the Captain's match worn shirt to be signed by the entire Ipswich team.

David, 84, who moved to the home run by Healthcare Homes last July, listens to the club's match reports on BBC Radio Suffolk and reads all the reports in local newspapers.

Julie said: "David was absolutely thrilled to receive the shirt. He will absolutely treasure it I'm sure."

Jon Hammond, manager at Hillcroft House, said: "Julie is a great example of how taking an interest in residents' hobbies is just as important to someone's well being as is the physical care they may need. It really makes a difference to our residents."

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