Biography and Notes
The Trust was shocked and deeply saddened by the death of Philip on 8th July 2020. Our condolences are extended to his family.
Renowned across Suffolk not only for his passion for his beloved club but also for his warmth and generosity, he was the last of a long line of Cobbolds to serve on the club’s board. His family had helped form the club and paved the way for domestic and European glory. He attended his first game at Portman Road as a young boy in 1950 alongside his uncle ‘Mr John’ and was appointed a director in 1995. Tributes have come from around the sporting world, with those who hold Town close to their hearts wanting to share their fond memories. Ipswich Town director and friend, Richard Moore said Philip’s spirit must be kept alive at the club and recalled fans’ joy at meeting him on away days particularly during Ipswich’s European heyday. “In the spirit of Ipswich Town Football Club we must keep him alive and treasure those special moments.” TalkSport presenter Georgie Bingham, an Ipswich Town fan, said Mr Hope-Cobbold “epitomised” what Ipswich was. “This man was the life and soul of every gathering he was at and a very old family friend” she said. Former Ipswich captain Matt Holland added: “Incredibly sad news. What a fantastic man with a great sense of humour who will be deeply missed by all the Ipswich Town family.”