Yesterday the Ipswich Cardinals shared the sad news of the passing of Cardinals General Manager and owner, Ralph Alexander.
Having lead the Cardinals programme for years, through highs and lows and their recent resurgence as a playoff team out of the SFC 2 East, Ralph is remembered by both Ipswich players, coaches and fans, as well as their many rivals and opponents, as ‘Mr Cardinals’, a well-loved head of the Cardinals football family.
Upon announcement of the news, the Cardinals’ Facebook page was flooded with eulogies, remembering Ralph’s contribution to maintaining and growing the sport in East Anglia, and anecdotes emphasising the high regard Ralph was held in by so many of the Britball community.
Former BAFA Chairman, Martin Cockerill, commented:
“Such sad news. All the years Ralph has given to the sport – it was always a joy to officiate at Ipswich, always a warm welcome and great game day experience with Ralph at the helm. Gonna miss the man.
Thoughts are with his family and all at the Cardinals.”
During his time heading up the Cardinals, Ralph oversaw the retirement of the first-ever Cardinals Jersey number (former player and Head Coach, Ian Girling) and was a driving force as the Cardinals bounced back from a disappointing downturn in fortunes to put together not only a competitive team on the field of play, but also one of the most fan-centric game days in Britball – with half time performances, and regular charity events.
Cardinals Deputy General Manager, Steve Hawes told IpswichCardinals.co.uk
“We are shocked and devastated to wake up this morning with the news of the loss of Ralph. I can’t really put into words how much of a friend and mentor Ralph has been since I joined the Cardinals.
The Cardinals organisation sends sincere condolences to the Alexander family. I already miss him and will always fondly remember the times we had organising matches, Cardinals events, travelling to games, and Ralph being in my and my family’s life.
We should all feel privileged to have known him.”
Thoughts go out to the Alexander family, as well as the whole Ipswich Cardinals organisation.