Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 10°C

min temp: 6°C

Search

Ipswich: Diehard Blues fans snap up early morning train tickets for Villa FA cup tie - before match tickets are even released

PUBLISHED: 13:32 10 December 2012

Town's keeper Matteo Sereni makes a save in the final moments of the game

Town's keeper Matteo Sereni makes a save in the final moments of the game

IT’S official – FA Cup fever has hit the town.

Town’s third round tie away to Aston Villa was only announced last week and tickets are not due to go on general sale until December 18. But diehard fans are already making preparations in the hope they will be able to get their hands on match tickets.

Many seats on the 7.09am train service on January 5 from Ipswich to Witton station, the closest to Villa Park, via London, have already been snapped up, with more expected to go in the coming days.

A spokesman for Greater Anglia said: “It certainly looks like the backing is there which is great for Ipswich Town because it looks like they will get a good following to Villa Park.

“The advice is that the earlier you book, the more opportunity you have to get good value fares.”

Sam Stannard, 30, a Town season ticket holder for five years, added: “Looking at the forums and social media, you can tell there is a demand for tickets and there is a buzz with people wanting to go.”

Despite the clamour for the game, some fans could find themselves disappointed after it emerged Town have decided to take only 2,900 tickets for the match on January 5.

FA rules mean away clubs are entitled to 15 per cent of tickets for FA Cup games –that would entitle Ipswich to a maximum of about 6,300 tickets at Villa’s 42,000 capacity Villa Park stadium. It is not clear whether they would be able to get more if they sell out quickly.

A club spokesman said: “The club had to make a decision on the number of tickets to buy from Aston Villa as there is a no return policy.

“With our average away attendance being 650 this season, a figure of 2,900 was deemed to be appropriate.”

The match against Villa will be the first time the two teams have locked horns since 2002, when they played out a 0-0 draw at Portman Road.

It will also take on double significance for fans with Villa manager Paul Lambert being the former Norwich City boss and the possibility that former Blue Darren Bent could play for Villa.

Tickets will go on sale for gold members today, season ticket holders on Thursday, silver club members on the 17th and general sale on December 18.

1 comment

  • I will be driving up with a car full of top boys and splitting the fuel costs £15.00 no stops. I wonder if this will work out cheaper than the train buy in advance ?

    Report this comment

    the opinion man

    Monday, December 10, 2012

A message on Holbrook Academy’s website tonight said Anglian Water engineers will be working through the night to repair a burst water main which closed the school today.

Khalid Masood, 52, was shot dead by police after mowing down pedestrians in a car on Westminster Bridge and stabbing to death Pc Keith Palmer in the grounds of the Houses of Parliament yesterday.

Clothing worn by music mega star Ed Sheeran is going under the online hammer to raise money for East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH).

As the family of Westminster hero Pc Keith Palmer paid their tribute to him, the sister of the last Suffolk officer to die in the line of duty gave an insight into their long road ahead.

The leisure centre in Crown Street was closed for around an hour this morning after police were called to reports of two men behaving suspiciously inside.

More than £75,000 has been given away to good causes in Suffolk to recognise the outstanding work they do in the community.

By strange and unhappy coincidence, I was going to write this week about terrorism, writes MP for Ipswich, Ben Gummer in the wake of the Westminster attacks.

Shopping in Ipswich is to get a welcome boost over the next few months as new stores open in the town centre.

A 62-year-old shoplifter has been given a 12-month conditional discharge after stealing groceries worth nearly £11.

It’s often called the fastest growing sport in the world, and this region is a hotbed of mixed martial arts talent. MARK HEATH looks at fighters for you to follow in his latest Flying Knee column.

Most read

Most commented

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Topic pages

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter
MyDate24 MyPhotos24