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Ipswich Town fans’ anger over handling of tickets for FA Cup tie with Aston Villa

17:31 17 December 2012

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FRUSTRATED Town fans have hit out after it emerged only a very limited number of tickets are left for their FA Cup game at Aston Villa on January 5.

Supporters have criticised a decision by the Suffolk club to secure just 2,900 seats for the match at Villa Park, whose capacity is 42,788.

Season ticket holders and members have already snapped up the majority of the tickets – the last remaining ones will go on general sale from 9am today.

Town fan ‘Billy Bob’ tweeted: “How can ITFC only offer 2,900 when they have nearly sold out on season ticket holder sales alone? The least we would take is 4,000, easy!”

Another supporter, Karl Burnside, said: “Fuming at ITFC decision not to get extra tickets for AVFC game. We could easily take 5,000.”

A spokesman for Ipswich Town said it could only buy 2,900 tickets on a sale or return basis.

If the club had gone for 6,000 – which it is entitled to under Football Association rules which give visiting teams 15 per cent of the host club’s capacity – and not sold them it would have been left out of pocket.

He added: “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 club said some restricted-view tickets are left. For more information telephone 0844 8011 555 after 9am today.

11 comments

  • Usual non-story- Sma e at every club become a member get acess to tickets first!!! You try getting an Arsenal ticket without being a paying member.

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    Philip Wright

    Tuesday, December 18, 2012

  • This is just another brilliant decision by our CEO who is more interested in protecting ME millions rather than get supporters to our teams matches. He claims ME is behind the club, what a joke.

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    Cyril Baker

    Tuesday, December 18, 2012

  • One of the two clubs is pulling the wool over peoples eyes here, and I'm sorry to say I think I know which one. Basing our allocation on our League away attendances is ridiculous; obviously weeke in week out we aren't going to get as many fans going as will want to go to a high profile cup tie at a Premier League club. Just look at the numbers that went to Chelsea and Arsenal two years ago. The team are playing well, we finally get a good cup tie and the club restrict the number of tickets. We get 16k at home games, why not think about those people wanting to go? Again the club has missed an opportunity to improve its standing with disillusioned fans.

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    Andrew Mehen

    Tuesday, December 18, 2012

  • what goes around comes around. hope we draw then give them less than they gave us. happy xmas to all town fans.

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    mike benham

    Friday, December 21, 2012

  • Get real. Absolutely the right decision by the club based on the away support figures so far this season. Money talks I'm afraid.

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    woshaapernin

    Tuesday, December 18, 2012

  • Well considering I'm a season ticket holder and with three other friends I have got my tickets for the Villa game. I've also been to away games and even. Though I have my tickets I know plenty more people that want one. Fa cup is different to the league and regardless with every club if you get a premier league team away you will always get a good following regardless how low the average league away attendances have been.

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    Billy Bob

    Tuesday, December 18, 2012

  • To 'My Comment is this', many who you refer to as 'so called supporters' would struggle to pay their bills if they bought season tickets and new replica kits every year. If their budget restricts them to only a few matches a season it makes sense to go when ITFC are doing better.

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    Ipswich-Student

    Tuesday, December 18, 2012

  • Shock horror, football fans take irrational and non-businesslike view of the world. Agree with comments below. Nearly 3,000 tickets is a reasonable number, given home crowds and away followings. If there is blame, it lies with Villa for not having a more flexible policy where Ipswich could have purchased another 1,500 tickets

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    Tom

    Tuesday, December 18, 2012

  • Realistically I doubt there are 2,900 Villa fans that will want to pay good money to see this so there should be at least 30,000 tickets available from Villa if any Town fans are daft enough to want to go.

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    Rob Steroo

    Monday, December 17, 2012

  • So where have all these so called supporters suddenly appeared from? Where were they when the club was struggling? Where will they be if we do not do well. Answer, back in their nice warm houses waiting for the next glory roll... I support ITFC for a judgement and correctly looking after the true supporters of this club and not the glory boys who get the scarf and shirt out ( out of date ones at that) once every year......COYB... BET STEROO IS MOANING TO!

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    My Comment is this..

    Tuesday, December 18, 2012

  • As woshaapernin says "money talks" but so does knowledge and experience, qualities which our present CEO do not appear to possess !!!!!

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    Brian Betts

    Tuesday, December 18, 2012

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