Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 13°C

min temp: 8°C


Ipswich Town season-ticket holders told to move seats in Cobbold Stand for Leeds United fans

PUBLISHED: 19:20 30 November 2017 | UPDATED: 19:20 30 November 2017

Cobbold Stand at Portman Road, Ipswich. Picture: LUCY TAYLOR

Cobbold Stand at Portman Road, Ipswich. Picture: LUCY TAYLOR

Hundreds of Ipswich Town fans are being told to move seats when Leeds United visit Portman Road to increase ticket allocation for away supporters and help avoid the controversial ‘all-ticket’ matchday rules.

Around 700 season-ticket holders in the Cobbold Stand will have to sit elsewhere in the stand to help provide an extra block of 3,000 seats for Leeds fans for the match on Saturday, January 13, 2018.

Leeds fans are set to be allocated blocks across the stand’s upper tier apart from Block A, to remain empty for safety and security reasons, and premium Block D.

Town bosses insist the move will help prevent the ‘all-ticket’ matchday policy being enforced. The policy, usually put in place when ‘big clubs’ visit and away tickets have sold out, removes the risk of away fans buying tickets for home sections at turnstiles. It was in place when Aston Villa and Newcastle United visited last year.

But it also means that anyone, such as casual Town fans or first-time visitors, who decide to watch the game on the spur of the moment are turned away at the turnstiles, even if the match is not sold out. On the day, tickets can be bought up until 90 minutes before kick off and online from ITFC Direct – if the purchaser has been to a game in the past 10 years.

The Cobbold Stand reshuffle means Leeds will have just over 5,000 seats and should result in the match not being ‘all-ticket’. The same action could be made for other home games this season.

Only three people have complained out of the first 300 fans who have been contacted, an Ipswich Town spokesman said.

Lincoln City fans in the Cobbold Stand at Portman Road in 2016. Picture: PAGEPIX LTDLincoln City fans in the Cobbold Stand at Portman Road in 2016. Picture: PAGEPIX LTD

He said: “For safety reasons we have no option but to move the supporters.

“On a number of occasions last season, we had all-ticket games because the away allocation was sold out, yet the ground was a third empty, and we also had local people who just wanted to come to a game unable to because of the all-ticket restrictions.

“The Cobbold Stand is also the only stand that we can realistically house away fans. If we moved them into another stand, we would have to move more season-ticket holders than we currently have to.”

One affected fan who has been a Cobbold Stand season-ticket holder for two decades said he is “appalled” by the decision.

He said: “Never before have I moved for a league game, not even in the days of the Premier League; not even for the local derby.”

Liz Nice - The day my beloved ITFC finally broke my heart.

The dedicated cancer ward at Ipswich Hospital has reopened after a touching moment with a dying patient inspired a refurbishment.

Suffolk’s emergency services have welcomed the introduction of a law designed to provide better protection for staff.

An Ipswich school has won gold and silver trophies in the Boccia under-19 county championships.

Officers are reassuring residents after a large police presence in the town centre amidst fears for a man’s welfare.

This is a list that Suffolk should be proud of - 100 women who are positive role models for future generations, women who have achieved success in a diverse range of fields from business, the arts, sport and education to the third sector.

Investigations are underway following two burglaries in Ipswich, which are being linked by police.

On the day that it has told its staff to expect to take two days unpaid leave a year because it cannot afford their pay rise, Suffolk County Council is starting a search for an extra £150,000 director.

Greater Anglia is due to take delivery of its first new suburban trains next year – but has still not yet formally announced where they will be serviced in north Essex.

Ipswich School’s Remembrance Day art installation will be open to the public again after overwhelming public interest.

Insurance payouts for vehicle damage caused by potholes in Suffolk has soared by more than double in the last year, shock new figures have revealed.

Most read

Show Job Lists

Topic pages

Newsletter Sign Up

Ipswich Star daily newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

MyDate24 MyPhotos24