Ipswich: We’re Backing the Blues - show your support at Mick McCarthy’s Portman Road debut

IPSWICH TOWN: It’s time to get behind the boys in blue.

The Star and Ipswich Town joined forces today to send a clarion call to fans ahead of Mick McCarthy’s first home game as Tractor Boys boss.

We want supporters to give Mick a proper Portman Road welcome – and help roar the team to victory over Burnley.

As a new era at our famous football club begins, The Star has launched our We’re Backing the Blues campaign.

And to mark the Blues’ new chapter, we have five pairs of tickets for Saturday’s game to be won.

Ipswich Town has also got in on the act.

To entice the faithful back through the turnstiles and to ensure Portman Road is rocking once again, the club is offering fans the chance to buy a ticket for the Burnley game and get entry to one of December’s homes matches for just a tenner.

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An ITFC spokesman said: “It is a new era for the football club and Mick McCarthy has already realised what terrific support Ipswich Town enjoys.

“We hope to see as many fans as possible at Portman Road on Saturday to get behind the boys and Mick in his first home game in charge of the club.”

Star editor Terry Hunt added: “We are launching the We’re Backing the Blues campaign to welcome Mick McCarthy to Portman Road.

“As Mick tries to lead the Super Blues out of the relegation zone and to safety, we want to see fans getting behind our boys.

“Show your support and get down to Portman Road on Saturday as a new era begins.”

For each adult ticket bought for the Burnley game fans will be eligible for a �10 ticket to see Town play either Millwall or Bristol City.

Retrospective discounts will apply for those who have already purchased their tickets.

The club’s Town Time promotion will also be in operation on Saturday, offering fans a voucher for a second free pint, before or after the game, when they purchase a pint more than 30 minutes before kick-off.

n Tell us why you’re backing the Blues – write to Your Letters, Ipswich Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN or e-mail starletters@archant.co.uk

For your chance to win simply answer the following question:

Which Burnley player – currently top scorer in the Championship – almost joined Ipswich Town last season?

a) Sam Vokes

b) Charlie Austin

c) Martin Paterson

Text STAR TICKET followed by your answer, name and e-mail address to 80058 eg STAR TICKET A Jane Smith jane.smith@email.com

Texts cost 50p plus your standard network rate. Winners will be selected from all correct entries received by 9am on November 8, 2012. The promoters decision is final. For full terms and conditions go to www.ipswichstar.co.uk. Usual Archant promotion rules apply. Text customer services 0207 6335020.

Ipswich Town ticket offer terms and conditions

n The offer is for one ticket only for the purchaser of the Burnley ticket.

n Multiple ticket purchases only qualify the purchaser for one ticket.

n Tickets are available in all areas of the stadium except those classed as premium areas.

n Burnley tickets must have been purchased through the Ticket Office, Planet Blue or online.

n Tickets purchased at cash turnstiles will not be valid for this offer.

n The offer is open to supporters who have already purchased their tickets.

n The promotional priced tickets for the Millwall or Bristol City games do not need to be purchased at the same time and will be available for the respective matches.

n Again the tickets must be purchased through the Ticket Office, Planet Blue or online.

n Full details are available on the club’s website.

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