Town fans look worldwide
IPSWICH Town supporters' trust is going international.Town fanatics from as far afield as America, Australia and Brazil have besieged Phil Ham with e-mails since he announced a trust would be formed.
IPSWICH Town supporters' trust is going international.
Town fanatics from as far afield as America, Australia and Brazil have besieged Phil Ham with e-mails since he announced a trust would be formed.
The Those Were The Days website editor has also enlisted members of the club's London supporters' branch and forecast a bid to buy shares in the summer.
He said: "There's always been this assumption that the supporters are the great unwashed, but that's far from the case.
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"There were a lot of people at the London meeting with financial clout and financial nous."
Mr Ham promised the fledgling supporters' trust would be organised professionally and democratically.
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And he was hopeful of securing 500 members by the time the trust is officially launched.
He said: "Leicester's club launched earlier this season with 800 members and they've now got more than 3,000, so we have to look at them as a model.
"But even if we launch with 500 that would already give us twice as many as Norwich."
Mr Ham said he could only make predictions about the eventual aims of the trust before it was launched.
He said: "There's been a feeling that supporters haven't had a say at Ipswich over the years and that's what a supporters' trust can do.
"It will be democratically organised throughout so it's difficult for me to say what we will do.
"When it come to the trust being formalised people might say 'that's a rubbish idea, Phil' and it won't happen."
But Mr Ham said plans were afoot to buy a chunk of the club during the summer share issue.
He said: "Supporters always think they own the club, but unless they own a significant number of shares they don't really."