Season ticket sales top 13,000 mark

IPSWICH fans are backing the Blues after today's announcement that season ticket sales have topped the 13,000 mark.This will enable manager Jim Magilton to have a players' budget that will satisfy his requirements as he tries to lift the Blues into contention for a Premiership place.

By Elvin King

IPSWICH fans are backing the Blues after today's announcement that season ticket sales have topped the 13,000 mark.

This will enable manager Jim Magilton to have a players' budget that will satisfy his requirements as he tries to lift the Blues into contention for a Premiership place.

There was concern that the figure would fall well short of the 13,000 mark. But last month the club introduced a loyalty scheme and this - along with good results on the pitch - have seen a rush of applications in the last few weeks.

A club spokesman said: “We are extremely grateful for the continued support of our fans.

“We had anticipated a dip, but overall our supporters understand where manager Jim Magilton and his team are heading - and they have backed that vision.”

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This time last year - after the end of the Early Bird scheme - Ipswich had sold 14,900 tickets for the 2006/07 campaign.

Although there has been a drop of 1,800 from 12 months ago, hopes are high that Portman Road will still have crowds in excess of 20,000 next season.

By the time the 2006/07 campaign started, 15,500 seasons tickets had been sold. The figure now stands at 15,800.

In 2005/06, season ticket sales reached 18,500.

Magilton has stressed that he wants to play in front of full houses whenever possible and if the exciting football his team has produced over the last month continues this could still be the case.

There was an outcry over a rise of around four per cent in next season's season ticket prices, with a number of fellow Championship clubs freezing their prices.

However, the great majority of Ipswich faithful have remained loyal.

Season tickets remain on sale and Town are hopeful that by the start of the campaign next August the current figure will have grown considerably.

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