Sunny

Sunny

max temp: 20°C

min temp: 13°C

ESTD 1874 Search

Ipswich: Diehard Blues fans snap up early morning train tickets for Villa FA cup tie - before match tickets are even released

13:32 10 December 2012

Town

Town's keeper Matteo Sereni makes a save in the final moments of the game

IT’S official – FA Cup fever has hit the town.

shares

Town’s third round tie away to Aston Villa was only announced last week and tickets are not due to go on general sale until December 18. But diehard fans are already making preparations in the hope they will be able to get their hands on match tickets.

Many seats on the 7.09am train service on January 5 from Ipswich to Witton station, the closest to Villa Park, via London, have already been snapped up, with more expected to go in the coming days.

A spokesman for Greater Anglia said: “It certainly looks like the backing is there which is great for Ipswich Town because it looks like they will get a good following to Villa Park.

“The advice is that the earlier you book, the more opportunity you have to get good value fares.”

Sam Stannard, 30, a Town season ticket holder for five years, added: “Looking at the forums and social media, you can tell there is a demand for tickets and there is a buzz with people wanting to go.”

Despite the clamour for the game, some fans could find themselves disappointed after it emerged Town have decided to take only 2,900 tickets for the match on January 5.

FA rules mean away clubs are entitled to 15 per cent of tickets for FA Cup games –that would entitle Ipswich to a maximum of about 6,300 tickets at Villa’s 42,000 capacity Villa Park stadium. It is not clear whether they would be able to get more if they sell out quickly.

A club spokesman said: “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 match against Villa will be the first time the two teams have locked horns since 2002, when they played out a 0-0 draw at Portman Road.

It will also take on double significance for fans with Villa manager Paul Lambert being the former Norwich City boss and the possibility that former Blue Darren Bent could play for Villa.

Tickets will go on sale for gold members today, season ticket holders on Thursday, silver club members on the 17th and general sale on December 18.

shares

1 comment

  • I will be driving up with a car full of top boys and splitting the fuel costs £15.00 no stops. I wonder if this will work out cheaper than the train buy in advance ?

    Report this comment

    the opinion man

    Monday, December 10, 2012

Colchester General Hospital

A new permanent chief executive has been appointed to lead the trust running Colchester’s hospitals.

The Woodbridge Heritage Group are campaigning against the proposed relocation of

For 35 years it has been rooted to the same spot in a Suffolk town – representing a defiant stand against an unyielding adversary.

Town players Luke Chambers and Cole Skuse visited The Suffolk Punch Trust in Hollesley on Thursday 27 August and officially named the charity’s newest male foal as Bluey. 

The naming of the male foal comes as part of a new partnership between the Football Club and the Suffolk Punch charity. Ipswich Town will be working to support the work of the rare horse breed charity by offering assistance with fundraising and awareness campaigns.
L-R Luke Chambers,Bluey,Cole Skuse,Rob Lambert and Alex Bailey.

Everybody, meet Bluey - the newest addition to the team at the Suffolk Punch Trust, officially named by Ipswich Town captain Luke Chambers and player Cole Skuse yesterday.

More needs to be done to keep cyclists safe in Ipswich

More action is needed to making cycling in Ipswich safe and accessible.

Police were called to the scene

Police are urging residents not to leave valuable items in their cars and make sure outbuildings are secure following a spate of thefts from vehicles and garages this week.

South East Suffolk Magistrates Court

A 50-year-old Ipswich woman has been banned from keeping animals for 10 years after admitting welfare offences relating to her five cats and two dogs.

Police are appealing for witnesses

Suspicious activity was reported to Suffolk police yesterday after a vehicle containing a group of men and dogs was seen parked in a field in Coney Weston.

Police have released these CCTV images following a phone theft from restaurant

CCTV images of a man have been released after a phone was stolen from a restaurant in Edith Cook Way, Ipswich, last month.

Suffolk has gone up 22 places in the league table for pupils achieving expected standards in reading, writing and maths at Key Stage 2.

Results for 11-year-olds in Suffolk are improving, according to the latest SATS results which show the county moving up national league tables.

Sheepen Place office development scheme at night - artist's impression

Proposals have been submitted for two new office buildings planned for central Colchester.

Most read

Most commented

Topic pages