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Ipswich Town: Action taken to stop Norwich City fans buying home tickets for East Anglian derby at Portman Road in Championship

16:27 21 July 2014

Only Blues fans who have bought tickets, memberships or season tickets from the club in their own name or customer number over the last 10 years can buy tickets online for the eagerly-anticipated Championship fixture against the Canaries on August 23.

Only Blues fans who have bought tickets, memberships or season tickets from the club in their own name or customer number over the last 10 years can buy tickets online for the eagerly-anticipated Championship fixture against the Canaries on August 23.

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Ipswich Town have stepped up measures to prevent Norwich City fans buying tickets for seats designated for home supporters at Portman Road at next month’s East Anglian derby.

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Only Blues fans who have bought tickets, memberships or season tickets from the club in their own name or customer number over the last 10 years can buy tickets online for the eagerly-anticipated Championship fixture against the Canaries on August 23.

The online facility for buying tickets originally had a three-year restriction, but due to a high volume of calls at the club’s ticket office it has been extended to 10 years.

Away supporters face the possibility of being escorted out of the stadium on match day if they are seated in areas designated for Town fans.

Lee Hyde, director of retail and ticket operations at Ipswich Town, said: “The demand for tickets as you would expect is high.

“You have to have a restriction on online sales otherwise we could have away fans purchasing online so we put the three year ceiling in place. We also felt that was fair to our supporters but we’ve now had to extend that to 10 years.

“We’re getting so many calls from fans who have not purchased a ticket in the last three years and want to go to the game so we’ve opened up the criteria which allows more supporters to purchase online.”

Tickets for the Saturday lunchtime kick-off against the Canaries went on general sale this morning.

An Ipswich Town spokesman added: “Supporters who fall outside the 10-year window should either call the ticket office on 03330 050503 or buy in person from Planet Blue but restrictions are in place in order to prevent Norwich fans purchasing tickets in home areas.”

Supporters can purchase up to four tickets for the derby on their customer number.

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6 comments

  • Its just a shame that so many "fans" only want to turn up when these 2 teams meet. Years ago, when there was a big match we had to have vouchers to prove we had been to other games before we could get tickets for the big one.

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    mumof1

    Tuesday, July 22, 2014

  • Never seen 30,000 at a table tennis match in Suffolk talking sleeve and others.

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    threenewknees

    Monday, July 21, 2014

  • It is real sad. Watching World Cup matches recently all you saw were fans integrated & not one steward or copper battling to keep them apart. (except England games when they couldn't even join in with a Mexican wave).

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    Concerned of Suffolk

    Monday, July 21, 2014

  • Agree entirely with Talking Sleeve's comment. He mentions hockey and table tennis but could have mentioned any other sport known to man. Englishmen and Indians were sitting together to enjoy the Test Match and it was encouraging to see rival supporters sitting side by side at the recent World Cup when there was far more at stake than just a handful of league points. How nice if this was to filter down to League football - though somehow I doubt it will.

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    Rod Cross

    Monday, July 21, 2014

  • Mindless tribalism and drink usually does it Talking Sleeve. It makes the comment that large numbers of people wanting tickets havnt bought one since the last times the teams met. Says it all really. Not supporters at all most probably.

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    bristan

    Monday, July 21, 2014

  • The need to separate a group of people watching 22 strangers kick a ball around is mind-boggling! Why do some people put such an emotional investment in football that it makes them lose control? You don't hear of rival factions battling at a hockey match or a huge brawl after a table tennis tournament!

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    Talking Sleeve

    Monday, July 21, 2014

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