Blue Army is heading to Ewood Park in an attempt to roar their side over the line
A 2,000-strong Blue Army is travelling to Blackburn on Saturday in an attempt to roar Ipswich Town over the finishing line.
Avoid defeat at Ewood Park and the Suffolk club will be involved in the Championship play-offs for the first time in a decade. A one-goal defeat, two-goal victory for Brentford over Wigan and Derby not losing at home against Reading would see Mick McCarthy’s men fall agonisingly short. Wolves are also still in the equation.
Blues fans have travelled in their numbers all season – enjoying memorable last-gasp victories at Charlton and Watford – and demand for this weekend’s match has been huge.
Town are close to selling their full allocation of 2,000 tickets in the lower tier of the Bryan Douglas Darwen End for Saturday’s lunchtime clash in Lancashire (12.15pm ko). And that number could be significantly boosted as Rovers have made extra seats in the upper tier available to away fans for cash only on the day.
Blackburn’s average attendance at their 31,000 capacity stadium has been 14,841 this season.
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Today, Sky Sports will announce which two Championship matches they will televise. With the automatic promotion spots and relegation places sealed, there is a good chance Town will have a match broadcast live for the 10th time this season.
Ipswich’s best season in a decade has certainly caught the imagination following years of second-tier mediocrity. There are currently 12,591 season ticket holders at Portman Road and already 331 more than that have been sold ahead of the 2015/16 campaign.
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Avoid a slip-up against Jordan Rhodes and co this weekend and the Blues will face either East Anglian rivals Norwich City or Middlesbrough in a two-legged semi-final, the prize being a trip to Wembley and the opportunity to return to the top-flight at the 13th attempt.
Memories of Town’s 2000 triumph have been triggered and excitement is building. A bumper new Premier League television deal and increased parachute payments mean that the May 25 showpiece is now being billed as ‘the £140m game’.
First the Blues need to get the job done against tricky mid-table opposition though.
One last gritty away-day display will do it and Town need all the support they can get. Thankfully, you can always rely on the Blue Army to deliver.
– Ipswich Town host Norwich City at Portman Road tomorrow night in an Under-16 fixture (7pm).
The East Anglian rivals always used to play each other in a first-team fixture every summer, those series of fixtures ending in 1990 but now being revisited in the name of youth development and charity.
Tickets cost £5 per adult, £3 for concessions and £1 per child. Gate receipts will be split between the ITFC Academy Association and the East Anglian Children’s Hospice.