Season tickets: Stick with us plea

GARETH McAuley has a message for Ipswich Town fans that will have season ticket renewal forms dropping through their letter boxes tomorrow.

Elvin King

GARETH McAuley has a message for Ipswich Town fans that will have season ticket renewal forms dropping through their letter boxes tomorrow.

“Stick with us,” said the 29-year-old Blues skipper. “We need you, and I'm sure we'll enjoy success together.

“We are just as keen as our supporters to win games, and we all want to see Ipswich Town back in the top flight.”


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Details of season tickets prices etc for 2009/10 will be announced tomorrow with letters being posted today to current ticket holders.

McAuley is confident of a positive response and he added: “The atmosphere for our last home game against Nottingham Forest was fantastic.

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“Everyone was right behind us and, together, we all want what's best for Ipswich Town.

“We need as many people behind us as possible.

“I know there's been a bit of frustration this season but we're within two points of the play-offs.

“Whether we can reward our fans with promotion this season or not, we need our fans' continuing support and backing.”

McAuley will have a vital part to play when the Blues visit sixth-placed Preston in a Coca-Cola Championship fixture at Deepdale (kick-off 3pm).

He damaged his lower right leg in stopping a certain goal in the 2-1 home victory over Forest, and reluctantly admitted that he played through the pain barrier in last Saturday's 3-1 win at Queens Park Rangers.

“Few players at this stage of the season are going into games 100% fit,” added the Northern Ireland international defender.

“But it was no problem and I shall be okay again tomorrow.

“Our away form has been great this season and we're using different systems and tactics which are really working for us.

“Tomorrow won't be easy, but if we can reproduce last week's performance - one of the best of the season - we should be fine.

“We always give everything but last week was a particularly big week for us.”

McAuley chuckled that he might start wearing his Irish green jersey under his Ipswich strip after scoring for the Republic in their last international in San Marino.

He has yet to find the net for Town since joining from Leicester City last summer, and he says that this part of his game is getting him down.

“I need to chip in and usually get a couple of goals, and if I can do that I'll be happier,” McAuley said.

“It's bothering me, to be honest, and I'm getting a lot of stick from the lads. But what really matters is that we keep winning games.”

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