Town’s season ticket sales take a 2,000 dip

IPSWICH Town Early Bird season ticket sales for the 2010/11 campaign are nearly 2,000 down on last term.

The Blues announced today that they have processed 12,800 tickets from fans taking advantage of the scheme that gives them discounts - and ended on April 10.

This compares with 14,733 supporters who benefitted from Early Bird discounts for the current season.

But Town chief executive Simon Clegg said the ‘Roy Keane factor’ had a big influence on last season’s sales.

“At this stage 12 months ago we had sold 12,073 Early Bird tickets,” said Clegg.

“Then we extended the deadline upon Roy Keane’s appointment and the figure went up to 14,733.

“In these days of economic stress that is affecting the whole country and the disappointing season we are having the figure of sales shows what loyal and supportive fans we have.

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“We expect the figure to rise to around 13,000 by the time every Early Bird application has been handled, and we are anticipating a successful campaign that will see Portman Road filled with over 20,000 fans next season.”

The actual nunmber of current season ticket sales stands at 15,935.

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