New debentures to be offered

ALMOST 300 extra debentures are expected to be offered to Blues fans when Ipswich Town launch their season ticket campaign for next season, writes Derek Davis.

ALMOST 300 extra debentures are expected to be offered to Blues fans when Ipswich Town launch their season ticket campaign for next season, writes Derek Davis.

Details will not be revealed until early next week but the EADT understands supporters will be able to buy five-year tickets as an alternative to the 10-year and 20-year debentures, which were originally offered last season.

The move comes as Ipswich step up their promotion hunt and seats will be at the same price even if Town win promotion to the Premiership.

Many fans who could not stretch to the 10-year prices will see the five-year option as an attractive proposition.


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Nearly 19,000 season tickets were sold last season and the club are hoping for a similar take up, although promotion would precipitate a scramble for seats. Average gates in Division One this season have topped 24,000 with around 30,000 packing into Portman Road for games against Norwich and West Ham.

Meanwhile, Richard Naylor turned in a star performance in defence and attack as Ipswich Reserves wrapped up their home schedule with a 1-0 win over Fulham at Portman Road last night.

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Naylor stood out in defence after returning from a broken toe and made two brilliantly-timed tackles in the penalty area to deny substitute Stuart Noble in the first half.

He went up front in the second half and twice rattled the woodwork, first with a terrific shot straight after the break and then a header from a Martijn Reuser cross. The all-rounder got the goal he, and Ipswich, deserved 10 minutes from time when he turned in a low Alun Armstrong near post cross

Reuser tested the keeper with a couple of long-range drives while Armstrong was denied by Fulham keeper Ross Flitney.

Substitute Stuart Boardley turned a 12-yard shot wide after being teed up by Reuser then turned another drive past the post after clever play by Naylor.

Georges Santos took a heavy knock towards the end of the game but Chris Bart-Williams looked to be fine after a long-standing back problem. Former Town star Bobby Petta showed some good touches for Fulham but Japanese World Cup star Junichi Inamoto failed to impress.

Ipswich Town Res: Price, Mitchell, Barron, Santos, Diallo, Naylor, Flack (Kamara, 73) Reuser, Armstrong (Elliott, 87) Craig (Boardley, 73) and Bart-Williams. Subs not used: Collins, Clarke and Supple.

Fulham: Flitney, Leacock, Green, Pearce (Watkins, 67) Rehman, Inamoto, Buari, Pratley, Sava (Noble, 14) Hayles and Petta (Doherty, 67). Subs not used: Baker and Davis.

Referee: Martin Yerby (Kent)

Attendance: 756.

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