Season ticket prices frozen
SEASON ticket prices will be frozen again for the season after next, as Ipswich Town look to reward their loyal supporters, writes Derek Davis.The club will release details of season tickets sales later today but I understand Blues' fans who buy before the end of May, at prices frozen from last season, will be able to buy tickets at the same rate the following year, even if Town win promotion to the Premiership.
SEASON ticket prices will be frozen again for the season after next, as Ipswich Town look to reward their loyal supporters, writes Derek Davis.
The club will release details of season tickets sales later today but I understand Blues' fans who buy before the end of May, at prices frozen from last season, will be able to buy tickets at the same rate the following year, even if Town win promotion to the Premiership.
Fans will be able to buy tickets at a 0% interest rate over four months by standing order, or pay by cheque or cash. The club will accept credit cards but fans are warned companies such as Barclaycard and Nat West Streamline will not release the funds up front to the football club.
Supporters concerned that the only way to protect their money is to pay by credit card are being reassured that money paid to the club up front is kept in a separate season ticket fund and in the unlikely event of the club being unable to fulfil their fixtures, they would be repaid.
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Debentures of 20 years and 10 years are to be offered to Ipswich Town supporters in an effort to find a much-needed cash injection. The debentures are tradable and the club will be looking to give one of each away as part of a promotion to sell season tickets.
Details will be unveiled today by the club at a morning briefing.
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Ipswich attracted more than 19,000 season ticket holders at the beginning of this season but have managed gates of more than 29,000 in the past month. The club expects a drop in renewals this season after a disastrous 12 months in which relegation from the Premiership was followed by a poor start to the new season. George Burley was sacked after a 3-0 defeat at Grimsby, the Portman Road football family was rocked by the death of coach Dale Roberts and the club went into administration in February.
But the shoots of recovery are beginning to push through on and off the pitch. Town look likely to miss out on the play-offs by the narrowest of margins but the blooding of fresh young talent and manager Joe Royle's insistence that the team will not be broken up is cause for optimism.
The Company Voluntary Arrangement will be presented on May 2 with acceptance widely regarded as the most likely outcome and the club would come out of administration 28 days after that.