IPSWICH Town face losing millions of pounds if their depressing home form continues.

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If so it could well stump manager Paul Jewell’s desire to strengthen his squad into one that can make a serious assault on promotion next season.

Owner Marcus Evans and chief executive Simon Clegg are poised to announce the club’s package for selling 2011/12 season tickets.

Logistically a decision has to be made within the next few weeks, but timing will be everything.

A slump in home form has seen Jewell’s side gain just one point from their last four Portman Road games, and conceded eight goals in their last three that have all been defeats.

Much of the optimism that accompanied Jewell’s appointment in January is in danger of evaporating, and unless Scunthorpe are walloped on Saturday it would be a brave move by Evans to promote season tickets in the current climate.

Boos rang around the ground on the final whistle of Tuesday’s 3-0 home reverse to Watford – not the reaction to give hope that an increase of this season’s figure of just under 14,000 tickets is going to be achieved.

In fact, if the Tractor Blues continue to misfire at home the figure could be much lower.

Not perhaps at the five figure number that the Roy Keane era was heading for, but still low enough to cut several millions off a hoped-for income during the otherwise barren financial summer months.

Evans has backed Jewell with finance to take onboard proven Premier League players Jimmy Bullard and Kieron Dyer on loan, but the manager’s ability to bring in all the reinforcements he needs may be stifled if season tickets drop to around 10,000 or 11,000.

Clegg remains bullish, but knows the importance of the next few games.

He said in a message to fans: “By finishing strongly this season I am convinced we can put together a credible campaign for promotion next year.

“I hope over recent weeks you’ve witnessed a change in the way the team are performing and certainly much better entertainment.

“We are creating the right environment, the players are enjoying their football, the squad will be reinforced where the manager believes necessary.

“The owner, Paul Jewell and myself are absolutely committed to building a club that can achieve Premier League status and Marcus has advised both Paul and I that he will make the necessary funds available to achieve this.

“During these challenging economic times we do appreciate that for some of you this may be a difficult decision however when we ask you to reaffirm your support for Ipswich Town next season.”

Changes are to be made to the Junior Blues scheme and in the season ticket packs will be details of a new membership scheme with a dedicated staff member and a range of benefits.

20 comments

  • John Whitehead gppod point thats your choice but I will be renewing as i love ipswich and will always support them where ever they are even in the conference!

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    IpswichTownFC4Ever

    Friday, March 18, 2011

  • I came home from the Forest home game early January and told my wife that I wouldn't be renewing my ticket given the quality of football on offer. Days later with Mr Keane gone, the Arsenal game and PJ's arrival everything seemed much more rosy. But then Tuesday's nights experience with Watford was right back there - what a dire evening and a throughly miserable experience. Now may be tempted to wait until mid-season 201112 to see if things improve before getting committing to a season ticket. Surely though with a run of home games against lower teams we must finally see some decent displays of football by the Tractor Boys?

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    John Whitehead

    Thursday, March 17, 2011

  • I just haven't got the money to pay out what is more than my monthly rent on a season ticket regardless of what is on show. When you consider that buying a season ticket in recent seasons has essentially been an expensive way to depression, boredam and frustration there is little motivation to sacrifice other more important things in order to afford this. I can't imagine I'm alone either in getting fed up of hearing the club saying it's all about next season.

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    Mike Rotch

    Friday, March 18, 2011

  • Correcting your copy after my comment makes me look a bit daft, which I probably am as an ITFC season ticket holder.

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    JOHN BURLS

    Friday, March 18, 2011

  • I will, once again, be renewing my season ticket. I understand many people can't afford them, but there are the monthly payments (if a bit high) to take advantage of.. But it's a shame we just don't have loyal fans. Norwich fans stuck by their team when they dropped to league 1, as did Leeds etcetc. I think it's a shame where we can have a full stadium (arsenal) and then near on empty against watford. It's a shambles.

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    jdean

    Thursday, March 17, 2011

  • Not just the home form is awful, the whole season has been awful. £millions to spend on players by mr invisible and town are 16th and not safe from relegation. But more to the point, are weak up front, weak in mid-field, weak in defence and the goalkeeper has not got a clue. Put that together with 2 useless managers and its going to be a disaster next season, not only with season tickets but with relegation.

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    ged scott

    Thursday, March 17, 2011

  • Simon Clegg, what tablets are you on? Recent performances, particularly in front of goal shows exactly why we are where we are in the League. It has been evident since before you arrived here that a goal poacher is needed but if reports are correct, several have been identified but you have not closed the deals! Your prices are too high,especially considering the current economic climate but recent performances especially at home has done little to persuade supporters to renew their season tickets. Finally if the players are enjoying the football they are playing, the sooner PJ gets rid of the majority, the better.

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    Brian Betts

    Friday, March 18, 2011

  • So many Cleggisms I wouldn't know where to start. Incidentally wouldn't Marcus have advised both Paul and me?

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    JOHN BURLS

    Thursday, March 17, 2011

  • Supporters, unlike the EADT, will give Jewell the benefit of the doubt for a while longer. Getting rid of Keane is a huge plus, getting rid of lazy, overpaid players at the season's end will be another huge bonus. IF Jewell can recruit some players with something to prove then season ticket holders have more to look forward to than at any time in the last five years. Which admittedly is not saying very much.

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    Rob Steroo

    Thursday, March 17, 2011

  • the men at the top have only themselves to blame for this..to me they have not repaid the loyal fans..as KB says lead up the garden path!!.. surely they have to get bums on seats.. did anyone read the mirror in the week?..some clubs charge as little as £200+ a year in the premier league,ours at £365 to £1000 this would be some of the most expensive even in the premier league..i will get mine, but then again a fool and his money are soon parted!!!

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    keith matthews

    Thursday, March 17, 2011

  • Perhaps if they dropped their prices by say 10% , then more people in portman road would create a better atmosphere and cut the resentment of paying so much to watch so little , but this club continues on its blinkered way into spiralling oblivion and anything the supporters have to say on the subject will fall upon deaf ears and lead to dumb decisions

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    KEVIN FRANCIS

    Thursday, March 17, 2011

  • much as i hate to admit it norwich fans knock spots off ipswich fans for loyalty and probably deserve their recent run of fortune.even when relegated to league one they still bought all their season tickets, while all we can do is moan and threaten to boycot the club if things are not going too well.how does this attitude help us back to the top?

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    michael hutton

    Thursday, March 17, 2011

  • Morning GITS! (copyright B Smallpiece 69 - your original season ticket rebel). I see General is back with a message for us all, rather in the manner of Her Majesty at Christmastide. Doncha just love him? Let's admire his achievements. It won't take long. He famously joined himself by the hip to Keano. And whilst the latter was creating mayhem on the pitch and in the dressing room, General was busy working on a plan to move away fans from one end of the stand to the other. What else? Well, he comes to Ipswich now and again. He's been to some fans meetings. He likes to say yes, but only to one particular individual. Get used to him, GITS (cBS69) because he's here til September 2012. FOG! COYB!

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    Basil Smallpiece

    Friday, March 18, 2011

  • I've never had a season ticket, i've been brought up as a liverpool fan but i WILL be getting a ITFC season ticket next year!! I like PJ and I think from a neutrals (and some season ticket holder) view the entertainment value has doubled since RK left, My son now wants to watch itfc, he says "we must support our home club too" he's 8 and will only cost £10 for all season. ITFC will get into the playoffs next year, have faith.

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    dlaenn

    Monday, March 21, 2011

  • You are right kevin and if anyone is mis-firing at Portman Road it is Simon Clegg. He talks like a politian with his sound bites and rhetoric and nothing more.Like a politian he is out of touch with the paying public and completely out of his depth in the world of football. He should have gone even before Roy Keane because his tranfer negotiations left everyone feeling bemused.

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    FRANK WESTON

    Friday, March 18, 2011

  • Season ticket sales will plummet, due to cost, and due to the fact we have been lead up the garden path too often, when talking about promotion the following season. Clegg's words leave me cold, and if he went, we might sell a few more

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    Kevin Bailey

    Thursday, March 17, 2011

  • most likley will not be renewing my ticket next season due to having 12 hrs cut from working week and the cost off gettng from felixstowe to stowmarket it hurts had season ticket from the 80s allways blue

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    GRAHAM GORMER

    Thursday, March 17, 2011

  • IT'S ABSURD for the Town to charge £33.50 on the day (Upper North) to watch Scunthorpe . No one with a spare afternoon will pay much more than £15 to watch that fixture. The prospect of any sort of increase in 2011-12 by the club should be discarded immediately.The Budgies have managed their ticket administration , selling of tickets , maximization of sales so much better than Ipswich for 10-15 years...and don't the Town now employ the Biudgies former ticket office manager?

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    colin mayes

    Friday, March 18, 2011

  • Sorry, you haven't changed your copy, senility is setting in!

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    JOHN BURLS

    Friday, March 18, 2011

  • Ive wanted a season ticket for years but just cant afford it. I know people are saying our fans arent as loyal as some other clubs but if the money isnt there then how can we show our loyalty? I know several people in their 20's and 30's who would love season tickets but cant afford it and these age groups would be the more vocal ones in the stands so theoretically the best fans to have in the stand. Unless prices drop i think i will have another season next year just just seeing the odd games when i can afford it.

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    Monkey1986

    Friday, March 18, 2011

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