Feelgood factor returning to Ipswich Town as fans get ready to travel in their numbers to back Blues' Championship play-off push
PUBLISHED: 09:58 03 April 2014 | UPDATED: 12:51 03 April 2014
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The feel good factor at Ipswich Town is set to reach fever pitch as the Blues make one last push towards the play-offs.
Supporters are certainly playing their part and around 1,000 tickets have already been snapped up for the crunch clash at Watford on April 19.
That number should double, with tickets going on general sale tomorrow, while the Blues will also be well backed by an army of hundreds at Blackburn Rovers, on Saturday, and Huddersfield next Tuesday night.
On average, almost 300 more fans (1,163) have followed Ipswich on the road this season, compared to last (883) and the anticipation of a potential first play-off appearance since 2005 is growing rapidly.
Director of retail operations at the club, Lee Hyde said yesterday: “The place definitely has a feel good buzz around it at the minute. This will explode if we reach the play-offs.”
His sentiments were echoed by Supporters’ Club chairman Liz Edwards who insists the gloom has been lifting for some time.
“It (the feel good factor) has taken time to come back – an evolution rather than a revolution and began with the management making sure we had a close-knit squad of permanent signings this season,” said Edwards.
“Last autumn we wondered if progress had stopped at mid-table, but we’ve kicked on again, and no-one would fancy meeting us now.
“There is a great spirit in the team, and this is transferring to the stands.
“In the latter days of Paul Jewell, we always knew we’d concede one (or even two) goals at the end of a game. Now there is a real feeling that we can get that late winner.”
Having won their last two away games, Town will fancy their chances at mid-table Rovers and at Huddersfield, who are not yet mathematically safe from the drop.
“There have been some grim (away) days, but by this stage of the season we remember the great ones,” Edwards added.
“The second half transformation at Blackpool, the Boxing Day demolition of Doncaster, the wars of attrition at Charlton and Yeovil.
“Leicester aside, I have always felt we have had a real chance.”