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Season ticket renewal/non-renewal - Trust
at 08:34 30 Mar 2017

Hi all - would be really helpful if people could send a short explanation as to why they are or aren't renewing their ST to ipswichtownfirst@gmail.com

Trying to collate some information to release to back up statement made yesterday, know there are plenty on here not doing so
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Russell Brand - Under the Skin....new podcast
at 21:39 29 Mar 2017

I know he isn't to everyone's taste, but anyone who likes him will really enjoy these.

Interesting and engaging, he's also at the Regent in June and December - plenty of tickets left for December show (which I will be at)
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Supporters Trust statement
at 19:28 29 Mar 2017

Hopefully it will be viewed as better late than never, but we are there in the end and will try to be on top of things quicker from now on and be more proactive.

https://ipswichtownfirst.wordpress.com/2017/03/29/statement-on-the-recent-itfc-s

Ipswich Town 1st, the independent supporters’ trust of Ipswich Town Football Club, is very disappointed at the increase in prices for season tickets for the 2017/18 season after what has been a very poor season on the pitch.

While there are a couple of areas of improvement within the new pricing structure, such as the lower costs for U23 year olds, these are lost in the detail of the overall price rise for all other season ticket holders.

We believe that the increase in price for U11s from £10 to £50 is a very poor move for a Season Ticket campaign which claims to focus on the next generation – especially when as part of the 2016/17 season ticket launch these £10 tickets were billed as the key highlight. What has changed in a year to justify this 400% increase? Some of the language used with regards to fans ‘abusing’ these tickets is insulting to season ticket holders and the club does not appear to understand that a season ticket for an U11 is the gateway to supporting ITFC, and at a time when there are 15,000 empty seats on a regular basis, these fans are the future and need to be enticed to the club, not to have unnecessary barriers put in their way. Punishing all U11s for the alleged behaviour of a few seems at odds with the message of ‘One Of Our Own’ and the headline when the season tickets were announced on the official website of ‘TOWN TARGET YOUNG BLUES’

With regards to the increase in the Senior concession age from 60 to 65, we understand the club’s reasoning for this, but feel that the transition could have been managed far better – and that nobody over 60 should be paying significantly more for their season ticket next season. Anything that has the effect of turning long-term fans away from the club cannot be right.

Also, in a town with a new university which has a large percentage of mature students, their concession rate has been lost – as attendances dwindle the club needs to ensure that we are in a position to attract new fans, which includes mature students at the university. This change in policy again adversely affects current season ticket holders who in many cases will not be able to afford to renew.

The overall price increase of 1.5% seems to be an unwise decision when a number of Season Ticket holders are currently not attending due to the poor season on the pitch, and many more are in two minds about renewing. The club must be well aware of this as it has been from the reaction voiced on all forms of social media since the new prices were announced.

Other clubs in the Championship are keeping Season Ticket prices at lower levels than ours, and there is even the example of Huddersfield who are offering adult season tickets for £199 next season across the whole ground when they currently sit 3rd in the table.

We urge the club to reconsider the changes to the U11 season ticket, the transition for those aged between 60 and 65 and the case for mature students to ensure that no ST holders will be paying significantly more than they are this season if they renew. This is an opportunity for ITFC to show that they really believe all fans are valued as “One Of Their Own,” and not just those aged between 12 and 23
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Long Melford
at 15:08 23 Mar 2017

Never been there before (except when I was about 8) and drove through it today - looks very nice.

is it worth a day trip to with little one for a wander to go to Melford Hall, or not?
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Are you a season ticket holder?
at 12:35 22 Mar 2017

How many people do you go with, and are you renewing? Or intending to.

Rather than a poll more interested to hear from individuals as those polls don't show detail.

I am a Season Ticket holder, I go with my Dad. We are on the fence - we either both will, or I will on my own back with mates

EDIT - up until 1.02pm

Renewing - 6

Unsure - 8

Not renewing - 14
[Post edited 22 Mar 13:06]
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The Season Ticket pricing review.....
at 12:40 21 Mar 2017

Winners
Those aged 20-23 who aren't in full time education would have been moving up to an adult ticket

Losers
U11s whose tickets have gone from £10 to £50
Those approaching aged 60, or aged between 60-65 whose tickets have basically gone up by 50%
Students aged above 23

Neutral
Everyone else - ticket price rise of 1.5% is neither here nor there in reality

But the biggest problem with this, is that the 'losers' are those who come to football generally with others - who will also be stopping.

I obviously haven't done a cost/benefit analysis on this, but if the club has then there one has some serious holes in it judging from the reception it has got but how difficult would it be just to have frozen prices for a year, and put in something with regards to STs moving to match state pension age over the next few years with a plan in place to show how.

As things stand they are basing the ticket sale on trying to bring kids in (as long as they are older than 12) but I haven't seen many people of that age enthralled by this offer and looking to sign up. I've seen a few who now see that their price is cheaper and a re happy with it, but it doesn't appear to be attracting new customers which is the key.

The 12,750 target is ludicrous too - we'll be lucky if we even get to 10,750.

A huge OG from the club, yet again. And all they will do is dig their heels in rather than consider a climb down.

What has happened to our club?
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Marcus Evans....
at 12:24 21 Mar 2017

......when you look at what he does his ownership is very similar to Mike Ashley's at Newcastle.

Put money in initially, cut it back when things aren't working, plaster name all across the stadium and shirt, not really have a clue how to run a football club and be massively out of touch with the fan base.

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George Burley...
at 11:25 20 Mar 2017

...was watching the U18s on Saturday morning - presumably with a view to taking over as manager soon
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Ended up booking North Yorkshire for a little break.....
at 09:28 20 Mar 2017

....About 20 minutes away from Skipton in the Dales.

Any advice for baby friendly activities up there will be good - although am mostly planning to go to cities for a day (Leeds and York which are about 1.5 hours away) and just stroll round where we are, hopefully without phone signal so can leave work behind!

Cheers
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Caretaker manager....
at 07:10 20 Mar 2017

I think one of the most obvious things as to why Mick won't go before end of year, is that there is no one in the staff capable of stepping up to be a caretaker manager...
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So last years big positive has been shelved this year, ITFC don't have a clue
at 13:27 17 Mar 2017

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Can we club together and buy Ipswich Wanderers?
at 11:15 17 Mar 2017

Only 5 minutes away from me, but when i have gone I've struggled with the standard - get them up to Ryman Premier and it will work!

Shame Leiston is in the arse end of nowhere
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Anyone get Ricky Gervais tickets?
at 10:34 17 Mar 2017

I did, looking forward to it
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I'm absolutely stunned by those ST prices....
at 08:16 17 Mar 2017

The club are so out of touch with the fan base, how they can try and take a pitiful 1.5% of fans after this season and not realise how bad the publicity will be and what a turn off it will be is beyond me.

Evans is utterly clueless, the only place the club is going under him is down.

If Mick goes, who will this clown appoint? And I think this announcement gives a good indication of what our budget will be under a new manager - f*ck all.
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For those that like football banter...
at 20:22 16 Mar 2017

#bantz

The Jimmy Bullard podcast with Rob Beckett and Ian Smith is very funny.

Rohan Ricketys as guest last week, Graham Stack this week and both have some cracking stories.

I'm sure most on here won't appreciate this, as Bullard is a bit of a nob and people don't like banter - please ignore if that is the case

http://dave.uktv.co.uk/podcasts/magic-sponge/
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Stewart Lee fans
at 11:00 14 Mar 2017

He was a guest on comedians comedian podcast last week - 2 hour in depth interview which is really interesting.

http://www.comedianscomedian.com/
[Post edited 14 Mar 11:01]
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When do you think Mick will go?
at 08:25 14 Mar 2017

When do you think Mick will go?


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For those who aren't renewing....
at 08:52 12 Mar 2017

....what will it take to make you renew?

Simply a new manager? Or a certain type of manager - or just anyone but Mick?
Investment from Evans?
Prices slashed?

Or is there no circumstances in which you will for various reasons.
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Decent point
at 17:57 11 Mar 2017

Season is dead but important to keep picking up points to ensure we don't get dragged into a relegation scrap.

Hope we go back to 442 soon though, stop p155ing about and trying to be clever.
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