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Lambert: I’m Hoping More Fans Come in Because the Atmosphere at the Minute is Second to None
Wednesday, 17th Apr 2019 17:01

Boss Paul Lambert says he hopes more fans will commit to season tickets and help build on the atmosphere which has been generated at recent games.

Earlier today, the Blues announced that they are cutting season ticket prices by an initial 12.5 per cent for most fans but with greater reductions coming if sales hit a number of targets.

“I can never tell people come and watch a game, that’s unfair on the people themselves, what I can say is the support we’ve had since we’ve been at this club has been phenomenal,” Lambert said.

“I’ve said before it’s a unique thing that’s happening here and I’m hoping more come in because the atmosphere it’s generating at the minute is second to none and I think the more people we get in, the better.

“I think people are starting to enjoy it and I think that’s important, they’re starting to enjoy the football, and they’re starting to enjoy the excitement.

“We might not win every game, but we’ll make it exciting, that’s for sure, and the more fans you have in the stadium [the better], I’ve heard it myself.

“On Saturday after the game, it was surreal what happened, but it just shows you the support the club’s got, and everybody’s buying into it now, and people are coming back, and the main thing was for people to come back and watch the team play.”

He added: “There’s no two ways about it [the crowd can have an impact]. The atmosphere it’s generating is incredible, you’d never think we’re in the position we’re in.

“I’ve had people from all over seeing it, this social media thing that does its rounds, and people from other countries seeing it, so it’s a unique thing that’s happening.

“It’s all credit to the supporters because without them you don’t have a game, I’ve always said that without the support you don’t have a game and what the Ipswich fans are doing at the minute is second to none and I think that’s great that they’re building up their own reputation and getting behind it, so that’s testament to them.”

He says that type of support can be the bedrock upon which a successful promotion campaign can be built next season.

“Home and away, not just home, in any division you’re trying to vie to get out of, it’s home and away form. You have to be consistent,” he reflected.

“One thing’s for sure, if we keep doing what we’re doing and add that little bit up top, it’ll be a helluva place to play at, that’s for sure.”

On Saturday evening at the Players’ Awards evening in Legends Lambert was handed a trophy by veteran Supporters Club committee member Irene Davey, which he says meant a lot to him.

“I won the highest accolade in Europe, and I’ve won many titles and personal accolades and I got an award on Saturday at the supporters’ function and it said ‘Thanks for bringing back a smile to the terraces’," he recalled.

“That’s right up there with everything I’ve done and that to me meant a lot more than a hell of a lot of other things I’ve done, thinking you’re putting smiles on the faces of thousands of people who come to watch this great club.

“And that’s really important to me, that people want to come back here and watch football, and hopefully with the discount with the season tickets everybody will want to come back."

He believes it was important for the season ticket pricing to serve to maintain the off-field momentum which has been generated in recent months.

“I think it’s good. I only know a little bit about it, obviously Lee and Marcus asked my ideas, what we thought,” he said.”

“Again, I say it, the supporters are the most vital people at a club. They come and watch it, they get behind it and as I’ve said before, there’s so much good here, there really is.

“It’s unbelievable what’s going on here, as I said before, I can’t quite put my finger on it, the biggest compliment I can give them is that award I got on Saturday was up there with everything that I’ve done, and I’ve done things at the highest level, the top, top level, the highest European level.

“But to get that little thing, my God, that meant so much because it’s actually [putting smiles on the faces of] thousands of people that people are thanking you for.

“And I’ve only done a little thing, trying to engage with the support, so I don’t know what it was like before, but it must have been way off it.”

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itfchorry added 17:16 - Apr 17
Every Saturday....We cheer the Boys in Blue

TractorCam added 17:36 - Apr 17
So to summarise, Lambert thinks the support is great ;)

Right behind you Paul!

ArnieM added 17:47 - Apr 17
Every Saturday we follow
To cheer the Boys in Blue
Champions of England in 1962
Bobby conquered Europe
And we won the FA Cup
We support the Ipswich
If we’re down or if we’re up
Ole ole ole .......
Ole ole ole ......
We support the Ipswich .....

Cakeman added 17:47 - Apr 17
A very well deserved award for you Paul.

pazzy added 17:53 - Apr 17
well done paul you have us all pointing the same way looking forward to meeting you next Monday onwards and upwards

pazzy added 17:53 - Apr 17
well done paul you have us all pointing the same way looking forward to meeting you next Monday onwards and upwards

RegencyBlue added 18:50 - Apr 17
To be honest I had decided that this was it for me after well over forty years, I was determined not to give Evans one more penny of my money.

Lambert has come in and changed the whole atmosphere around the club. Credit to him for that and I will renew because I think Lambert is prepared to tell Evans exactly how it is, which is what he needs!


LegendofthePhoenix added 19:59 - Apr 17
This club is more together now than it has been for a couple of decades or more. And without Paul Lambert that would never have happened. The bitter pill of relegation just doesn't seem so bitter when everyone pulls together. We are past the low point. Onwards and upwards.

blueboy1981 added 21:31 - Apr 17
All True Blues are behind you PL - and will renew, or rejoin, that's for sure.

jabberjackson added 22:38 - Apr 17
Follow the town
Up or down
I’m Edward Ebeneezer Jeremiah Brown
But everybody calls me Ted

jabberjackson added 22:41 - Apr 17
Ipswich football calypso
Is the song that we all know
When we sing
We tell everyone
We’re going to be top of division one

Anyone remember that one?
Most apt !!

Jonnosdreadlocks added 22:43 - Apr 17
Depends where you sit. PR ounds like a stereo with one speaker working. Moving from Block I as its like a morgue in there and start singing or charting some Zombie just turns and looks like you are one of the opposition, unbelievable.

BlueWax added 23:21 - Apr 17
Seriously need to get my ST ASAP.
Sad I couldn't make the Brum game but what a credit the town fans are for sure.
Caught the end of Gillette soc Saturday and heard Mr Stelling slate the fans re:hounding MM out. I personally think it just couldn't have gone on and we have an incredibly positive leader in PL.
So Mr Stelling, with respect, please watch the you tube video from the final whistle when our fate was sealed and tell me that we regret losing MM!!

Garv added 00:57 - Apr 18
“And I’ve only done a little thing, trying to engage with the support, so I don’t know what it was like before, but it must have been way off it.”

Too busy wanting the lime light (Keane) and too busy trying to protect a clean sheet and having petty squabbles over players playing or not playing (McCarthy). Jewell wasn't divisive but was never a cheerleader type and Hurst wasn't good enough/wasn't here long enough, either way he also never struck me as charasmatic.

Jim was the last manager who really seemed to understand what the fans wanted.

Moisha added 09:54 - Apr 18
Agree with everyone’s comments here, just a shame we have to rebuild from league 1 and not the championship....


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