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Cook: Having a United Suffolk Behind Ipswich Town Can Only Be Good
Friday, 19th Nov 2021 10:56

Blues boss Paul Cook says the #PackOutPR campaign and the funds raised for fans who would otherwise be unable to attend the games show the positive side of social media, even if he’s in no rush to sign-up to Twitter or Instagram himself.

The #PackOutPR campaign is aimed at building a big atmosphere for the visit to Portman Road by Sunderland on Saturday 18th December, Wycombe on Wednesday 29th December and Lincoln on New Year’s Day with a bundle adult tickets from £40 and seats at individual matches from £15 with similar discounts available for concessions.

In addition, a further initiative instigated by fan Matt Cattee has led to £12,500 having been raised via social media by fellow supporter Richard Moss for fans who would otherwise be unable to attend the games.

“I'm delighted,” Cook said. “Being a fan of football, one of my criticisms, [such as] when Liverpool tried to join the Super League, [is that] people disrespect what supporters do for a football club.

“For us as Ipswich Town fans, if there are Ipswich Town fans out there that can't get to games through reasons that aren't good, then we've got to help them.

“There's nothing like supporting your team and being in the stadium when Santi [Bersant Celina] scores that goal against Fleetwood.

“And as a manager and my players and my staff, the reality is that we'll help as much as anybody. That's a given from us. And I know [CEO] Mark [Ashton] down at the stadium is very, very keen on it as well.

“The Pack Out Portman Road campaign is going really well for [the home game against] Sunderland and that feel-good factor grows and you guys know more than me what Ipswich Town means to the county of Suffolk.

“So, having a united Suffolk behind Ipswich Town can only be good for the football club so long may it continue.”

While social media is given a lot of stick, this has shown the positive side. Might Cook himself join?

“Come on! Have a word with yourself!” he laughed. “Go on social media? If I am to go on social media, it'll be after we've won!

“I’m only kidding. Social media in my world can be a really good place. I think the problem of the percentage of the badness in it is there for all to see and that's something we all want eradicated.

“But in general, it should be a good place where people can transfer such positivity and goodness around the world.

“Unfortunately, some people don't like that, but our campaigns are going really well, and at the minute I feel our club is going really well. We know there are bumps, and there are bruises out there, but let's stick with being positive.”


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Chrisd added 11:07 - Nov 19
Without doubt. You just get the sense that something is building with the club and gathering momentum. Look at the response for #PackoutPR initiative and the general positivity around the club, if we can get it right on the pitch now, expect lift off.
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Edmundo added 12:02 - Nov 19
Compare Ipswich Town with a year ago. The vibes are so good now!
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pennblue added 12:10 - Nov 19
There will always be the keyboard warriors out there who will try and bring negativity, but they are not true supporters. Even when more regulation comes in, we will always have to put up with these people.

Overall, the positivity is very good right now, we need to keep pushing hard to keep the momentum up.

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BurleysGloryDays added 14:27 - Nov 19
Most of the keyboard warriors are Norwich fans trolling us for fun! Everything with a pinch of salt on social and even forums like this.

Hope we get a packed festive stadium!
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BobbyBell added 16:39 - Nov 19
A look at the Pinkun forums shows that they are always mentioning us but the budgies hardly ever get a mention on here. There are also the floater fans of North Suffolk / South Norfolk who will jump ship to whichever club is doing better. Good old Delia was one that jumped ship lol. Maybe we're not yet ready to challenge them but the gap is closing.
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ipswichboi added 18:30 - Nov 19
Geezer on the pic looks like he may be able to PackOutPR by himself! Just messing, in all seriousness this is exactly what the club needs. CoYB
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Ebantiass added 19:39 - Nov 19
A massive difference from the Keane Hurst Macarthy years and long may it continue. The town and club seem to be buzzing and with a little luck and good results you would not recognise the place from yesteryear.

Good work by all involved and lets turn the whole county not just the town blue.👍👌💖
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Eddie1985 added 04:46 - Nov 20
Its great the vibe of positivity around the club, its a bit sad that anybody who constructivly critsise anything at the club have to labelled as not true fans or Norwich supporters though. Paul cook is improving as are the teambut he had a massivly underwhelming start here and we are still below where we were this time last yearso he cant be beyond question but im certain most of the 'keyboard warriors' want nothing more than to continue improving and meet our promotion goal
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