Fans put questions to the Club
The latest ITFC Fans’ Forum took place at Portman Road recently with supporters meeting up with members of the Club to discuss all things Blue. Here’s a look at what was on the agenda…
The forthcoming season ticket launch was discussed with the Club pointing out that a drop in attendances was being experienced by many clubs this season. It was also pointed out that match ticket pricing for games at Portman Road have to be fixed four weeks before the game takes place.
It was asked why Aston Villa charged their fans £10 while Town fans were charged £20 for the FA Cup third round tie. The Club replied that Villa used different prices for different stands and that Villa fans situated in the same stand as Town fans also paid £20.
Incentive schemes to reward fans who attend away games was discussed. It was also pointed out that season ticket holders can save 25 per cent on train travel to home games with Greater Anglia. Fans have to buy their tickets before a specified date each season – usually early September. More information can be found at www.greateranglia.co.uk.
Safety at games
Some supporters said that the away section of the Aston Villa ground was dangerous. It was asked how safe the away end at Portman Road is? Club secretary Sally Webb confirmed that she is comfortable with the safety aspect at the Club.
The Club was asked to explain how the procedure for arranging pre-season games works. Sally advised that she will discuss pre-season with the manager over the next few weeks. The manager will also consult with his own staff over possible opposition and tours.
Car parking outside Planet Blue
The Club confirmed that there are six car parking spaces in the car park opposite Planet Blue and there are signs erected confirming that free parking for 30 minutes is available for Planet Blue customers.
Some fans asked if a more rousing song can be played before games instead of My Way. It was agreed the Club would continue to seek the opinion of supporters in the matchday build-up.
Any other business
It was suggested that two fundraising events by supporters are held and that more items are added to the auction, particularly those that would raise around £50 as more money would be generated for the Academy. Supporters were reminded that
Fans can use their TeamCard when shopping online. Fans have to shop via the TeamCard website and then log onto the supplier with whom they wish to shop. This is an excellent way to collect points which can be redeemed against a season ticket. Some fans have achieved savings in excess of £50 on their season ticket. The website is www.teamcard.co.uk.