Keep partying but stay off the pitch says boss as Town face fine
Paul Lambert has made a plea to the Blue Army to carry on partying at games but to keep their celebrations to the stands and not come on the pitch.
The Club are facing a fine after several supporters encroached on to the playing surface at Prenton Park at the weekend after Kayden Jackson grabbed Blues’ winner 11 minutes from time.
A club faces punishment even if supporters come over the barriers but don’t go on the pitch, but on Saturday there were Town fans on the playing surface and one was even seen running around the Tranmere 18 yard box.
“To have 1000 Ipswich fans make that five, six hour journey to Tranmere to support the team on Saturday was incredible, especially when there were some concerns over the game being on,” Town boss Paul told the Club website.
“Our supporters are fantastic. They have given the team unbelievable backing home and away and they have a part to play over the rest of the season but we can’t have supporters coming on the pitch. That just can’t happen.
“Come and have a party, make all the noise you can and enjoy it. I’m for all that and I know how emotions can take over at games. I’ve had that myself but the pitch is for the players, not for supporters.
“All that happens then is people get arrested and banned. No one wants that.”
Club secretary Stuart Hayton added: “The authorities take encroachment onto the pitch as a serious matter, whether it’s in celebration or not.
“We have no alternative but to take action if that situation occurs.”