And he's set for a place in the official team photo
Ed Sheeran might be used to being number one but it’s 17 that is next to his name on Town’s official squad list for the 2021/22 season.
The music megastar, who recently recorded his 10th UK number one single with Bad Habits, has been handed the number 17 shirt by Blues in the squad list that has been released today.
Town fan Ed is the shirt sponsor for the first-team this season and Paul Cook’s side will open the League One campaign against Morecambe on Saturday with his distinctive ‘Tour’ logo on the front.
“This is bonkers really, isn’t it!” said Ed. “When Ipswich told me I thought they were joking but I love the idea.
“I think this is going be a great season and I’m honoured to be a part of it. I just hope this squad number is only ceremonial because I want to see us promoted and that’s not going to happen if I’m playing!”
Town CEO, Mark Ashton, added: “Having Ed involved is fantastic for the football club.
“We saw pictures of him wearing the 17 shirt when he was at the Club to perform his Euro 2020 TikTok concert so Paul and I spoke about it and we agreed to offer Ed the chance of that squad number.
“It’s our way of thanking him for his support and we look forward to welcoming him to Portman Road this season.”
Paul added: “Isn’t it great for the Club that we have got someone of Ed’s stature supporting his local team.
“Hopefully he’s going to be in the official team group as well. The players will love that and if we can show on the pitch the creativity that Ed shows with his music, we will do okay this season!”
Ed, who was born on the 17 February, 1991, is shirt sponsor for the ITFC Women’s team as well as the men’s first-team.