Ipswich Town 2 Crystal Palace 1

An article in FourFourTwo magazine last summer put Ipswich in the top four in a table of the most expensive season tickets in the country. Some way behind a £1,825 premium seat at the Emirates but £1,001 for a seat in the Cobbold Stand on the halfway line seems a little steep to say the least. This season I paid a few quid shy of £480 for my seat behind the goal in the upper tier of the Sir Bobby Robson Stand which works at £20 a game so no complaints there. But the same seat were you to show up on spec on the day would set you back £34.50! Combine exorbitant ticket prices with some of the poorest football played at Ipswich in two decades and is it any surprise that average league attendances at Portman Road have dropped from 25,651 in 2004-05 to 19,212 this season and that crowds for the last few home encounters have dipped below the 18,000 mark. For today’s visit of Palace a ticket promotion – whereby season ticket holders could buy additional seats for a tenner – and a pretty decent turn out of away fans – pushed the attendance up to 24,378, a healthy five thousand above the season’s average. There is clearly a link between attendance and cost that only the powers that be at the club are failing to see.

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