Town fans blue over ‘move seat’ warning letter

Gillian and  Matthew Church, Doreen Fenner, Stephen Church, Hilary Driver, with Ayden 6 and Rowan 7 Balaam'Picture Mark Westley ANL-160117-215444009
Gillian and Matthew Church, Doreen Fenner, Stephen Church, Hilary Driver, with Ayden 6 and Rowan 7 Balaam'Picture Mark Westley ANL-160117-215444009
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A family of Ipswich Town supporters has urged the club to let vulnerable people continue to use family seating after it warned it would ask unaccompanied adults to move.

The club has upset some season ticket holders with a letter warning that because the family seating area at Portman Road is so popular it may have to ask adults without children to move.

It argues that some adults are using the area because they bought their tickets before it became family seating or because their children have grown up and no longer go to matches. The letter suggests such users talk to the ticket office about other seats.

But, while some are objecting just because they have always sat there, Stephen Church, from Horringer, is concerned it may hit older members of his family of fans.

“It’s not just children, people are vulnerable in other ways,” he said.

“My nan has been a supporter for 50 years – she doesn’t want to move and sit with all the foul language.”

His nan, Doreen Fenner, 85, from Bury St Edmunds, added: “I don’t want to go up a lot of steps. We’re quite near where you come out.

“You get to know all the people round you.”

Though they often go with her great grandsons, sometimes Stephen and Doreen go alone.

A club spokesman said they do not intend to split families and cases like this would be dealt with ‘on merit’ by the ticket office.

He added: “This is an initial letter so noone is bring moved, we’re just saying we may have to in the future, specially if we go into the First Division.”

He said the club knew some people were using the family area though they had not used a junior ticket for months.

He urged people in Doreen’s position to contact the ticket office.