Chief executive Mark Ashton makes a stadium plea to Ipswich Town fans, however, in turn it only causes backlash from those he aimed it at.
The Tractorboys’ summer addition of the CEO is determined to see Portman Road become ‘a fortress’ in a bid to try and push them to promotion.
The club have attracted crowds of between 18,000 and 21,000 for the opening seven home League One games of the season and supporters can’t say they’ve not been entertained already.
First, they saw three successive 2-2 draws, against Morecambe, MK Dons and AFC Wimbledon before then being thrashed 5-2 against Bolton, which was then followed by a late equaliser in a 1-1 draw with Sheffield Wednesday.
Since then, the Blues have won back-to-back games at home, Saturday was 2-1 victory against Shrewsbury after a 6-0 midweek win against Doncaster.
“Seeing Portman Road under the lights with 18,000 fans was just incredible and again reminds me of the size of the opportunity that lies ahead for all of us,” said Ashton, addressing supporters in the club programme, EADT point out.
“One of the most exciting things for me about being at this football club is the space in front of us. We must always respect the past, the history and the amazing tradition that the club has, but we must also build for the future.
“That excites me so much because there is so much to do, so many areas we can enhance and develop, and so many opportunities to take the club forward and make a real difference.
“As ever, I make no apologies for repeating this…. We can only do this together. I want to drive attendances at home, I want to build a Portman Road that we are all proud to come to and to build a Portman Road that is packed for every home game.”
Reflecting on the recent 2-1 defeat at Accrington Stanley, he said: “Following a long journey for our supporters, we were brought down to earth with a real bump at Wham Stadium. Paul (Cook) and the players, in simple terms, know that wasn’t good enough. We set our standards higher and whether we win, lose or draw, we need to be better. Rest assured, Paul and the team are fully aware of that.
“Winning is something that needs to be embedded into the culture of the club from staff to managers to players. It will be a theme that runs right through the football club that everyone needs to understand.
“Winning isn’t something that comes easy, and winning isn’t something that just happens. If it did, we would all be superstars. Winning is earned and I’ve said to the staff and the players before, it starts with the little things.
“We need to make sure our home is a fortress on the pitch and is a home that our fans enjoy and can be proud of again.”
Ipswich prepare to make the short trip to Cambridge United this upcoming Saturday, with fans to make up 2,500 of the sell-out 7,944 crowd at the Abbey Stadium.
They then face a midweek trip to Portsmouth, with Cook’s men back at Portman Road for the visit of Fleetwood on the 23rd of October.
Mark Ashton makes his plea to Ipswich fans but in turn causes backlash, see how it was reacted below…
@adamwom7: A good start would be to realise the football isn’t worth fucking £25
@simone10232: Only appears when we win
@Saund65: yet to beat a single team in the top 16 of L1.
@ForeverAYellow: This definitely has a Delia Smith ring to it haha am I right?!
Mark Thomas: WHERE ARE YOU? LET’S BE AVIN’ YOU!
David Bosoty: I was thinking that too. 😐
Paul Osbourne: We may have had the most goals at home, but the reality is we sit 14th in the league, it’s shite
Dean Grayson: I mean, he does know that fans are more likely to return if the football is good and we’re climbing up the table rather than going down, right?
Timothy Wright: Like the sound of Portman Road being a fortress, but would rather see us not down in midtable of League One, again.
Harry Mullen: But 3 wins from 11 league games all season, it’s no wonder the attendance has dropped, pick up your form and watch the number rise, simple really
Simon Smith: Every time we’ve had the attendance at around 21,000 the fans have been left down by the result
Jason Farley: We kept packing out the stadium throughout August and the team gave us nothing back, months later and still only three wins
Eddie Yelland: After what I’ve seen already I find it hard to believe we’ll be going up this season, those at the top just look too strong for us
Nick Dalton: Good luck with that one Mark!!
Ollie Samuel: Our football has been pish for large amounts for the season though can’t blame us for not wanting to watch especially atm