Leeds United, along with Aston Villa, routinely have the biggest away fan following in the Championship. It seems that Ipswich Town doesn’t want Leeds to crash their end-of-season party.
Ipswich have put restrictions in place. #lufc https://t.co/O1rweKYbo7— Leeds United News (@LeedsUnitedYEP) April 8, 2019
Per the official Ipswich Town website:
There have been changes made to the way tickets will be sold for Town’s last game of the season at home to Leeds on Sunday, May 5.
The Elland Road club, who are chasing promotion to the Premier League, have taken their full allocation of 2000 tickets.
With demand from Leeds fans to attend the game sure to increase, Town have put the following guidelines in place:-
Tickets will only be sold to Town fans who are on the database with purchase history prior to this season.
Tickets will be sold one per person, therefore each ticket must be purchased in individual customer numbers. The ‘friends and family’ option online can be used to enable multiple tickets to be purchased in one transaction.
The print @ home option will NOT be available. All tickets will be posted week commencing April 29.
The Ticket Enquiry Centre will NOT be open for home supporters on the day. The Ticket Office will operate from Constantine Road for this match only.
This might be the only way to keep Leeds fans out of the home end, but honestly, Leeds fans will still find a way to get their hands on tickets. Yes, it does seem a tad dodgy for Leeds fans to resort to these methods to get tickets for the final match of the season at Portman Road, but only allocating 2,000 tickets to Leeds is a sure-fire way of getting people to find other ways to get tickets.
Ipswich Town will almost certainly be relegated this season, and while it might be awkward to have a team possibly celebrating promotion while your team goes down, Ipswich needs to take that up with the schedulers at the EFL. Keeping fans who would be more than willing to buy tickets seems, well, shortsighted. After all, Ipswich Town is gonna need the ticket income where they’re headed.