A new football campaign from the Ipswich Evening Star has now been given the all-important thumbs-up by the chairman of Ipswich Town.
David Sheepshanks said he was impressed by the newspaper’s Back the Blues for Europe campaign, which is encouraging fans of the team to really get behind the club in its bid for a place in Europe.
He said: “It is very, very flattering that the Star is backing us for Europe.
“As I think everyone knows, we have our feet firmly on the ground and there are no guarantees we will make it this time.”
The poster campaign follows one run by the paper last year to give support to the team during their Division One promotion play-offs – and it is hoped the current campaign will see the club enjoy more success.
The newspaper has enthusiastically backed the club over the years, and previous shows of support have included chartering trains to transport fans to the play-offs at Wembley as well as publishing a special edition to celebrate the success.
The Star has also printed special car stickers with the ‘Tractor Boys’ slogan, and one was even presented to Tony Blair by the newspaper’s political editor Paul Geater.
Editor of the Star, Nigel Pickover, says the Tractor Boys campaign was a way of ‘getting our own back’ on the opposing fans who said Town fans were country bumpkins.
Ipswich Town are currently third in the league and the chance of a place in Europe is looking more likely as the end of the season draws closer.
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