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Keane sparks ticket bonanza

PUBLISHED: 13:45 21 May 2009 | UPDATED: 09:39 06 July 2010

ROY Keane has been given a Special K arrival in Ipswich - with a huge surge of interest in the Blues.

Since the mercurial Irishman took the helm at Portman Road, fans have been flocking back to the club in droves - and almost 16,000 season tickets have been sold for the new campaign.

ROY Keane has been given a Special K arrival in Ipswich - with a huge surge of interest in the Blues.

Since the mercurial Irishman took the helm at Portman Road, fans have been flocking back to the club in droves - and almost 16,000 season tickets have been sold for the new campaign.

More than 2,700 tickets have been snapped up since his arrival in April by fans who will be roaring the team in the new campaign which starts in August.

Club owner Marcus Evans is delighted with the increased interest the Keane era has created.

Sales of merchandise have rocketed - and executive box sales, flagging in the Jim Magilton era, have increased too.

Roy Keane's appointment as boss came in tandem with a deadline extension to the club's early bird season ticket offer - and a flood of interest came within hours/ saw

Town finished the 2008/09 season with a total of 15,356 season tickets - this has now been eclipsed and a club source said many applications are still being received.

“Roy Keane coming in as manager has certainly seen a boost in season ticket sales and we are now almost at the 16,000 mark,” Town's ticket and call centre manager John Ford confirmed.

“We have had a six per cent increase in Early Bird season ticket sales compared to last year and we have already sold many more tickets this year than we finished with last season.

“We're still getting a steady flow of supporters purchasing tickets for next year as well and there certainly seems to be a buzz of excitement amongst the fans.”

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