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All of Ipswich Town's American owners and directors will attend next month's EFL League One home encounter against Sunderland.

Ed Schwartz, who is the the CEO of ORG – the company that manages funds for the Arizona Public Safety Personnel Retirement System, which holds a 90 per cent stake in Ipswich's owners Gamechanger 20 – was at Tuesday's Papa John's Trophy clash with Colchester United and he is also expected to be at tomorrow's league meeting with Oxford United.

Meanwhile, Brett Johnson – one of the Three Lions who owns a small stake in Gamechanger – was at Portman Road in October to take in the win over Fleetwood Town.

All of Ipswich's owners will be at Portman Road for next month's game with Sunderland. Picture: Mark Westley
All of Ipswich's owners will be at Portman Road for next month's game with Sunderland. Picture: Mark Westley

However, the other members of the consortium – namely Berke Bakay, Mark Detmer and Mark Steed – have so far been unable to watch the team play in the flesh due to Covid-19 travelling restrictions and personal circumstances.

Yet, the club's CEO Mark Ashton has today revealed that all of them will be in Suffolk for the visit of the Black Cats on December 18.

“For the Sunderland game, the whole board are going to be here,” Ashton told the club's website.

CEO Mark Ashton confirmed the news of the owners' attendance. Picture: Barry Goodwin
CEO Mark Ashton confirmed the news of the owners' attendance. Picture: Barry Goodwin

“All of our American-based investors are going to be here and at the game. That’s the first occasion that we’ve got the whole board and investment group together."

The match with Sunderland is also the first of the #PackOutPR initiative, which was announced earlier today.

Under the scheme, adult supporters will be able to attend the home fixtures against the Wearsiders, Wycombe Wanderers (December 29) and Lincoln City (January 1) for a combined cost of £40, or £15 per game. Concessions, meanwhile, will be from just £1.50 per match.

And Ashton is hoping to break the 28,000 attendance mark for the meeting with Sunderland – something that has not been achieved since the play-off semi-final with Norwich in 2011.

He said: "We want to go for 28,000-plus. We want to be brave and bold. We want to show the world that Ipswich Town Football Club is back on the map.

“Let me be really clear, we haven’t forgotten season ticket holders. They stick with us through thick and thin, and they will be rewarded too."

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