Ed Sheeran: Ipswich Town will have a 2021-22 musician sponsored shirt
Why is he sponsoring Ipswich?
Sheeran is a supporter of Ipswich, his local football club. In 2015, he described Suffolk, County of Ipswich, as “where I call home”.
He has a club in Portman Road and has been pictured at several Ipswich games over the years, including an East Anglia derby against Norwich City in 2018.
Sheeran made several donations to projects in Ipswich, including the hospital, and held an auction to raise funds for a playground for children with special educational needs and disabilities in 2009.
What did Sheeran say?
Sheeran said: “The soccer club is a big part of the local community and it’s my way of showing my support.”
“I have always enjoyed my trips to Portman Road and look forward to going back as soon as fans are allowed to enter the stadiums again.
“With the arrival of the new American owners, there will certainly be some exciting times ahead for Ipswich fans, myself included. Hopefully we can stop being careless (sic) on the eh!”
What else was said?
Ipswich Sales Director Rosie Richardson said: “We are obviously delighted that Ed has agreed to become our shirt sponsor next season.
“I have worked with Ed and his management team on various initiatives over the years and have hosted Ed and his guests at Portman Road for many games. He has shown his support for his hometown in many ways and this is another example.
“We can’t wait to see Ed – and all the other supporters – return to Portman Road next season.”
She added: “It’s a big investment and this money will help the club to run.”
What is the current state of play in Ipswich?
Ipswich missed the playoffs to win promotion to League One and is currently ninth in the division with one game to go.
But there are reasons for fans of the club – known as The Tractor Boys – to be optimistic heading into next season. They have just been bought by a group of American investors led by Los Angeles businessman Brett Johnson.
Johnson is one of the owners of the USL Phoenix Rising team in the United States.
They also recently appointed Paul Cook as their manager.
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