Pop superstar Ed Sheeran has entered into a one-year sponsorship deal with his boyhood club Ipswich Town
Ed Sheeran has signed up to sponsor his beloved Ipswich Town FC.
The Suffolk-born hitmaker, 30, a longtime fan of the club, will adorn his album logos on the front of the shirts in a move announced Thursday.
The League One squad confirmed the deal on Thursday, after which Ed said: ‘The football club is a big part of the local community and this is my way of showing my support. I have always enjoyed my trips to Portman Road.
Four-time Grammy winner Ed still lives in the area despite his massive worldwide success, and it seems his youth club has a place close to his heart.
Happy Days! Ed Sheeran has signed up to act as a sponsor of his beloved Ipswich Town FC (pictured with wife Cherry Seaborn on Portman Road in 2018)
The logo that will be featured on the front of both men’s and women’s shirts next season features a compromise of +, x and ÷, the titles of Sheeran’s first three albums, as well as a minus and an equal sign.
The extra additions could hint at the star’s prospect of new music.
In his statement, he continued: ‘I look forward to going back as soon as supporters are allowed to enter stadiums again.
With the new owners coming in from the US, there are sure to be exciting times for Ipswich fans, myself included. Hopefully we can stop a little on the hips! ‘
Sweet: The singer also shared a photo of herself wearing an Ipswich outfit as a youngster, alongside the caption, ‘This dude is the news sponsor of @ipslaimown football club. Doing well’
Sheeran has previously worn Ipswich shirts on stage, performing in front of thousands
The singer also shared a photo of herself wearing an Ipswich kit as a youngster, alongside the caption: ‘This guy is the news sponsor of football club @ipslaimown. Doing well’.
In response to the news, a number of tweets and memes sprang up on social media, including jokes from the verified Specsavers account.
Ed has been spotted several times on Portman Road next to his wife Cherry Seaborn, and he is said to have a box in the stadium.
The A Team singer, who says the meaning behind the logo on the shirt will be revealed soon, joins an elite roster of musical artists who have sponsored football teams, including Wet Wet Wet, Def Leppard and the Super Furry Animals.
Ha! In response to the news, a number of tweets and memes sprang up on social media, including jokes from the verified Specsavers account
Ipswich is poised for a third season in League One after a disappointing campaign, but was recently taken over by an American consortium.
This season they missed the playoffs and are currently ninth in the division with one game to play.
Ed said earlier of his football preferences: ‘I grew up in Ipswich, Ipswich has a football team called Ipswich Town. I like to watch football [but] my dad is a Chelsea fan so I go with him every now and then. ‘
The four-time Grammy winner has yet to reveal the meaning of the logos on the shirt
The news comes after it was revealed that Ed will pay a moving tribute to his late mentor Michael Gudinski after performing at his state memorial.
The song, Visiting Hours, will be released by the late music legend’s Mushroom Records label.
Michael’s son Matt Gudinsk, who has taken over the new CEO of Mushroom Records after his father’s death, told D News Corp on Sunday: ‘I think there are plans for it [Ed’s song] be released in due course.
‘Father figure’: The news comes after it was revealed that Ed will pay a moving tribute to his late mentor Michael Gudinski after performing at his state monument
Ed wrote Visiting Hours while isolating himself in a hotel quarantine.
In the lyrics, Ed speaks of his desire to visit Michael in the afterlife, hoping that ‘Heaven had visiting hours so I could just come by and get your advice’.
Speaking of the song, Matt told News Corp., “It meant a lot to me and our family that Ed made the trip here and made a song in honor of my father.”
Ed Sheeran has been announced as the new shirt sponsor of his youth club Ipswich Town