Ed Sheeran is unrecognisable in throwback childhood pic as he announces he’ll sponsor Ipswich Town FC next season

NOT every football fan is lucky enough to decide what gets pride of place on the front of their club’s official shirt.

But when you’re a world-famous pop star with millions in the bank, it’s very much a doable dream.

This world famous pop star is a lifelong Ipswich Town fanCredit: Instagram

And that’s exactly what massive Ipswich Town fan Ed Sheeran has made a reality today, as he announced himself as the club’s new shirt sponsor with a childhood throwback snap.

The young Ed in the picture would surely have struggled to imagine the career path that lay ahead of him.

He hasn’t quite gone full Elton John and become a footy chairman…. yet, but becoming shirt sponsor for a League One club isn’t to be sniffed at.

The music megastar dropped a big hint he is ready to go on tour again via the logo that will be on the front of the Tractor Boys’ shirts.

Ed and his wife Cherry watching their beloved Ipswich

Ed and his wife Cherry watching their beloved IpswichCredit: Getty

Ed Sheeran, who is worth £200m, will sponsor Ipswich Town next season

Ed Sheeran, who is worth £200m, will sponsor Ipswich Town next season

The message ‘+-=÷x TOUR’ will appear on the men’s and women’s teams’ jerseys, in reference to his previous albums.

Ed, who is worth an estimated £200million, has agreed an initially one-year deal with Ipswich.

When pressed on what the logo means, the Shape of You singer replied cryptically: “All will be revealed in time.”

Ed was born in Yorkshire but grew up in Suffolk and has been a huge Ipswich supporter since he was young.

The 30-year-old was a regular to the club’s Portman Road ground during the 2019-20 season following the end of his ÷ tour.

He went to at least ten games with his mates, who are also big Town fans, watching them in League One and even attending a Leasing.com Trophy match.

Ed used a Suffolk phrase ‘sloightly on the huh’ – meaning ‘slightly off kilter’ – in his message to fans upon the revealing of his shirt-sponsorship deal as he predicted better times ahead for his hometown team.

The world-famous singer-songwriter added: “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 and I’m looking forward to going back there as soon as supporters are allowed into stadiums again.

“With the new owners from the US coming in, there are sure to be exciting times ahead for Ipswich fans, including myself. Hopefully we can stop being sloightly on the huh!”

Flame-haired Ed also also posted a picture of himself as a youngster in an Ipswich shirt on his Instagram account, which has a whopping 31.9million followers.

The ‘A Team’ star accompanied it with a post which read: “This bloke is the new sponsor of @ipswichtown football club. Do well”.

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