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Grimsbys finest
November 2, 2014, 10:57am
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Apparently the young fans who make a racket at away games have had 'meetings' with the club regarding them moving to the corner of the Osmond however the club are totally against the idea. The club  set a date for yesterday for there to be a 'trial' to see how things went but club went back on there word because they are seen as a 'risk group' which the 100 stewards (who stand around and do nothing ) wont be able to control .  If they make the same amount of noise   at home games as they do away then it would change the atmosphere at BP by a significant amount. I can remember a few years ago against Braintree a group of 100 or so fans tried moving to the centre of the pontoon and it was a good atmosphere for the 1st half, the stewards were not happy with the situation and told everyone to move back to there allocated seats.
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Why don't they buy tickets for the end of the Main Stand? The two best stands for noise (Main Stand and Osmond) either don't have Town fans in or the fans don't sing.

It still confounds me why those who want to create atmosphere insist on sitting where they do in the Pontoon. Moving to the middle or a better suggestion might be the other side (there's a windguard and the Findus is more likely to join in with chants) and they will be louder.

Regardless of who we're playing I'm always going to support the team vocally. I'm not saying it doesn't help having away fans to bounce off and expectation definitely plays a part but I go to the match (admittedly haven't been in a while) to support my team, not to rally against the opposition.
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November 2, 2014, 11:26am
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It would be prohibitively expensive to retrofit BP with measures to improve acoustics, and as has already been said, it's about the people in there, both in terms of numbers and demographics.

I would be interested to know how the demographic profile of the BP supporter has changed in the last twenty years, and whether the club has researched this.  It's often said that younger fans create more noise, so I wonder if lower crowds and higher ticket prices lead to the average age of the supporter in the ground doing up.  

Maybe this could be remedied by having cheaper tickets for that crucial youth/student segment.  At the moment, tickets for 15-18 year olds are £12, with tickets for 18 and above at full price of £18 on match day.  Now I'm not sure what research has been done on this segment of our support, but £18 is a hell of a lot of money to be charging a sixth-former or student.  Here we have a key target group (in advertising/marketing speak) who are young, not in full time work, in a town that doesn't have loads of money in it anyway, and we're charging them the same price we charge an employed adult!  How about we see what happens if we have a single youth ticket for Under-21s of say £5-8 and start to try to get young people into the habit of going to the football?  This can create a buying habit and a brand loyalty.  It drives and makes easier the impulse purchase.
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Yeah alright Jobber! Good ideas though. Junior tickets should be as cheap as possible, a loss leader even, as you need them to have that loyalty that will see them paying full price as adults.
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I am not sure how discounting tickets for younger supporters rewards the loyalty of older fans!
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The worst places to sit for the more vocal fans at the lower findus and the top right corner of the pontoon. Why do all the noisy fans sit there. Can anyone remember when the Rushden game got called off due to fog a few seasons ago and everyone moved into the main stand corner, the main stand was rocking for the 5 minutes which they got put in there.
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Quoted from Doubled
I am not sure how discounting tickets for younger supporters rewards the loyalty of older fans!


It's not about "rewarding" older fans, but about maximising the number of people in the ground, particularly those who are inclined to make noise and who are being targeted as future long-term supporters who will turn into adult supporters and secure the future of the club.  

Those of us over 30 grew up watching Town when it was cheaper to get in, when you could stand and when we had a few seasons in the second tier.  Someone aged 18 now has only ever known league 2 and conference football and is expected to pay the same as an adult even though they're still at school.  I don't think that's a sustainable way to cultivate a long-term support base for a football club.
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November 2, 2014, 5:52pm
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Simple!

Everyone shout, chant, sing more to create a better atmosphere!! It is not rocket science!
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November 2, 2014, 7:43pm
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I said a while back we should put the away fans into the pontoon and home fans in the osmond.
The osmond roofing makes for a good atmosphere whereas the pontoons is flat.
We need to forget about 'tradition' and just give it a go for 1 season. It'll look better aswell as we don't
Get many away fans anyway so it'll be all black and white behind both goals!

Away fans sat on black and white seats doesn't feel right ?
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Its a boring atmosphere cos its boring football, of fairly poor quality and watching teams come to defend for 90 mins in mind numbing.


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