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immariner
May 18, 2015, 2:15pm
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http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/football/32780754

Most have said that they love this squad of players we now have and that they want to see them stay together as we've been pretty formidable in the last 15 games or so, losing only 1 in normal time. The players clearly like playing for the club and the fans have responded. Pittman and others have said it is the best group of lads they have ever played with. However, with our predicted budget next season we won't be able to keep them together according to Hurst. Is it time for the fans to put their money when their mouths are and start turning up in their droves? We can do it next year if we keep this group together. There is a belief and a togetherness now that we haven't had in over a decade and we can do better than a 3,500 home average to support our club.
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May 18, 2015, 2:19pm
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Maybe the club could consider some crowd funding initiatives beyond regular merchandise, to try and draw in additional revenue to try raise revenue to keep key players? I'd love to go on a tour of Blundell Park for example - dressing rooms, boxes, etc. In all my 5-6 years of going all I've ever seen is the Pontoon!!
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May 18, 2015, 2:23pm
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Attendances will be dictated by signings at the start of the season and results as the season goes on. Therefore cash has to be put on the table to attract the players that will deliver promotion.
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Quoted from immariner
http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/football/32780754

Most have said that they love this squad of players we now have and that they want to see them stay together as we've been pretty formidable in the last 15 games or so, losing only 1 in normal time. The players clearly like playing for the club and the fans have responded. Pittman and others have said it is the best group of lads they have ever played with. However, with our predicted budget next season we won't be able to keep them together according to Hurst. Is it time for the fans to put their money when their mouths are and start turning up in their droves? We can do it next year if we keep this group together. There is a belief and a togetherness now that we haven't had in over a decade and we can do better than a 3,500 home average to support our club.


Need to get the fans onside right from the off. Start winning games from match one and the floaters will stick with it instead of drifting away as they have the previous seasons. The last 15 games have galvanised the club and fans and we need to build on that right from the first game next season. Upping the average gate to over 4000 and a bit of luck in the cup would go a long way to bridging the financial gap. Hope we can keep the bulk of this squad and add one or two quality signings in the right areas.
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May 18, 2015, 2:45pm

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Maybe the club could consider some crowd funding initiatives beyond regular merchandise, to try and draw in additional revenue to try raise revenue to keep key players? I'd love to go on a tour of Blundell Park for example - dressing rooms, boxes, etc. In all my 5-6 years of going all I've ever seen is the Pontoon!!


You can do that already. Ask Dave Smith. It's ace - highly recommended.


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May 18, 2015, 3:09pm

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We need to keep the positivity, that will rub off onto the locals of the towns (Grimsby and Cleethorpes, and surrounding areas I guess).

With this "so proud to be GTFC" attitude / atmosphere surrounding the fans and club at the moment, I believe the attendances will be higher next season because we have gained interest and the 'belief' factor. I also notice there's a sense of pride too.

It wouldn't surprise me if we'll be favourites to win the league next season. There's so much belief at the moment, it's like nothing I've experienced in the 7 seasons I've supported the Mariners. And it feels great. I feel really proud to be a town fan.

I can't help but think and believe we will be fighting for the tittle next season, and that's before any transfers are done. I've heard many fans and seen many fans comment saying "we'll be champions next season", and you can tell, they really believe it.

So I think we'll see a rise season ticket sales for next season. I'm already excited for next season (is it just me? lol).


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The fans will only turn up if the team can start to play at the start of the season like they did the end, shitty results against teams that ended up being relegated or just above will not bring the fans back in droves as you put it.
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The fans will only turn up if the team can start to play at the start of the season like they did the end, shitty results against teams that ended up being relegated or just above will not bring the fans back in droves as you put it.


not strictly true. yes, our fans drift away very quickly after 1 or 2 poor results but equally they are very quick to resume their support given a bit of encouragement and hope. 2 examples were the away followings at rovers this year and at cheltenham ,the first game of the infamous relegation season.
the trouble is we always seem to start staggering rather than running!
i do think its important for the club to recognise that they have to 'strike while the iron is hot' and do their best to exploit the atmosphere of positivity. get the season ticket advertising up and out there asap etc
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May 18, 2015, 3:59pm

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i would only release 4/5 but replace them with 2/3 quality signings
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Good post by the original poster!  I will certainly be attending more games next season and my lad will be getting a season ticket ( gift from me ) I will also be taking my wife and daughter to the games, we need to get as many through them turnstiles as possible!


Grimsby and proud!
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