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1mickylyons
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Agreed, but I looked at the teams above us and Crewe have Nantwich, Winsford and a few other towns around them. Tranmere have the whole of the Wirral. Carlisle have a huge area with few clubs around. The same argument could be made for those.


Your point does have some validity but when I first started watching Town buses of supporters came in fromallover Lincs we pulled in support from Rasen,Louth,Horncastle,Mablethorpe,Skegness,Caistor,Barton I bet that`s now dwindled to a handful of fans. The people are out there the 15k that have followed Town to Wembley numerous times prove that it`s retaining them that`s the problem and in Towns case based on the FGR Wembley game they struggle to retain any of those extras.
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One of the biggest myths on this site is that because we took x number to Wembley then we should get these supporters to home games blah blah.  There are Town fans all over the country and all over the world.  For a play off game at Wembley, many of those fans will travel from far and wide to be there.  However, we aren’t all going to make a home game on a Saturday afternoon or Tuesday evening.  

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One of the biggest myths on this site is that because we took x number to Wembley then we should get these supporters to home games blah blah.  There are Town fans all over the country and all over the world.  For a play off game at Wembley, many of those fans will travel from far and wide to be there.  [b]However, we aren’t all going to make a home game on a Saturday afternoon or Tuesday evening.  


But lots of local families could. Sadly, ticket options and lacklustre fan engagement keep us in the slow lane. Too much reliance on old codgers like me travelling from afar. The hinterland should be the focus.
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One of the biggest myths on this site is that because we took x number to Wembley then we should get these supporters to home games blah blah.  There are Town fans all over the country and all over the world.  For a play off game at Wembley, many of those fans will travel from far and wide to be there.  However, we aren’t all going to make a home game on a Saturday afternoon or Tuesday evening.  



I suggest you look at how many people travelled from Grimsby area itself for the games and it would be well in excess of 10k so more than double our average home gate. The failure to retain a chunk of that support is a failing whatever way you look at it . Those other supporters who travelled from far and wide you mention is obviously a much more difficult challenge.
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We have a lot of fans who pick and choose, and make late decisions, on whether they want to go to a match. I'm not having a go, or accusing anyone of being fair weather fans. It's just a fact.

We have 3,000 season ticket holders, maybe 1,000 more who go regularly when they can, but beyond that, well, it's up for grabs.

A home game on a Saturday should be something that everyone goes to because they always have. Force of habit. Part of their routine. In an ideal world for the club, it should be 'yeah, of course I'm going to the match! Why wouldn't I?'

Sadly, I think the club have, over the last decade or two, given the fans plenty of reasons not to go. So now we need to start converting those fair weather fans into core fans. We've let things drift for too long.

I grew up thinking I'd always be part of that core 3,000. But I moved away, and now I'm an exile. I could make more matches than the ones I do attend, but I fell out of that habitual routine a while ago.

Maybe the club will never be able to truly re-convert the likes of me again. Perhaps they should focus on the next generation and lock them in somehow. Might take another decade to repair the damage that's been done over the last two.


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Build it and they will come !
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The thing about living in town is that after every game, the number of people that constantly ask me about the game, and the club in general. There is a lot of interest in the club from fans that don't go anymore but are genuinely interested and would always wish us well and still say they are fans.

Problem is turning that latent support into fans through the turnstiles. Ask why they don't go and you get a lot of different answers but generally because of where we are and once they stop going it's very difficult to get them back again.
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This.

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It's a chicken and egg situation a lot of fans will only go to the big games for whatever reason

A successful side will bring in the fans but the club needs to bring in better players to climb up the leagues, they can only do that if we have the resources to bring them in so we need the fans to come so we have the resources to improve.

The other way is to bring in younger players from within if they are good enough plus have a nice new stadium that fans feel comfortable in and enjoy the experience.

Hopefully within a few years we will not only have a new stadium plenty of talented youths forcing their way into the 1st team but much higher gates so we can attract better players.

Simple don't you think ?  


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