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Re: Offers from abroad

By Sev8/4 20:22Mon Apr 8 20:22:40 2019In response to Re: Offers from abroad

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I remember when we had big games in the conference in the 90s against Woking, Kidderminster and Macclesfield we would get 6000. We would never get that in the league now.

Why? I don't know.

Maybe our low attendance aren't a result of any failings now, maybe they're a result of our failings back then. What were we doing back then to get the next generation in? The older generation have either sadly passed away or moved on. They've not been replaced.

The past 5 years or so we have been doing great work with the younger generation and maybe that will pay dividends in 15 years time.

Even when we won the conference, the playoffs and played League One against Sheffield Wednesday, Sheffield United and Wolves we weren't getting what we got in 95/96 for one off games.

I guess the football under Fairclough with Hayles, Sodje, Berry, Browne, Crawshaw, Smith... was a bit more sexy but is that the main thing.

Now we have experienced games against Newcastle, Tottenham, Everton and those big League One sides, the prospect of playing Macclesfield isn't so appealing.

We're at a natural level and to achieve the success we had under Westley we would have to drop out the football league and start again. But no one really wants that.

We have to capture the imagination of the community and have a story to tell. That with a new north stand and the hard work in attracting younger fans may pay off in the long run. But I can't see us ever averaging 5000.

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