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Gates on the increase

5 October 2016

Number of home fans against Blackpool highest of the season

Attendances are on the increase at the Checkatrade Stadium in response to Reds’ good start to the season.

The number of home fans in the ground for last Saturday’s home match against Blackpool was 1931 representing a rise of 222 from the opening match of the season against Wycombe or a 12% increase.

That number was only exceeded five times last season, on Boxing Day and Easter Monday when gates traditionally increase for two matches when season-ticket holders were entitled to two free tickets and the match against Portsmouth in August 2015.

Director of Operations Kelly Derham said: “These are small increases but are nonetheless encouraging signs. We know we still have a lot to do to encourage people in Crawley to come and support their local team but I think we’re moving in the right direction. The football the team is playing under Dermot Drummy is great to watch and that is helping.

“We need as many of our existing and very loyal fans to help us spread the word because even putting another 200 regulars on the home gate this season would make a substantial difference to our finances and help us invest in the team and the club going forward.”

The reduction in price to £4 for under-16s has also had a positive effect with a 12% rise in the number of under-16s in the ground for the Blackpool game compared to the previous home Saturday fixture against Luton Town.

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