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Yesterday’s gate of 8,422 was very pleasing. The ticket income combined with the catering and off-field activities would have added much-needed money into the coffers.
On a slightly negative side, the match itself wasn’t a sell-out. I find this a bit disappointing against a massive club like Sunderland. Credit WWFC for giving the Black Cats over 2,700 tickets for their first-ever visit to Adams Park. I hope their fans appreciated the hospitality afforded to them. They only received 1,088 tickets at Luton so I hope the extra 1,800 or so who came yesterday enjoyed their day out in leafy Bucks.
With 2,723 official away supporters in a crowd of 8,422 (& there were quite a few others dotted around the ground) our home support was around 5,500. In order to stay in League One (& even have a go at the play-offs) this has got to be the norm. If it were our average total attendance over the season would be nearer 7,000.
With the club losing money at a scary rate boosting the attendances has got to be a priority. The blueprint for this should be Charlton Athletic. They are very pro-active in their local community (as is WWSET). Charlton are based, like Wycombe, in a pretty culturally diverse area. However, they also have a large support that comes from mid-Kent. They have worked tirelessly to increase support, although this has currently been scuppered by the antics of their Belgian owner.
For anyone visiting Adams Park yesterday for the first time it must have seemed pretty impressive. A big crowd, good atmosphere and plenty of drama on the pitch. Even if WW had to issue loads of free tickets a full, or near-full Adams Park is a great draw.
Whoever wins the bid to invest in the club, money alone will not solve the problem in the long-term. It will be expanding the fan base so we become the undisputed number one club in Bucks.