Gravesend & Northfleet looking to drum up more support
|With the team performing so
promisingly following the conversion to full-time football, Gravesend
& Northfleet officials are somewhat surprised as to why gates are down
on recent seasons, reports www.gnfc.co.uk
The fall in gates seems to be affecting most football clubs but the Kent club are looking at other factors that may be having an impact and looking at ways to redress them.
"I cannot understand where the missing 250 or so fans have gone," said club secretary Roly Edwards.
"It is true that admission prices are up and the use of the Northfleet End has been restricted, but can these fully explain the shortfall?
"Whilst the price increases seem large in percentage terms it is £2 and £1 at the end of the day and that doesn't buy much nowadays.
"The Northfleet End was fully closed at the end of last season and didn't markedly effect our gates then.
"It is certainly not performances on the pitch as we are playing attractive football as well as having realistic ambitions of getting in the play-offs. It may be a combination of many factors but this current team definitely deserves more support".
Chairman Brian Kilcullen, explained the reasons
for the Northfleet End taking longer to complete than hoped.
With regard to increasing gates, Kilcullen said:
"We discussed it at length at our board meeting this week and will be
bringing out some new initiatives very soon.
Frank Walter, the newly appointed managing director,
added: "One of my first major objectives is to look at the area of
gates as it is obviously one of the major income streams.