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We need your support - Ham’s call to fans

Vauxhall Motors brought just a handful of fans for the game at the Shay which was watched by just 858 - the lowest home crowd for a league game since February 2010

Vauxhall Motors brought just a handful of fans for the game at the Shay which was watched by just 858 - the lowest home crowd for a league game since February 2010

Town director Bobby Ham has urged fans to show their support on match days after the lowest league crowd at the Shay for more than two and a half years.

The Shaymen are at home to second-bottom Droylsden tomorrow in a Conference North league clash (3pm).

And, after a disappointingly low crowd of just 858 for the last home game against Vauxhall Motors a week last Tuesday, Ham has called on fans to back the club in their bid for promotion and beyond.

“The crowd against Vauxhall Motors was really disappointing,” admitted Ham.

“We budget for an average home crowd of between 1,400 and 1,500 fans so to only get half of that means half of the expected revenue, which means we may not reach the targets we’ve set.

“Our first target is to get the club back into the Football League but we need good crowds to be able to do that.

Ham admits that the timing of the Motors game, which was rearranged twice due to waterlogging at the Shay, didn’t help.

The poor crowd wasn’t aided by Vauxhall Motors bringing just four fans to the game at the Shay two weeks ago, and Ham hopes away followings will improve if Town can continue their climb.

The Shaymen have seven home games in seven weeks until the New Year, a period which Ham accepts can be difficult to find the time and money to visit games.

But he called on fans to try and show their support for the project which he and fellow directors Stuart Peacock and David Bosomworth began in 2008.

“Come and show your support and we will do our best to take the club back to where it belongs,” he said.

The crowd of 858 for the Motors game was the lowest crowd at the Shay for a league game since 23 February 2010, when 801 saw Town beat Rossendale 2-0 on their way to the EvoStik North Division One title.

Town’s lowest ever league attendance in the Football League was just two fewer than the Motors game, when 856 saw Town against Colchester in the final game of the 1975/1976 - with Town already condemned to relegation to Division Four.

The lowest ever attendance in the Conference was against Stalybridge on March 5, 1996, when just 509 turned up.

Admission for Saturday’s game at the Shay is £13 for adults, £10 for concessions, £7.50 for U16s. £5 for under 12s and £2 for under 7s.

FC Halifax Town are offering away travel to Guiseley on Tuesday, November 27. For more details call 07707143094 or email travel@halifaxafc.co.uk.

 

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