Shaymen looking to attract a family audience for final game

Town have targeted families as they bid to maximise the gate for Saturday’s final home game of the regular season at the Shay.

Neil Aspin’s side can clinch a play off place if they beat Droylsden and Stalybridge fail to win at Gloucester City.

And the club is introducing a number of incentives to get fans into the ground including a £20 family ticket which will give entry to two adults and two children under 12.

“We recognise that the last home game of the season is always a popular game in the calendar and particularly so this season, as we are chasing points to secure a play-off place,” said Sales and Marketing Executive Mark Brier.

“We recognise the financially difficult times and whilst we have to preserve income in to the club, we have tried to incorporate some attractive initiatives for Saturday’s game.

“We have targeted bringing the Mum’s in to the ground, by offering a great value ‘family ticket’ at £20 for two family adults and two Under 12s.”

Anyone wishing to take advantage of the family ticket must buy one from the club offices at the ground before 2pm tomorrow and entry on Saturday will be through gate 21 in the East Stand.

The club has also increased the free entry up to under 12s as long as they are accompanied by a paying adult.

In a joint promotion with stadium caterers EMC £4 will get fans a steak pie, peas and a pint in the Sports Bar located at ground level of the East Stand (£3 if served with a soft drink).

Brier is looking for mascots for Saturday’s game and confirmed that the club we would ideally like each of the 11 starting players to be accompanied onto the pitch by a mascot. The cost is £119 which includes a full team kit and four meals in the Banqueting Suite.

Executive boxes which host 10 are also available and a numbered prize draw programme will be on sale.

For information on any of the offers, contact Mark Brier on 07852 207622.

Premier League chief executive Richard Scudamore has renewed his call for goal-line technology to be introduced into football.

The latest controversy on the subject was sparked when Juan Mata’s goal for Chelsea against Tottenham in Sunday’s FA Cup semi-final at Wembley was awarded despite appearing to be stopped well short of the line.

And Scudamore said: “I hope to see some goal-line technology, or a wider use of technology, to help officials because it’s football’s toughest job.

“They do a great job but there’s things we must be able to help them with and we should be doing that.”

The Mata incident united both teams in condemnation of referee Martin Atkinson’s decision, with Scott Parker summing up Spurs’ feelings when he said: “It’s not even a debate, is it, really? I think it’s clearly obvious.

“It’s not even one we can sit here and say, ‘Did it or didn’t it?’.”