Derek Quinn column: Attendances the only downside

Crowd numbers at the Globe Arena are the only blot on a recent good home run for the Shrimps, according to Derek Quinn.

Crowd numbers at the Globe Arena are the only blot on a recent good home run for the Shrimps, according to Derek Quinn.

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It’s been a busy time for the Shrimps and overall they’re on a pretty decent run at the Globe Arena.

Two draws and a convincing win on Saturday means the Shrimps have now lost only one of their last six games at their new stadium – and there is fresh hope that they can put any talk of a jinx to one side at long last.

It’s taken a lot longer to feel at home there than anyone would have liked but the signs are looking pretty good.

There is one down side however, the attendances.

A crowd of under 1,500 against derby rivals Accrington last week was a bit of a shocker that can’t be ignored.

I’m sure the fact that there were three home games in a week didn’t help and every credit to all those fans who gave up their hard-earned cash to support the club.

Two seasons ago the chairman, Peter McGuigan, said the club needed to aim for an average crowd of 2,400.

However the Shrimps only average 1,878 this season - more than 500 people less than hoped for.

What does that mean?

Well in basic financial terms at an average of £10 per ticket that is £5,000 a game less than hoped for and £115,000 a season in ticket sales alone, never mind subsidiary income in food, programmes, shop sales etc.

To the manager that is maybe four players for his squad.

In his programme notes last week director Nigel Adams said he was keen to hear from any fans who had ideas how to increase the crowds and said he would do all he could to act on comments made.

I have talked to a few fans in recent weeks and they have openly said they cannot afford to go to football as often as they want.

I think the club has done an awful lot to help, the prices are among the lowest in the league, but I think the more avenues that are explored the better.

Contact Nigel Adams on office@morecambefc.com.

The more everyone can do to encourage people to get to the Globe the better for everyone.