Derek Quinn column: Crowd questions still to be answered

4,000 Morecambe fans packed out the Globe Arena for the game against Dagenham and Redbridge which was free to get in.

4,000 Morecambe fans packed out the Globe Arena for the game against Dagenham and Redbridge which was free to get in.

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A few weeks ago I wrote about the need for the people of Morecambe to get behind their team and do their best to ensure Football League status for years to come.

The call came after seeing so many people had responded to a Visitor poll saying they still wouldn’t go to the free game against Dagenham.

It was something that left me more than riled and I am glad to say a number of people got in touch to support what I said.

But following that I was delighted to see that more than 4,000 people attended the game and helped create the best atmosphere seen at the Globe for a long, long time.

Those who attended saw a great game of football and a very welcome Morecambe win as well.

It was a superb night and I just go back to something I have said for a long time that I would rather see 4,000 people at a game paying a fiver than 2.000 paying a tenner because the extra people make a massive difference.

They will buy more sundry items such as shirts, pies and programmes while at the same time helping lift the atmosphere hugely.

On Friday night the club followed that up with a £10 offer against Cheltenham who saw more than 1,500 attend and as it was one of the coldest football nights in years I think that was a bit of a success as without it the crowd could have been one of the lowest since joining the league.

I think the work now has to continue between the club and the local population to find out just what would make a difference. Is it price? Is it special offers? Or, is winning football the most important thing? The club are asking fans for their views and if you have any views I am sure they will want to hear from you.

In many ways it comes to price. The club has to make a certain guaranteed amount of money to remain viable and there is only so much people can afford.

Somewhere there is the perfect equation that will suit all parties. I wish I knew what it was.