These articles are published in the Slough Town FC programme. The Rebels play in the Southern Premier - just seven leagues below the Premier League. I’ve been supporting Slough since the beginning of time despite now living in Brighton. After nearly 14 nomadic years we finally have a brand spanking new home in Slough.

Monday, September 27, 2010

SUCCESS FOR NON LEAGUE DAY

Printed in the Southern Central Division league match v Daventry Town on Saturday 25th September 2010. We lost 3-1 in front of 254.

What a simple but effective idea Non League Day was. Thanks to Friday night European qualifiers, the plan was to encourage those supporters of Premiership and Championship teams to go and watch their local club with the incentive of half price entry if they showed their season tickets. But did it work?
According to Wealdstone Chairman Howard Krais it did: ‘For us, Non League Day turned out to be a great success and we estimate we had 100 new people through the gate. We hope that they enjoyed the experience and will come back again. Wealdstone supporters worked hard to promote the game via forums, twitter and various websites but all the effort paid off and we are grateful to the people that thought up the idea of Non League Day.’
Sutton United’s crowd was up 200 with ‘Narrow the Angle’ blogger writing ‘Never was so much fun had in the name of a worthy cause. As soon as I walked into Gander Green Lane the place has everything you could want from a non-league ground. A club shop in a portacabin with a thick, lush hedge growing on top. Strange, curved terracing bending right the way behind the goal at the far end (Wikipedia says it was once used for 'racing' - not sure if they mean dogs, horses or humans). A giraffe for a mascot - well Sutton do play in yellow and brown! It's worth giving a better mention to these fans. They were such good value that I'd go and watch Sutton again any day just because it's a pleasure to take in a game with such lively and good-natured guys.’
Sutton are also encouraging first time visitors to contact them to tell them if there are any improvements they could make to their matchday arrangements (play games when no one else is might be one!)
Maidenhead United’s attendance was up by a third while Moneyfields FA Vase 5-2 victory against Farnborough North End more than doubled their previous week’s attendance. Camberley Town had their highest league crowd for a few years – 190, with one official commenting ‘There were a few people down there specifically because it was Non League Day. Not many but at this level every extra punter counts and hopefully they'll be coming back again. It was nice hearing some proper cheering when we scored rather than the polite clapping we usually get.’ Millwall pointed their fans in the direction of nearby Fisher FC, a former Conference club who recently folded and have risen again as a supporters run club in the Kent League. They had 60 extra through the gates. Reading Town had 9 league season ticket holders in attendance including as you would expect several from Reading FC but one from Hull City while Aston Villa fans swelled the league gate of Causeway v Coventry Sphinx by 25%! Villa’s web boards were buzzing afterwards. One said ‘Just back - Shepton Mallet 3 Bridport 5. Had a great day, bring on the next international break.’ While another said he was going to watch Boldmere St Michaels play Lutterworth Athletic in the FA Vase, because he was a choir-boy at the church 64 years ago ‘Only £3 for pensioners - I might become a regular next season.’
Other Villa fans went to Bromsgrove Sporting first ever ‘home’ match. Sporting take the place of one of our last season’s opponents and former Conference side Bromsgrove Rovers.
Of course you can’t keep everyone happy – one fan complained that the
Wimbourne Town burger he ate made him sick for two days.
With another round of International fixtures happening on Friday 9th October, let’s hope Non League Day will run and run.

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