Increase Your Attendance (Get One Direction Assistance)
Many clubs have the same problem as every single theatre throughout our land – can’t get enough bums on seats. In the showbiz world, no actor wishes to perform to just one guy with his packet of mint imperials. In the football world, lack of fans watching a match, means lack of funds arriving in their bank account. Lack of funds leads to only being able to compete on the transfer market for Cannock Chase’s goalkeeper, as to that that former international frozen out at Spurs. My favourite club, Coventry City, are experiencing this more than expected. Their ground share with Northampton Town is far from ideal, and with the boycott by the majority of Sky Blues supporters of actually attending home games, a few extra bob in the choffers wouldn't go a miss when Steve Pressley needs to enhance the squad for next season.
The answer to this cunumdrum struck me this morning, as I turned on the news. Doncaster Rovers reserve team had the highest ever attendance for one of their fixtures – nearly 5,500 for the game against Yorkshire rivals Rotherham United seconds. The reason why? One of the lads in the X Factor generated boy band, One Direction, was making his debut for Doncaster. This was no publicity stunt either, as it transpired Louis Tomlinson could actually play a bit. With thousands of his screaming adoring pubescent female fans in attendance, it was quite generous of Rovers to donate a fair portion of the gate to a local children’s charity. The number of people inside their Keepmoat ground was bordering on what they gain for some of the more undesireable, less well supported teams in the Championship.
5,500 for a reserve game, eh? Blimey. Coventry are lucky to get even half that at the moment at Sixfields. Perhaps we need to find a football liking celebrity of Tomlinson’s appeal, and who cares if four thousand school girls turn up just to see him and not the football. Think of the money. Wonder if Ryan Gosling has a pair of boots?
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