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Maybe not to a diehard fan, but to a casual/occasional or speculative supporter,

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TBH do the club need to be targeting fans that see
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Sorry Mick but you have spent too long with ya customers in London and abroad. As you well know this area is the poor mans triangle because people are earning low wages, not because they are tight. The average wage in this area is only just above national minimum wage. Take home pay for over 80% of the population is less than
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Bet you could charge a fiver, advertise it for weeks in advance and we'd be lucky to pull in an extra 500. The interest isn't there, especially amongst the residents of Fev. Something else needs to happen at the club, possibly a beer festival or a bikers festival with stalls and maybe a show?

Alternative uses will supplement income and offset the lack of support on matchdays although rugby has to be the number one priority

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I'll tell you what, I'll swap you bank accounts, I know how hard it is to live round here as ive lived round here all my life, I was a coalminer and built my business from nothing. This recession is killing me, I may get 4 decent paid jobs per year from London and the odd booking abroad but in general I aint got a pot to ###### in. If you want to see how skint they all are have a walk around Wakey at 4am thats where the money is going! Most folk round here are tight it's just no ###### dare say so or like me your a snob! I'm just sayinng it as it is- which is another famous Yorkshire trait. But I aint no snob thats for sure. I haven't even had an holiday in three years.

I don't think folk round here have less available cash than anywhere else, they just chose to spend it on other things.

I'm confused Mick, are you saying people are tight or people are spending all their cash getting bladdered round Wakey. Ya can't have both. Government statistics will show you what the average wage in this area is and it's not great. I think in the end, what ticks me off Mick is the assumption that if you live in FEV you should go to games, Surely if you have available cash you should be allowed to spend it on whatever you want. The bottom line is how do you get these people to games given the present situation. I don't know the answer and i do know the club have tried all the suggestions given in this thread. As for putting the price down, that's a non starter.

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sell up, and move to a new stadium in ponte.

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Spending money on beer doesn't come under being tight as it's the religion so doesn't fall into that category. They do favour any pub thats a few pence cheeper but thats as far as it goes. The beer budget is never affected. Maybe the players should go out on a Friday night and hand out flyers uptown.

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I thought that attendances would pick up after the marvellous away win at Halifax last year, but we went and shot ourselves in the foot when we were abysmal in the next home game against Toulouse! That is why it is imperative to win, and win well, against Whitehaven. Then, win lose or draw, we must put in a good performance against Fax. If we can avoid inept home displays like some of last year's horror stories, the stay-aways will slowly drift back.

I feel quite confident that we can achieve all this, because this years squad looks more capable of achieving consistency.

Although giving out free tickets is not the answer, I feel that genuine fans could be trusted to nominate former fans who they believe might come back to the club if they were re-introduced with a free ticket.

I also think that season ticket holders from other clubs should be given half-price admission to the Thursday night televised games, especially against clubs like Toulouse who will bring little travelling support, otherwise the terraces will look bare.

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I personally couldn't care less how many people come into the ground at a reduced rate in the hope to encourage new supporters or bring back old ones.

Both Martin and I, have for years, bought, and will continue to buy our season tickets but really don't mind any special deals either the club or RFL devise to attract new speccies.

Surely, any fan would like to see a bigger crowd in the hope that half of those that come at a reduced rate will come back the following week and bring a mate or two. If they get the buzz, then they may also buy a season ticket next year.

At the end of the day, I appreciate that over the years, the club have tried alsorts to attract new / old speccies, but I do think it comes down to what happens on the field. If being top of the league doesn't entice people to come along, then nothing will.

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How about trying to get some pride back in the town? The main factor for me supporting Fev is that Im from the place and Im proud that such a small community managed to build up a successful professional team that could compete with places like Leeds and Bradford.

A couple of years ago I was with Uni friends from Durham area and fev v sheffield were on telly. He was quite surprised that we actually played teams from places as large as Sheffield. He was amazed when I said we used to play and beat teams like Leeds and Hull at Wembley etc. That really made me quite proud.

Its difficult now because theres less of a community spirit with Fev effectively being a commuter location now. Hardly anyone in the town works there like when everyone worked in mining.

I realise this isnt a solution as such but I think it is the key thing that is missing in getting people in fev back. More needs to be done to foster the towns identity. Rivalries with other towns can help do that and bringing back the seige mentality.

I wonder if something could be done with local businesses, council, community groups to build up that united spirit again. A slogan like 'We are Fev' (or something more thought out) which organisations like pubs, shops etc could buy into and support each other, have blue and white flags everywhere, signs upon entering the town etc.

Its a bit more of a complex approach to "let kids in free" or "put a bouncy castle on" but people need a reason to want to come not an incentive. The rugby should then be a reinforcement of the town pride, youll notice fans of most sports actually care more about the win than the quality of play because of the affiliation with the team. If were expecting just the RL to be the attraction then theyll go to Cas or Wakey cos its generally better quality, like it or not.

Just another quick thought for those poorly supported away games - could we get a link with cas and wakey whereby the rival fans got cheap entry to effectively support the away team. eg when we play Toulouse Cas fans get in for

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