"Think about this Canvey fans - all 289 of you;"<p>I think he was trying to make some sort of cheap point about the low turnout for the recent Heybridge home game. He doesn't want to admit that this was an exceptional turnout due to the game being organised at very short notice following the postponement at Yeovil (others on the G&N board have tried to suggest that the game being organised so quickly was down to bribery or worse! How sad.) In fact this fixture rarely attracts many, in spite of it being a local derby. Only 312 came to the same fixture last season and only 389 the season before. Strange that but certainly no indication of how many regular Canvey fans there really are.<p>Lety's take a look at attendance over the whole season for both clubs -<p>CI have an average home gate of 668 (second only to Aldershot), G&N only have 609 (fourth behind Billericay). Both figures can be distorted by extremes, so if you take out the highest and lowest extremes from both sets of figures you get CI average of 592 and G&N only 570.<p>At away games it's obviously Aldershot who are way in front, but of the rest of the pack CI have the highest away average of 637, leading G&N who have 604.<p>CI biggest home gate was 2111 (playing G&N incidentally) whereas G&N highest is only 1216 (until we come, probably).<p>CI's home gate was 1000+ on three occasions, G&N's only once.<p>Again, take Alsershot out of the equation and you find that the following clubs enjoyed their biggest gate of the season so far thanks to the visit from CI. They were; Aldershot, Billericay, Sutton, Kingstonian, Grays, Purfleet, Hampton, Boreham Wood, Heybridge and Croydon.<p>For G&N the highest gates have only been recorded at Canvey, Chesham, Hendon and Enfield.<p>I don't think that Super Daz is totally justified in his subtle suggestion that Canvey only have 289 fans. There are probably nearly that number of G&N fans who can't stop talking about and thinking about Canvey. Take a look on their discussion board!<p>Both clubs are well supported by Ryman standards with Canvey just edging it. Then you have to remember that Canvey not only have the quantity of supporters but they also have the quality. Where else would you meet a nicer, better informed, more courteous or sympathetic bunch of fans?
(If that's not sticking my head above the parapet I don't know what is!)<p>Merv CIFC