Sorry...only just seen this thread!
Gills ran a halftime penalty shoot out type thing with different schools involved each week...
Plus it makes queueing up for the burgers more interesting.
Braintree do a Shoot For a Meal penalty-shoot out between opposing fans at half time, and have had great success with this. It's a "burger meal" I think.
They also ran a competition to design a mascot among the local schools and in the local rag, which must have helped raise their profile a tad. I know you have Hooky...but I thought it was far-sighted of Braintree to make it public.
How to attract supporters?
Having a "Succesful Team" is one thing referred to above. V important..crucial in fact.
But, as important are THE SUPPORTERS themselves, who have to be more proactive [i.e. forceful] in getting friends, family and acquiantances to come along. Advertise your club at every opportunity. "Big 'em up" whenever you can, like when your having your "barnet" cut etc. Arrange to meet up and have a beer with "your newbies" at the clubhouse etc. Maybe even buy 'em one!
I introduced 5 "newbies" at the start of last season, and here's how it worked in practice. All very obvious I know...
- My Dad - who then asked his pal to come along, and both are now regular home supporters [and about a third of away games].
- A friend, who [because he's a new dad] will probably only attend 30-50% of home matches next season.
- Another friend who has already taken his son's football team to watch. Three of the dads now go over with the kids to watch us. My mate will probably attend 30% of league matches, and all of any "notable encounters".
- Two acquiantances, one of whom now attends when the fixture doesn't clash with West Ham [he's a ST holder] but nevertheless, always brings his father-in-law.....whilst the other went to about 8 home matches. He might come to more this season.
Might not be that impressive, but it's a start. Five newbies led to 5 others. And I've already extracted a promise from two Daggers fans [who have just moved to Hornchurch] for this coming season...and they'll feel so "at home" with our set-up at the mo!
It's "a conversion waiting to happen" I reckon!
So....If the Supporters are the SOUL of a club, then it's time to make an R SOUL nuisance of yourself...and get those punters in!
Keeping them there is another matter
Good Luck for this season, you crazy shrimp worshiping nut nuts!