Just Champion said:
canvey fan, you don't remember last years attempt at a bus service then, on the best run 5 people used it, total waste of time and money.
I remembered this service but presumed it wasn't successful because it went rather quiet.
Personally I feel all ideas should be considered but weigh up against previous efforts and what they cost.
The aim is to get people to stick with the club next season, increase the funds available and if possible increase our crowd numbers - irrelevant of what league we end up in.
IMHO the only way your probably going to do that is to be successful on the pitch playing entertaining football with reasonable admission costs run alongside a good awarness and marketting campaign.
Again, my personal opinion is that the club needs to go back to basics. We need to look at small local businesses that were perhaps overlooked and cannot afford the advertising prices at somewehere such as Southend UFC. Lets see if we can get them on board by advertising our fixture list and simple map - in return they get a regualr "support our sponsors" piece in the programme and recognition if a big game comes along. You got nothing for nothing in this life and we need to consider what we are offering as a club.
I also don't feel we should give up on our local audience of 40,000 people. I still feel we have the potential to fill a niche market in the local area and at the right level. Our biggest assets are the use of the ground plus the supporters bar(s) - lets use them. I always admired the fact that Grays had the best bar in non league football recognised by CAMRA - why not us? - sorry larger drinkers but how about the only real ale pub/club on the Island.
Perhaps instead of trying to provide transport at a cost to the club which brings in a handful of people we should target Benfleet Station in the evening with possible flyers. Co-ordinate with a discount voucher before key matches and you target men and women in both Canvey and Benfleet at one of the busiest main line stations in the South East. The main point should be a simple map highlighting the point area and the grounds location - nothing to busy - keep it simple with bus route numbers.
Perhaps discount admissions for anyone who attends a game and is a season ticket holder at Southend, West Ham or a league club. Lets become everyones regular second club.
I think we need to be realistic and not try and compete with the likes of Southend and West Ham but concerntrate on our local community building it up gradually and loyally.
Sorry - got carried away........