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Don't you think our crowds would dwindle if we played 20 odd miles away. Talk of us getting 2,000 - 2,500 is pie in the sky. If we can't get more than 1600 for a game like yesterday with our unbeaten run then I can't ever see the club go full time.

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Must admit....thought your attendance would have been a tad higher.

 

Ironically....considering a few of you were saying it was good for the Fleet to be the Conf's "secret squirrels"... the double page spread in the NLP this morning looked more prominent than previous weeks. <img src="/images/graemlins/confused.gif" alt="" />

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That was probably just because we were playing Hereford, to be honest.

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I'm sure that attendances would be higher if the home matches have high profile advertising.

 

Years ago, most paper and fag shops in Gravesend had posters advertising forthcoming home ties, these posters were about 18"x24" in size in the Fleet colours.

 

How about it! Get the pubs and clubs to post to thier punters

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my draw just dropped then.

are you really saying you dont have posters around the town? [anymore??]

 

If so, no wonder.

 

There's me thinking you had explored all the "reasonably economic" publicity tricks....

 

sorry, but jeez. <img src="/images/graemlins/crazy.gif" alt="" />

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If the club need someone to distribute any posters around shops/clubs/pubs. I'll quite happily do it! All I would need is for the club to provide a list of places that will definately take one. Not exactly rocket science to walk into a shop and hand over a poster is it!

 

And it is good cheap publicity.

 

 

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Didn't we try this at the start of last season?

 

I remember taking posters to Gravesend Rugby Club and to the Bat and Ball.

 

Is there any evidence that they had any effect?

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With the [***!!***] we have had to put up with over the past couple of years and still putting up with and considering the distance to ASHFORD and a lot of us being working people having difficulty getting to the match in time whereas previously, even at dover we could I think 200 odd is a realistic figure, probably equivalent to your 1600 at home to the mighty BULLS. Was extremely surprised to see such a low figure for a game of that stature considering their draw of crowds elsewhere and with your current good form.Back at HARTSDOWN I could guarantee things would be mightily different with our attendances.

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Didn't we try this at the start of last season?

 

I remember taking posters to Gravesend Rugby Club and to the Bat and Ball.

 

Is there any evidence that they had any effect?

 

I think our poor start last season negated any good work our pre season publicity campaign made.

 

However this season could be a different story, we are making the right headlines, we now have a good home run of high profile and local games coming up prior to Xmas, in which all teams should bring decent away support ( Only exception is Leigh) .

 

So now could be the time to crank up the publicity , what harm can it do.

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Was extremely surprised to see such a low figure for a game of that stature considering their draw of crowds elsewhere and with your current good form.Back at HARTSDOWN I could guarantee things would be mightily different with our attendances.


You mean you might get the 600 part of that figure? <img src="/images/graemlins/grin.gif" alt="" />

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I popped over to Gravesend on the ferry in the close season. Thought I'd catch up with the place as I hadn't visited for a while and the town has mightily improved since my last visit, imho. enough to think I'd like to move there when my daughter's finished her schooling.

Anyway, walking round the town I noticed just how many shops, bars, restaurants there are now and thought "what a cracking goldmine this is for the club".

Cost a bit more, but red & white posters [so they stand out] should be in every other shop window. It's the concentration of posters, rather than isolated ones which have the greatest effect.

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According to the Hereford Forum they had 244 fans on saturday which meant that there were 1,434 Gravesend fans.

 

This compares to 1,318 (1,756-438) for the Stevenage match. When you take into account the fact that there were no Premiership or Championship matches that week-end I don't think that it's a bad result.

 

Now if we can just push the home crowd over the 1,500 mark.

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Exactly right dave - we have to be very happy with 1434 and can only hope that becomes regular even when we play leigh at home etc. We must push on to 2000. . . will be a nigh on impossible job but we shall try!!

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All due respect, but the Gravesend Rugby Club and The Bat & Ball are hardly the centre of a thriving community. May as well have stuck them on the Cemetery wall.

 

I like your style meladroit. Well posted.Lets keep the pot boiling. angel.gif

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Daggers should bring a few more than 244 next Tuesday, hopefully nearer 400. Add that to the 1300 or so we hopefully should get will bring the crowd up to about 1700.

More importantly, our average attendance is now 1462 from 4 games and we need a crowd of 1652 to average 1500, which is a significant improvement on this time last season.

Credit to Andy and the lads for that.

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If you take a look at the confguide site and look under attendances,I think we have the biggest increase over this time last year and the second biggest increase of the average.I know that the defeat may dent this a bit if we dont pick ourselves up straigth away,but I am hearing all the time, that people who havent been down for years are turning up see the fleet,and when I do the gate it seems to be busier each match.I know 2000 is the holy grail but if Andy and the boys can keep us near the top I am sure it will come.

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Well if people make suggestions of how to make people aware of the club and they are put down..........the Fleet don't deserve gates of 200..........let alone 2000.....typical!

Nobody seems to have a clue on how else to get bigger crowds..........Isn't that the job of the Commercial Manager........seems to have gone quiet in that department...............Maybe he has posted on the Official website........Then nobody will ever see it...What a way to keep people informed!!

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Now is the time to speculate and sow seeds.

 

Lets hope the club grasp the nettle

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Speaking as a Fleet fan in exile (well Dartford actually) the Darts put us to shame. Dozens of shops and pubs in the town have advertising for future Dartford games. Probably doesn't have much effect while they play at our place but at least they make the effort.

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