Following on from yesterday’s story around the Verlin Stand being closed to home supporters for this Saturday’s visit of Crawley Town we have received a number of phone calls and emails around what is an emotive subject.
The players and management team frequently comment on the superb atmosphere generated by our travelling support, particularly in the last two away matches at Tranmere and Crewe, where on both occasions away support has been over 750 and has sounded like considerably more. With this in mind the decision was taken to try and replicate this superb, vocal, support for this Saturday’s game against Crawley Town. It’s a big game and we want to encourage the best possible atmosphere with everyone getting behind the team.
We understand that fan relocation can be disruptive for supporters and, for this reason we will ensure that we are considering all options available to us. We are therefore trialing relocation throughout the ground in order to take all eventualities into consideration.
We believe that, as an initial trial, it is less disruptive for supporters to relocate from the Verlin Stand, as we ask them to do this on regular occasions over the course of the season. The club apologise for any inconvenience caused to supporters who feel strongly about this, however we are hoping that as many of our fans as possible will join together to create a superb atmosphere on Saturday. We recognize that with the building of the new stand there is a wider discussion to be had on locating both home away supporters in the future and supporters will certainly be involved in these discussions and decisions.