RUFC - Stewart 'lowest crowd expected'
Rotherham United had their lowest attendance of the season at Don Valley on Tuesday night when only 2,078 fans turned up. And the figure would have been below 2,000 if around 150 Morecambe fans hadn't travelled.
But, Chairman, Tony Stewart, says he wasn't entirely surprised at the low figure. 'We are at the end of a long season,' he told The Advertiser, 'and there's the recession to consider. Of course, low crowds aren't something I want to see carry on and that is why we have to perform to attract people. I won't bribe people to come, I want them to come in order to see good football. And, I looked at other attendances on Tuesday night and it wasn't just us who suffered.'
Since the move to Don Valley, attendances have dipped by sixteen per cent but it is hoped that there will be a bumper crowd for the last game of the season against Exeter on 2nd May. The team from Devon are going for promotion and are expected to bring around two thousand fans and Rotherham Manager, Mark Robins, is hoping that the game will attract the floating fans. 'We don't want to attend someone else's party,' he said. 'It's brilliant for Exeter but it's important for our people to turn out and give us their support.'
Personally, I would have thought it a good idea to make this game (and last Tuesday's for that matter) a special price. Something like a child free with every adult ticket or £10 for adults throughout the stadium or even £1 for kids.