What are the thoughts on attendance on Saturday?
Ordinarily with a good prevailing wind of optimism there’d be 20,000 at The Valley on Saturday, but I don’t reckon it will be anywhere near that.
The official home attendances lurched tremendously last season as one minute we were adding every freebie and pre-sold seat to create these fairytale bumper crowds, and the next the club were just counting bums on seats, so who knows what the brains trust of the marketing department will do, or get told to do, for this season.
Derby County will bring with them 3,000+ and will undoubtedly make a lot of noise. The Rams had 31,000 at Pride Park on Saturday.
The club are keeping pretty tight lipped on how many season tickets have been sold, but I would not be surprised if the number falls way short of 10,000.
Traditionally August crowds are light due to people being away on holiday, but the opening EFL day did see bumper attendances across the country. They were the biggest for 13 years and this with a full blown rail strike.
I do hope that we get a decent crowd to see Ben Garner’s opening game at The Valley, but I would not be shocked to see The Valley half full.