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Jul 3, 2012
Brighton via L-o-S
Based on the published accounts for last season (where we are now I've no idea) I think it's time that we used the little power we have as fans to help the club.

The only real power we have as fans in money, we can withold it and boycott the club (as Man Utd fans should be doing and FC United fans have done) or we can find ways to provide the club with more cash without frivolous club shop purchases.

I propose an unwritten agreement with the club:

The fans use all their power to bring new fans to the club. Invite your friends especially if they've got a London club who they can't afford to see. Got family or old friends visiting for the weekend? make a day of it.. bring the kids. Essentially get anyone through the gate that you can. Bring your girlfriend, tell her you don't spend enough time together.

A lot of people are going to be put off by the £21 ticket price for adults. And who can blame them, this is fourth tier football after all. So the Club's part in this is to create some new tickets to encourage more people in.

#1. 2 (non-season ticket adults) for £30: club loses on £6 per person but the lasting legacy and long-term benefits of having a mate/girlfriend to go to the football with (return visits eventually turning to season tickets) outweigh this short term financial loss. It's obvious that the one thing this club needs to do is secure it's long term financial future;

#2. Family tickets to include 1 adult and 2 kids at no extra cost: because kids always want a drink and a souvenir;

#3. Recommend a friend scheme (or sorts): Friend of a season ticket holder? get 30% of the price of a standard adult ticket. From a business point of view this seems like a higher number than it actually is and from a fan's point of view it's another voice singing songs and cheering the team (if you don't believe that this works then check out Mo Farah's somewhere on the internet).

Our average attendance last season was 5,712 If we can get more bums on seats, those bums turn into fans, fans turn into season ticket holders, season ticket holders inject the club with cash every summer.

Do any of you guys have any thoughts on this? I think that if we were to really encourage friends and family to the football everyone would benefit, but the club have to play their part too. Sorry for the long post, but having just seen the accounts submissions I'm in a venting mood!