I'm afraid these days that while there may be one or two clubs in any particular division, who for some reason or other draw big gates, most non-league sides don't get great gates - but they're still probably better than in the 1980s (City often got 60 or 70 in those days!). Crowds come back for a while if there's a good cup run - like last year - but they soon drop back down again. Without being defeatist I honestly don't think there's much you can do about it, apart from the odd one-off like cheap beer or free admission. It would be nice, though, to see (and hear) big crowds watching the City!
It does kind of make me wonder how clubs are able survive, especially in the current climate, I see Didcot,Cirencester and Evesham all have even lower gates than us so clearly these clubs and us presumably aren't making any money on there gates.
We must all be literally surviving on Sponsorship and Goverment/Community Grants.....which isn't good news.
Mind you I will just say thanks to Sharon and everyone else involved in the extra activities the club put on over the Summer, things like that with time will certainly help the club gain extra publicity. Just a shame the World Cup was such a debacle!
I still think a publicity campaign around the uni's wouldn't do any harm, I just looked up at United ticket price and cheapest adult ticket for a home game is £15 and £12 with NUS card, I'm sure there are plenty of hard-up students around town that want a football fix but can't afford United and don't even know City exists.
Obviously lower admission would get people through the door. £9 for two leagues below the Conference is pretty steep.
What would you (and others) think would be a realistic/attractive price that would bring in more people but still earn the Club about the same in gate money? £9 does seem to be about the average price for the ZPL. Some clubs are charging £8 still, and two or three charge £10 - so City are not really being unreasonable in their charges. [Most (of those who gave a figure) in the two ZL First Divisions are asking £8.]
£9 does seem to be about the average price for the ZPL. Some clubs are charging £8 still, and two or three charge £10 - so City are not really being unreasonable in their charges. [Most (of those who gave a figure) in the two ZL First Divisions are asking £8.]
I know that it is in line with the other teams, and obviously the club have figured that this is the price that they have to charge to keep things ticking over.
I'm just saying that for the standard it seems expensive. I can see why people wouldn't bother coming. If you are a casual football fan, living in Oxford, then chances are you'd pay a fiver more and go and watch League 2 football down the road.
If most people haven't heard of City, why would they pay the best part of a tenner to go and watch them?
not forgetting also some places are also charging a parking fee.....which would put me off....don't even think about it City....
Edit: some teams as well as parking charge under 16s, that depends on the club stance i guess....(probably a bad move in our case since we have so many youngsters playing in city's various teams, it wouldn't be right to charge them.)
Answering the question, id say 7-8 quid....I generally spend £20 if im on my own, enterance, H/T Bacon cheese burger (yummy!)...then a couple of shandies comes to £19...I think a leap from £9 to £15 is still significant for the cheapest adult ticket to see united..in that case id expect to pay £30 which would be relative, with a couple of beers before/after the game and something to eat at H/T.....then theres the cost of buzzing up and down the M40 which I havent accounted for....would also be more for United though....City is in a handy location for me .
Dan Holman scored Long Buckby's goal on Saturday in a 1-1 draw with St Neots who had Roy Essandoh (remember him?) up front.
Ex-City men seem to be scoring plenty of goals in the North Berks League... Danny Wise, Chris Potter and Mark Simms have been on target for high-scoring Botley United, and Mark Druce has netted several for Saxton Rovers.
As someone who had seen the late Arthur Howlett play back in the late 50s/early 60s, I should like to give him a mention on this page. The obituary on the Home Page of the club website shows how remarkable he was as a bustling centre forward and goal poacher of the old school (a little like Bobby Smith, the Spurs player who has also recently passed away). I still have the programme of an Amateur Cup game against NAC Athletic of Banbury in 1958, in which he scored one of his many hat tricks, as well as several from the 1963/64 season, his last in the Hoops. He and John Woodley together notched up 65 or more goals that season. What is more important is that Arthur was one of the foundation stones of the Percy James side which developed into the team which appeared in the FA Cup 1st Round Proper on five consecutive years from 1966. RIP, Arthur.