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Rovers Boss Backs Affordable Options

Ewood Park crowds have not always; in fact more often than not been below what we would expect or at least hope. Blackburn Rovers boss Mark Hughes has backed the price cutting efforts.

Football is an expensive hobby, but it is one that is more often than not well worth it. Rovers' standard prices are already amoung the cheapest in the Premiership but with the club often slashing prices (including offering tickets for just 15 for adults against Middlesbrough last Saturday) in an attempt to increase attendances.

Prior to the Middlesbrough game Hughes gave the schemes his backing, he said:

"We are trying to encourage more people to come to Ewood Park on a regular basis and, as a club, I think we are to be congratulated on the many initiatives we have put forward over recent months.

"We feel we are one of the better clubs in respect of trying to give fans the incentive to come along and give them good deals to recognise their loyalty.

"We had a great response when we did a similar thing leading into the Bolton game. It was a local derby, a game when maybe some clubs would put a premium on tickets, but we actually slashed the cost and we got a fantastic response.

"Obviously we had a huge crowd against Liverpool on Boxing Day and if we can follow it up with a huge crowd against Middlesbrough then that would be great.

"A huge crowd that gets emotionally involved in the game can also play a big part in the performance of players."

Reducing prices makes it all the more likely that fans new and old will visit Ewood, with regards to the new fans they may well become hooked and keep visiting time and time again. Hughes added:

"We understand it is expensive week-in and week-out, but I think clubs try and make an effort to drag fans into the ground and get them back in the habit. There are so many other things that people can do as individuals and as families that if they stop going to football matches they just get out of the habit and unfortunately it is very difficult to get those people back in.

"So if we can encourage them by making it a little bit more affordable then hopefully that will have an effect."

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Writer: Walker Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday January 3 2007

Time: 11:58AM

Your Comments

Bigger crowds often give the players that extra boost so can inspire something extra in the performance. It's a vicious circle as unless you play well some fans don't want to go, rightly or wrongly (wrongly in my own opinion as you can just be a supporter during the good times) but to sometimes play that much better you need more people!!! The club can't really do much more to attract fans though, I just hope the club doesn't forget the season ticket holders as they've paid a set rate and deserve a little bit here and there, like more offers given to them for recent UEFA Cup games.
Hughes Da Man
We saw what response they gave when 29,000 turned up to watch the liverpool game. They played with guts that had previously been lacking and had a knock on effect for the Boro and Wigan games.
MikeyGamst
Very true indeed MikeyGamst. The crowd were AWESOME that day and you could physically see the effect it had not only on us but also Liverpool!
Hughes Da Man
It's a difficult one... as a season ticket holder I can't do much more, I go to all home Cup games, and I guess reducing ticket prices helps... there is probably not much more the club can do... But I reckon WE (the fans) need to get out there and do more to persuade fellow Blackburnians to turn up... We could do with working out what other things stop people visiting Ewood on Match Day, perhaps a club shop / ticket office in the town centre might help?
Ex Ewood Resident
I like where you are going with this ideal Ex Ewood Resident, are you up for a challenge? If so do you fancy writing an article on the subject you propose, how miuch more could the club do to attract fans? If so do one, submit it and then we'll get people to put forward their suggestions/comments then we'll see what I can do about using our connections within the club to maybe put those forward to them?
Hughes Da Man
The tickets were full price for the Liverpool game. I paid 36 in the Riverside Stand! Atmosphere was booming though. Are the new initiatives working though? 22,OOO vs Boro! Hardly fantastic is it! I don't want to make myself out to be the best supporter we have but i travel a long way to see Rovers and although i don't get there every week, i probably make more games than most so called fans from the Blackburn area. There is no excuse because we used to just about fill ewood once upon a time!
im_a_blackburn_rover
If you live locally and call yourself a Rovers fan you have little, if not reason not to watch Rovers in every home match (finances permitting of course) I'd totally agree. The problem is so many people only want to support a winning team don't they, you watch the crowds rise as Rovers rise! It's wrong and I hate this theory but thats the way of the world following a team that isn't amoung the real elite, some only sing when they're winning... I know its used a lot but the geographical location isn't ideal is it.
Hughes Da Man
HDM We won 13 out of 19 home games last season and still only averaged 21,015 :/ Its was our best season for years but still the attendance decreased. I think we need to get rid of the 'dirty' image in order to attract the fans. Although I love Savage to bits I can see why people pay to go see C.Ronaldo..
Reidy85
I completely agree R85. Im not saying your entirely wront HDM but last seasons amazing effortsd didn't see Ewood full! And my goodness didn't we rise last season! Man Utd are the only team in the North West who seem to fill their ground so maybe location does have a big part to play!
im_a_blackburn_rover
Off-topic: Hey Dave its Rune! :)
Reidy85
Location is increibly prevalent. The club are one of the best in the Prem for ticket prices and initiatives and so there is little more they can do. Although one suggestion. Turn that horrid Sports World back into a club shop and they might see an increase in merchandise sales. That bloody sports world thing looks awful. And, yes I know it is part of our deal with Lonsdale but it doesn't look good and has no Rovers character.
roversman
Touche roversmans touche!
Hughes Da Man
Well guys this is what I've (and many others) have been saying for month we want to shake our "dirty" tag but it just won't be shaken no matter how well we play, we play some fantastic football and although we can be physical we aren't over physical. The geographical location has been my argument for low attendances for so long. Kids around the area need to be caught when they are young for this to happen. As sad as it is we need success otherwise United, Chelsea, Liverpool, Arsenal etc. will always win them over. If we consitently finish in and around the top six these kids will want to follow Rovers and not the others. It's a long term process so even the deals won't fix this overnight, what we do on the pitch will determine this.
Hughes Da Man
There is only one way to make sure these intiatives work.. back them. Every time Rovers have a 15 a ticket day (i,e, Bolton and Boro) go and see them. Put the effort in because lets face it... a full stadium paying half price is a lot better than a half full stadium paying full price. On another matter, they could of charged 50 for those Liverpool tickets and I still would of gone.
MikeyGamst
 

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