Incredible attendances at the clubs promoted and potentially promoted to the Isthmian Premier next season.
2,323 at Chatham, 1,100 at Ramsgate, 1,000 plus at Walton&H, 800+ at Hashtag Utd!
Shame that our non-marketing executive doesn't market the club, interferes with managers, treats fans with contempt and has taken us to Morden. Amazing what doing well in your home town can do to attendances.
And it's notable that both Walton and Hashtag are run by young people with a very "modern" (I mean this in a positive way) approach to marketing the club.
We desperately need new ideas at board level. We are just stagnating, missing out on one generation after another of potential new fans. We're massively handicapped by the ground situation obviously, but we are just so desperately behind the times.
it’s all about having a base and then being able to communicate that. right now the match experience at Mitcham is poor and few who come once would come again
couldn’t do the away day today so went to Raynes Park. 300 or so there and a buzz around the place. they’ll be one division below us next season
A successful club can quickly grow a support and e marketing can obv help too, but Chatham has how many teams playing in their area. Were Gillingham at home - otherwise no one. Ramsgate? No offence but these teams are in the arse end of nowhere. Within the catchment for Ramsgate Ks might have ten plus teams at our level or above. Just look at the teams near where I live. If Horsham or Lewes are at home when Brighton are away crowds go up. Lewes have no one around them neither do Hastings. Horsham have Crawley. Available supporter numbers are locality dependent. We don’t have a successful team people would want to support or even a locality to draw from and will always be trying to attract from a large number of clubs with current fans. We face a difficult task but somehow we need to find a decent team because we aren’t going to attract anyone anywhere in south London to watch a relegation based team in an area. the team doesn’t come from.
agree to a point BUT
the population density here is different to those small town you mentioned. it’s apples and pears
Yes I appreciate the fact density is lower but where density is lower people also have a sense of community and support their local team. I doubt we have taken many fans away from Tooting despite the density ( partly because we’ve been crap) How many fans did Ks lose when AFC took the ground - people want to watch successful teams. We have zero chance of building a supporter base in Tooting or Leatherhead unless we were really good ( FA cup run etc) which is light years away at present. When we were still at KM I helped out a couple of times with flyers in the town centre - net effect on crowds virtually zero. I think we have to get back to Kingston - not somewhere near Leatherhead and build a successful team. I also appreciate that neither are financially possible unless we find a benefactor with bottomless pockets.
I’m just so sad that towards the end of the time I’ll be watching football it’s virtually the end of the K’s.
When we were still at KM I helped out a couple of times with flyers in the town centre - net effect on crowds virtually zero.
Hmm, about that, Dave. Ahead of our top-of-the-table clash (Ryman Div 1 South - 08/09) against Cray Wanderers, we handed out flyers* together in the town centre and attracted a crowd of 746, easily our highest attendance of the season, roughly double our average home crowd that year, and all against a team without a huge away following. (Our gate the following week against the fashionable team of the season, Dulwich Hamlet, only got 558.)
Statistics on their own prove nothing - but a healthy combination of attractive football, proactive marketing, and a ground in our home town - proved a winning formula that day.
* Sponsored by Banquet Records, credit where it's due :-)
Yep I’ll bow to your stats knowledge. And of course there’s always the free kids schools tickets etc that can catch folks. My sons a teacher here in Horsham and goes quite often where he sees lots of pupils. I rarely go - Horsham are just thugs who intimidate the ref a lot as far as I’m concerned. Sussex answer to Newcastle.
Off at a tangent but we do seem to have a few fans based in Sussex!
I certainly dont agree its the end of Ks but its not going to be carry on aas we once knew it to be.
The negativity of the this last season has to be put behind us and to go ahain for next season
If we are to have another season at Tooting we must have some words of where we are going in the future without the usual flannel.
A new season and a chance maybe of a reserection but only with honesty from the Board and a new enlightened Supporters group.
We are the famous and historic Ks lets keep going in the memory of the hard work and efforts of many before us
Yeah, it works both ways.
There are lots of other teams nearby, but ultimately we're on the edge of the biggest city in western Europe, and lots of people might travel half an hour or so to come and support a team their mate supports too.
When I get friends along, they're not usually Kingston residents. They're merely occasional fans but they might be more regular if the club was run better and the matchday experience was good.
I've been away for a few weeks so may have missed it, but I don't think we've actually confirmed where we're playing next year have we? I know we all assume it'll be Morden again, but wasn't the deadline for the league the end of March? Slightly weird/concerning/unsurprising if we've not been told.