CLUB HOPING NEW MANAGEMENT APPOINTMENTS AND SEASON TICKET OFFER WILL SEE RISE IN ATTENDANCES!
Carlton Town are certainly not and never have been one of the best supported teams in the league, but in 2011-2012 when Les Mcjannet and Mark Clarke led them to runners up spot in Evostick Division One South, they averaged 129 and were 15th out of 22 teams in average attendances for the season.
They averaged 114 the following season, but that figure dropped to 96 in Mcjannet’s final season at the club when the club battled relegation.
The figure remained steady during Wayne Scott’s first three years in charge, just topping the 100 mark with a peak average of 109 in the season following the historic Senior Cup Final win at Meadow Lane when Carlton defeated Basford United 4-1 in 2016.
Attendances dropped to an average of 85 last season, which was the lowest since the club reached this level and the club and management see it has a priority to at least get attendances back up to 3 figures with an eventual aim to get it above the figure achieved during that magnificent season under Mcjannet and Clarke.
When Brookbanks first joined the club, attendances were no more than a handful of people and along with Chairman Mick Garton, he was involved in a number of initiatives to improve those figures which they did significantly.
Brookbanks believes the positive messages coming out of Stoke Lane will have an impact and the fact the club have made a gesture to supporters with an outstanding early bird offer is something that Garton is hoping will send out the right message to supporters.
7 season tickets have been sold in the first week of the early bird offer which does not sound a lot, but Carlton sold only 10 last season in total so the early signs are encouraging.
Six people have come forward to sponsor a race at the forthcoming Race event after the Hucknall Town Friendly with Greg last, former Vice Chairman Paul King, supporter Dave Perrin, Dave Hodgson, Mark Steggles and Tommy Brookbanks himself all putting their names forward to make the £25 donation, Brian Dennett just has 4 more to get to ensure £250 is in the kitty to kick start the 13th July event.
The amounts mentioned will seem small fry to most other clubs, but every pound is vital to the Millers and the hope is that it will all help to get them punching above their weight again, something they have a proud history of!