Yes like I say I get all of those issues, I really do. Get the whole Bonser scenario, and the matchday/pricing issues. However, the two home attendances in the FA Cup I’m genuinely surprised by. Both attractive fixtures, cheap ticket prices and pay on the day on Saturday. Also our away following that used to be one of the largest away/home ratios in the country. We’ve never had great home support but away has generally been pretty solid in my experience. I would say we’re now taking less than half away than we were ten years ago. Lots of regulars (who live in the area) now seem to be genuinely getting out of the “habit” of attending at around the same time. I don’t even think a further up-turn in results would have much effect.
The whole thing regarding attendances seems to have reached a tipping point. The club should be very very alarmed (of course they won’t be). Imagine if we had been relegated last season or were to be in the near future? I think we’d regularly be getting less at home games that we took to several away games in 06/07.