The so called Category A games have been a disaster for the club. I think we had about 4,500 home fans against Sunderland and less than 4,000 for the others including the derbies against Shrewsbury and Coventry and today’s Boxing Day game (haven’t seen the exact away attendance yet, but it looked around 1100).
The desperate attempt to rinse away fans in these games is just acting as yet another disincentive for people to come and support Walsall.
Our average attendances will be enhanced this season by some big away followings (Sunderland, Coventry, Pompey, Luton as an aggregate away following will be far far higher than the clubs they replaced in this division). But the “home” attendance has plummeted. A lot of folk seem to have knocked it on the head this season and the club seem completely oblivious.
Recent results haven’t been great but the abject home attendances are a far bigger concern. The club has lost all connection with its potential fan base and it seems to be sleepwalking into a huge problem that could end up in non-league.