Bury chairman Stewart Day confident match attendances will increase as feelgood factor returns to the JD Stadium

CONFIDENT Chairman Stewart Day

CONFIDENT Chairman Stewart Day

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BURY chairman Stewart Day believes his quest to bring Championship football to the JD Stadium could help double the average gate.

Home attendances in the season just finished fell on average by just 40 from their previous campaign, dropping from 3,178 to 3,138 despite relegation to League Two.

Those figures included a bumper crowd of 6,295 against local rivals Rochdale, and Day is confident a successful Bury side can attract those kind of attendances on a regular basis.

“When we were in the Championship last I think there was average attendances of 6,000, so there is no reason why they can’t come back,” he said.

“The population of Bury is 180,000, I believe, so if we can get five per cent of that coming down it would be a real success.

“It is something we are really working on. We want to get the attendances back up. We want a real atmosphere here, create a party mood and hopefully make this a fortress next year.”

In 1997-98 and 1998-99 – the last two seasons Bury spent in the second tier of English football – average gates were 6,177 and 5,476 respectively.

More recently, the figures have hovered between 3,000 and 4,000.

The crowds steadily rose during Alan Knill and Richie Barker’s time as manager, when Bury were promoted from League Two.

They jumped from 3,381 in 2009-10, when the club finished ninth in the bottom tier, to 3,730 the following season, when the Shakers won promotion, and peaked at 3,977 in their first campaign in League One.

The dramatic fall to 3,178 in 2012-13, when Bury were relegated from League One, marked a low point for the club as they struggled with financial problems.

But after a transitional season following Day’s buyout last summer, he now believes the football played under current manager David Flitcroft will help tempt the fans back.

Bury were unbeaten in 13 home games under Flitcroft, since his arrival in December, culminating in some blistering performances as they put four goals past both Plymouth Argyle and Portsmouth in their final two matches of the season.

Now the chairman wants to continue that feelgood factor into the club’s 130th anniversary year. “If we can get that home form consistent then hopefully the fans will come back in their numbers,” said Day.

“We have got a real plan here and we want to go all the way to the very top. “For me, you can’t have a glass ceiling. We can take this as big as we want to take it. I would love to see 6,000 or 7,000 in here next season, coming to support the boys. “And I think that could be achievable.

“Against Portsmouth there was just short of 4,600 and it was a great atmosphere. The atmosphere was even better against Rochdale, when there was 6,000 at the JD. It makes such a big difference to the players to see the stands full.”

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9:22am Thu 15 May 14

shakencity says...

Umm, i've got a feeling the attendances won't be as good next season....and remember we've no Rochdale game to boost the average attendance up either.
Umm, i've got a feeling the attendances won't be as good next season....and remember we've no Rochdale game to boost the average attendance up either. shakencity
  • Score: -10

11:00am Thu 15 May 14

shakingallover says...

Attendances will depend on results and our position in the league. If the team can maintain a top 5 position then eventually the fans will come. But Bury fans take some persuading ... they have seen so many times the team getting out of the blocks early, only to founder after christmas. We are very lucky to have a chairman and board who are so forward thinking ... I hope the town of Bury will get behind them.
Attendances will depend on results and our position in the league. If the team can maintain a top 5 position then eventually the fans will come. But Bury fans take some persuading ... they have seen so many times the team getting out of the blocks early, only to founder after christmas. We are very lucky to have a chairman and board who are so forward thinking ... I hope the town of Bury will get behind them. shakingallover
  • Score: 12

11:33am Thu 15 May 14

Eileenshakers says...

I have to agree with both of the above comments,I like his ambition but one has to be realistic.with so much competition these days for people living in such a densely populated as GM can pick and choose whatever recreational pursuit or sport that the want to follow.
I think at best our gates won't attract more than average of 3,800 in a successful promotion push because there is Just too much competition in our area with so many clubs vying for support ie Oldham & Fail.
What is needed is to attract younger people and then retain them with good incentives, they are the future of our club.
The generation gap of our supporters needs to be bridged and once that happens we will see a steady but positive increase in our attendances.
"Oh Mr.Chairman it might have escaped your attention but had it not been for the amazing away following by clubs like Pompey and Plymouth our average home gates would have been significantly lower."
I have to agree with both of the above comments,I like his ambition but one has to be realistic.with so much competition these days for people living in such a densely populated as GM can pick and choose whatever recreational pursuit or sport that the want to follow. I think at best our gates won't attract more than average of 3,800 in a successful promotion push because there is Just too much competition in our area with so many clubs vying for support ie Oldham & Fail. What is needed is to attract younger people and then retain them with good incentives, they are the future of our club. The generation gap of our supporters needs to be bridged and once that happens we will see a steady but positive increase in our attendances. "Oh Mr.Chairman it might have escaped your attention but had it not been for the amazing away following by clubs like Pompey and Plymouth our average home gates would have been significantly lower." Eileenshakers
  • Score: 5

12:05pm Thu 15 May 14

shakencity says...

Haha, why is my comment getting negative feedback?.....the comment might be of a negative nature, but any Bury fan with half an ounce of brain will agree with it.

I really do hope i'm proved wrong and we average more than last season....i just can't see it.
Haha, why is my comment getting negative feedback?.....the comment might be of a negative nature, but any Bury fan with half an ounce of brain will agree with it. I really do hope i'm proved wrong and we average more than last season....i just can't see it. shakencity
  • Score: -5

12:27pm Thu 15 May 14

binyomin says...

Eileenshakers wrote:
I have to agree with both of the above comments,I like his ambition but one has to be realistic.with so much competition these days for people living in such a densely populated as GM can pick and choose whatever recreational pursuit or sport that the want to follow.
I think at best our gates won't attract more than average of 3,800 in a successful promotion push because there is Just too much competition in our area with so many clubs vying for support ie Oldham & Fail.
What is needed is to attract younger people and then retain them with good incentives, they are the future of our club.
The generation gap of our supporters needs to be bridged and once that happens we will see a steady but positive increase in our attendances.
"Oh Mr.Chairman it might have escaped your attention but had it not been for the amazing away following by clubs like Pompey and Plymouth our average home gates would have been significantly lower."
You always have to have a negative remark in your comments!
[quote][p][bold]Eileenshakers[/bold] wrote: I have to agree with both of the above comments,I like his ambition but one has to be realistic.with so much competition these days for people living in such a densely populated as GM can pick and choose whatever recreational pursuit or sport that the want to follow. I think at best our gates won't attract more than average of 3,800 in a successful promotion push because there is Just too much competition in our area with so many clubs vying for support ie Oldham & Fail. What is needed is to attract younger people and then retain them with good incentives, they are the future of our club. The generation gap of our supporters needs to be bridged and once that happens we will see a steady but positive increase in our attendances. "Oh Mr.Chairman it might have escaped your attention but had it not been for the amazing away following by clubs like Pompey and Plymouth our average home gates would have been significantly lower."[/p][/quote]You always have to have a negative remark in your comments! binyomin
  • Score: 2

6:01pm Thu 15 May 14

easylife44 says...

Results and league position will dictate the gate. Just as simple as that. Punters will pay for successful footy. I have no issue with Dale not being one of the visitors. Those gates are always a "one off". Over an average if we do well we will more than cover that "one time gate" over the season.

I see not negative points....only positives.
Results and league position will dictate the gate. Just as simple as that. Punters will pay for successful footy. I have no issue with Dale not being one of the visitors. Those gates are always a "one off". Over an average if we do well we will more than cover that "one time gate" over the season. I see not negative points....only positives. easylife44
  • Score: 6

6:40pm Thu 15 May 14

Eileenshakers says...

shakencity wrote:
Haha, why is my comment getting negative feedback?.....the comment might be of a negative nature, but any Bury fan with half an ounce of brain will agree with it.

I really do hope i'm proved wrong and we average more than last season....i just can't see it.
I don't think I am being negative just realistic but once again I will bin your personal comments which are an attack on me.
It is my right as an individual to think as I please and write whatever I choose but I respect other people's opinions unlike yourself.
[quote][p][bold]shakencity[/bold] wrote: Haha, why is my comment getting negative feedback?.....the comment might be of a negative nature, but any Bury fan with half an ounce of brain will agree with it. I really do hope i'm proved wrong and we average more than last season....i just can't see it.[/p][/quote]I don't think I am being negative just realistic but once again I will bin your personal comments which are an attack on me. It is my right as an individual to think as I please and write whatever I choose but I respect other people's opinions unlike yourself. Eileenshakers
  • Score: 1

6:42pm Thu 15 May 14

Eileenshakers says...

binyomin wrote:
Eileenshakers wrote:
I have to agree with both of the above comments,I like his ambition but one has to be realistic.with so much competition these days for people living in such a densely populated as GM can pick and choose whatever recreational pursuit or sport that the want to follow.
I think at best our gates won't attract more than average of 3,800 in a successful promotion push because there is Just too much competition in our area with so many clubs vying for support ie Oldham & Fail.
What is needed is to attract younger people and then retain them with good incentives, they are the future of our club.
The generation gap of our supporters needs to be bridged and once that happens we will see a steady but positive increase in our attendances.
"Oh Mr.Chairman it might have escaped your attention but had it not been for the amazing away following by clubs like Pompey and Plymouth our average home gates would have been significantly lower."
You always have to have a negative remark in your comments!
Sorry the above comment was meant for The Bin Man in response to his attack on me.
[quote][p][bold]binyomin[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Eileenshakers[/bold] wrote: I have to agree with both of the above comments,I like his ambition but one has to be realistic.with so much competition these days for people living in such a densely populated as GM can pick and choose whatever recreational pursuit or sport that the want to follow. I think at best our gates won't attract more than average of 3,800 in a successful promotion push because there is Just too much competition in our area with so many clubs vying for support ie Oldham & Fail. What is needed is to attract younger people and then retain them with good incentives, they are the future of our club. The generation gap of our supporters needs to be bridged and once that happens we will see a steady but positive increase in our attendances. "Oh Mr.Chairman it might have escaped your attention but had it not been for the amazing away following by clubs like Pompey and Plymouth our average home gates would have been significantly lower."[/p][/quote]You always have to have a negative remark in your comments![/p][/quote]Sorry the above comment was meant for The Bin Man in response to his attack on me. Eileenshakers
  • Score: 1

6:56pm Thu 15 May 14

binyomin says...

Eileenshakers wrote:
binyomin wrote:
Eileenshakers wrote:
I have to agree with both of the above comments,I like his ambition but one has to be realistic.with so much competition these days for people living in such a densely populated as GM can pick and choose whatever recreational pursuit or sport that the want to follow.
I think at best our gates won't attract more than average of 3,800 in a successful promotion push because there is Just too much competition in our area with so many clubs vying for support ie Oldham & Fail.
What is needed is to attract younger people and then retain them with good incentives, they are the future of our club.
The generation gap of our supporters needs to be bridged and once that happens we will see a steady but positive increase in our attendances.
"Oh Mr.Chairman it might have escaped your attention but had it not been for the amazing away following by clubs like Pompey and Plymouth our average home gates would have been significantly lower."
You always have to have a negative remark in your comments!
Sorry the above comment was meant for The Bin Man in response to his attack on me.
Is your final paragraph not negative? It's a shame as it spoiled which was otherwise a reasonable post!
[quote][p][bold]Eileenshakers[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]binyomin[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Eileenshakers[/bold] wrote: I have to agree with both of the above comments,I like his ambition but one has to be realistic.with so much competition these days for people living in such a densely populated as GM can pick and choose whatever recreational pursuit or sport that the want to follow. I think at best our gates won't attract more than average of 3,800 in a successful promotion push because there is Just too much competition in our area with so many clubs vying for support ie Oldham & Fail. What is needed is to attract younger people and then retain them with good incentives, they are the future of our club. The generation gap of our supporters needs to be bridged and once that happens we will see a steady but positive increase in our attendances. "Oh Mr.Chairman it might have escaped your attention but had it not been for the amazing away following by clubs like Pompey and Plymouth our average home gates would have been significantly lower."[/p][/quote]You always have to have a negative remark in your comments![/p][/quote]Sorry the above comment was meant for The Bin Man in response to his attack on me.[/p][/quote]Is your final paragraph not negative? It's a shame as it spoiled which was otherwise a reasonable post! binyomin
  • Score: 1

8:43pm Thu 15 May 14

Babbar Divino says...

binyomin wrote:
Eileenshakers wrote:
binyomin wrote:
Eileenshakers wrote:
I have to agree with both of the above comments,I like his ambition but one has to be realistic.with so much competition these days for people living in such a densely populated as GM can pick and choose whatever recreational pursuit or sport that the want to follow.
I think at best our gates won't attract more than average of 3,800 in a successful promotion push because there is Just too much competition in our area with so many clubs vying for support ie Oldham & Fail.
What is needed is to attract younger people and then retain them with good incentives, they are the future of our club.
The generation gap of our supporters needs to be bridged and once that happens we will see a steady but positive increase in our attendances.
"Oh Mr.Chairman it might have escaped your attention but had it not been for the amazing away following by clubs like Pompey and Plymouth our average home gates would have been significantly lower."
You always have to have a negative remark in your comments!
Sorry the above comment was meant for The Bin Man in response to his attack on me.
Is your final paragraph not negative? It's a shame as it spoiled which was otherwise a reasonable post!
No, got to stick up for Eileen here, the last paragraph isn't negative it's the truth. Mr Day, yes gates were average 6000 when the Shakers were in the Championship or old 2nd division I wonder why?
[quote][p][bold]binyomin[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Eileenshakers[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]binyomin[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Eileenshakers[/bold] wrote: I have to agree with both of the above comments,I like his ambition but one has to be realistic.with so much competition these days for people living in such a densely populated as GM can pick and choose whatever recreational pursuit or sport that the want to follow. I think at best our gates won't attract more than average of 3,800 in a successful promotion push because there is Just too much competition in our area with so many clubs vying for support ie Oldham & Fail. What is needed is to attract younger people and then retain them with good incentives, they are the future of our club. The generation gap of our supporters needs to be bridged and once that happens we will see a steady but positive increase in our attendances. "Oh Mr.Chairman it might have escaped your attention but had it not been for the amazing away following by clubs like Pompey and Plymouth our average home gates would have been significantly lower."[/p][/quote]You always have to have a negative remark in your comments![/p][/quote]Sorry the above comment was meant for The Bin Man in response to his attack on me.[/p][/quote]Is your final paragraph not negative? It's a shame as it spoiled which was otherwise a reasonable post![/p][/quote]No, got to stick up for Eileen here, the last paragraph isn't negative it's the truth. Mr Day, yes gates were average 6000 when the Shakers were in the Championship or old 2nd division I wonder why? Babbar Divino
  • Score: 5

7:06am Fri 16 May 14

shakencity says...

When we averaged 6000 in the Championship, we only had on average around 4200-4500 home fans. If we do somehow get back there, these crowds won't increase and we'll still average around the 6000 mark....because of bigger away followings.
Here's hoping one day we get back there though.
When we averaged 6000 in the Championship, we only had on average around 4200-4500 home fans. If we do somehow get back there, these crowds won't increase and we'll still average around the 6000 mark....because of bigger away followings. Here's hoping one day we get back there though. shakencity
  • Score: 5

12:29pm Fri 16 May 14

Eileenshakers says...

Babbar Divino wrote:
binyomin wrote:
Eileenshakers wrote:
binyomin wrote:
Eileenshakers wrote:
I have to agree with both of the above comments,I like his ambition but one has to be realistic.with so much competition these days for people living in such a densely populated as GM can pick and choose whatever recreational pursuit or sport that the want to follow.
I think at best our gates won't attract more than average of 3,800 in a successful promotion push because there is Just too much competition in our area with so many clubs vying for support ie Oldham & Fail.
What is needed is to attract younger people and then retain them with good incentives, they are the future of our club.
The generation gap of our supporters needs to be bridged and once that happens we will see a steady but positive increase in our attendances.
"Oh Mr.Chairman it might have escaped your attention but had it not been for the amazing away following by clubs like Pompey and Plymouth our average home gates would have been significantly lower."
You always have to have a negative remark in your comments!
Sorry the above comment was meant for The Bin Man in response to his attack on me.
Is your final paragraph not negative? It's a shame as it spoiled which was otherwise a reasonable post!
No, got to stick up for Eileen here, the last paragraph isn't negative it's the truth. Mr Day, yes gates were average 6000 when the Shakers were in the Championship or old 2nd division I wonder why?
Thanks for your positive comments Babbar I appreciate your support in relation to my comment.
On another positive it's fantastic news that we have signed NA don't you think?.
born in Bolton,schooled at Gigg lane and developed at Spotland,don't worry Nicky we won't hold that against you,welcome home.
I'm hoping we will see the best of you now you are in your formative years of development.
[quote][p][bold]Babbar Divino[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]binyomin[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Eileenshakers[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]binyomin[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Eileenshakers[/bold] wrote: I have to agree with both of the above comments,I like his ambition but one has to be realistic.with so much competition these days for people living in such a densely populated as GM can pick and choose whatever recreational pursuit or sport that the want to follow. I think at best our gates won't attract more than average of 3,800 in a successful promotion push because there is Just too much competition in our area with so many clubs vying for support ie Oldham & Fail. What is needed is to attract younger people and then retain them with good incentives, they are the future of our club. The generation gap of our supporters needs to be bridged and once that happens we will see a steady but positive increase in our attendances. "Oh Mr.Chairman it might have escaped your attention but had it not been for the amazing away following by clubs like Pompey and Plymouth our average home gates would have been significantly lower."[/p][/quote]You always have to have a negative remark in your comments![/p][/quote]Sorry the above comment was meant for The Bin Man in response to his attack on me.[/p][/quote]Is your final paragraph not negative? It's a shame as it spoiled which was otherwise a reasonable post![/p][/quote]No, got to stick up for Eileen here, the last paragraph isn't negative it's the truth. Mr Day, yes gates were average 6000 when the Shakers were in the Championship or old 2nd division I wonder why?[/p][/quote]Thanks for your positive comments Babbar I appreciate your support in relation to my comment. On another positive it's fantastic news that we have signed NA don't you think?. born in Bolton,schooled at Gigg lane and developed at Spotland,don't worry Nicky we won't hold that against you,welcome home. I'm hoping we will see the best of you now you are in your formative years of development. Eileenshakers
  • Score: 3

1:44pm Fri 16 May 14

shakingallover says...

Bury COULD have bigger crowds .... but it will take a sustained period in higher divisions to attain that. We have been a yo-yo club, but need to get to the Championship and plant our flag there. Only then will new generations get on board with the idea of Bury FC being a 'hip' enough club to follow. Unfortunately many youngsters in the Bury area were/are born to fathers who jumped on whatever bandwagon was winning things when they were teens rather than support their local team. Me? I've always found Bury FC to be the 'hippest' team in all the universe ... the urban spaceman speaketh!
Bury COULD have bigger crowds .... but it will take a sustained period in higher divisions to attain that. We have been a yo-yo club, but need to get to the Championship and plant our flag there. Only then will new generations get on board with the idea of Bury FC being a 'hip' enough club to follow. Unfortunately many youngsters in the Bury area were/are born to fathers who jumped on whatever bandwagon was winning things when they were teens rather than support their local team. Me? I've always found Bury FC to be the 'hippest' team in all the universe ... the urban spaceman speaketh! shakingallover
  • Score: 5

9:47pm Fri 16 May 14

Babbar Divino says...

shakencity wrote:
When we averaged 6000 in the Championship, we only had on average around 4200-4500 home fans. If we do somehow get back there, these crowds won't increase and we'll still average around the 6000 mark....because of bigger away followings.
Here's hoping one day we get back there though.
The question is can Bury afford to be in the Championship?
[quote][p][bold]shakencity[/bold] wrote: When we averaged 6000 in the Championship, we only had on average around 4200-4500 home fans. If we do somehow get back there, these crowds won't increase and we'll still average around the 6000 mark....because of bigger away followings. Here's hoping one day we get back there though.[/p][/quote]The question is can Bury afford to be in the Championship? Babbar Divino
  • Score: 5

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