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Wigan crowds on the up

Dave Whelans decision to slash the attendance prices at the JJB for Latics Premiership fixtures appears to be paying early dividends with a rise in the average home attendance after the first 5 matches

Last seasons opening five games saw the Latics attract a total of 84,433 spectators at an average of 16,886 per game, this season that figure as risen to 91,625 averaging at 18,325 per game

This is a rise in the average of just under 10%

In attempts to get more people through the turnstiles the club are working overtime with promotions like the 'bring a friend for a fiver` that was used on Saturday for the Portsmouth game.

To build a fan base takes years but the Latics are certainly moving in the right direction, the table below shows the first five home matches for the past two seasons

Season 2006/07 Season 2007/08

Reading 14,636 Middlesbrough 14,007

Watford 16,359 Sunderland 18,639

Man Utd 20, 631 Fulham 16,973

Man City 16,235 Liverpool 24,311

Charlton 16,572 Portsmouth 17,695

84,433 average 16,886 91,625 average 18,325

Lets hope that the side can get back to playing attractive football and encourage more people through the turnstiles

What do you think it takes for a club to get its fan base growing?

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Writer: Barry Worthington Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday October 22 2007

Time: 1:44PM

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We need to get back to winning ways to get more people through the turnstiles
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22/10/2007 13:52:00

its hard to get a fanbase when the number one sport in the town is rugby. i think the atmosphere needs to be worked on too when i went up there with spurs away in your first season in the prem i thought you would be really up for it but it was like a library get some songs going get a bit of atmosphere and it will be more appealing on match days, true that better football will bring more fans but if the actual fans who go week in week out raise the volume it may seem a more attractive place for potential fans to go. However within your catchment area there are other clubs who would appear a better choice and if the people simply arnt there to come to games then maybe you could only get to a certain level of fans no matter how much u lower the prices?
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22/10/2007 14:00:00

We have a lot of kids buckers_07 and a lot of old timers. its the ones in the middle that are the Man U, Man City, Everton a nd Liverpool supporters, I think it will take a few years for the young uns to become young adults and make the place buzz, the hard bit is trying to keep the interest there by keeping prem status. By the way Rugby aint the number 1 sport in town, that is an urban myth, just like all Londoners are Arsenal fans
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