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jefferson
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Oct 13, 2019, 7:16 PM

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Re: [davidjay] Non-League Day - 12th October or Reply Privately


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I agree with a lot of what you're saying, although it's my belief that we should start categorising Step 1 and (increasingly) 2 as something other than non-league. When a club has full-time staff, both playing and non-playing, and average gates of 3,000+, they can't really be described as 'grassroots'. I also believe that this level is the most over-priced in football.

The 'something different' is important. Make new visitors feel welcome, and part of the club from the minute they step through the turnstile/gate. Children might want to run around rather than watch the match, but if they enjoy themselves then the adults they nag to take them next time are likely to start to enjoy themselves as well. And yes, I totally agree that the 'young adult' generation is the most important to woo. Get them early and you can have them for life, and there's also a chance that they might bring their friends along. Maybe clubs should extend their concessions to include under-21s.


Step 1 and 2 (particularly national north) feel less and less like non league. I went to Kidderminster recently and sat in the Main Stand, not only could I not take my pint to the stands, I wasn't even allowed to drink it on the concourse, was moved back by a steward and had to stay in a small confined space, to knock back a warm Carlsberg in a plastic glass.

It cost 17 quid a ticket for a seat in the 6th tier and the two sets of fans were well segregated (despite no hint of trouble, although with the segregation in effect creates a tribal, unfriendly atmosphere). It might as well have been an EFL game and it's similar at Chester/York or Notts County, Wrexham Stockport etc. That's not a non league experience. You want to be welcomed.

I agree with getting kids in as early as possible but just to not restrict cheap pricing to very young ages and to include concessions for teenagers and students (i.e. under 21s as you say).

I remember at a local league ground to me it used to be 2 pound in for under 16s and I used to go quite regularly. I turned 16 and then had to pay full price and I just stopped going. You need to keep people, that's the whole sell of the concessions for youngsters.


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