In the match preview I predicted a 35K attendance but at 11AM as I walked to the ground it was obviou this would not happen, no one was around !!
OK first off before we have a go at our own, what a pathetic turnout by the Wolves game. In the pub afterwards I spoke to Wolves fans who were ashamed by their attendance and could give no reason for it maybe it is the state of the times.
However 30700 for a derby game is a disgrace and many fans give different excuses including the bank holiday. The attendance against Everton last season on bank holiday was 34,725. for those of you not there, this is what the ground looked like from my seat, looks very depressing eh ?
I will not excuse the abysmal attendance by the Wolves fans but for us there are a number of reasons for this
Perceived or real lack of ambition by the board
Fewer cheap deals
Selling of the best players
Playing Heskey (am I joking ??)
However lets face it when was the last time we had an attendance this low for a local derby must be a few years ago now and the whole atmosphere at the game was dire like at Blackburn until we took firm control. If we are honest with ourselves then come the second half ot he season the average could be 3/4000 down on last season.
Is that a Mcleish factor ?
Or has someone suggsted to me before if you offer Villa fans mid table boredom they will disappear, if like a couple of season you offer chances of CL we get 40K average ?
Whatever the reason for this abysmal attendance for me it is such a clear message given out that you wonder can Randy ignore it ?
Without special offers are we looking at a 25K attendance in the future ?