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Coleman wants support

11 October 2018

John Coleman is hoping a bumper crowd will cheer on his side when Stanley face Bradford City at the Wham Stadium on Saturday.

Stanley are looking to make it three home wins in a row in League One and, after 12 games, the Reds are seventh in the table, just one point off the Play-Offs.

With neighbours Burnley and Blackburn Rovers not playing because of the international break, the Stanley boss is hoping to see a few extra faces at the Wham this weekend as the club celebrates its 50th birthday.

“Financially it's obviously good for us to be able to attract other fans to come and witness what we do,” said Coleman.

“We want to build our own fan base. We want to get a steady growth and the amount of youngsters at the game on Tuesday night was very encouraging.

“If we're going to get the Wham Stadium full, then it's going to have to be by people taking the initiative to choose Accrington as their club.

“This is a club that's growing, and you can have a really, really good time coming here. The matchday experience is good and you can bring your family down and it's not going to cost you the earth.

“You're treated to some wonderful football and I have to say some wonderful entertainment in the bar as well!"

The Stanley boss has made no secret of his frustration about home attendances this season, and believes that crowds will grow as the club continues to attract younger fans.

“With the best will in the world, people my age were without a club in Accrington,” said Coleman.

“When they were going through their formative years there was no club. I was born in the year that Accrington went out of the league, so there was no club and then a very low non-league club when you get to the time of it's rebirth in 1968.

“We've probably skipped two generations of fans and we're now fighting to build it ourselves, get people from the town and the surrounding areas to realise that this is a club going forward.

“I think targeting the youngsters in local schools is a fantastic idea, and the chairman is doing that again this year, so it's all positive.

“You want the fruits now though, but it's a long term project.”

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