Nowadays we are a little further down the pecking order (if you hadn't noticed!) Brackley, Corby, and Daventry are all closer to the still-faltering Northampton Town than us, and even the AFC Inbreds MK II are breathing down our necks.
And yet, thanks to being back in the Borough we are at least starting to attract our motley collection of moaners, gripers and whingers back to home games. So, although we trail behind many of the County's finest clubs in a footballing sense, we are once more the best supported Northants team outside of the league. We have even overhauled the mighty Inbreds even though it is commonly accepted that they are the best and biggest thing to happen in the history of football.
A quick dip into Kings Lynn's fabulously interesting website shows us as being the 42nd best supported team in Non League, above numerous Conference North and South teams. 14 Conference North teams are currently attracting less paying customers than our mis-firing Poppies, whilst only 4 Conference South teams are currently packing more in than we are getting at Latimer Park. Only one team in Calor Premier can boast bigger gates, and poor old Hyde in Conference Premier must be looking at our 600+ gates enviously.
The Turnstile League
Back in Northants, the mighty Brackley may be beating everyone out of sight, but still can't encourage many people to go and watch them. In fact they can't even hold onto the few fans they have as their home gates have slipped this season to just 300. Unsurprisingly our former landlords at Corby are seeing plummeting gates. And without a game against either Brackley or us to look forward to, it's unlikely the plastic jocks will be flooding back to Steal Park anytime soon. AFC Inbreds are attracting a hefty 500+ to the Dog and Duck. Probably equivalent to the rest of their division put together! But still less the 7-800 we were told they were attracting last year when we were struggling to break the magic 150 during midweek winter games in Corby.
Who knows, if we actually start winning games any time soon we might need to break open the 4th side of Latimer Park!
|Northants football - packing them in!|