South West Wales

Port Talbot Town football fans choose ticket price

Media captionClub chairman Andrew Edwards said they had to boost crowd numbers

A Welsh Premier football club has allowed fans to pay what they want at the gates in a bid to boost attendance.

Port Talbot Town tried the idea on Saturday afternoon for their game against Bala Town at the 6,000-seat stadium at Victoria Road.

Early indications suggested a 10% increase on the usual attendance of around 200.

Club chairman Andrew Edwards said something had to be done to boost "disappointing" crowd numbers.

An adult will usually pay £7 a ticket.

Speaking to BBC Radio Wales before the game, Mr Edwards said: "We've tried many things over the last few seasons with a number of different initiatives which have never really seemed to have taken off as we would have liked.

"This scheme is new, different and we're hoping we can get a positive response from it.


"We've been disappointed with the lack of support so far this season and the players and management deserve better.

"We're playing a good standard of football and it's disappointing that the public don't support the Welsh Premier League and its clubs."

High attendances at Victoria Road have been recorded in recent years for big games, although the average btween 1994 and 2010 was just over 200.

In 2007, 2,609 people watched Port Talbot beat Swansea City in an FAW Premier Cup quarter final.

And for the Welsh Cup final in 2010 against Bangor City, 4,000 fans turned out.

Last July about 1,700 attended a pre-season friendly at home to Swansea City, but attendances for league games this season have ranged from 113 to 260.

Mr Edwards said they needed more spectators week in, week out, and hoped that the initiative would tempt people to attend more regularly.

"Port Talbot Town are a family-friendly club - we do a lot of work within the community and by running this initiative, we hope to get people in and change their perspective."

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