dr martens 10 eyelet Reds record fans saluted
REDDITCH United Football Club chairman Pat Cremin has sent a big new year “thank you” to the town after a record breaking crowd turned up to watch the derby day victory over Bromsgrove Rovers.
Some 1,386 fans swelled The Valley Stadium to cheer on the league leaders’ thumping 4 0 win that has since been officially recorded as the Dr Martens Western and Eastern League’s highest attendance to date.
Mr Cremin had appealed through the pages of the Redditch Advertiser to support their hometown club as they bid to end a 16 year promotion drought and take a potential huge leap to the national Nationwide Conference League, which is just one level below the Football League.
United have led the Dr Martens Western League for much of the season but had only attracted average gates of around 250 before the bumper crowd against local rivals Rovers on Saturday, December 27.
“I’m gobsmacked,” admitted Mr Cremin, who runs the Duck Pond pub in Webheath. “We asked for more support and boy, did we get it!
“Not only did we break the Dr Martens League records but there was only one bigger attendance in the Nationwide Conference than ours on the day.
“If we get to the Conference, it’s just the kind of figure we’d need to do well there. It shows the support is out there in the town and it would be fantastic if we get at least half that figure for the rest of the promotion campaign this season.”
Mr Cremin added: “It meant so much to everyone at the club and gave the players a huge boost they loved it and that showed in their excellent performance on the pitch.
“There was a fantastic atmosphere on the day and both sets of fans behaved impeccably.
“There was no need for segregation and I was pleased there was no long queues for the burger van.”
Mr Cremin also saved special praise for the police’s support and handling of the match on the day.
The club now plans to launch a scheme this month to involve the business community by setting up an Elite Redditch Business Club where 50 local companies will be invited to pay 1,000 each to become corporate sponsors. In turn, the firms can nominate a school to receive season tickets as part of an attractive package.