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Alan Hardy urges Notts County fans to continue being part of "revolution"


Joe Jones

Alan Hardy has thanked the Notts County fanbase for their role in the club's "revolution" over the past year and has challenged them to make Meadow Lane "the busiest it has been for 25 years".

This time last year, the Magpies were in the middle of a horrid losing run but now sit in the top places of League Two and have a chance of reaching the third round of the FA Cup.

In his weekly Nottingham Post column, Hardy wrote: "I would like to thank our supporters for making Notts County the fastest growing football club in the East Midlands, and challenge them to make Meadow Lane the busiest it has been for 25 years.

"I am an impatient man when it comes to wanting success, but, taking stock of what has been achieved this year, I realise how much the fans are buying into our Magpies revolution.

"When I arrived at the club, our average attendance had slumped to 4,353 and was projected to dip below 4,000 as a result of three home victories in the calendar year 2016.

"Now, though, our average attendance after 10 home league matches – and eight wins – so far this season is 7,186 – a 65 percent increase.

"For us to be successful we must continue to sustain growth in our fanbase year-on-year.

"So, I challenge Notts fans to deliver the highest average crowd at Meadow Lane for a quarter of a century.

"We have not had an average attendance of over 10,000 since 1992, when Derek Pavis and Neil Warnock had us in the top flight.

"The best since then was 8,314 in 1993-94 and we’re not too far behind that tally so the challenge between now and the end of the season is for us to better that because the manager and players deserve it.

"My commitment to supporters is to fund and create an environment in which this club can challenge for promotion, deliver improvements to the infrastructure and facilities on and off the pitch and give them a club they can be proud of.

"I have another challenge for the fans - sell out Meadow Lane for at least one game before the end of the season. I'll do my bit to make it affordable for 19,500 fans to come - make sure you do yours.

"This season has the potential to be a special one for the club. Make sure you play your part, starting when we welcome Oxford City for an exciting Emirates FA Cup tie on Saturday. Your support will be more important than ever - so see you down at the Lane!"

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