Barkingside hope for crowd boost on Non-League Day
PUBLISHED: 10:00 12 October 2018
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Side have special ticket offers in place for Saturday’s game with Airportmen
Barkingside chairman Jimmy Flanagan is hopeful Non-League Day brings a bumper crowd to Cricklefield Stadium on Saturday when they entertain Stansted in the Essex Senior League.
With no fixtures scheduled in the top two flights of English football, fans across the country are being encouraged to pop along to their nearest ground on Saturday and support their local club.
To further entice potential new fans through the gates, clubs are also offering special ticket prices on Non-League Day and Side are no exception.
For the game against the Airportmen, Barkingside are offering free admission to members of the armed services, students and those currently unemployed, as long as proof is provided.
Tickets for anyone else wishing to attend the match is priced at £5, while Flanagan also revealed he will refund the admission price of Side’s loyal band of regular supporters for Saturday’s game should the crowd exceed 100.
It is hoped those offers should see a few more through the gate as Barkingside look for a boost off the field on Non-League Day.
On the field, Side will be looking for a boost too as they continue their search for a first win of the season.
Michael Walther’s men have endured a difficult week, losing 4-0 at Tower Hamlets on Monday after being 5-0 away to Leyton Athletic on Saturday.
Those results mean the Cricklefield Stadium club will start Non-League Day bottom of the table.
Walther, however, remains as confident as ever that Barkingside will soon find their form in the league.
Taking to social media site Twitter, the side manager posted: “Very hard time at the moment and the past does not count for anything, but in time Barkingside will be stronger, and am looking to add to previous successes.”
Walther will want Saturday’s clash with Stansted marks an upturn in form for Barkingside as they hope their season belatedly takes flight.
After a turbulent first couple of months of the season, Side will want their season to now take off.