Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Heed Hope Slashed Price of Tickets Will Boost Gate; NATIONAL LEAGUE

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Heed Hope Slashed Price of Tickets Will Boost Gate; NATIONAL LEAGUE

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Byline: JEFF BOWRON

GATESHEAD have reduced their admission prices by a third to become the cheapest in the fifth-tier of English football.

The Tynesiders hope to see an increase at the gate as they stage home games on consecutive weekends following wins at Chesterfield and Barrow.

First up are 14th-placed Eastleigh this afternoon followed by bottom four side Dagenham and Redbridge next weekend.

It will now cost just PS10 to gain entry at the International Stadium having been PS15 for the past few seasons, under-18s and students charged only PS5. Under-12s, the next generation of Heed fans, will continue to gain free entry to Gateshead home games.

It's a bold move by overseas owner Dr Ranjan Varghese as the Tynesiders launch a new era of 'professional football for a tenner.' The new adult admission price is half that of Conference rivals Hartlepool United, with both sides level on 23 points from 13 games.

It is also cheaper than at the region's three National League North clubs.

Gateshead are one of the worstsupported clubs in the National League year on year and it is hoped the price drop will be reflected at the gate.

Only Boreham Wood have a lower average attendance in the fifth-tier than Gateshead's 829 this season, just 578 at the last home game against Braintree.

Operations director Michael Williams said: "The football we offer is of a very high standard for this level.

"It would be great to have more people come along and join the Heed Army.

"To come up with this price structure, we researched the prices of other National League sides and more importantly other local nonleague clubs.

"Our new price structure provides the cheapest and best value for money tickets in the National League.

"It also makes us very competitive when compared to other teams in the region.

"Therefore we feel there is no better non-league option, as far as both the football and price is concerned, than Gateshead. …

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