Chairman: Come on down to the Turf
9:00am Thursday 20th February 2014 in Sport
BURNLEY co-chairman John Banaszkiewicz has called for fans to fill Turf Moor, in an open letter to all Clarets.
Banaszkiewicz and the club’s board of directors has become concerned by the low home attendances, which are averaging around 11,500.
But with Burnley sitting second going into the final 15 games of the season, Banaszkiewicz has appealed to the fans and the town to unite behind Sean Dyche’s side for one big push for promotion.
Ahead of Saturday’s showdown with Nottingham Forest, who are six points behind in fifth, he said: “Sean and the players are treating us to some of the best entertainment we have seen in years and with some big games still to come, we want to encourage as many fans as possible to come along and make their voices heard.
“Our average home attendance currently stands at just around 11,500 and our travelling support is around 1,500; figures we can all be proud of in these times of austerity.
“Can we do better? I think we can and I think we need to do better when we look at who we are going to be playing as we come into the home stretch of the season sitting in second place.
“Promotion-chasing rivals Nottingham Forest, Derby, Leicester and Leeds United are all big games for the club and a big crowd in full voice makes a massive contribution to the atmosphere and in supporting the players.
“Put simply, we need to compete off the pitch and put in a big performance to match the way we play.”
Banaszkiewicz said the club had recognised the rising cost of going to games and acted accordingly with the Flexi-Ticket scheme.