Crewe Alex: Fans buying into bright new future as season ticket sales rise
CREWE are on course to sell more than 2,000 season tickets before a deadline for discount prices ends on Friday.
The Alex have League One season tickets on offer at the same level as they cost in 2005, and have already beaten the 1,835 sold before the start of their last campaign.
Fans have been tempted back to Gresty Road following promotion, with 1,996 season tickets being snapped up by late yesterday.
Club spokesman Rob Wilson said: "There has been an incredible buzz around the club and in the town ever since we embarked on this record 19-game unbeaten run.
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"Now I'm sure everyone is looking forward to the likes of Sheffield United, Coventry, Preston and Portsmouth visiting Gresty Road.
"The feel-good-factor has continued into the summer and we are delighted that we look likely to sell more tickets before Friday's deadline than we did over the entire course of last season.
"We can only thank our loyal fans for their continued support and for all those new or returning fans for buying a season ticket."
An adult season ticket bought before 5pm on Friday costs £285, the third cheapest average price available in the division.
Colchester and Sheffield United are the most expensive in League One with average season ticket prices of £437 and £424 respectively.
Hartlepool are providing the best value at £155, followed by Scunthorpe, who are charging £270.
Crewe, who sold a record 4,000 season tickets in 2001/02, are also offering £65 options for 12 to 16-year-olds, and at £45 for under-11s.
Attendances at Gresty Road steadily rose last season as the club progressed up the table after Steve Davis replaced Dario Gradi as manager.
Only 3,420 were turning up on average over the first four home games while the Railwaymen were struggling at the wrong end of the basement division.
But that rose to 5,943 for the last four games as Davis's young team clinched the final play-off spot on their way to a win at Wembley which secured a place in the third tier.
The run helped the average attendance level out at 4,124, when at one point it had seemed certain to dip under 4,000.