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Stags expect increase in crowds

Andy Perry
Perry hopes the Stags can increase attendances next season

Mansfield Town chairman Andy Perry expects average gates to be above 3,000 at Field Mill next season.

The Stags have sold around 2,600 season tickets for their Blue Square Premier campaign after prices were slashed.

Perry told BBC Radio Nottingham: "Average gates of 2,526 were tremendous last season, considering there wasn't many away fans coming.

"We look to fill the stadium and we think we could get up to 3,000 average as a minimum next season."

Perry, along with fellow local businessmen Andy Saunders and Steve Middleton, bought the club on 4 July 2008, following relegation from League Two.

A return to the Football League is a priority for the Stags but Perry is keen to stress the benefits that a good cup run could bring.

He said: "You look at Torquay who had a good cup run and then got promoted the following season, you look at York who got to the final of the cup and seem to be spending quite heavily.

"It goes to show there is some money in a good cup run which would help the club immensely."



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