Town keen to cash in on promotion

Celebrating promotion at Wembley
Celebrating promotion at Wembley

Fleetwood Town will do everything possible to capitalise financially from their League One status – including packing in more away fans.

Town are hopeful of several Highbury sell-outs next season, with Preston North End, Sheffield United, Coventry City and Oldham Athletic on the fixture list.

Highbury has until now been able to accommodate just over 1,000 away supporters, but chief executive Steve Curwood revealed the club was looking at ways to boost that capacity and make financial hay while the sun shines.

He said: “You look at the away attendances last year and we hope they will rise significantly, given the number of big teams we play this season. We want to swell the coffers and so we need to accommodate as many as possible.

“We’re looking at a situation next season where we may have to turn visiting fans away, though we want to minimise the chances of that having to happen.”

Town’s home support is also set to grow, with the club confirming healthy season ticket sales and a significant number of new fans paying up to join the Cod Army ranks.

Curwood believes there will be a huge financial gain on the back of promotion. He added: “We have to look at all the budgeting for the coming season. That’s been difficult because we didn’t know which league we would be in.

“The benefits of going up are substantial in terms of income. From where we were two or three years ago, it’s a big jump.”