It wasn’t Tadcaster Albion’s biggest crowd of the season last Saturday, but it
could well have been their smallest had Heanor not taken around 40 fans to the
game to swell the gate to 86.
The Lions’ magnificent away support boosted many East Midlands Counties League clubs to their best attendances of the season over the previous two years, and Northern Counties East League clubs are finding Heanor’s travelling supporters a big boost to their gates as well.
There had been fears that moving into the new league, with its greater travelling, that Heanor’s away support might dwindle, but the formation of the 12 th Man Supporters Club has kept people together, giving the team and the club a big boost at away games.
The Supporters Club is to have a stall on Heanor Market Place at the occasion of the switching on of the town’s Christmas Lights, and they will have a number of club souvenirs on sale, such as pens, mugs, scarves, bob hats and club calendars.
These are in addition to other items which the members are involved in, one of which, following a leak of information, may well be a cake stall.
The Football Club, meanwhile, appears to be heading for some great support for its Christmas Community Evening on the Town Ground on December 12.
A number of acts are in the process of being engaged and there will be live music throughout the evening with many stalls, games, Santa’s grotto, raffle, and other events.
Tickets are on sale from club members and Committee and at all home games.
There are hopes that a number of the players missing from last Saturday’s game will be back in contention for a place in this week’s line-up against leaders Bridlington Town.
Lee Stevenson is back from his one match suspension and injuries to James
Rushby and Phil Austin’s should have cleared up and Daniel Fields will be available having been unable to play last week because of work.
But Dwayne Wiley is still struggling with a knee injury though.