ALVECHURCH are determined to rally their biggest support in more than 30 years by offering fans a special deal for their Midland League Premier Division Easter double-header.
Chairman Richard Thorndike says he wants to see Lye Meadow rocking with Church fans for the potential title-decider with Hereford on Easter Monday and for the clash with Heanor Town on Easter Saturday.
Church have had to put up prices for the all-ticket Hereford fixture to cover extra stewarding and ground improvements, with tickets costing £8 and £6 concessions.
Hereford are expected to sell out their 900 allocation and Church will have 600, with tickets going on sale on Wednesday, March 23.
However, Alvechurch are offering fans two matches for £10 if they pay to watch both the Heanor match and the Hereford game.
“Every away game Hereford play is like a ‘home’ game for them and we could have given them as many as 1,200 tickets in our 1,500-capacity, but we want as many Alvechurch fans, new and old, to come along and help create a fantastic occasion,” said Thorndike.
“It’s probably 30-35 years since we’ve had such a big game at Lye Meadow. It’s not since the late 80s when we played Bromsgrove and had 1,100 at Lye Meadow that we’ve had a bigger crowd.”
The club has had to liaise with the police, safety authorities and St John Ambulance, as well as bringing in stewards, extra food stalls and volunteers.
They have also had to complete new fencing, build a new covered area at the village end, construct a new toilet block and create a new turnstile as part of ground works which have cost in the region of £15,000 to ensure Lye Meadow meets the ground grading for promotion to the Southern League.
Work to finish new tarmacking and pathways is expected to be complete next week before the grading deadline on March 31.
For more information or to order tickets, e-mail Steve Denny at firstname.lastname@example.org.