We've sold out

Last updated : 19 March 2002 By Tony Scholes

Sadly the attendances have not been as high this season as expected. Despite a promotion challenge all season they have been disappointing particularly whilst we were top of the league.

Tomorrow though for the second time this season, and for only the fourth time since the new stands were built the three home stands are full. So what do you we have to do to fill them? The answer is obvious, we can either drop the price or sign one of the biggest names in English football.

The first time we saw the ground full was in February two years ago and for successive home games against promotion rivals Wigan and Preston all home tickets were sold. For the Preston game the ground was virtually full with Preston also selling out. However the clamour for tickets had nothing to do with the league placing but more because of the signing of striker Ian Wright who had joined the Clarets from Celtic.

Wrighty lifted the club and was the biggest signing in our history of that there was no doubt. His presence saw an increase in gates for the rest of the season and of course the promotion to Division One.

We had to wait until last November for the next full house and this time it was all down to the £5 admission charge in all areas of the ground, even the Grimsby fans took advantage with a massive 292 turning up.

There's no Ian Wright tomorrow and there's no £5 admission but we have heard that former manager Chris Waddle will be at the game. He should get a wonderful reception even though he has been trying to say nice things about the club recently.

Waddle will be here though for the same reason as all those queuing for tickets, to see the debut of our latest signing, the signing that has even eclipsed that of Ian Wright. As long as Stan decides to name him in the side, and as yet he hasn't made any promises, everyone will be here to see the Burnley debut of Paul Gascoigne.

So we've cracked it, we know how to get a full house. Now Man City and Wolves excepted we need to find ways of getting away fans to turn up.