Argyle attendance is a numbers game
AS A regular and committed Argyle supporter for more than 50 years, I was amazed that Chris Errington believes that Argyle have budgeted for a break even figure of an average attendance of 8,000.
If this is true, then James Brent has been badly advised. I like Mr Brent and respect what he has done for the club, but we are where we are.
I don't believe Mr Brent would have taken on Argyle if he had not investigated the potential support in both good and bad times, and the dedicated support, including financial help for unpaid staff.
I sometimes think that Plymouth Argyle Football Club takes its fan base for granted. The truth is, we appear to be in another relegation fight in the bottom tier of the football league and an average attendance of 6,300 would seem pretty good to me. To accurately budget for a football league club based primarily on attendances is extremely difficult and totally different to any business that Mr Brent has been involved in.
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To budget for an attendance of 8,000 would mean Argyle were at least in a play off position. A possible automatic promotion place would of course ensure five-figure attendances, but we are a long way away from that.
If Argyle were doing well, there is only one club in this division, and indeed only two in the first division, that could come close to or bettering Argyle attendances.