Plymouth Argyle slash ticket price in bid to draw 10,000 fans to Home Park
PLYMOUTH Argyle are hoping to attract their biggest home crowd of the season for their vital relegation clash with Barnet on Saturday.
Bottom-placed Pilgrims believe the League Two encounter with the north Londoners could prove to be one of the key games of the season.
Argyle ended a two-match losing run with a hard-earned, but spirited 1-1 draw at second-last AFC Wimbledon on Tuesday night.
But manager John Sheridan's Argyle are three points adrift from the teams above them and cannot afford to lose any more ground on their rivals in the relegation dog-fight.
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One of those in the mire with Argyle is former Holland international Edgar Davids' Barnet who have suddenly discovered the winning habit.
Barnet, along with Accrington Stanley, pocketed three points in midweek
The Bees beat promotion-hunting Southend United 2-0, while Stanley won 3-0 at Rochdale, which took a little of the gloss from Argyle's point gained at Kingsmeadow.
And with a tough-looking run-in against many of the better-placed League Two sides ahead of them in March and April, the importance of three points from Saturday's showdown with Barnet cannot be understated.
Argyle need as many of the Green Army and other fans, who have stayed away as the city club's fortunes have faded over the past five years, to be as one voice at the Theatre of Greens on Saturday.
To help pull people in, Argyle are slashing prices for the match and teaming up with The Herald in an initiative where children can get in free.
The Pilgrims club president Chris Webb was in south London on Tuesday night along with over 800 Green Army supporters who did their bit to help Argyle deny Wimbledon.
Webb hailed Argyle's supporters, both whom and away as 'nothing short of remarkable' and said their presence could tip the balance on Saturday.
He said: "We want a full and rocking Home Park on Saturday as this is a game that could prove pivotal in our fight to retain Football League status this year.
"We've had it tough as fans over the past five years and in these harsh economic times, it's unbelievable that Argyle fans have continued to support the club home and away.
"We've got 12 games left which means 12 cup finals and Saturday's match against Barnet, is one where I'd like the city's fans to come together and cheer the Greens to victory."
In a Herald-backed cost-cutting initiative, Argyle have introduced a triple-bonanza of special offers.
The Pilgrims have reduced all ticket prices and are allowing all members to bring in two friends for just £10.
And with the assistance of the Herald, Argyle will be re-introducing free admission for children to the Family Zone for all. For kids to qualify for the Family Zone deal, they must be accompanied by a paying adult or a club Member and carrying a copy of the Herald – dated March 2. There is also another deal when exclusive members can bring up to two guests for just £10.
And Argyle are offering reduced admission prices for non-members and also away fans. Adults, over-65s and students are charged £10, while it will cost the under-18s opting not to sit in the Family Zone For All, just £5.