I read the most recent update from the club other day, partly in amazement and most definitely with pride, where they released the latest figures of Season Tickets sold.
At the time of publication, the club has sold 2087 season tickets. That is a phenomenal figure when you consider the fact we are in the third tier of Scottish Football, we had what was arguably the worst season in living memory, and that it dwarfs the season ticket sales of not only every other club in our league, but that of a significant number of Championship teams too.
Whilst that’s a great reason to be pleased, it was the next part of that statement that really left me chuffed. Of the figure of 2087, 428 of those were free season tickets taken up by U12’s. That might seem to be a bit of a contradiction to an outsider, that I would be celebrating the fact about 25% of the total ‘sales’ were in fact sold for £0.
Anyone who would take that view though, is taking a pretty myopic view of the importance of these ‘sales’. Yes, you want as many Season Tickets sold as possible, as it is a guaranteed bum on a seat at every home game and guaranteed revenue for the club. However, every one of those 428 (and bear in mind there are also those sold to 12-17 yr old children included in the 2087) is the next generation of Pars fan, and therefore the lifeblood of the club for the next generation.
As I write this, it was 2 years ago to the day that the CVA was accepted and DAFC was saved from extinction. That’s not me being melodramatic, that’s a cold, hard fact. It actually brings a smile to my face to think that these kids are going to grow up supporting the team, and hopefully experience the special days that will give them memories like I have from winning Championships, Promotions, and Cup Finals. Not to mention their generations version of Kozma’s hat trick against St Mirren, or Mark Smith’s cross/shot against Rangers, or Barry Nicholson’s ‘Archie Gemmell’ against ICT. That’s the beauty of supporting a ‘diddy team’. You remember these things because they are fewer and further between than it would be for a ‘bigger’ team where it’s almost a matter of routine.
More importantly, these kids are the new me & you. They are the ones who will be spending daft amounts of money (probably more than their Mrs knows *ahem*) on the club when they are old enough to earn their own, and hopefully will be the ones not only buying the kits etc but will be supplying the new generation of kids to replace them.
That being the case, we MUST be doing as much as we can to encourage them and I think the club is making a good effort there. Whilst this site is a wholly independent site with no ties to the club, we also want to try and assist with that, and so that is one of the reasons we are going to be as inclusive as possible so that anyone, be they old, middle aged, young, male female, literally ANYONE who is a Pars or even just a football fan, can use this site and post on the forum to get them talking about and engaged with this great club. Forums are a great way to do that, and hopefully it can encourage them to start engaging with the club in a more meaningful way assisting with projects within the club.
It is, after all, a club run by the Fans, For the Fans, so as adults Pars fans, I feel it’s our duty to them and the club to get them involved.
So, let’s all do what we can to help encourage these kids by making them welcome both here and at games, and hopefully, they might even buy us a pint in Charlie D’s when they’re old enough…