Sing along with Chiefs songs..... what? Am i missing something here or have we all suddenly got season tickets at Sandy Park?
The 'Tribe' may travel well in numbers at the moment, but believe me it will only be temporary. Remember how many we used to take when we were in our first couple of seasons in the top flight? Regularly 1000+ and sometimes even more and we were extremely vocal- much more so than now.
For a club who is 5th in the League Exeters home attendances are absolutely woeful- (8000). We have averaged way more (10,200) and we are 10th. If we were in Exeters position I would imagine we would be able to get 15,000.
As soon as Exeter fall down the table- which will happen at some point, their support will also fall and they'd probably get 4-5,000 like they did against Newcastle this season. I remember going to Exeter in the Old Division 1 and outnumbering the home fans, so can we please stop this love in.
The away support is growing steadily. Yes the results are helping but the camaraderie among supporters and the fact that we tend to stand together plus the away supporters coaches are also building a solid away support base - 10 years ago there were about 8 of us!! This season's home attendance has been disappointing but the SW has been hit very hard by the recession and the public sector job losses have been particularly heavy. At the County Ground we might get 1,000 if we were lucky even when we were regualrly in the top 3 of the old Division 1 and at Sndy Park we averaged about 3 to 4k in the last championship season so to develop that to 8k in 2 years is pretty good going.
There is also the travel distance for away supporters: Bath, Glaws, yourselves and Irish are the only away trips less than 200 miles Each Way
. That lack of away supporters has been very obvious this year.
Of course, like you, the income generating stadium helps to take away the dependency on gates and once we aquire the P shares and so long as we can stay up for the next 3 or 4 years we will finally get to a financial level playing field with the rest of the Prem.
It will be interesting to see how well we can do when we aren't playing with one hand tied behind our backs financially.......