Tivvy issue rallying call to fans and local businesses to take the club forward
Tiverton Town have issued a rallying call to fans and local businesses to get behind the club and take it forward. Tiverton were promoted to the Premier Division of the Southern League last year. They achieved this in the South & West Play Offs by beating Taunton at Ladysmead 3-1 in front of 924 fans in the Semi-Final and they then followed that up by beating Salisbury 2-0 in the final in front of a crowd of 2,247 at the Raymond McEnhill Stadium.
The current season has seen Tiverton in and around the play off places from the start of the campaign and teams of the calibre of Hereford, Slough, Kettering and Kings Lynn who are all full of ex -league players have visited the Devon club. Tivvy are considered by many experts to be currently punching above their weight and the committee intend to keep this trend going with a talented squad of players managed by Martyn Rogers along with assistant manager Colin Nation and FA Vase winner player/coach Scott Rogers. The one disappointing thing though has been the attendances at Ladysmead with the average for the season standing currently at 259 people attending and Tivvy is currently ranked 18 out of 24 clubs in the league for average attendances in the 2017/18 season. Tiverton would like to acknowledge its loyal supporter base but would like to increase the numbers through the turn-styles to help with the day to day costs of maintaining a Southern League Premier Operation.
With vastly increased costs in the current 2017/18 season including coach fares of over £18,000 and an increased player budget to compete in the Premier Division the crowds have been far lower than envisaged. The rallying call has now gone out to the Town and surrounding areas to come on down to support the team at Ladysmead. Any local businesses who would like to become part of the success story at Tiverton are also invited to get involved and back the club through sponsorship etc. This is an ideal marketing opportunity for companies with Tiverton F.C receiving excellent exposure through the Southern League. There are already many companies in the local area who support Tivvy, but more are needed to take the club forward. A successful team means economic benefits for the Town but like a lot of non-league clubs who are facing problems with finance, Tiverton are unfortunately no exception and need the support.
Tiverton’s next home game weather permitting is on Saturday 10th March 2018 and it’s pay as much as you want on the gate. This is an ideal opportunity for the local community to support the team. Why not bring your whole family down to Ladysmead to sample live football for a moderate sum that you decide is affordable for you and your family? The players are very approachable before and after the game in the club house and Martyn Rogers the manager is always happy to talk football to the fans after the game. Tiverton appreciates all the support it gets but now more than ever needs everybody to pull together to make sure that the club moves forward and doesn’t waste the excellent work everybody has put into Tiverton Town. F.C
Jay Richardson & Simon Ellis
Tiverton Town Press Officers