Date: 22nd October 2007 at 1:45pm
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Dave Whelans decision to slash the attendance prices at the JJB for Latics Premiership fixtures appears to be paying early dividends with a rise in the average home attendance after the first 5 matches

Last seasons opening five games saw the Latics attract a total of 84,433 spectators at an average of 16,886 per game, this season that figure as risen to 91,625 averaging at 18,325 per game



This is a rise in the average of just under 10%

In attempts to get more people through the turnstiles the club are working overtime with promotions like the ‘bring a friend for a fiver` that was used on Saturday for the Portsmouth game.

To build a fan base takes years but the Latics are certainly moving in the right direction, the table below shows the first five home matches for the past two seasons

Season 2006/07 Season 2007/08

Reading 14,636 Middlesbrough 14,007

Watford 16,359 Sunderland 18,639

Man Utd 20, 631 Fulham 16,973

Man City 16,235 Liverpool 24,311

Charlton 16,572 Portsmouth 17,695

84,433 average 16,886 91,625 average 18,325

Lets hope that the side can get back to playing attractive football and encourage more people through the turnstiles

What do you think it takes for a club to get its fan base growing?