Crowds break 400 barrier

Attendances for league games at the Reynolds Stadium rose by 15 per cent last season which is encouraging news for Matlock Town in these times of recession.

An average of 401 spectators watched the Gladiators in home Evo-Stik League Premier Division as opposed to 348 the season before and Matlock officials are hoping that the upward trend will continue.

And there’s every chance of that being the case with FC United of Manchester remaining in the division after losing their play off final at Colwyn Bay, the Rebels bringing a huge following with them for the last home game of the season at the Reynolds Stadium, which attracted a season’s best 1249 crowd.

A Gladiators spokesman said: “It’s nice to have got through that 400 barrier, now we have to aim for 500. Manager Mark Atkins is again working very hard to attract good calibre players to add to the good nucleus of players we already have at the club. There was some cracking football at the Reynolds Stadium last season and in the main we feel that fans went home having been well entertained.”