Tigers boss Shaw’s call to Arms

Jake Scott in the new Worksop Town home shirt, sponsored by Lee Westwood's Golf Academy
Jake Scott in the new Worksop Town home shirt, sponsored by Lee Westwood's Golf Academy

Worksop Town could be at the start of a thrilling new ride, and Mark Shaw wants people to get on board now.

Tigers begin their new life in the NCEL Premier on Saturday when they visit Armthorpe Welfare – with a new look side and a brand new kit.

They also have a new ‘supporter led’ ethos, with volunteers in charge of the fundraising that has kept the world’s fourth oldest club alive.

And as they start the 2014/15 campaign by stepping into the relatively unknown, Shaw has asked for local backing.

“I think if people get behind their local football team they could really enjoy the ride,” he said.

“I’m not saying it will be full of ups, there will be some downs and plenty of drama – but there will be enjoyment, well worth the money for people coming to the games.”

“We could be in for a good season, with a young team of lads from Worksop and the local area.”

“We’re trying to make a big buzz for the town, and for the local businesses who back us.”

The visit to Armthorpe on Saturday – which Shaw hints could see two new signings – will be followed by the first home game at Sandy Lane next Wednesday.

Shaw said: “I’m hoping for a big crowd, that would be fantastic.”

“We had 177 for the Sheffield FC friendly, which was great, and that was on the back of some not-so-great results.”

“People can come and watch a young team play some elegant football as we try to win three points.”

Admission prices have been slashed this year, with adults paying on the gate handing over just £5, compared with the £10 they forked out last season.

But along with a drop in divisions, and gate prices, Shaw insists there must also come a drop in expectation.

“We’ve put a brand new side together so we’ll have to be patient – even me.”

“I have a lot of faith in these young lads, they’ve worked very hard.”

“But we shouldn’t have the same pressure and expectation as teams who have spent a lot of money, like your Parramores and Heanors.”