Worksop Town boss Ryan Hindley wants a crowd of over 500 at Sandy Lane for the first competitive game of his managerial tenure.
And the former Hallam gaffer is so set on a big gate that he’ll consider it a personal failure if fewer than 500 come through the turnstiles.
The Tigers get their 2017/18 campaign underway at home to Hinckley AFC in the FA Cup on Saturday 5th August and then travel to Liversedge for the NCEL Premier opener on Tuesday 8th.
“You don’t get two bigger games than Hinckley and Liversedge so my message is ‘be loud and be proud and get behind the team,’ said Hindley.
“We have the best support in non-league and in my opinion we always will and if we don’t have 500 fans at the first game of the season then I’ll have failed because we do have that support to count on.”
Hindley’s Tigers have gone through an intensive pre-season, including seven friendlies so far with another two against Matlock Town and Frickley Athletic yet to come.
And although it appears the new manager hasn’t exactly been overwhelmed with what he’s seen in the summer friendlies but his players have impressed him with their work ethic.
“It’s been a work out, the lads have run about and tried a few things,” he said after a 2-1 win on Tuesday at Retford FC.
“I think the lads will, with no disrespect to Retford, play better against better players.
“It seems to be a thing with Worksop, even when I was a player we never seemed to have a good pre-season.
“Although saying that, I have a great bunch of players and they’re working hard and it will all come together.”
Ahead of Saturday’s visit to Sandy Lane of their former Evo-Stik Northern Premier rivals Matlock, Hindley admitted he’s champing at the bit to get to the ‘real’ games.
“The most important thing is the lads are getting game time as we come into the final and crucial period of pre-season.
“I can’t wait to get the new season under-way, it will have to be better than it has been so far.”