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16th July 2009 23:59

email update from MTFC, 16Jul2009:

It's been a very busy close season for us with the season ticket initiative dominating all our time. 2747 season ticket holders promises a great season of support as we push for promotion back to the Football League.


Andy Perry video, 2 June 2009 ---->



from club: 10 June 2009 -->
The final deadline for applications for season tickets for the forthcoming season at the special offer price of £195 and £99 for concessions passed on Sunday 31st May @ 4pm. I am pleased to be able to tell you that over 2530 applications have been received and are now being processed. Of these 1908 are from adults or adult equivalents paying the full season ticket price of £195.

The Club is delighted to have more than doubled the number of adult season ticket holders and when taking into account the value of two concessions equalling one adult ticket we have achieved an amazing result. It's now certain that the team will be better and more regularly supported than for many years. We are optimistic of promotion back to the Football League next April.

Season Ticket sales double from last season
mansfieldtown.net, Tue 02 Jun 2009

We are delighted with the number of Season Tickets sold following the end of their eight week campaign, and can announce that they have doubled the number of season tickets sold from the entire of last season.

The counting process is still ongoing, but as of 9.30am on 02 June 2009, we have sold over 2,000 adult equivalents at the discounted rate and over 2,500 in total sales. We are now expecting to play in front of 3,000 people on average for home matchdays next season.

Full story ---> http://www.mansfieldtown.premiumtv.co.uk/page/NewsDetail/0,,10325~1679502,00.html

This is almost double the amount of tickets sold throughout last season, when 1,348 tickets were bought, of which 709 were adults.

Chairman Andrew Perry told http://www.mansfieldtown.net: "It was an ambitious target to try and get 3,000 adults to sign up, but we are an ambitious club with high aims."

"It is a fantastic response from the people of Mansfield - who know we are trying to do all we can to get people into Field Mill."

Said boss David Holdsworth: "As first team manager, I am thrilled with the response from our dynamic Season Ticket scheme.

"Knowing that we are likely to play in front of bigger crowds next season is likely to help improve the atmosphere around the ground and ultimately lift the players.

"It will give us an extra boost ahead of next season should even more people sign up," he added.

Originally, we had hoped to sell 3,000 adult tickets at the start of the eight week campaign.

Said Chairman Andrew Perry: "Like any good business, we had a back up plan which will now be implemented. The Mansfield public can help us even more by supporting our off the field activities."

"Should these events be supported then we will fill the shortfall from the original Season Ticket budget.

"We remain confident for a very fruitful season, both on and off the pitch.

"Everything at Mansfield Town is now geared towards one aim - promotion," he added.

Recently, the club had staged a hugely successful Champions Dinner evening in their newly named Kevin Bird Suite, where over 100 people were present.

They are now planning a variety of events throughout the course of next season, with a Fathers' Day luncheon and Wimbledon Dinner on the forthcoming calendar.

Meanwhile, plans are underway to try and reduce stewarding costs for next season.

Supporters can still buy a season ticket for the forthcoming campaign, with prices now reverting to:

£300 - Adults

£185 - Concessions

£99 - Juniors (13-16)

We are currently writing to all season ticket applicants with collection details and are thanking fans for their support before a ball has even been kicked.

Season ticket books will be able to collect are anticipated to be available from Monday 13th July.

Two additional tickets from the season ticket book can only be used from Mansfield's home friendly matches against Walsall on Tuesday 28th July and Hartlepool United on Saturday 1st August.

The club have started the process of banking cheques, submitting credit/debit cards or making monthly payment arrangements and expect to begin to confirm or allocate seats by the end of June.

Car parking space for a home matchday will also be more limited than last season.

Supporters who wish to apply for a seasonal parking pass are advised to apply early to avoid disappointment.

Season Ticket holders will be given first priority, priced at £75.Book now by calling the club on 01623 482 482.

Prices for a parking slot on a match by match basis will now cost £3 for Season Ticket holders and £5 for non-season ticket holders.


Holdsworth praises 'forward thinking' Stags board
Evening Post, June 04, 2009

DAVID Holdsworth today hailed the backing he has been given by the Mansfield Town's board in putting together his new-look squad.
So far the Stags have made six new signings – Luke Jones, Jake Speight, Luke Graham, Gary Mills, Tim Sandercombe and Paul Heckingbottom.
And they have also made striker Daryl Clare's loan move from Rushden and Diamonds permanent as they bid to secure a play-off place or better.
Manager Holdsworth feels chairman Andy Perry and directors Andy Saunders and Steve Middleton deserve praise for their 'forward thinking' approach.
And he believes the decision to honour season-ticket applications at £195 per adult will also benefit his team.
"The fans should be very encouraged by what Mr Perry and the board are doing at this club. They are a breath of fresh air," said Holdsworth.
"They have got behind me from day one and done their best to help me. They are all very good people.
"They want the club to be safe and sound and have its best interests at heart.
"It is a tremendous gesture for them to go ahead with the season-ticket plan. I'm sure the fans appreciate that and it can only help the team having good crowds behind us each week."


No player budget cut at Stags – Perry
Evening Post, June 08, 2009

MANSFIELD Town chairman Andy Perry insists manager David Holdsworth's budget this summer has not been compromised to offer cut-price season tickets.

The club said they would only make the £195 adult seats available if they got a take-up of 3,000 or more.
But with well over 1,500 signing up – more than double the 709 last year – the club agreed to honour the scheme anyway.
That has left a shortfall in the revenue they are striving to recoup from those sales.
But Perry says the club expect to make it up through commercial activity – and hope for a further boost from a good start to the 2009-2010 campaign.
It means Holdsworth can still bring in the three players he is targeting, despite having already added seven new faces.
"The budget for David is no different than if we had got the 3,000. It is not the case we have to cut it to go ahead with the early-bird season ticket scheme," said Perry.
"We are not holding back money to spend on the team in January – we are spending the budget to build a strong squad from the start.
"Then, if we have a decent run up to Christmas, we hope that would bring in extra income and then we could strengthen again using that.
"It's unlike last year when there was still money unspent when the summer transfer window (in August) and then the loan window (in November) closed."
Along with students and senior citizens, there are now more than 2,000 registered season ticket holders.
Including children, the figure is more than 2,500.
With those who pay on the gate and away supporters, the club hope to have at least 3,000 for most home games.
Figures for the exact breakdown of season ticket sales are to be released this week.
Perry added: "Getting 3,000 adult season ticket holders in the future is not impossible – and we are ambitious to do that.
"We do feel the new era is starting now after the transition last season."



Earlier stories:
1 June 2009


Earlier stories:

As of 28 May 2009 --->
1300 adult season tickets sold.
1696 total season tickets sold.


All applications to be made by 4pm on 31 May 2009.


Earlier stories:

OFFICE OPENING HOURS EXTENDED. Read full story at mansfieldtown.net here

Update - 22 May 2009 --->
1141 adult season tickets sold.
1480 total season tickets sold.


Andy Perry video interview--->

Wed May 20, 2009

Mansfield Town have announced that they will honour the price of £195 for an adult season ticket for all fans who sign up by the end of May.

Ticket deal WILL go ahead say Stags
CHAD, 20 May 2009, By John Lomas
MANSFIELD Town FC have pledged to go ahead with their cut price season ticket deal - even if they do not reach their 3,000 adults target.

More here

The announcement came after a fine response to last week's Chad articles, urging people to act.

Fans were told the adult season ticket price of £320 would come down to £195 this season if 3,000 came forward to make it viable.

And, although they are only a third of the way, the club have now said they will honour any pledges made before the end of the month before tickets go up to £300 after then- still cheaper than last season.

If the whole scheme still falls short of budget then the ambitious club may have to rein in some of their projected costs, though the playing budget will be the last thing slashed.

"The momentum is absolutely moving forward and we are very grateful for the support from the Chad who have thrown their weight behind this," said chairman Andy Perry.

"Last week's articles made a significant difference and the majority of comments we have had since have been extremely positive.

"We had a significant number of people here on Saturday, handing in forms and asking questions. Many of them had not previously had a season ticket but were responding to the Chad's appeal to get behind the club.

"A number of businesses have also reacted very positively.

"We remain very optimistic. But the directors have decided in the event of us falling short of the 3,000 target that the fans who have shown their loyalty and supporty to this club will still have the opportunity of buying their season tickets at the offer prices of £195 and £99.

"In effect, the remaining period between now and the end of month will be considered the 'early bird' offer period that has applied in previous years.

"For some reason momentum was very slow to begin with but it is starting to pick up now and we hope we can still achieve the figure we are looking for, though we only have two weeks to go. The feeling we are getting from supporters right now is very warm."

If Stags cannot hit the figure they need, Mr Perry added:"Consideration is being given to making adjustments to the budget to ensure the maximum amount of money is available to the manager.

"With so many ex-Football League clubs it really is the fifth division. The standard will improve massively with the arrival of Luton Town and Chester City.

"There are still over 500 season ticket holders from last season out there who have not yet filled in a form. Maybe they are waiting to hear about an Early Bird offer. Well this is it now.

"If we do fall short of the target the club will contact everyone and give them the opportunity of continuing at £195 for demonstrating their support."

The club has stressed they are counting two concessions as the equivalent of an adult ticket so all those buying a concession ticket are still contributing to the overall target and are just as vital.

If the 3,000 target is not reached then from June, adults will be up to £300 - adults are people over the age of 16 and up to the age of 65.

Concessions will be £185 - this will cover seniors (OAPs) over the age of 65, students with a NUS card or letter from school confirming full time education, and disabled persons.

Juniors will be £80 - this will be for 13 to 16 year olds. U13s will be free, provided they are accompanied by an adult.

Gate admission will be £16 for adults and £10 for concessions.

Earlier stories:
As of May 19, 955 adult season tickets had been sold. Details here



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