By Steven Oldham, Sports Correspondent
Stockport County’s Joe Connor hopes the team will be able to finish the season on a high after avoiding a third successive relegation last weekend.
The 1-1 draw with Braintree Town secured County’s Blue Square Premier status for another season with two games left in the season – at home to Tamworth tomorrow, and away at Hayes & Yeading a week later – with both teams desperately battling the drop themselves.
The Hatters could climb as high as 15th if results and victory margins go their way although 17th is a more realistic outcome.
Joe said: “If we can win our last two games, we can still move up the table a few places and make it look more respectable.”
“Every position helps the club financially too which is obviously important.”
“It’s been a hard few years to be a County fan so I want them to go into the summer not worrying that they will be supporting a struggling team again next season.”
County’s final home game of the season against Tamworth sees the ever popular cheaper tickets initative return – adults get in for £5 and kids for a quid, with under 7s free with a paying adult.
The reverse fixture at The Lamb ended 1-1 in September with the now-departed Nick Chadwick scoring County’s goal before Iyseden Christie equalised in the last minute.
“I think Tamworth is a massive game for us. It’s the last home game of the season and we need to get a good result. With the season ticket promotion going, it’s important for us to do our bit to help.”
The promotion Joe speaks about is aimed at raising £660,000 for the club through season ticket sales at reduced rates, which would match this season’s gate income.
Adults would be able to watch County all season for £120 including VAT with children’s prices at just £60 – just over £3 a game for kids. If the target is not met, prices will be frozen at 2011/2012 rates.
However, the prices are subject to the club reaching that target of £660,000 – and the pot currently stands well short at around £120,000, so a good performance and result tomorrow could do the appeal the world of good.
It is obvious Joe is passionate about the club and, as one of the team’s senior members, feels he has a responsibility to his younger teammates.
“Not long after I first joined, I played really well but we still lost. I realised it didn’t matter how well I played if the others around me didn’t care for the club.”
“I do care, and I like to think I’ve got some of the other lads thinking about how big a club County is and they should be proud to play for them.”
“Bringing players like Paul Turnbull and Matty Mainwairng was a great move by Jim (Gannon, Director of Football) – they are players who are passionate about the club.”
“Maybe they haven’t had the best example set by some players here in the past, who were happy just to pick up a pay cheque,” said Joe.
County’s final home game of the season kicks off tomorrow at 3pm. A big crowd is expected, particularly with the cheap tickets.
More information on the season ticket offer is available on www.madhatterprices.com
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