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Can clubs improve the matchday experience?

By West Briton  |  Posted: November 08, 2012

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FIRSTLY can I wish Dave Kemp, former player and currently secretary at Perranwell a speedy recovery from his knee operation at the end of last week, writes Paul Smith.

Dave keeps me informed of all things Perranwell, their goal scorers, attendances, etc for every game and I know he was totally frustrated to be in his hospital bed last Saturday instead of being at Culdrose watching his team play.

He was a prolific scorer for Perranwell and one season finished as the league's top marksman.

A young player asked me the other day: "Why can't my team get promotion, even if they win the league." Well, the answer is facilities.

Nowadays to improve the experience of the match what is off the pitch is as important as players on the pitch. A team could have the best team in the league but without changing rooms, toilets, dugouts, safety barrier, etc, they won't be allowed to progress. And of course the higher up the leagues you go the more and better the facilities have to be.

To be truthful if each club looks at their average "crowd" they will see that it is getting more and more difficult to attract younger spectators to come and watch live football. Our average crowd is getting older. Youngsters are willing to play football for junior sides but won't come and watch. They have been spoilt by wall to wall football on television.

They have a choice of watching a local combo match, standing in the cold or watching Premiership football sitting at home on their settee.

Clubs need to make it a better matchday experience to tempt them away from the telly.

Interesting facts

Last weekend both Porthleven and Wendron picked up their first away points of the season, Culdrose are now one win away from joining St Just, Perranwell and Newquay in the "700 wins club".

This weekend Ludgvan will play their 1,150th league game. St Agnes conceded their 2,200th league goal last week while Troon need three more to make 700 league goals.

Holmans avoided defeat for two weekends in a row for the first time since February, Falmouth Athletic still haven't won since their first game of the season.

The draw between Falmouth Town and Newquay was their first since 95/96, St Day keep up their record of never losing a league game at Mullion and Goonhavern are still unbeaten at home against Troon.

Looking forward to this weekend's fixtures, Hayle Reserves have never won at Illogan, Porthleven haven't won at Culdrose since 07/08, Holmans have only ever won one league game at Perranwell, back in 83/84.

And finally in the League Cup, Pendeen Rovers and Newquay have met four times since it became a knock-out competition with Pendeen winning in 86/87 but since then Newquay have won three times, in 94/95, 95/96 and 97/98.

Match to Catch: Penryn Athletic v St Ives Town (Saturday, 2.30pm) – The Saints' unbeaten record will be tested.

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