Wisbech Town hitting the heights
Wisbech can claim Ridgeons League bragging rights when it comes to the attendance table.
Whilst Dereham Town, Leiston, Haverhill Rovers and Wroxham battle it out to be top of the Ridgeons Premier, ninth-placed Wisbech Town top a different sort of table.
With a highest attendance of 405 this season and an average of 275, Wisbech's attendances dwarf those of the teams around them. An attendance of 405 would not look out of place in the Blue Square South or North and is not far off being an acceptable Blue Square Premier attendance - given that Hayes and Yeading versus Bath City only attracted 532.
Over 2,700 spectators have passed through The Fenland Stadium gates this season which is over 600 more than second-placed Hadleigh United.
This feat is made even more impressive given that they were without Fenland Park for just under two years whilst it was under construction. The Fenman ground shared with neighbours Outwell Swifts, and the Nest ground was their home for two years until they moved to the brand new Tom Wood's Beer Fenland Stadium on August 14, 2010. The first game at the new stadium was a 5-0 thrashing of St Andrews in a FA Cup preliminary round tie.
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Perhaps the main reason for Wisbech Town's high attendance is their previous high stature. They where only relegated from The Southern League in 2002 and have played in the FA Cup first round no fewer than eleven times and the second round once - against teams such as Ipswich Town and Brighton & Hove Albion during those runs.
Another reason for the high attendance is the size and location of the town of Wisbech. The town itself has a population of approximately 20,000 and with it being quite a distance from any league teams, it would appear the locals clearly prefer going to watch The Fenman rather than travel.
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When Wisbech moved into The Tom Wood's Beer Fenland Stadium they signalled the end of two years turmoil playing at a borrowed ground. Now, with a loyal fan base there is no denying The Fenman are a sleeping giant.
Who is to say they cannot work their way back up the divisions and give their fans something to cheers about?