DEAN HOYLE is confident Town will smash their season-ticket sales record by the time the special centenary offer ends on Friday.
So far 13,000 fans have snapped them up – just 1,000 short of the club’s best-ever tally.
That was back in 1970, when Town were preparing for top-flight football under Ian Greaves after winning the original Second Division title.
Thirty eight years on, chairman-elect Hoyle believes the future of the League I club is again exciting.
“I think the figures show the club have turned the corner off the field,” said the greetings card tycoon.
“Now the challenge for Stan Ternent and his management team is to turn the corner on it, and I’m sure they will.”
Season-tickets range from £100 to £175, with concessions for juniors and seniors, and Hoyle said: “The clear message to fans who still haven’t got one is don’t miss out.
“I’m absolutely delighted with the response so far. When we launched the offer, I was hoping for a final figure of between 12,000 and 13,000, so to have bettered that with five working days still to go is fantastic.
“The 14,000 record is clearly in our sights, and the big question is how high can we go?”
The £4.35-a-game offer means Town should better their highest average crowd since moving to the Galpharm Stadium from Leeds Road in 1994.
That was 14,029 for the Championship campaign of 1999-2000, when there were 9,478 season-ticket holders.
Back in 1970-71, with their 14,000 season-ticket holders, Town’s average crowd was 23,228, the eighth-highest in their 100-year history. The best-ever figure is 30,820 in 1953-54.