MANAGER Peter Jackson was the first person to enrol in Town's new Blue and White Foundation
The project, announced to 499 invited guests at the McAlpine last night, hopes to attract 2,000 members when it is launched in December with the aim of raising £200,000 a year to fund Town's Academy.
A total of 1,064 fans responded to an initial notice about last night's function, and over 200 of the 500 eventually invited signed up on the first night in a terrific boost for the club.
Members get numerous benefits from the club in return for their £2 a week and Jackson - whose wife Alison has also joined the Foundation - believes its success can have a major bearing on Town's future.
"Gone are the days when this club can fork out huge sums of money to bring players in, so the Academy is going to have an increasingly important function," said Jackson today.
"That's why it's crucial for us to get the new Blue and White Foundation fully subscribed, so that we can ensure the Academy progresses as we want."
Funding will be monitored by the Patrons Association and the Survival Trust, and club chief executive Andrew Watson hopes to generate £2m over the next decade for youth development.
Jackson said: "The club's record transfer fee is £750,000 for both Clyde Wijnhard and Chris Lucketti, and I can't see that ever being beaten. We can already see plenty of first-team lads who have come through the Academy and we want many more in the years to come."
Summer signings Tony Carss and Steve Yates are guest of the Patrons tonight (8.00).