TOWN boss Lee Clark is right behind plans to let home supporters use the Pink Link Stand for the Galpharm clash with Colchester on January 22.
Directors met with Town Supporters Association and worked together to allow home supporters into the South end – the ‘away’ end – for the League I fixture.
Clark said: “When the team kicks towards their own supporters it can make a big difference, especially if they are getting right behind the team.
“I remember when the South Stand was used in the same way for our last home game against Colchester back in May and it made for a terrific atmosphere.
“It is an old cliché, but the supporters really can be the ‘12th man’ for the team and I hope to see as many Town fans as possible in the Pink Link Stand on January 22.”
Fans can transfer to that section at the turnstiles for a fee of £1 if they show their season-ticket booklet, while it’s £21 adults, £11 seniors and students and £8 for Under 16s for other fans.
The Pink Link Stand has been shared by home and away supporters in the past and is thought to be the best stand acoustically.
Commercial director Sean Jarvis commented: “This move is yet another example of the club listening to the supporters and working to better the matchday experience.”
Fans are invited to a question and answer session with the board at Canalside before the Colchester match (12.30). Chief executive Nigel Clibbens added: “Now we have opened up the South Stand to home supporters, it is vital our fans get behind the scheme and prove the demand for this option truly exists.
“As a one-off, the chairman (Dean Hoyle) has agreed to underwrite a potential financial shortfall, but we cannot rely on him to do this. If demand is high enough – and behaviour of supporters is of the highest standards – then that cost could reduce in future and make this more of a sustainable option for games with relatively low away support.
“We will undertake a full review of the success of this move after the Colchester fixture and take a decision on how we move forward.”