Just 204 making the long and laborious Sunday trip to Northwich despite the fading attraction of the cup and a new ground to boot, but who can blame Addick's for choosing ITV and a roast dinner or pub food over travelling. It's just a shame for the famous Blue Square North club that they will lose out on the atmosphere but revenue-wise they should come out on top receiving £67,500 for the disruption, much needed as the Vics continue to battle to come out of administration.
With a run of five out of six games away from home including Carlisle, Yeovil, Southampton in the Paint Pot also on the box and Northwich, then it is asking a lot for people to dig deep in pockets and probably irritate partners and family. Nevertheless our away following, much derided in recent years has been I think superb this season, and up until Saturday was averaging 1,646, only bettered by Leeds in the division. The 646 at Carlisle on Saturday I actually thought was a splendid turnout considering most of the 30+ brigade had probably been there and done that.
Our start to the season, and a flurry of new or long since visited grounds plus I think a big dose of old boys coming out of the closet and feeling the urge to back the team has all helped the numbers but with just 600 sold for St Marys on Wednesday I think we all need a morale booster, especially in front of the cameras to keep us all on an upward curve.
The club announced late this week the ticket details for Brighton
and I can only congratulate them on how they have planned the allocation, which rightly rewards loyalty. I have never been to the Withdean (although my son has) and initially the Tuesday night game might have coincided with a home visit. My chances, justly so, of getting an away ticket are non-existent but I do have a Brighton supporting mate that has offered me a ticket if I can be back in the UK for the end of the month. Unfortunately the babies passport will I suspect take a bit longer.
Throughout my years I used to be a regular away traveller and I'm determined to clock up a new ground this season, I did do Bournemouth, but I mean a proper away day if I can time the trip and assemble together some of the lads. You cannot beat a good day out following the Addicks and I hope the hardy couple of hundred who make it to Northwich's ground in the old salt mining district of Wincham are richly rewarded tomorrow. I meanwhile have pretty much resigned myself to an internet feed or the CAFCTV commentary live from someone's living room!