No increase in admission for Darlington visit

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ASHINGTON’s decision to keep admission prices as low as possible in general and furthermore not to inflate them for Saturday’s Ebac Northern League clash against leaders Darlington 1883, has met with the approval of fans.

Entry for the clash against the Quakers will be £6 adults and £1.50 for concessions, which was announced by the club a few weeks ago.

Club chairman Ian Lavery said at the weekend: “I see no reason why there should be a price increase for the Darlington match, or anyone else for that matter.

“We set our league prices at the beginning of the season and that remains in place.”

Ivan Bell, a lifelong supporter with Ashington, and a season ticket holder, could not be happier.

Now aged 77, Mr Bell said: “A £1.50 admission is great for us pensioners. We go to other grounds where it is £4 for us to get in and we pay nearly the same as adults.

“At Ashington they keep the price down and have not increased things for the Darlington game whilst some other places have.

“I’m looking forward to the game on Saturday. I haven’t missed many since I began supporting the club just before the end of the Second World War – and I later married Margaret, who was the daughter of Ashington Football Club trainer Jack Dryden.”

Walter Appleby, aged 66, said: “I have lived in Ashington 30 years and used to go to Portland Park. I attend Woodhorn Lane with my son John and I’m over the moon with the admission prices because it encourages the regular fan, and people of my age, to support the team.

“Increasing prices for one game is a poor show in my opinion and could put people off, and once fans leave then it is difficult to attract them back – but Ashington have shown a good contact with supporters and have kept them onside.”