Yesterday’s attendance of 3,020 was the largest crowd for a regular league fixture at home since 2002’s Ryman Premier League showdown against Canvey Island that brought in an ‘official capacity’ of 4.098 (even though it was likely much larger). And you have to go back almost another 60 years to August 1960 to find a similar attendance when the visit of Tonbridge brought in 3,468.
Fleet have, of course, had larger crowds in the interim for cup ties and play-off finals (with 3,134; 3,800; and 4,294 for those) but yesterday’s attendance stands out in terms of regular league games.
Fleet’s managing director Dave Archer said, “Yesterday was one of those games in a season that is remembered for a long time and the supporters were central to that. To get one of the highest crowds for a league game in so many years is pleasing on many fronts, not least the behaviour and support of everyone inside the Kuflink Stadium. The away fans who numbered in excess of 1,400 should also be praised. They travelled in numbers and filled out the Swanscombe End and it was pleasing to see it so full after the investment by our owner Dr Abdulla to upgrade the terracing this time last season.
“Garry Hill, Ian Hendon and the players have been extremely appreciative of the support home and away. They know and I know how much the club and the team depends on you all and I’d like to think we could break a few more records on and off the field in the near future. Let’s keep those numbers coming through the gate and I’m sure your support over the next 16 games will be equal to the fantastic backing we’ve had over the last 30.”