Exmouth Town on the up - there's a feel-good 'buzz' about Southern Road
PUBLISHED: 12:36 24 July 2018
The build-up to the new football season at Exmouth Town is in full swing, writes Martin Cook.
The first team plans suffered a blow when there was disappointment all round at Western League Odd Down being unable to raise a side to visit Southern Road for a warm-up game last Saturday.
Interestingly, that in itself shows a little indication of how attitudes are changing, and swiftly, here at Town, for last season, while we’d have been disappointed had this happened 12 months ago, we’d not have been as ‘gutted’ as we all felt on Saturday with no game for our new-look Town side!
Off the pitch, supporters are really buying into the changes going on at the club. Attendances for the first couple of first team friendlies have been healthy and the policy of not charging Under-16s to watch Southern Road football is clearly actively encouraging families to watch local football!
What’s more, compared to this time last year, season ticket sales have doubled and, while we are not talking of 1,000s of sales, it’s all going in the right direction – and can I remind all supporters that season tickets remain available through until August 4. Further fuelling the feel-good factor is the news that the club has almost sold out its coach travel to the opening league game at Elburton Villa on August 11.
One thing we are keen to promote at Town is that the club is not all about ‘just the first team’ – yes, they are the top team in terms of what we do, but we also have a reserve side, a new third team and youth teams, all of which are rightly treasured by the folk tasked with running the club.
There are music events being planned for September and October and the club is looking to install satellite TV and improve the viewing facilities to be able to cover bigger games at the club, after the proper stuff has finished on a Saturday afternoon!
Yes, things are looking good for Exmouth Town supporters, but, as we all know, out on that turf, ‘football is a funny old game’. That said, there’s a feel-good ‘buzz’ about the place – roll on this Friday night (July 27) when Town entertain Newton Abbot Spurs (7.30pm).