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The Brighton effect

Postby BarryStGermain » Mon Dec 04 2017, 13:13

Having noticed a significant drop in crowd numbers at Lancing this weekend I thought it would be interesting to see how big a hit our crowds take when Brighton are playing at home. The previous two Saturdays when Brighton have played at home at 3.00pm were the opening day of the season and an FA Cup weekend so this was really the first time we have been able to look at the effect on a normal weekend. The first column represents the average gate prior to Saturday, the second represents the gate this weekend.

CDG - 69 47 32% drop
EP - 100 64 36% drop
Horsham YM - 112 65 42% drop
Lancing - 116 68 41% drop
Newhaven - 76 52 32% drop
Pagham - 91 76 16.5% drop
Peacehaven - 219 140 36% drop

As you can see we all took a hit. Pagham are, of course, some distance away from Brighton so perhaps the impact is less (Portsmouth might even have a bigger influence) but everyone else is taking between a 32% and 42% hit on the gate. While there isn't much we can do about that it might be useful to know when we print programmes etc. Brighton do have a few Saturday matches coming up in the new year unless Sky decide to move them!
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Re: The Brighton effect

Postby Mike May » Mon Dec 04 2017, 19:27

Probably wandered off the point a bit!

Think we all agree that all club coffers take a bit of a 'hit' this time of year, when the lady of the house lays down the ground rules for the coming month, where one is destined to spend their time in a blind panic in that run up to the dreaded day, where common sense takes a backseat, whilst trying to find Aunt Winnie the latest Vera Lynn CD, and Uncle Alberts pair of reindeer orientated socks, in which you will say 'just what i wanted' ( that no doubt will soon join all the others from Xmas past.)

CDG had a rival attraction last Saturday with the Village Xmas Fair, the numbers of which could have filled the Haven several times over, this of course would have bought a beaming and rubbing of hands for the clubs Chairman, but alas this is not the late 40's / early 50's when the lack of alternate entertainment bought one and all to watch the 'Beautiful Game' in spite of possibly returning home with the wrong hat" (only those fathers of a certain vintage could possibly remember this.)

Plus of course crowds that can be divided into two groups, their are the 'occasional' visitors that will only follow a winning side, on preferably warm Sats /Tues, then disappear just as quick, whence the icy blast shalt blow, the second group are the diehards that continue to turn up ( inspite of the pain) to cheer on their favourites on a regular basis, then possibly return home to kick the cat, after conceding a late goal to lose the match!

And of course we haven't mentioned the weather yet, especially those dark, dank evenings in Dec / Jan on a Tuesday night, when after an eight hour day, its a quick bite, get the gear, fingers crossed the car doesn't break down, then spend the evening being kicked around the park. Would one want it any other way?
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Re: The Brighton effect

Postby Hagar2 » Mon Dec 04 2017, 22:06

All Liverpool supporters?
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Re: The Brighton effect

Postby Goat » Tue Dec 05 2017, 20:18

Mike May wrote:Probably wandered off the point a bit!

Think we all agree that all club coffers take a bit of a 'hit' this time of year, when the lady of the house lays down the ground rules for the coming month, where one is destined to spend their time in a blind panic in that run up to the dreaded day, where common sense takes a backseat, whilst trying to find Aunt Winnie the latest Vera Lynn CD, and Uncle Alberts pair of reindeer orientated socks, in which you will say 'just what i wanted' ( that no doubt will soon join all the others from Xmas past.)

CDG had a rival attraction last Saturday with the Village Xmas Fair, the numbers of which could have filled the Haven several times over, this of course would have bought a beaming and rubbing of hands for the clubs Chairman, but alas this is not the late 40's / early 50's when the lack of alternate entertainment bought one and all to watch the 'Beautiful Game' in spite of possibly returning home with the wrong hat" (only those fathers of a certain vintage could possibly remember this.)

Plus of course crowds that can be divided into two groups, their are the 'occasional' visitors that will only follow a winning side, on preferably warm Sats /Tues, then disappear just as quick, whence the icy blast shalt blow, the second group are the diehards that continue to turn up ( inspite of the pain) to cheer on their favourites on a regular basis, then possibly return home to kick the cat, after conceding a late goal to lose the match!

And of course we haven't mentioned the weather yet, especially those dark, dank evenings in Dec / Jan on a Tuesday night, when after an eight hour day, its a quick bite, get the gear, fingers crossed the car doesn't break down, then spend the evening being kicked around the park. Would one want it any other way?


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Re: The Brighton effect

Postby BarryStGermain » Mon Dec 11 2017, 10:26

So time to test the theory. Brighton were at Huddersfield which would have had less of an impact than a home game

Chichester 74 91 -19%
CDG 64 66 - 3%
Hassocks 90 99 -9%
Horsham 110 106 +4%
Loxwood 49 61 -20%
P&T 135 210 -36%

Clearly some Christmas effect but the drop in crowd numbers - 17.5% this week but last week it was 34.6% suggesting that Brighton playing at home has roughly the same effect as Christmas and suggesting we can expect another big hit next week and drops of around 17% whenever Brighton play at home.
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Re: The Brighton effect

Postby SOUTHSAXON » Fri Dec 22 2017, 21:19

Is it time to have 11 am kick offs in Southern Combination :shock: Would mean bigger crowds and increased availability of players,could incorporate travel from Sussex non league grounds to the Amex .Might attract new fans into the non league scene?
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