Harrogate Town have issued a rallying cry to their fans ahead of Easter Monday’s Yorkshire derby clash with Halifax Town.
The Shaymen have already sold nearly 1,000 tickets for the game, and with this in mind, the Sulphurites are hoping for a similarly big turnout from their own supporters as they look to make the most of home advantage.
“Monday is a big game against Halifax and it’s almost a bit of a cliche, but if our fans can get behind us then they can be that 12th man,” club captain Danny Ellis said.
“The supporters here can be very important, they have pushed us a lot this season and we hope that will continue.
“It is important our fans know that we’ve still got everything to play for, and we will maintain the same intensity and passion in every match.
“We hope that they will pick up on that, and likewise, their intensity and motivation will definitely transfer to the players.
“A big game against Halifax is perfect for us right now, and we can make it twice as hard for them if the fans are able to create the right atmosphere.
“The atmosphere was fantastic earlier in the season when we played them in the FA Cup and it will be again on Monday, I’m sure.”
The National League North fixture was initially set to be an all-ticket affair but Harrogate reversed that decision and home supporters can now purchase tickets on the day, paying by cash at the CNG Stadium turnstiles.
“We’ve worked closely with all the relevant authorities on this one, and we believe that together, we can manage the fixture safely and effectively,” Town’s managing director Garry Plant added.
“It has therefore been decided to reverse our initial decision to make all supporters purchase their tickets in advance, and we will now accept cash on the day from Harrogate Town fans.
“The fixture will still be segregated, and the safety of all supporters will always remain our main priority, hence the robust security presence which will be visible inside and outside the ground.
“However we also feel that by giving matchgoers the option to pay on the day, we will maximise the attendance and improve the atmosphere.”
Town will be hoping to get their biggest crowd of the season through the gate on Monday, with the attendance of 2,172 at October’s meeting with Darlington the figure to beat.
Kick-off at the CNG Stadium is at 3pm.