Aberystwyth Town FC are reflecting on a historic night at Park Avenue.
Club Officials knew that the launch of the new 3G Pitch was going to be a big night and a Launch Event in the John Charles Lounge at 6pm attracted 150 of the great and the good who have been closely involved in the development. University of Aberystwyth Students were also able to claim free entry to the game thanks to a Sponsorship deal.
What the Club never anticipated was the huge crowd the match would attract. The Marketing Team were hoping for a crowd of around 750, but the crowds keep coming and coming until the ticker reached four figures - and with queues going round the block the crowd kept on growing until it reached the incredible figure of 1168.
This is the 18th biggest attendance in the 23 year history of the Dafabet WPL and only 39 short of Aber Town's all time highest WPL attendance of 1207 set on 27th August 2000.
The game of course went fully to plan with an incredible 65 yard opener from Keeper Chris Mullock stunning the Dias Stand, followed by further strikes from Geoff Kellaway and Luke Borrelli (two) mean that Matthew Bishop's men truly rose to the occasion and thrilled the enormous crowd with some clinical finishing. A good run in the five subsequent home games in October and November will set the Black and Greens up for a late run at the hallowed Top Six come the split in mid January.
We have received some wonderful feedback on the night via social media, for example:
"A very passionate club full of passionate supporters": Elizabeth Evans
"@aberystwythtown celebrate state of the art 3G pitch with heartfelt speeches and a euphonic Sgarmes. Icing on the cake was 4-0 win againtst Rhyl": Mark Williams MP
"Last night was special! 1000 plus crowd, four goals, goalkeeper scoring, pride, passion and belief! Welcome home @aberystwythtown": Matthew Wallace
"Brilliant night at @aberystwythtown. Thanks for having us": Tamsin
"Felt bad you let us in for free so bought a scarf, will be back again, great football on show tonight!" : Jjmoogle
"I best not wake up tomorrow and find that all of tonight was a dream! 4 goals, clean sheet and a keeper scoring. Dreams do become reality!": Mart Smith
The truth is that the Club couldn't have dreamed last night any better, and we on the Marketing Team now aim to harness and retain the huge interest and enthusiasm shown last night. If you were at the game thanks for coming: if you enjoyed it let us know: and of course ... come down again next Sunday!
Aberystwyth Town FC Marketing Director
A photo report of last night's game by Club Photographer Chris Howells can be seen here.