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FOOTBALL: Festive derbies draw in record attendances.

Byline: DAVID TRIGGS ON THE WELSH PREMIER

IT was good to see the coffers of several WPL clubs receive a welcome boost over the festive period.

The WPL's back-to-back fixture schedule - which saw clubs given local derbies on December 27 followed by reverse games over the New Year weekend - was a huge success.

Five clubs broke their home league attendance records - Caernarfon (998), Newtown (915), Caersws (812), Welshpool Town (480) and Port Talbot (840) - as the league's average attendance figures were given a timely boost.

Prior to Christmas, the figure for this season was 10% down on the previous campaign. But now it's only 2% down, with a current average of 294. Crowds at the 15 festive games averaged 607, while 5, 384 fans watched the eight-game Christmas programme.

Let's hope the majority of those fans decide to watch their team again tomorrow - rather than wait another 12 months before coming back.
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Date:Jan 7, 2005
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