Number Nine Derby Pulls In Big Crowd But Cup Stars Are Used To It

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Tuesday night’s number nine derby between Halesowen Town and Stourbridge pulled in the best crowd of the season in the Evo-Stik Northern Premier League Premier Division.
The match at the Grove pulled in a crowd of 2,127 as the Glassboys secured a 1-0 win to keep them in 2nd place in the league table.
Glassboys midfielder Tom Tonks believes that the derby always brings in good attendances, but his side should be used to playing in front of big crowds following their FA Cup exploits this season.
He said: “It’s very good playing for Halesowen against Stourbridge and then vice-versa has always been good and it brings in good crowds for the derbies.
“But we always have good crowds at the War Memorial ground anyway.

“We have highest average attendances in the league and then we had the FA Cup run playing Northampton and Wycombe Wanderers in both of those there was a couple of thousand so the lads are little use to it by now, but at this level of football it’s good to be playing in front of this sort of crowd.

“So it’s great to play in front of that sort of crowd and it’s a great advert for non-league football. It was also nice to get the win for the fans because they keep turning out in numbers for us.”

Traditionally the derby has been played on Boxing Day with the return fixture being on Easter Monday. However, this season has seen the fixtures been played in midweek.
A poll conducted by the Stourbridge twitter feed it see if supporters would prefer to return to the Boxing Day/Easter Monday slot, keep it on the Midweek or any old Saturday.  The former won by an emphatic margin getting 63% of the votes.
The former Yeltz man offered his opinion on the poll.

He said: “As a player, it doesn’t make much of a difference to what day it’s on as we still have to turn up and play regardless of what day it’s on.

“But what is important is what is best for the two clubs you want to play in front of a big crowd and whichever way it works.

“If you want to go down the route of bringing in more fans and play it on a certain day then that is fine, the players don’t really get a say but like I say it’s good to play in front of big crowds. So whatever the decision is then you have got to stick by it.”

The FA Cup giant killers sit 2nd in the table with just 10 games of the season left and according to the midfielder the support could be vital to the club’s success.

He said: “Stourbridge is a nice club and hopefully the fans will keep turning out because the lads do appreciate it, we try to clap them off at the end of the game regardless of the result and home or away as they have been fantastic for us.

“The more the merrier that keep coming to watch us.”


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Freelance Journalist based in the North of England. Having supported Chorley FC for the majority of his life, Richard moved down to Stoke-on-Trent to study Journalism at Staffordshire University in 2011, he graduated with a 2:1 three years later. He has since worked as Press Officer of Nantwich Town between 2014-2016 and lead the coverage of the Dabbers run to the FA Trophy semi-final in 2016. Richard also wrote and published his first book in May 2016 about Nantwich Town and their greatest moment when the club won the FA Vase in 2006. The book is entitled When Nantwich Turned The Vase Green. Richard can often be found at games on a Saturday covering matches for a verity of newspapers across England.

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