ALTRINCHAM fans have been urged to keep turning out in numbers as the Robins close in on a new club record for home attendances at National League level.

With just four fixtures remaining this season, starting with tomorrow’s Good Friday meeting with FC Halifax Town at The J.Davidson Stadium, Alty are on course to smash the 2,000 average gate barrier in the National League for the first time.

The average figure currently stands at 2,136, and with title-chasing Halifax sure to bring a large away following across the Pennines, the record looks assured.

A national division for non-league clubs was set up with the advent of the Alliance Premier League in 1979/80, which Alty won at the first attempt with an average attendance of 1,946.

That figure has stood ever since as an Alty record at this level, but it is about to be eclipsed, with the Robins needing another 5,544 in total to come through the turnstiles against Halifax, Wealdstone, Barnet and Yeovil Town to register an average of 2,000.

Alty co-chairman Bill Waterson sounded a rallying cry by saying: “Our fans have been magnificent once again this season, turning out in numbers on a regular basis and getting behind the team with some terrific vocal support.

“Let’s have one final push over the four remaining home games and take the average gate past 2,000 for the first time at this level.”

Alty could even beat their previous high at local level, when they averaged 2,292 in the inaugural Northern Premier League season in 1968/69, while they are also on track to exceed 1,000 at every home league game since 1980/81.

The club are already looking towards next season and have announced a new pricing structure for season tickets and game-by-game admission.

An early-bird offer that is available now until the last day of the campaign against Yeovil on Sunday, May 15 enables supporters to buy a season ticket at the same price as this season in a deal that is the equivalent of a reduction, as a league restructuring means there will be one extra home game in 2022/23.

Full details are available at the club’s website, www.altrincham