Fans are being urged to help Ilkeston FC as the club seeks to stabilise finances after its recent takeover.
The Robins are looking at all additional sources of income and sponsorship and have already opened discussions regarding sponsorship for next season despite not yet knowing whether promotion will be achieved.
Against this backdrop, the club have decided to announce an increase in season ticket prices for the first time in three years.
Chief executive, Nigel Harrop, was quick to praise the efforts of managers Kevin Wilson and Steve Chettle, saying “The management have been tremendous this season and massive credit is due to everyone involved including all of the players.
“But we have to run as a business and aim to go as high as we can. It is a challenging period.
“Sponsors and local firms see we are trying to do something really positive for Ilkeston. We are proud that since the takeover everything is encouraging and very positive.”
If supporters buy season tickets before the end of March, the cost is £180 for adults, £110 concessions and £30 for under 16s. After 31st March the prices will be £198 for adults, £125 concessions and £36 for under 16s.
Season ticket purchases will provide a significant saving against paying for individual matches at the gate whatever league Ilkeston finds itself in next season.
It has been decided the turnstile price will be £10 / £6 / £2 if promotion is not achieved. If the club is promoted to the Conference North, different match prices may apply due to there being fewer games. The average price to watch Conference North games is £11 although Stockport County charge £15.
Harrop added: “For the last three years, prices have been the same.
“If they had gone up each year there would not have been a big difference. We really appreciate our loyal fans who follow us week in and out and hope they understand the need to rally round to make us stronger.
“People may have been surprised by these increases but we need to put the club on a proper sound footing.
“Season ticket holders also get free entry to under 21 and academy home games.”
You can buy an Ilkeston FC season ticket by phoning the ticket hotline on 0115 944 2111. Alternatively visit the main office in the Clocktower Stand at the New Manor Ground on Awsworth Road.