This weekend sees the return of supporters to Sincil Bank, the first time numbers have been unrestricted since March 2020.
It seems to be a lifetime ago that we walked through the turnstiles to watch City beat Burton 3-2, leaving with little thought for how the rest of the season might pan out. Some of us were lucky enough to attend the play-off semi-final against Sunderland, where 3,300 cheered us to victory. This weekend, there is likely to be 10,000 in the bank for the first time since New Year’s Day 2020.
That’s something that captain Liam Bridcutt cannot wait to experience, as he told me at the EPC last week.
“Having fans back will be massive,” said the skipper. “We had a little taster towards the end of the season in terms of fans being back in the ground, but for some of the lads, it’ll be their first full season back to normal. It’s going to be great, it’s the reason as a little boy you dream of playing football, for the fans and the atmosphere.”
Whilst plenty will want to get in to watch Fleetwood this weekend, our usual attendance is around 9,000. Matches against the likes of Rotherham, Sheffield Wednesday, Ipswich and Sunderland are likely to attract more though – they’re big clubs, some of whom have spent big over the summer.
The size of the club and their spending isn’t a worry to our captain though, who gives little thought to what others are doing in the transfer market.
“No, not at all,” he said when I asked if the big fees were something he paid attention to. “I can’t affect that, I only concentrate on things I can affect, that’s how I am as a person. I don’t let things cloud my judgement if it’s out of my hands. I won’t worry about that. The things we can do as a club and a group is where my focus is.
“If I can affect it, make it work better and improve the group, then that’s where my focus is.”
I spoke in-depth to Liam about last season, pre-season and footballers as human beings, rather than just athletes in an interview set to be published in this season’s matchday programme. Be sure to grab your copy, either at the ground, or by pre-ordering from Ignition Media here.