Reds boss Dermot Drummy highlighted the work of long-standing club stalwart Bruce Talbot for coming up with the Pay What You Can scheme which brought in 2,000 extra fans to watch the Hartlepool game.
The former Chelsea under-21s head coach also stressed there’s now a feel-good factor around the club between the supporters, the players and the staff.
Drummy revealed the atmosphere created by the bumper 4,266-strong crowd made for an exciting experience.
The ground-breaking scheme to remove ticket prices for one game and to allow everyone to make a voluntary donation of at least one pound was given plenty of exposure in the local press and social media.
Drummy said: “Bruce is now general manager - it was his initiative, then pushed superb by (commercial manager) Graham Wright and the commercial team, who have been working so hard.
“There’s a good vibe around the club, the players and the fans and I think that’s what we’re working to.
“When Bobson (Bawling) goes on the attack it was brilliant because I could hear the roar of the crowd and I was excited.
“We want to give value for money, we know we are a family club which cares.
“We have to perform - it’s a performance-based industry, I recognise that, but I am so happy we can be doing it in a really positive way.
“It’s absolutely progress, there have been periods where we haven’t been on a good run and we were waiting for players to come back and we had to keep that belief.
“I have learnt a lot in the last six months and I very happy that we are all evolving together.”
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