Jackson anticipating huge surge

Jonathan Jackson
Jonathan Jackson

Jonathan Jackson believes Wigan Athletic will take advantage of the feel-good factor surrounding the club and enjoy a bumper boost in crowds next season.

Latics will return to the Championship in rude health - both on and off the field - after a successful 12-month stint in League One.

Predictably, the club suffered a hit in attendances, with the average of 9,467 considerably down from the figure of 12,882 in the Championship the previous year - which in itself was a big drop from the 15,176 they recorded in season 2013/14.

But with the prospect of bumper away followings from the likes of Newcastle, Aston Villa, Derby, Nottingham Forest and Leeds to come - and a season-ticket pricing policy that’s been widely welcomed –

the Latics CEO predicts there will be no lasting damage from two relegations in the space of three seasons.

“The crowds this season have probably been around where we expected them to be,” Jackson told the Evening Post.

“Our average crowd was around about 9,500, which has been slowly decreasing over the last couple of years, in line with our league status.

“It’ll be nice to reverse that trend, and start to see an increase in the average attendance.

“We’ll be hoping to get back to where we

were in our previous season in the Championship, and hopefully even higher because we’re seeing an upturn in new season-ticket holders which is really encouraging at this stage.”

With fans able to secure season cards from as little as £179, the figure is sure to be well in excess of the 11,571 Latics averaged during their Championship promotion-winning campaign of 2004/05.

“The prices have reflected the feel-good factor, and we want as many people as possible to join us next season,” Jackson added.

“That’s why we set our prices at a level we thought was really affordable, and a real statement for season-ticket holders past, present and future to join us for what will be another exciting season in the Championship.”