Spartans offer £25 season ticket to SPFL fans

Spartans reached the fifth round of last season's William Hill Scottish Cup

Spartans reached the fifth round of last season's William Hill Scottish Cup

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Season-ticket holders at SPFL clubs will be able to buy a Spartans 2015/16 season ticket for half price.

Fans who have purchased a season ticket for their ‘main team’ will also be eligible to buy one for Ainslie Park for just £25. The move is a ‘thank you’ to fans who turned out in numbers for Spartans’ William Hill Scottish Cup ties last year.

Chairman Craig Graham hopes the Lowland League club can also entice fans of SPFL clubs who do not attend many away matches, especially those of city neighbours Hearts and Hibs.

“We recognise that there’s a lot of people who have a season ticket that maybe can’t go to the away games” he explained. “There are a lot of fixtures, particularly for Hibs and Hearts, that are chalked off as traditional Saturday afternoon fixtures.

“We did this last year and had a really good response so we thought we’d roll it out again this year and give these guys a chance to come along and watch a good level of football. Over the course of a season, it doesn’t cost them very much at all. Most of the guys who signed up last year were Hibs and Hearts fans, but we did have one Dunfermline and a Partick Thistle fan as well.

“Where we are in North Edinburgh there’s actually quite a mix of both Hibs and Hearts fans” he said. “We’re a local club for quite a number of people who can walk down to the ground, enjoy the action and, over the course of the season, it doesn’t cost much at all.”

Last year saw Spartans pull in a combined total of around 3500 spectators for Scottish Cup ties against Morton and Berwick Rangers respectively, and Graham added that this scheme has helped attract back a several of that number who now want to attend on a weekly basis. We’ve got quite a number of new faces amongst the season-ticket holders this year and, when you chat to them, they say they came along to the big games last year” revealed the Chairman. “We have competitively priced tickets so two visits to Tynecastle is the same as a season ticket for us.”

Spartans’ first home match of the season is against Preston Athletic on Wednesday, August 5.