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Barker looks to raid big clubs
Crawley boss Richie Barker is ready for a raid on the Premier League and Championship.
But it is fans Barker is after rather than supplementing his League One squad.
The Reds are offering season-ticket holders at Premier League and Championship clubs the chance of a terrace ticket for today’s game with Bury for just £10 on presentation of their 2012-13 season ticket.
It is part of an initiative to increase attendances at the Broadfield Stadium, particularly as the crowd for the last home game dipped under 3,000 for the first time in the league this season.
Barker hopes football fans from bigger clubs will take up the offer and that they might come back again.
He said: “I think it is a positive thing the club are doing.
“They have recognised there are no Premier League and Championship games this weekend. If we get one or two people who can come and enjoy it, then they may come back, maybe not straightaway but if we could get them to become our season-ticket holders then that would be great.
“There is a large number of people who go to London to watch teams which is understandable but hopefully we can get them coming to us.
“We are building up the fanbase slowly and anything we can do to help that along then great. It is a good thing the club are doing.”
Barker made five changes for the midweek Johnstone’s Paint Trophy tie at Brentford which Crawley lost 2-1.
He was pleased with a number of performances at Griffin Park and must decide whether to bring back the likes of Dannie Bulman, Mark Connolly, David Hunt, Jonathan Forte and Sergio Torres keep their place.
Barker said: “I have decisions to make every week. I send out the team that I think will win the game. Every week I have to make decisions and it is good that the team is not picking itself. I need options, people who will give me different strengths.
“I was pleased with everybody on Tuesday. I was pleased with people all over the park, people who kept their places and people who came on. There were a lot of positives and it was a shame we didn’t get anything out of the game.”