Hatters contingent heading to Notts County could hit 2,000
As almost 2,000 Hatters fans prepare to travel to Nottingham for Saturday’s Sky Bet League Two game at Notts County, manager Nathan Jones has described the Town's travelling support as worthy of a Championship club.
By late Thursday afternoon, the Kenilworth Road ticket office had sold just short of 1,800 tickets for the trip to Meadow Lane – which is already a season’s best, beating the 1,674 and 1,690 who made the relatively short trips to Stevenage and Cambridge United in August.
With another day to go and pay on the day available, there is every chance that figure could hit 2,000.
Speaking at his press conference at Ely Way this lunchtime, the Town boss said: “It doesn’t surprise me anymore. Cameron McGeehan mentioned something in the Press this week about the fact that they’ve bought into what we are doing now and they are patient, and they have been outstanding, they really have.
“A lot of managers come out and it’s clichéd, ‘Our fans are brilliant’. But ours really are. They’ve got right behind us and they are so important to us. We won’t let them down.
“If they stick with us, we won’t let them down because we are really trying to build something here and they are a massive, massive part of that.
“They have been patient and understanding at times when things haven’t been going quite so well, but they know that we are trying to win games.
“We are not content. Even when we’ve lost games, like at Stevenage, we lost it trying to get the three points which would have kept us at the top of the table.
“We are in this together now. They’ve been unbelievable. Taking 1800 away to Notts County – that’s a Championship football club.”
Danny Hylton (pictured above) is available again for the trip up the M1 after serving his second one-match suspension of the season against County’s neighbours, Mansfield, last week.
Right-back James Justin is also up for selection after a calf injury forced him out during the warm-up at Leyton Orient a fortnight ago, while another teenage full-back – Jack Senior – is fit again after aggravating an ankle problem on his debut in the Checkatrade Trophy win over West Brom earlier this month.
“We’ve got a big squad to choose from,” said Jones. “James is back in contention after quickly recovering from what we thought was going to be a bit more serious, but he has had a full week’s training, so one, it gives us options, and two, for the kid it means he isn’t out for long.
“We have got some really good competition throughout the team. Danny is back from suspension, so it gives us another headache and we’d rather that than be scratching around.”
On the eight-goal joint top scorer, Jones went on: “Even if he wasn’t starting, to have him to come off the bench would be a positive thing, but he is a big focal point for us. For me he is one of the best in the league, if not the best. I wouldn’t swap him for anyone.”
Senior (pictured above) has yet to feature on a league teamsheet since joining from Huddersfield on transfer deadline day in August, but the 19-year-old impressed down the left in the 2-0 win over the Baggies on 4th October.
Jones added: “Jack is available to play. The thing is, he is so desperate to play; he is one of those strong northerners that want to play and he played in the game against West Brom even though he probably shouldn’t.
“He hasn’t really stamped his mark since he has been here, but we know what he has got. I have told him to be patient and to get involved and he is a great acquisition for us. We are really pleased to have him.”
HOW TO OBTAIN TICKETS:
or via the Ticket Office (01582 416976) until 3pm on Friday, and can collected from Kenilworth Road until 5pm on Friday or between 9am and midday on Saturday morning. Arrangements can be made for collection at Meadow Lane on the day.onlineTickets can be ordered
Tickets will also be available to purchase on the day at Meadow Lane, however, there is a £2 increase on all tickets.
Adults/Seniors/Junior tickets can be purchased at Cash turnstiles for the 3pm kick-off.
Young Adults and Disabled tickets can be purchased from the Meadow Lane Ticket Office with proof of ID.
Concession (60+ and 18-21 years old): £14
Under 18s: £5
Ambulant and Wheelchair Disabled tickets are available at relevant age band with a Carer free of charge with Middle /Higher rate DLA).