'Catalyst for change' - Stevenage chairman Phil Wallace announces £99 season tickets in new North Stand

PUBLISHED: 11:44 23 March 2018 | UPDATED: 12:13 23 March 2018

Thumbs up for Stevenage's new North Stand. Photo by Michael Zemanek/BPI/REX/Shutterstock

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Fans can expect exciting days ahead at Stevenage FC after the club are to offer £99 season tickets in the new North Stand.

Dino Maamria after his first Stevenage press conference. Credit @laythy29Dino Maamria after his first Stevenage press conference. Credit @laythy29

The Lamex club, who appointed new boss Dino Maamria this week are looking to grow off the pitch too with the offer.

The League Two side is stocked with promising youngsters – many of who were brought through by former boss Darren Sarll who was sacked as manager on Sunday following disappointing results.

Talents include Northern Ireland U21 starlet Ben Kennedy who played in the 5-3 defeat against the Spain U21 side at Portadown – which featured three Real Madrid youngsters – as well as Ben Wilmot, who has been called up for the Young Lions and was on the bench during the 4-1 win over Hungary in Macedonia. With others such as the highly-rated Terence Vancooten and Mark McKee it is no wonder Maamria is hoping for an excellent season next term.

And Stevenage fans can be part of that exciting lift-off by snapping up season tickets for only a quid short of a ton for the new North Stand.

Stevenage's new boss Dino MaamriaStevenage's new boss Dino Maamria

Boro supremo Phill Wallace said: “The new North Stand will be the catalyst for change because we will be introducing new technology around the stadium allowing us to be more supporter friendly.

“This will start with £99 adult season tickets in the new North Stand next season and further reduced season tickets elsewhere, following the recommendations from the focus group which met with director Stuart Dinsey.

“Results forced us to change the management team and it is now also time for a change in the way we engage with our supporters.

“We have collectively been so busy trying to balance the books we have forgotten our roots and how a club originating in the lower leagues should engage with its fans.”

With Maamria aiming to get the ‘Lamex rocking’ once again it is a good time to be a Boro fan as there is a lot to look forward to.

The former Nuneaton Town boss, who jumped at the chance to manage the club he served on and off the pitch for a decade, told CometSport at his unveiling he can’t wait to get started.

Even before his press conference Maamria was already working for the Boro cause by making the long journey up to Morecambe to scout Saturday’s opponents Colchester play out a 0-0 draw at the Globe Arena.

Reaching out to loyal Boro fans Wallace added: “I want to get back to being a club that prides itself on its engagement with its fans.

“I have felt for some while that we have not had this aspect of the club right, but you need the right people in place to drive real fan engagement, since it is an enormous challenge to do properly.

“We will also have a big new stand that we can use for promotional and community use, so we can provide extra opportunity for more people to watch professional league football in Stevenage.

“There is a renewed energy around us now. We need to remember we are a club that wants to grow its fanbase and to do that we must provide excitement, value for money and above all, appreciation of our fans.”

Get behind the Boro in Dino’s first game in charge as the club hosts Colchester on Saturday, kick off 3pm. Tickets are selling fast so contact the club to learn more.

*Layth (@laythy29) adds: This is a pivotal time for the Boro. If they can harness the excitement which comes from the appointment of a new manager while progressing talented youngsters, along with using the new North Stand to leverage increased revenue from state-of-the-art facilities which the community will hopefully embrace then loyal Boro fans could be in for a treat on and off the pitch. The new season tickets from Phil Wallace for 99 quid a pop are an excellent start.

All the club now needs to do is sort out the abysmal press box – which many non-league clubs put to shame – where you can’t even get a half time cuppa or a place to put your laptop.

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