Cobblers chairman Cardoza not worried by Sixfields attendances

Chairman David Cardoza insists he has no concerns over the Cobblers attendances during the current campaign.

Despite being in the npower League Two top seven, Town only drew 4,077 for their win over Bristol Rovers a week ago.

The average attendance for the season is currently 4,440, the 10th highest in the division and better than 11 clubs from league one.

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At no stage during the season of the club’s most recent promotion - 2005-06 - did the club record an attendance lower than that.

Cardoza, however, understands the financial restraints on potential supporters and feels that with a home game against Oxford United still to come this season, the average will increase from what it currently is.

“The gates are fine,” he said. “I hope now that with five home games to that we will now begin to see a bit of a lift.

“We’re doing okay; arguably we are not doing as well as we were five or six years ago when we were going for promotion, but the world was a different place then.

People had more money and everyone was on a high then.

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“I’d like bigger gates, definitely, but I think we can achieve that in our last few games.”

Automatic promotion remains a realistic possibility for this year’s team, although they will need to improve their away form if they are to achieve such a goal.

Finishing in the top seven and being involved in the play-offs is more likely and although the club has failed to reach a Wembley final in Cardoza’s tenure, he admits it has enormous financial attractions.

“It would be nice to go up through the play-offs, certainly from a financial point of view,” he said.

“I think we just want to go up and get it done as quickly as possible.

“I’d love to see us take on some of the bigger clubs now.”