The title of this post is the attendance at Monday nights Dublin derby between Saint Patrick’s Athletic F.C and Bohs. Hardly groundbreaking (groundfilling?) and a worrying sign of the times perhaps. Dublin derbies should comfortably be attracting a minimum of 2,000, but there were a variety of factors up against this one.
With Manchester United on television that night, the game was always going to suffer, but questions have to be asked about Monday night kickabouts in general. A glance over the figures reveals much about the effect Monday night games has on attendances. What the solution is I don’t know, but perhaps clubs could ultimately make more money by attempting to sell tickets in packages with slight reductions. Many who paid in to see Pats and Drogheda on Friday night in Richmond were of course down on Monday, but some are, for economic reasons, picking and choosing games and two games in a weekend essentially is quite the hit to any families pocket.
On the pitch, great credit is due to a nine-man Bohemians holding out for a point, and nobody could say the game was a dull one. Filling seats with those willing to watch such encounters is the real task now for clubs.