Darts attract record crowd to Parkfield

PUBLISHED: 17:07 10 April 2008 | UPDATED: 21:03 26 October 2009

The bumper crowd at Parkfield for the Dartford match

The bumper crowd at Parkfield for the Dartford match

A RECORD 335 people attended Parkfield last weekend to see Potters Bar Town draw 2-2 with league leaders Dartford. It was the biggest official attendance for a league or cup game at the ground in the club s history. The highest gate the Scholars have ev

Some of the crowd record crowd at Parkfield

A RECORD 335 people attended Parkfield last weekend to see Potters Bar Town draw 2-2 with league leaders Dartford.

It was the biggest official attendance for a league or cup game at the ground in the club's history.

The highest gate the Scholars have ever had was when several thousand watched an EastEnders XI play in a charity game.

The majority of the fans for the Ryman League clash on Saturday came from the Kent club, who attract more than 1,000 spectators to their home matches at the Princes Park Stadium.

The highest previous gate at the Potters Bar ground in the league this season came on Boxing Day when 151 turned out for the encounter with local rivals Enfield Town.

Bar chairman Peter Waller said: "It's something Dartford get every week.

"It's good so many people want to watch this level of football.

"Before the game they said they expected between 300 and 500 people to come and watch.

"It would have been nice for it to have been nearer 500, but it's great to get that number at our level."

The crowd, several hundred more than a regular home attendance, was a welcome boost to the club's finances.

But it is unlikely Dartford will visit Potters Bar next season.

"It looks like they will go up, so unfortunately we won't get that again next year," added Waller.

Of course the chairman would like to see his club attract more fans from the area to Parkfield.

"All we can do is keep trying to attract more people to the club," he said.

"I'm sure there's people interested in football in Potters Bar.

"I don't know if the people of the town know we are here?

"We need to publicise the club more.


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