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Mansfield Town's decision to allow fans to pay what they liked to watch their team saw the home attendance more than double on Saturday.


Kick-off against Gateshead was delayed by 10 minutes as more than 7,000 supporters took up the club's offer.


The bumper crowd failed to inspire the Stags as they lost 2-0, but spokesman Mark Stevenson told BBC Sport the club was delighted with the fans' support.


"The scenes in the first-half brought back memories of the 1980s," he said.


"The players appreciated the huge crowd. Unfortunately they had an off-day but they would love to play in front of that many people every week.


"We hope that people, despite the result, had an enjoyable day and will return - we are becoming a hub of the community again."


Extra police and a full quota of staff were brought in on the day to marshal the crowd at the Field Mill ground, which has a capacity for 9,400 supporters.


With fans paying as little as three pence and as much as £50 on the day - usual ticket prices are £16 - Mr Stevenson said he expected gate receipts to be up.


Believed to be the first of its kind in English football, the club will evaluate the day before they decide whether to run the scheme again.


I quite like the 3p attempt  :thumbsup:



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