Eleven days out from their opening game, the Central Coast Mariners today announced that they had surpassed 5000 members for season 9.
In an email sent to club members, the opening sentence read ”From Arnie, from Hutch, from Mike, Mossy, Peter, Patrick, and Pauly – in fact from each and every one of us here at the Central Coast Mariners Football Club, we want to say ‘Thanks’!”
The club last season recorded 3,501 members and on the back of the winning their maiden championship, the bar was raised to reach 5000. During the A-League off season club officials including General Manager Peter Turnbull and majority owner Mike Charlesworth met with fans at three forums that allowed them to engage with supporters about everything that was happening at the club. This certainly aided in the Mariners reaching their membership target.
The ‘Target 5K’ initiative encouraged Mariners supporters to jump on board and join the club as it aims to win back to back Championships in 2013/14. By the August 21 the club had already recorded a ‘PB’ of 3,515 paid members.
In what is a 45% increase on last season’s tally, an additional 2000 ‘Mariner’s Mates’ members on the Coast and also in the northern suburbs of Sydney will add to the atmosphere at Bluetongue Stadium for each of the Mariner’s home games.
Some of the Mariners players including defender Josh Rose took to twitter to show their appreciation for the members that had signed on and the club staff who had worked hard to make it happen.
— Josh Rose (@josh_rose3) October 1, 2013
Central Coast – on a per capita basis – now possesses the second highest membership tally amongst all A-League clubs.