The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP -

CAM­BRIDGE man­ager Richard Money fears fall­ing at­ten­dances will ham­per the club as they strive to re­tain their Foot­ball League sta­tus this term.

A bumper 6,009-strong crowd wit­nessed their open­ing day suc­cess over Ply­mouth Ar­gyle, yet that num­ber was almost halved for the fol­low­ing home fix­ture against More­cambe, where 3,500 saw the 5-0 de­struc­tion of Carlisle last time out.

The con­se­quence is a fall in rev­enue, 55 per cent of which can be spent on the play­ing staff un­der strict fi­nan­cial fair play rules.

And Money has called on sup­port­ers to re­turn to the Abbey Sta­dium, start­ing with Tues­day’s visit of Ex­eter, or risk see­ing their club suf­fer as a re­sult of their no-show.

“If our in­come is what it is, there will be no in­come to spend on play­ers,” he said.

“Our first three home at­ten­dances are wor­ry­ing to say the least. Where that 2,000 have gone [home fans who at­tended the Ply­mouth fix­ture] and why they would want to stay away is wor­ry­ing.

“At­ten­dances alone look like they are not go­ing to give us an op­por­tu­nity to grow the club the way we want. So the club has to grow off the pitch ex­tremely quickly. That’s sim­ple math­e­mat­ics.”

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