Gary McCann hopes to keep some of the almost 1200 fans who watched FA Cup match

By Joe Acklam

20th Oct 2022 | Football

Almost 1200 people attended the Torquay FA Cup match. Photo: Katie Chann.
Almost 1200 people attended the Torquay FA Cup match. Photo: Katie Chann.

Gary McCann is hoping that Hampton and Richmond's valiant performance against Torquay United will encourage supporters to come back for their league games. 

1191 people were in attendance at the Rocket Hospitality Beveree Stadium as they were knocked out of the FA Cup at the Fourth Qualifying Round stage after a replay against National League side Torquay United. 

The average attendance at home games so far this season has been 467, the fifth lowest figure in the division, and McCann is hoping that the entertaining spectacle his side put on will help to attract some of those fans back for a league match. 

Speaking to club media, McCann said: "We have a responsibility on the pitch to entertain when we can and we might not have gotten the result that we wanted, the rewards and incentives were huge, but if we have gained anything from it in terms of new supporters then that would be huge because we have definitely entertained today. 

"Our form is relatively good and we are creating an awful lot of chances and a lot of work has gone into that. 

"It will take a lot of picking up, there's no question there are going to be not just a lot of despondent players, but also management and supporters. 

"The whole club is going to be a little but flat, but it is my job as manager to pick everyone back to where we need to be, we have to get on with it and get ourselves ready on Thursday for Concord this Saturday. 

"I hope that some of them do come back, but Saturday is now the focus." 

Hampton are back at home this weekend as Concord Rangers visit the Bev as the Beavers look to continue their recent upturn in from which has seen them lose just one of their last four games in National League South. 

Their opposition in Concord are sat 22nd in the division and haven't won a game in any competition since 13th August and have only picked up five points on their travels all season. 


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