WORTHING Football Club celebrate their 125th anniversary on Saturday (3pm) with their second Fans’ Day when they host Merstham in Ryman League Division 1 South.
As part of their 125th anniversary celebrations, entry prices have been reduced to £5 for adults and £3 for concessions, with under-16s free.
Last year’s Fans’ Day against Chipstead was a huge success when Rebels attracted their-then largest gate of the season, and plans for Saturday include a free bouncy castle and face painting for children; a bin it to win it competiton (tickets will be free, with a £10 prize for anyone who manages to kick the ball into the bin); penalty shoot-out competition; and a raffle with a top prize of £125.
There will also be real ales in the bar and there is a 50p voucher for the WFCSA tea hut valid for the day (below). There is also a quiz night at the club on Friday evening with a 125-year theme to it, which starts at 8pm.
Worthing will be hoping to get near, or better, their highest league crowd of this season – the 676 against local rivals Bognor Regis on December 27 – and Rebels boss Chris White said: “It should be a great day.
“Obviously, our biggest crowd of the season was against Bognor and the atmosphere that day was fantastic.
“If we can get a crowd anywhere near that, it would be great.
“We’ve played some good football at home this season and have been involved in a lot of high-scoring games, with a lot of entertainment on the pitch.
“Having a big crowd makes a big difference, especially to the players.
“When you’re playing and can hear the crowd, it really gets the adrenalin going.
“Saturday is a chance for all football fans to come and watch some good, attacking football.”