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MANAGER Graham Alexander says that the supporters have a big part to play at the club this season.

The Peninsula Stadium plays host to the opening game of the season against Leyton Orient on Saturday (KO 12:30), live on BT Sport.

A significant crowd is expected for The Ammies’ first game in the Vanarama National League, and Alexander hopes there will be excitement around the place.

“I’m sure it will be [a good crowd]. I think we’ve had real good support in the two friendlies we’ve had there, I think there’s always something missing from friendly games because everyone knows there’s not much at stake but going into a league game the buzz is there, the excitement, the tension, and I know that the supporters will come out in numbers to see their team. 

“I’m looking forward to it because I’ve heard a lot of good things about the crowd at Salford and the atmosphere they can create, and we’ll need them on Saturday without a shadow of a doubt.”

INCREASING AVERAGE

Crowds at Salford rarely exceeded triple figures prior to the 2014-15 season when Leyton Orient were in League One, but last season The Peninsula Stadium averaged over 1,600.

Less than 300 people watched an FA Cup Second Qualifying Round match against Curzon Ashton in 2015.

With over 1,000 season tickets sold for our debut season in non-league’s top flight, the gaffer is hoping for the supporters to get behind the team, and for them to leave happy.

“Throughout the course of the season, as a club, as a team, as individuals, we will be tested, challenged and we will need the support of those around us, and when I say that I’m not just talking about our team mates, our staff members around us, but the supporters are part of that team so it’s really important. 

“I think there’s a responsibility from both sides; them to get behind us, but we also know we have to give them something to shout about so we take that responsibility seriously and we’re looking forward to it, to getting out there and hopefully justifying all the work that we’re doing and giving the supporters something to make them go home with a smile on their face.”

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