A Sutton United Front: Growing On And Off The Pitch

Article by Johnnie Lowery

Another column, another week top of the league, it’s starting to become a pattern now.

It doesn’t surprise me to see our boys up there to be honest, though it definitely takes some getting used to.

Big spending Eastleigh were well beat on Saturday, and indeed if it wasn’t for some good goalkeeping from the Spitfires’ number 1 it could have been more than two.

Up the other end Jamie Butler was rarely troubled, and two clean sheets in a row will be as pleasing as the attacking performances served up.

It will be perhaps a somewhat strange occasion on Saturday, with U’s travelling to Leyton Orient as favourites.

As recently as 2014 the East London club missed out on the Championship with a playoff final defeat on penalties, and even with their current struggles average crowds of over 4000.

They can expect a crowd well above that level at the weekend with several hundred United fans likely to make the short journey across London, sure to create another fantastic atmosphere.

As Paul Doswell mentioned again on twitter the vocal support down the late has really improved in recent times, helping to generate the big game atmosphere to match the large crowds coming through the gate.

There are roughly 200,000 people in Sutton Borough, so it’s definitely a catchment area that can support a club like ours with big crowds.

As long as we keep playing as we are these crowds will only continue to rise, our once small club continuing to grow on and off the pitch.