The matter of crowds, in my opinion, is quite a simple thing. Why do we get over 10k people going to cup finals? Simply, because it has the potential for 'glory' or a significant victory. Put it another way, what would our home crowd be for a home match against Celtic/Rangers if we knew before the match that we were going to win? Bigger than normal, I'm sure.
I watched the highlights of West Ham this morning, with fans running on the pitch, en masse demonstrations inside the ground and folk generally acting like idiots. No way would this have happened if West Ham were winning the match- it's the results which drive supporter behaviour, including whether they attend matches or not.
Results have obviously improved dramatically at Killie recently. There has been a rise in attendances, and my contention is that even if we've 'only' gained a few hundred extra regular supporters (i.e. people now back every game as PATG customers), if we were languishing at the bottom of the table, we would have lost this amount at least off the crowd.
You're going to see a superb crowd at RP on Tuesday. People have to choose when and where they spend their £20. What would you pick- Rossco or a Quarter Final? Seems quite a simple choice to me. And that's what it is- a choice; for those who cannot afford to keep doling out £20 every 3 days, and for those who just don't want to spend £60 in a week for match tickets.
The proof of the Steve Clarke pudding with regards to crowds will be, in my opinion, seen not in the increase of walk-up fans on a Saturday afternoon between now and the end of the season, but those lapsed fans who now want to invest their time and money watching Killie every two weeks and decide to buy a season ticket. I think a healthy rise of 500-1000 fans in the summer would be a great achievement and something to build on. That's why I think it's crazy the club aren't bringing out a ST now, to cover between now and the end of next season. The current momentum is an absolute goldmine for anyone with business sense.
So, you have the sensible debate above, whereby I argue that just because we don't have 7,000 people paying at the gates against Ross County, that it doesn't indicate a disaster, or- and I love this narrative from some posters- that SUR STEEEVE CLARK ISNAE GETTIN THE BACKIN HE DESERVES AND HE'LL BE PURE RAGIN AND WILL LEEVE US. Hold fire til the summer, get a few extra hundred STs sold and build on it.
However, some people won't want to think in terms of slowly, slowly, and patiently picking the club off its knees and giving the community something to back in the long term. Instead we have the "You said that with MJ gone, we'd get a million fans" vs "You don't go to away games" personal bulls**t that at best, adds very little to what should be an exciting, collaborative, united conversation of how everyone can build on the team's excellent form, and at worst, discourages people from wanting to be associated with any collective effort.