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Strength in numbers: The Wednesday fans are admired by boss Gary Megson.
Strength in numbers: The Wednesday fans are admired by boss Gary Megson.
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SHEFFIELD Wednesday’s fans give the club an advantage as they bid to make sure they stay in League One.

That’s the view of Gary Megson, whose admiration of the supporters’ backing has risen even higher after the Southampton game and with season-ticket sales for next season well under way.

Gary Megson

Gary Megson

Almost 900 went to St Mary’s though it meant a 400-mile round trip, the match was televised live, and two successive home defeats had contributed to the team’s stuttering fortunes.

Season-ticket sales are rising towards 9,000 - more than at the same stage last year, say the club.

Megson, who has admitted that the Owls are in a battle to avoid relegation, told The Star: “People up and down the country must be astounded by our fans, and they’re the advantage we’ve got.

“For a game that’s live on television, more than 800 travel all the way to the end of the country. We have sold nearly 8,500 season tickets for next season.

“Our fans are incredible people and deserve a lot better from this club than they get.”

The Owls are set to have a sell-out following of around 1,000 for the club’s first visit to Dagenham and Redbridge, where the capacity is around 6,000.

That away allocation includes an additional 300, which was granted after the initial batch sold out.

Dagenham, who played Leyton Orient away last night, have signed Spurs striker Cameron Lancaster on loan.

Aged 18, he has had trouble with injuries over the last two years but has made progress this season. It is the first time that he has been out on loan in the Football League.

He joins a Daggers squad that includes a crop of young players, but 33-year-old captain Mark Arber believes that experience can aid his team’s scrap to avoid relegation. Arber brackets himself with midfield player Peter Gain, aged 34, and keeper Tony Roberts, 41: “I think we blend perfectly. I like to think I’m more of a calming influence and I like to use a bit of my off-field coaching or managerial skills.

“The three of us have the ingredients to give the young players confidence to express themselves and do things right.”