“A group of supporters amalgamated and came with the idea, which we’d already thought about too which shows that both sides were thinking along the same lines really,” said Boddy.
“The facilities here are great and we’d like to make something of this Dai Watkins suite. It’s a good turnout tonight and about 50 people are here, plus it shows what the suite can be on match days really. But it’s been an excellent launch and an excellent start.
“I think this is a good example of how the club is developing now off the pitch as well as on it. The facilities at Rodney Parade are obviously magnificent in the Bisley Stand and we’ve always wanted to use this room. But the club is growing and the initiatives are growing with it.
“If we can raise 100k then that’s amazing but even if we raise 50 thousand then we’ll be happy. I’m always thinking long-term and I think that the 100 grand is achievable.”
The 100 club members will experience a range of benefits from their own prime seating, to the attendance of players during and after the game, but Boddy believes the suite itself is the most appealing benefit.
“I think the room itself is the biggest appeal and is a great place for people to socialise before and after the game,” said the County Chief Executive. “This is an exclusive area and will give people the chance to have their pre-match food on a pay as you go basis.
“The manager backs everything that we do and its great to see Mike Flynn and Lee Minshull here tonight to support the event but there’s a great togetherness here at the club from all involved and I think this is a superb initiative.”
I think it’s a great idea and its good for the players to come up after the game and show their appreciation to the fans and maybe get their man of the match award or whatever it is.
About 30 of the places have already been taken and fans favourite, Flynn, believes it’s a great idea to build a relationship between fans and players.
“I think it shows that the club is trying to move in the right direction and getting fans to interact with the players and be more involved with the everyday feel of the club, which is a great idea,” said Flynn.
“I think it gives the 100 fans a special atmosphere and allows them to pick their seats in line with the centre of the pitch which is pretty cool. But I think it can only be a good thing if it can bring money into the club and benefit the fans.
“Any avenue that the club can bring money in then they need to do it because finances are tight, especially in League Two. So I think it’s a great idea and its good for the players to come up after the game and show their appreciation to the fans and maybe get their man of the match award or whatever it is.
“It’s good for the players to build a relationship with the fans too and vice versa. Even the golf day sounds like a great idea and a bit of fun but sadly its pre-season for us so I’m not sure if I’ll be able to go or not!”