'Please come': AFL coach pleads with fans over huge crowd concerns

·Sports Reporter
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North Melbourne coach David Noble (pictured) speaks to his team during an AFL quarter-time break.
North Melbourne coach David Noble (pictured) has pleaded for fans to turn up to Marvel Stadium to support the AFL team this weekend. (Getty Images)

North Melbourne coach David Noble has pleaded with the fanbase to turn up this weekend after speculation of a record-low crowd in attendance for the match against GWS this weekend.

The Kangaroos are facing the Giants this weekend and there are fears less than 10,000 fans could turn up to watch the game at Marvel Stadium.

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Melbourne's round-23 game in 2015 against the Giants has the stadium's record low crowd of 8, 974 spectators.

Following some poor results, there are fears a similar result could be replicated for the struggling AFL club.

And coach Noble made an impassioned call to supporters in the club's time of crisis.

"In tough times we need support, there's no doubt," Noble told reporters on Thursday.

"Our membership base numbers are really healthy, I still believe they understand where we are at.

"But we would like to see people come to the ground and support us on-field.

"That is the essence of what you do. Great communities, great clubs and organisations stick together when things are a bit tough.

"So any of the Shinboner fans and members that are out there, please come down to the ground."

North Melbourne calling all fans

The Kangaroos, 17th, will be facing GWS, 15th, which has sparked concern fans won't flock to Marvel Stadium.

North's last home game at Marvel Stadium, against Melbourne in round 10, attracted a crowd of only 13,422 people.

The Giants' caretaker coach Mark McVeigh said the lowly crowd forecasts were "not a big deal for us".

"We understand some of the challenges around clubs at the moment that are at the bottom of the ladder and what's going on with attendances around the country with footy and we respect that," McVeigh said.

"But for us, we don't really talk about it.

Luke McDonald and Jason Horne-Francis (pictured) share a laugh during a North Melbourne Kangaroos AFL training session.
Luke McDonald and Jason Horne-Francis (pictured) share a laugh during a North Melbourne Kangaroos AFL training session. (Photo by Darrian Traynor/Getty Images)

"We have obviously played in front of some low crowds at times.

"We've got some good support that follows us in Melbourne, which we love, and people that travel from NSW and Canberra.

"This is a really important game for our club, we're coming off a break and North Melbourne will challenge us.

" ... So for us it (the crowd) is not a big deal but we hope that our Giants supporters can get there and support us and we put on a really good show for them."

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