Leeann Dempster: ‘Every penny fans spend will help Hibs chase goal of promotion back to Premiership’



LEEANN Dempster has promised Hibs fans that ‘every penny’ they spend will help the team in their number one goal of winning promotion this season.

The Easter Road outfit are close to surpassing their highest-ever total for season-ticket sales after revealing they now have 11,100 on the books for the current season.

The capital club sold 11,500 in season 2007-08, the campaign after they lifted the CIS Insurance Cup, and May’s historic Scottish Cup triumph has led to a surge in support for the side this term.

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And, with Neil Lennon’s appointment also cited by the club as a reason for the sales, chief executive Dempster hopes a re-engagement with supporters so disillusioned after relegation in 2014 can ultimately lead to a return to the Premiership.

She said: “Hibernian fans have consistently shown their determination to play their part in achieving promotion, which is really gratifying.

“As well as purchasing season tickets in such high numbers, supporters have grown their ownership stake in the club from 2 per cent to more than 30 per cent – way ahead of almost every other club in Scotland in terms of supporter ownership.

“On top of this, supporters elected two of their own to hold positions on the board of directors at the club for the last two years, and the process is now underway for supporters to vote for who they want to fill the positions for the next period.

“We are moving forward as one and I thank them all. Every penny they commit allows us to ensure we do everything we can to achieve our primary aim of promotion this season.”