Date: 14th December 2006 at 12:55am
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Stewart Milne has said that if the fans are not showing their appreciation of the revitalization that is happening at Pittodrie by turning up in numbers then they run the risk of losing their best players through lack of finance. He is also aware of possibly losing Jimmy Calderwood as manager as if his best players depart, he will obviously not be able to continue his progress and fulfill the ambitions he has for Aberdeen.

Players want rewards if they deliver and it’s the same with management. That includes signs that the fans are behind them,’ Milne told the Evening Express.

We appreciate the support we are getting. But our crowds are still down and that is disappointing.

If the crowds don’t grow we are going to have to look seriously at how much money the football budget gets.’

ust 10,594 supporters turned out to the 2-1 win over Falkirk on Saturday, 1,655 less than watched the corresponding fixture last season.

We want a successful team but we also need the fans to show they want one as well,’ added Milne.

Willie Miller is also alarmed by the falling gate situation. He said ‘It is a concern to me that our gates are going south. I would feel a lot more confident about keeping our best players if the attendances were going up.

‘We have a bit of persuading to do with some sections of the crowd but I feel we can do that.’

On the pitch, Jimmy Calderwood remains optimistic of the Dons having a good season as they are at present enjoying their most consistent run since his arrival from Dunfermline.

Jimmy Calderwood said” ‘We always thought we could beat anyone at home, but for some reason we got so many draws, perhaps because of injuries.

‘Now we have most people fit, we are scoring goals and looking sharp and if we can stay like that until the end of the season, there is no reason why we can’t stay high up the league table.

‘The players know the next step they need to make is to get more results on the road. It showed at Celtic, against the team which is going to win the league, and at Rangers that we are not far away.

‘We have some great games coming up against Hearts at Tynecastle and against Dundee United at Tannadice, where we’ll take 5,000 fans where the Dons allocation has reassuringly sold out already.

‘We’ll also be playing at Hibs and games such as those are the ones you want to be involved in. We want to win them, too.’

Predictably, in the obvious tie of the round, Aberdeen’s Tennent’s Scottish Cup 3rd round clash with Hibs will be broadcast ‘live’ by the BBC and will now go ahead on Wednesday 10th January 2007, with a 7.45 pm kick-off. Ticket details will be announced in due course.