Mariners fans say 'No to NSO'
Tonight, the Mariners play their first 'home' game of the season away from Central Coast Stadium against Melbourne Victory at North Sydney Oval and also have a game scheduled for Brookvale Oval in February 2015.
Central Coast made their first foray to North Sydney Oval in December 2013 when 6,755 people were in attendance for the fixture against Wellington Phoenix - but early indications suggest that tonight's crowd may struggle to surpass that figure.
Charlesworth was adamant the Mariners would always remain based in Gosford but said the club had to expand into other areas to secure their fulfil ambition and secure their financial future.
"We need more people attending the games and watching on TV," Charlesworth said.
"To really make the club financially viable we have to do something and that means doing a job in the northern Sydney region, where there are 50,000 registered players with no real affinity to any club and we’d like them to be Mariners supporters in years to come."
But Central Coast fans have reacted negatively to the proposed direction of the club with the Facebook group 'Stand up for the Mariners' gaining almost 2000 likes.
The hashtag 'SayNoToNSO' has also been popular on twitter with many Mariners fans using it to voice their opinion.
From CCM Join the party this Friday and help bring football back 2 N Sydney Oval how about bringing fans back to Gosford? #SayNoToNSO
— Kevin Morris (@P1eman) December 5, 2014
I love that North Shore strategy is based on attracting people who have let 2 sports teams fail and havnt travelled 10km to SFS #SayNotoNSO
— Jared Keens (@jcskeens) December 4, 2014
— Stephen Bolger (@stephenjbolger) December 2, 2014
— Aaron Dibdin (@aarondibdin) December 2, 2014