A grand total of 17,274 eager fans snapped up cut-price tickets to see Notts County win 4-1 versus Crewe Alexandra at Meadow Lane on Saturday.

Sales reached fever-pitch after County’s chairman, Alan Hardy, opted to reduce entry fees to a bargain £2 to celebrate his first year in charge.

The attendance is the largest since County hosted Tottenham Hotspur in the 1994 FA Cup and breaks the record for the all-seater stadium.

Promotion hopefuls County showed their class to dismantle Crewe who are just 2 points above relegation.

Notts County first team coach, Mark Crossley, said: “The crowd definitely helps.

“It puts an extra man on the pitch.

“The bigger the crowd the greater the chance of winning.

“It is what we want every week and that’s what the players want.

“Hopefully we can get a few more every week now – I believe there were a few half-season tickets sold after the match.”

Notts County communications manager, Nick Richardson, thought the success of the deal could lead to “similar offers in the future”.

He said: “It was the chairman’s idea so it’s up to him.

“But his devotion to making football affordable in the city is massive.

“It’s a great thing to spread to away supporters and really represents Notts in a good light.”

January signing, Noor Husin, 20, was out to please the crowd.

After the Magpies conceded an early goal, the Afghan midfielder equalised with a sumptuous 30-yard strike that triggered the loudest roar from the Kop stand this millennium.

County supporter, Tyler Abraham, 20, said he had never experienced “an atmosphere quite like this” at Meadow lane.

He said: “The chairman seems to have his heart in the right place.

“Just look around; it’s great to see so many young people here.

“It’s very difficult to pick up a club like County but it’s important if we want to survive in the higher divisions.”