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Attendance Analysis 2012/13

1 July 2013

Provisional top line attendance data for season 2012/13 has previously been made available, with crowds over the last few seasons at their highest levels for half a century. The Championship also remains the fourth best in attended division in Europe.

However, we've now analysed the data further and can reveal our annual in-depth statistics about attendances last season. These stats are based on official gate statement returns from clubs so may vary from other unofficial data.

As well as the highest average attendances, the stats on this page confirm the best attended match, the club with the most season ticket holders, the average number of away fans per club and the most popular away grounds for fans to visit. Full club ranking tables of the stats can be downloaded via the links at the foot of this page.

For provisional average attendance statistics during the season visit our Stats Centre.

Summary Statistics:


- Highest average attendance was for Brighton & Hove Albion, followed by Sheffield Wednesday and Cardiff City

- Highest in League 1 was Sheffield United, followed by Portsmouth and Coventry City

- Highest average in League 2 was Bradford City, followed by Rotherham United and Plymouth Argyle

- Eight clubs averaged over 20,000 attendees per match

- 10 clubs achieved at least one match attendance higher than 25,000 last season. Two clubs, (Sheffield Wednesday and Derby County) achieved match attendances over 30,000

- The highest attendance for a single League match last season was 33,010 (Derby County v Nottingham Forest in January)

- The biggest growth in attendances was seen at Rotherham United (+127%) following their move to a new stadium. Tranmere Rovers (+21%) saw the second biggest growth, with Gillingham (+20%) third

- Even with an expanded capacity, Brighton & Hove Albion had the highest occupancy rate (95%). AFC Bournemouth (79%) had the highest in League 1, and AFC Wimbledon (78%) in League 2

The largest cumulative attendance at Football League matches on a single day was 404,941 from the 35 fixtures played on 20th March 2013.

Season Ticket Holders

- The average number of season ticket holders per club was 12,107 in the Championship, 3,920 in League 1 and 2,462 in League 2

- Most number of season ticket holders for a club was 22,467 at Brighton & Hove Albion

- Rotherham United had the biggest growth in season ticket holders (+141%), followed by Oldham Athletic (+46%) and Morecambe (+35%)

- The average crowd proportion of season ticket holders was 64%. Hartlepool United had the highest proportion, followed by Brighton & Hove Albion and Cardiff City.

Away Fans

- The average number of away fans at games was 762

- Average away fans at Championship games was 1,323, in League 1 it was 542 and in League 2, 420

- The biggest average away following at games was for Leeds United (2,678), followed by Sheffield Wednesday (2,500) and Nottingham Forest (2,054). Sheffield United (1,648) had the highest average following in League 1 and Port Vale (891) in League 2

- Bradford City (+79%) saw the biggest increase in travelling fans, followed by Rotherham United (+63%), AFC Bournemouth (+61%) and Port Vale (+60%)

- Port Vale had the biggest away following as a proportion of fans that attend home games (15.1%), just ahead of York City (14.8%) and Rochdale (14.7%). The highest in the Championship was Peterborough United (12.9%) and in League 1 it was Walsall (12.3%)

- Highest recorded number of away fans at an individual match was 5,971 (Derby County v Sheffield Wednesday, 18th August 2012)

- Peterborough United's London Road was again the most popular ground for away fans to visit (2,031 visiting fans on average), Milton Keynes Dons was most visited in League 1 (average of 899 visitors per match) and Rotherham United's New York Stadium was the most popular away trip in League 2 (an average of 590 visiting fans)

Downloads - Club Ranking Tables:

Average Attendance
Attendance - Highest
Average Travelling Fans
Travelling Fans (as Percentage of Home Fans)
Highest Travelling Fans
Visiting Fans

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