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Football League Attendance Analysis 2013/14

27 June 2014

Provisional attendance data for Season 2013/14 has previously been made available, with crowds over the last few seasons at their highest levels for half a century.

The Sky Bet Championship also remains the fourth best in attended division in Europe, with Sky Bet League 1 and Sky Bet League 2 crowds much higher than their equivalent divisions in other European countries.

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.



- Highest average attendance was for Brighton & Hove Albion, followed by Leeds United and Leicester City

- Highest in Sky Bet League 1 was Wolverhampton Wanderers, followed by Sheffield United and Bradford City

- Highest average in Sky Bet League 2 was Portsmouth, followed by Plymouth Argyle and Bristol Rovers

- Seven clubs averaged over 20,000 attendees per match

- Seven clubs achieved at least one match attendance higher than 25,000 last season. Four clubs, (Leeds United, Derby County, Leicester City & Wolverhampton Wanderers) achieved match attendances over 30,000

- The highest attendance for a single League match last season was 33,434 (Leeds United v Brighton & Hove Albion in August)

- The biggest growth in attendances was seen at Yeovil Town (+63%) following their promotion to the Sky Bet Championship. AFC Bournemouth (+45%) saw the second biggest growth, with Bradford City (+37%) third

- AFC Bournemouth had the highest occupancy rate (91%). Rotherham United (70%) had the highest in Sky Bet League 1, and AFC Wimbledon (77%) in Sky Bet League 2

The largest cumulative total of tickets sold for a single weekend of Football League matches was 436,374 for the 36 fixtures played over the final weekend of the season

The lowest crowd variation was at Brighton & Hove Albion where the lowest home gate equalled 91% of the highest home gate of the season - followed by Watford and Queens Park Rangers. The highest in Sky Bet League 1 was Sheffield United (76%), and in Sky Bet League 2, Portsmouth (75%)

Season Ticket Holders

- The average number of season ticket holders per club was 11,166 in the Championship, 4,755 in League 1 and 2,387 in League 2

- Most number of season ticket holders for a club was 23,175 at Brighton & Hove Albion

- Bradford City had the biggest growth in season ticket holders, followed by Fleetwood Town (+67%) and AFC Bournemouth (+64%)

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

Away Fans

- Away crowds at Sky Bet Football League matches totalled 1.4 million last season

- The average number of away fans at games was 839, a rise of 10%

- Average away fans at Sky Bet Championship games was 1,320, in Sky Bet League 1 it was 763 and in Sky Bet League 2, 435

- The biggest average away following at games was for Leeds United (3045), followed by Wolverhampton Wanderers (2,556) and Nottingham Forest (2,180). Portsmouth (1,136) had the biggest away following in Sky Bet League 2

- 43 of the 67 clubs that remained in The Football League from 2012/13 saw an increase in the number of their fans travelling to their away games

- Leyton Orient (+125%) saw the biggest increase in travelling fans, followed by Hartlepool United (+97%), Rochdale (+87%) and Yeovil Town (+79%)

- The biggest away following in each division as a proportion of the number of fans that attend home games was Burnley (Sky Bet Championship), Coventry City (Sky Bet League 1) and Rochdale (Sky Bet League 2)

- Highest recorded number of away fans at an individual match was the 8,943 Wolverhampton Wanderers fans that travelled to Milton Keynes Dons in March

- Wigan Athletic's DW Stadium was the most popular ground in The Football League for away fans to visit (1,968 visiting fans on average). Milton Keynes Dons was most visited by away fans in Sky Bet League 1 (average of 1,455 visitors per match) and Portsmouth's Fratton Park the most popular away trip in Sky Bet League 2 (an average of 644 visiting fans per match)

The biggest increase in visiting fans last season was the number going to Doncaster Rovers' Keepmoat Stadium (+298% increase compared to 2012/13), followed by Yeovil Town's Huish Park (+221%) and Port Vale's Vale Park (+174%)

Downloads - Club Ranking Tables:

Average Attendance
Attendance - Highest
Attendance - Change
Total Admissions
Average Travelling Fans
Travelling Fans - Change
Travelling Fans - Highest
Travelling Fans (as Percentage of Home Fans)
Visiting Fans
Crowd Variation - Home Fans
Match Attendances - Top 50 Matches
Away Crowds - Top 50 Matches

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