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Spireites Help Record Highest EFL Attendance Figures

12 May 2017

Over 18 million people made their way through EFL turnstiles during the 2016/17 season with Clubs recording their highest cumulative attendances since 1959.

EFL Clubs have seen an impressive 11% increase in matchday attendances from last season with the largest crowds in almost 60 years attending games across the Sky Bet EFL.  A key factor in the increase were the record breaking attendances during the 2016 festive period with the EFL boasting a combined attendance of more than 500,000 for matches during this time. 

Importantly, there has been a 3% attendance increase when comparing the 67 Clubs that competed in the EFL both this season and last, proving that supporters’ appetite for live EFL football is as popular as ever. 

Sky Bet Championship attendances surpassed the 11 million mark with average crowds of over 20,000 watching another season of thrilling football unfold. 

The figures also back up this season’s independent research from Deloitte, who highlighted the EFL as the best attended sporting competition in the country in 2016, with around 1 in 4 of all admissions to a sporting event being for an EFL organised match. 

This year’s cumulative figure of 18.1million is the 14th highest of all time for the EFL’s three divisions, with those higher all recorded in the post-war era between 1947 and 1959 – the highest ever being 23.5million in 1947/48.  

It’s not just in person that the numbers are increasing with the EFL and 72 Clubs having a combined online following of over 26.5million across social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube. 

The overwhelming evidence for increasing demand for live EFL action is hugely encouraging news for EFL Chief Executive, Shaun Harvey. 

“Football attendances clearly benefit from promotion and relegation as those teams carrying larger supporter bases move around divisions.  But what is particularly pleasing with this latest set of data is the fact the EFL has seen a 3% growth season-on-season when this factor is removed and you analyse the attendances of the 67 Clubs who have been members for the past two seasons.

“It is clear to see that the EFL continues to be one of the most watched football competitions and our Clubs deserve huge credit for continuing to find new and innovative ways of encouraging supporters through their turnstiles.

“We know that supporters continue to be the lifeblood of our game and the long-term future of the football in this country is looking very healthy with more and more people choosing to follow their local Clubs week in, week out.

“I would like to offer my thanks to everyone that has supported their Club by attending a match this season.”

THE STATISTICS

Top 20 all-time attendance figures: 

Historical analysis based on the transcription of Football League ledgers by Brian Tabner.  Figures for seasons prior to 1992/93 are based on Divisions 2, 3 and 4.

1.   1948     23,520,566

2.   1949     23,322,510

3.   1950     23,183,307

4.   1952     22,870,779

5.   1951     22,846,775

6.   1953     21,075,819

7.   1947     20,489,450

8.   1954     19,998,703

9.   1958     19,082,027

10. 1955     19,047,622

11. 1956     19,038,838

12. 1957     18,880,181

13. 1959     18,863,685

14. 2017     18,107,332

15. 1960     18,064,859

16. 2010     17,078,088

17. 2007     16,473,930

18. 2005     16,364,419

19. 2009     16,352,920

20. 2016     16,352,500

EFL Cumulative: Overall

Total attendances across all three divisions over the past four seasons.

 

2013/14

2014/15

2015/16

2016/17

Total EFL attendances to end of season

15,703,427

16,319,112

16,365,400

18,107,332

Games

1656

1656

1656

1656

Average

9483

9855

9882

10,934

EFL Cumulative: By Division

Breakdown of total attendances in the Championship, League One and League Two over the past four seasons. 

 

2013/14

2014/15

2015/16

2016/17

Championship

 

 

 

 

Total

9,173,519

9,851,413

9,703,003

11,105,922

Games

552

552

552

552

Average

16,619

17,847

17,578

20,119

League One

 

 

 

 

Total

4,127,932

3,884,980

3,955,385

4,378,328

Games

552

552

552

552

Average

7478

7038

7166

7932

League Two

 

 

 

 

Total

2,401,985

2,582,719

2,707,012

2,623,082

Games

552

552

552

552

Average

4351

4679

4904

4752

The 67’ Figures for this season and last

Total attendance figureswhen comparing the 67 Clubs that competed in the EFL both this season and last.(Excludes Newcastle United, Norwich City, Aston Villa, Cheltenham Town and Grimsby Town from 2016/17 and Burnley, Middlesbrough, Hull City, Dagenham & Redbridge and York City from 2015/16) 

 

2015/16

20106/17

Total

14,886,664

15,389,891

Games

1541

1541

Average

9660

9987


Figures are based on figures issued by clubs to the media. There may be a small variance with the final official figures, which only become a matter of record once all gate statements have been received and processed by the EFL.


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