Football League Attendances Up Again

by Neil Sherwin

The Football League has enjoyed another successful season with attendances topping the 17 million mark for the first time in 50 years.

With 17.1 million spectators attending 1,656 league matches played during 2009/10, the Football League has continued to prosper.

The increase of 4.4% on last season gave the leagues the highest aggregate crowd figure since the 1959/60 campaign.

The Coca-Cola Championship is still the fourth most attended league in Europe with 9.9 million fans through the turnstiles during 2009/10, with only Germany’s Bundesliga (13.1m), the Premier League (12.9m) and Spain’s La Liga (11.0m) posting higher totals.

The average attendance was 17,949.

Crowds in League One increased by 21% to an average of 9,136, while League Two had an average gate of 3,853.

“Attracting more than seventeen million fans into their grounds is an outstanding achievement by Football League clubs, particularly in the current economic climate,” said Football League Chairman, Greg Clarke.

“Our clubs are focussed on attracting a new, family audience to football and those efforts are clearly working.

“I would like to thank everybody that has been to one of our matches this season for supporting their club and our competition.”

Author Info

Neil Sherwin

Neil Sherwin

Co-editor of BackPageFootball.com and BackPageRugby.com. Writes mostly on Premier League, A-League and MLS with contributions to other sites including TheFootballSack, InBedWithMaradona and Bloomberg's BSports. Has featured on The Guardian's Football Weekly.

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