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What Impact Is The Credit Crunch Having On Premier League Attendances?

stack of coins What Impact Is The Credit Crunch Having On Premier League Attendances?

How are attendances at Premier League clubs being affected, if at all, by the Credit Crunch this season?

Based on research compiled by EPL Talk comparing the percentage difference between the average attendance season to date and last season’s average attendance, we can reveal that average attendances haven’t been affected that much at all, which is a feather in the cap to the Premier League during these tough economic times.

Here are the results from best to worst:

  1. Stoke City, 63% increase in average attendance
  2. Hull City, 35.1% increase
  3. West Bromwich Albion, 16.7% increase
  4. Bolton Wanderers, 8.3% increase
  5. Middlesbrough, 8.3% increase
  6. Fulham, 3% increase
  7. Manchester City, 1.8% increase
  8. Chelsea, 0.6% increase
  9. Liverpool, 0.6% increase
  10. Tottenham Hotspur, 0.1% increase
  11. Arsenal, 0%
  12. Portsmouth, 0.1% decrease
  13. Manchester United, 0.3% decrease
  14. Everton, 0.9% decrease
  15. Aston Villa, 1.3% decrease
  16. Blackburn Rovers, 2.7% decrease
  17. West Ham United, 3.1% decrease
  18. Wigan Athletic, 6.6% decrease
  19. Sunderland, 6.9% decrease
  20. Newcastle United, 8% decrease

Newcastle United’s attendances this season have decreased by 8% but that has more to do with the boycott against Newcastle owner Mike Ashley than the Credit Crunch. Surprisingly, attendances for Sunderland have been down almost 7% compared to last season. This is in despite of Roy Keane buying lots of new players.

While newly promoted clubs Stoke, Hull and West Brom have not surprisingly seen large increases in their average attendances, full credit must go to Bolton, Middlesbrough, Fulham and Manchester City fans for attending home games in larger numbers this season.

About Christopher Harris

Founder and publisher of World Soccer Talk, Christopher Harris is the managing editor of the site. He has been interviewed by The New York Times, The Guardian and several other publications. Plus he has made appearances on NPR, BBC World, CBC, BBC Five Live, talkSPORT and beIN SPORT. Harris, who has lived in Florida since 1984, has supported Swansea City since 1979. He's also an expert on soccer in South Florida, and got engaged during half-time of a MLS game. Harris launched EPL Talk in 2005, which was rebranded as World Soccer Talk in 2013. View all posts by Christopher Harris →

2 Responses to What Impact Is The Credit Crunch Having On Premier League Attendances?

  1. Brian says:

    Good to see that Bolton's attendance figures are improving. I went to a match at the Reebok last year and was quite disappointed to see so many empty seats.

  2. Patrick says:

    I'm not so sure attendance figures will be the best way to reflect the economic crisis ( its well beyond a credit crunch). In poor economic times people flock to vices, booze, movies, sport. Its said that in times of crisis you buy stock in fast food and liquor stocks.

    But how does this really effect English football?

    You will find sponsorships down. You will find less corporate seats being purchased. You will find less big names flooding into the league.

    If you want to talk about how this will effect the average fan? Well, season ticket holders will still attend, and clubs with large bases of these type fans will continue to fill the stands. But, as you guessed the teams who do not will have to be creative. Kids for a quid games, 4 pack games at a discount… But the reality is that if the team is performing people will come, which your number reflect.

    I really think this next transfer market should be interesting, and the coming summer even more so. Sugar daddy clubs may well be the most effected. Roman Abramovich is said to have lost 20 billion in this crisis. He is still reported to be worth a cool 3.5 billion. Yet, you have to wonder if that effects the money he has to put into CFC. Think about just how just money that really is…

    Think about just how this effects the common guy. A guy about to retire ( like say my dad) has to work an extra 5 years to make ends meet. Think he isn't going to spend some cash for a sports release… hell yeah he is.

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