As part of a series of articles looking at the relationship between fans and their supporters here is a look at how the Championship table would have finished if it was based on average attendance rather than the number of points accumulated.
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Figures from www.soccernet.com
|15||Queens Park Rangers||15,635|
|22||Preston North End||11,767|
|Pos||Average Attendance Table Position||Actual League Position|
|2||Derby County||Norwich (3)|
|3||Norwich City||Swansea (14)|
|Pos||Average Attendance Table Position||Actual League Position (avg attendance position)|
|22||Preston North End||Preston|
|23||Doncaster Rovers||Sheffield United|
At the top of the table there is little comparison between the actual table and the attendance table with Leeds United and Derby boasting the highest attendances but finishing outside of the promotion/play-off shake up.
The bottom of the tables do bare resemblance to each other with relegated sides Scunthorpe and Preston finishing in the same place in each table.
The anomaly at the bottom is Sheffield United who were relegated with the eighth highest average attendance, underlining that great support cannot prevent disaster on the pitch, a hard truth that has hurt both Sheffield sides.
We can conclude from these tables that whilst fans can impact the morale/performance of a club, a large attendance is not necessarily going to guarantee success.
Obvious I know but the anomalies should give fans of smaller sides hope that they can overachieve and do a ‘Blackpool’