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Fan Focus Series: 2010/2011 Championship Table By Average Attendance

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 

PosClubAvg
1Leeds United27,299
2Derby County26,022
3Norwich City25,386
4Leicester City23,666
5Nottingham Forest23,466
6Cardiff City23,230
7Hull City21,168
8Sheffield United20,632
9Ipswich Town19,614
10Reading17,840
11Middlesbrough16,312
12Coventry City16,309
13Portsmouth15,707
14Swansea City15,687
15Queens Park Rangers15,635
16Crystal Palace15,351
17Burnley14,930
18Bristol City14,604
19Watford13,151
20Millwall12,438
21Barnsley11,855
22Preston North End11,767
23Doncaster Rovers10,258
24Scunthorpe United5,547

Top Three 

PosAverage Attendance Table PositionActual League Position
1Leeds UnitedQPR(15)
2Derby CountyNorwich (3)
3Norwich CitySwansea (14)

 

Bottom Three 

PosAverage Attendance Table PositionActual League Position (avg attendance position)
22Preston North EndPreston
23Doncaster RoversSheffield United
24Scunthorpe UnitedScunthorpe

 

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’

If you have a view or would like to contribute to this series contact Kristian_uk@hotmail.co.uk or add me on TWITTER

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2 Comments

2 Comments

  1. Christian

    May 25, 2011 at 3:31 pm

    whoops, sorry Swansea forgot Cardiff bottled it and ended 4th… but my point still stands.

  2. Christian

    May 25, 2011 at 3:29 pm

    Another way to look at it is by percentage of the stadium filled. Part of the reason say QPR might not be very high is that their stadium only holds about 18000.

    By percentage the top of the table would be:
    1.Norwich (97.5%)
    2.Cardiff (86.4%)
    3.Hull (83.3%)
    4. QPR

    So the top 3 in the table finish in the top 4. Just goes to show that while a large attendance might not correlate to a good performance. Good performances definitely produce a large attendance. (maybe a fairly obvious point). You might also draw the conclusion that a more packed stadium is more likely to increase morale/performance than just pure number of fans in attendance.

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