Comparing Championship average attendances in 2017/18 with Newcastle’s title winning 2016/17 season
The Championship average attendances were of course dominated by one club last season.
An incredible 51,106 fans turning up every match, on average, at St James Park – reinforcing the fact of how ridiculous it was that Mike Ashley had managed a second relegation in the space of seven Premier League seasons.
The other two relegated clubs saw Aston Villa second when it came to crowds, some 19,000 behind Newcastle with 32,107, Norwich seventh highest with 26,354 – although with their limited capacity that was only around 600 down on the previous season in the Championship.
Looking at the tables below for Championship average attendances last season (2017/17) and this (2017/18), with Newcastle promoted it is Aston Villa who have taken top spot with one home game to go.
Ironically, even though Villa are having a far better season (instead of fighting relegation/stuck in mid-table) and fourth in the table with still a small chance of automatic promotion, their average has actually gone down by 449. I’m guessing they probably had less season ticket holders after a dismal year after the drop but have picked up more game by game fans with the better form.
Championship average attendances 2016/17 (stats courtesy of worldfootball.net)
Championship average attendances 2017/18 (stats courtesy of worldfootball.net)
Other observations are that Wolves have predictably seen a rise (around 7,000) as they stormed to the title, whilst Leeds surprisingly have increased their crowds by around 4,000 despite being mid-table this time instead of challenging for the play-offs last season.
As for Sunderland, they averaged 41,287 in the Premier League last season and these Championship stats show them in fourth with 27,598 and one home to go, a drop of around 14,000 on last season.
However, it will be interesting to see if anybody in the media goes to the bother this summer of getting the real crowd figures at the Stadium of Light via Freedom Of Information, as for much of the season there has clearly been far less than even 20,000 actually turning up to Sunderland home matches.
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