The EFL has recorded its highest attendance figures since way back in 1959 (when Elvis was King) during last season, helped by some high profile clubs with massive support like – well – Newcastle United.
18.1M people watched English Football League matches last season and Newcastle’s home attendance of 51,108 meant an aggregate crowd of 1,175,484 watched Newcastle at home last season which was easily the highest across all three EFL divisions.
Here’s the average attendances in the Championship last season with Newcastle almost 10,000 more than second placed Aston Villa.
Happy Newcastle United fans turned out in their masses last season
Note that Newcastle not only had the highest average attendance, but also the highest rate compared to overall capacity at 97.5% – unbelievable.
And it’s interesting that Brighton were second in that category with 91%.
Newcastle also boosted attendances at their away games with many grounds were sold out to see Newcastle and Rafa Benitez, who were of course hoping to be down for just the one season.
We achieved that goal!
The total EFL attendance is an 11% increase over the previous season and is the highest since 1959.
This is what EFL chief executive Shaun Harvey had to say:
“Football attendances clearly benefit from promotion and relegation as those teams carrying larger supporter bases move around divisions.”
“But what is particularly pleasing with this latest set of data is the fact the EFL has seen a 3% growth season-on-season when this factor is removed and you analyse the attendances of the 67 clubs who have been members for the past two seasons.”
“It is clear the EFL continues to be one of the most watched football competitions and our clubs deserve huge credit for continuing to find new and innovative ways of encouraging supporters through their turnstiles.”
“We know that supporters continue to be the lifeblood of our game and the long-term future of the football in this country is looking very healthy with more and more people choosing to follow their local clubs week in, week out.”
“I would like to offer my thanks to everyone that has supported their club by attending a match this season.”
It will be difficult for the EFL to match this season’s attendance without Newcastle United, but we’ll see.
Wonder how long it will take to sell out the season tickets at Newcastle for next season?