I posted back in January about the falling attendances at Blackpool FC as a direct result of the NAPM (Not a penny more) campaigns which is supported by many fans. With all home games completed this season we can calculate that attendances dropped 103% compared to last season and overall Bloomfield Road on average was at 20% capacity.
That original post was written after the match vs Yeovil when only 2,885 attended, one of the lowest in many years. Since then there was four games with a lower attendance;
- Colchester 2,772
- Stevenage 2,456
- Barnet 2,094
- Crawley 2,080
There was a few bumper crowds since then;
- Hartlepool United 5,374
- Grimsby Town 4,668
- Accrington 4,300
The common theme between both, Southern Vs Northern teams.
The graph below shows that attendances at the end of the season did pick up, but didn’t keep increases as the season ended.
Click on the graph below to see in detail
As mentioned capacity is down to 20%, meaning in just a few season we’ve gone from 80%+ to 20%
Average for the season comes in at 3,474, which is a year on year decrease of 103% compared to 7,052 last year.
|Season||Average of Attendance|
|2009 to 2010 – Championship||8,744|
|2010 to 2011 – Premier League||15,780|
|2011 to 2012 – Championship||12,809|
|2012 to 2013 – Championship||13,917|
|2013 to 2014 – Championship||14,213|
|2014 to 2015 – Championship||10,928|
|2015 to 2016 – League One||7,052|
|2016 to 2017 – League Two||3,474|
All very depressing to read. What will be interesting is to see what happens next year. Promotion and I think attendances will go up slightly. Remaining in League Two, attendances will go down.
However what really seems to effect attendances is who we are playing, how many big teams, how many in the north Vs the south.
Once again data was from Wikipedia.