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Attendances - AWAY support in the Football League; how do RFC do?
Topic Started: 29 Oct 2011, 01:05 PM (4,838 Views)
daib0
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A 1000 miles away but ... just round the corner in spirit
As we're about to kick-off against Palace, and Palace fans have been gently reminding me this week (in good spirit I must say) that Reading FC's away attendances leave quite a lot to do desired, I came across this exhaustive list by chance, and I think you should know about it too. It's supposedly taken from The Football League themselves, though those who remember the BBC606 conversations with QPR's Ellers, Northolt and co. will know it's often quite hard to get reliable figures for away fans. For example, what if away fans mingle in with the home fans?

But this list is representative, and sort of in proportion to the reality, and makes frankly crude reading for Reading FC.


AWAY SUPPORT

Rank - Club - Division Season / average per game in 2010/11

1 Leeds United Championship / 3,484
2 Nottingham Forest Championship / 2,035

3 Norwich City Championship / 1,926
4 Leicester City Championship / 1,876
5 Sheffield Wednesday League 1 / 1,722
6 Queens Park Rangers Championship / 1,510
7 Cardiff City Championship / 1,501
8 Southampton League 1 / 1,487
9 Brighton & Hove Albion League 1 / 1,396
10 Huddersfield Town League 1 / 1,310

11 Burnley Championship / 1,293
12 Hull City Championship / 1,264
13 Derby County Championship / 1,256
14 Millwall Championship / 1,201
15 Portsmouth Championship / 1,165
16 Crystal Palace Championship / 1,157
17 Ipswich Town Championship / 1,084
18 Middlesbrough Championship / 1,064
19 Sheffield United Championship / 978
20 Swansea City Championship / 923
21 Doncaster Rovers Championship / 920
22 Port Vale League 2 / 886
23 Reading Championship / 849
24 Barnsley Championship / 813
25 Coventry City Championship / 809
26 Watford Championship / 806
27 AFC Bournemouth League 1 / 765
28 Bristol City Championship / 682
29 Oxford United League 2 / 679
30 Charlton Athletic League 1 / 677
31 Peterborough United League 1 / 653
32 Exeter City League 1 / 640
33 Plymouth Argyle League 1 / 637

34 Chesterfield League 2 / 631
35 Bristol Rovers League 1 / 615
36 Oldham Athletic League 1 / 570
37 Preston North End Championship / 549
38 Swindon Town League 1 / 508
39 Shrewsbury Town League 2 / 501
40 Bury League 2 / 486
41 Rotherham United League 2 / 484
42 Gillingham League 2 / 483
43 Scunthorpe United Championship / 478
44 Bradford City League 2 / 476
45 Carlisle United League 1 / 469
46 Leyton Orient League 1 / 460
47 Notts County League 1 / 455
48 Brentford League 1 / 432
49 Stockport County League 2 / 428
50 Rochdale League 1 / 417
51 Wycombe Wanderers League 2 / 376
52 Northampton Town League 2 / 339
53 Southend United League 2 / 325
54 Milton Keynes Dons League 1 / 318
55 Crewe Alexandra League 2 / 318
56 Walsall League 1 / 301
57 Dagenham & Redbridge League 1 / 286

58 Stevenage League 2 / 279
59 Yeovil Town League 1 / 274
60 Tranmere Rovers League 1 / 270
61 Colchester United League 1 / 258

62 Torquay United League 2 / 248
63 Burton Albion League 2 / 233
64 Hereford United League 2 / 231
65 Lincoln City League 2 / 229
66 Aldershot Town League 2 / 220
67 Hartlepool United League 1 / 211
68 Cheltenham Town League 2 / 179
69 Barnet League 2 / 178
70 Accrington Stanley League 2 / 158
71 Macclesfield Town League 2 / 139
72 Morecambe League 2 / 123

Source: http://www.football-league.co.uk


RED – surprisingly good, taking into account league status
BLUE – surprisingly bad, taking into account league status
Of course, you'll find that promotion seeking teams last season have obvious bonus, and those facing relegation battles a natural falling off ...

READING – frankly VERY disappointing. Did you see Port Vale from League 2 have more travelling fans than us?! And Oxford and Exeter are not really so far behind either.
Maybe some northern and midland teams gain by being in close geographical proximations to other clubs. But yet, public transport from Reading is optimum, in theory, and the Thames Valley – Silicon valley – is also just about the highest living standards of all the Bristish Isles. So where do we fail?

So please, your comments firstly on the general table – is it how you expected to see it? – and then on why Reading does not hold up very well !!
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Knighter10

In all honesty that average attendance rating for Reading is awful! I expected it to be bad but not that bad! I think even today 1,000 to a game an hour and a half away, thats poor!
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Knighter10
29 Oct 2011, 03:31 PM
In all honesty that average attendance rating for Reading is awful! I expected it to be bad but not that bad! I think even today 1,000 to a game an hour and a half away, thats poor!
Where you at the game today then?
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A 1000 miles away but ... just round the corner in spirit
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29 Oct 2011, 08:44 PM
Knighter10
29 Oct 2011, 03:31 PM
In all honesty that average attendance rating for Reading is awful! I expected it to be bad but not that bad! I think even today 1,000 to a game an hour and a half away, thats poor!
Where you at the game today then?
He's a West Ham fan, but he means no harm - just being frankly honest in his own mind, not offensive!
(trust me on that one)

The stats do indicate we are 'only' 18th in the Championship travellers list, just wonder why that is??
Edited by daib0, 29 Oct 2011, 09:03 PM.
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It is poor , however it's annoying when fans moan and then never go to any games themselves!!
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I try to go to some away games in a season. Going really depends on (in no particular order):

- distance to travel
- cost of ticket
- timing
- whether my son has a game or not
- sat vs tues game
- family commitments

This season we would have been looking at going to about 10/12 away matches but unfortunately those a little closer to us (West Ham, Brighton, Palace, Southampton for example), we are/have been on holiday which was booked prior to fixture list coming out! So we will be going to less than that. If I had more time and money, I (and my son) would go to a lot more away games if we could.

Why our away attendance is low, I don't know. However, it doesn't make one less of a Royal if one doesn't go!
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UpTheRoyals

guessing there won't be a great turn out on tuesday night either, when I bought mine we had only sold 300 or so.
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UpTheRoyals
30 Oct 2011, 06:29 PM
guessing there won't be a great turn out on tuesday night either, when I bought mine we had only sold 300 or so.
Would like to have gone but its too late a school night for my son. :(
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29 Oct 2011, 09:07 PM
It is poor , however it's annoying when fans moan and then never go to any games themselves!!
I understand that, but I am a season ticket holder and went to 3 away games last season - for someone who doesn't even support Reading!?
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Knighter10
30 Oct 2011, 10:31 PM
Basingstoke Royal
29 Oct 2011, 09:07 PM
It is poor , however it's annoying when fans moan and then never go to any games themselves!!
I understand that, but I am a season ticket holder and went to 3 away games last season - for someone who doesn't even support Reading!?
Fair Play ;)

That Baldock lad looks good ... Wishing we had signed him
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