The Football League have today published further detail on the League's attendance statistics that provide an insight into how many supporters are attending games and where they come from. Whilst a club's basic average attendances are easy to come by, and the League publish general end of season statistics across the division, these go into a little unusual depth.
The main point of interest is that they have split out the home and away support throughout the league to produce statistics in terms of how well clubs travel, and how many opposition supporters are prepared to travel to your ground. The relevant statistics for Glovers matches are as follows:
Fans Travelling To Away Matches (Average): 2007-08: 378; 2008-09: 242; 2009-10: 324; 2010-11: 274; 2011-12: 266.
This is a measure of how strong each club's away support is. Here Yeovil Town had an average of 266 away fans for the 2011-12 season, marginally down on the previous season. Overall, the Glovers are the 64th best supported club in the Football League on their travels, and the 23rd placed club in League One - only Colchester United fare worse in the division, with an average of 219 away fans.
All of the clubs at the foot have a relatively recent history in non-league football, with Hereford United, Burton Albion, Barnet, Colchester United, Dagenham and Redbridge, Macclesfield Town, Morecambe and Accrington Stanley all below them. However, AFC Wimbledon (589), Stevenage (398) and Wycombe Wanderers (378) show it is possible for former non-league sides to organise larger away followings.
Fans Travelling To Away Matches (Percentage): 2008-09: 6.1%; 2009-10: 8.2%; 2010-11: 7.6%; 2011-12: 7.6%
This is a measure of how strong a team's away support is as a proportion of their home support. Last season, Yeovil Town took 7.6% of its support to away matches - holding level from the previous season. Here the Glovers fare a little better, as the 20th placed club in League One. The worst team at our level is Milton Keynes Dons, who take just 5.0% of their home support to away games. Bury and Rochdale are the best, taking 17.9% and 17.7% respectively.
Highest Number Of Away Supporters At A Single Match: 2007-08: 1,098; 2008-09: 692; 2009-10: 1,472; 2010-11: 692; 2011-12: 814
This is the largest away following that a club took to a single match during a given season. For last season, it was the 814 supporters who travelled to the March 2012 game against AFC Bournemouth. Here, Yeovil lie in 22nd place in League One, with Hartlepool United (730) and Colchester United (665) behind them.
Average Opposition Supporters At Huish Park: 2007-08: 526; 2008-09: 477; 2009-10: 699; 2010-11: 678; 2011-12: 466.
This is the average number of opposition supporters who travelled down to Huish Park in each season. Doubtless the loss of numerous West Country clubs during last season accounts for why it dropped so radically down to 466 spectators this season, having been a relatively healthy number over previous years. Yeovil Town are the 21st most attractive side to visit in League One, but that may be more geographical, given that Carlisle United, Exeter City and Hartlepool United are the three clubs below them, representing the other 'outposts' around the country.
The Football League also published the trend information for Average Attendances, as well as each club's Highest Attendance for a given season. Those are readily available in the Ciderspace Statistics section or via the link below.
Link: Yeovil Town Average Attendances.
Link: 2011-12 Football League End Of Season Attendance Statistics.
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