Crowds in the Football League dropped slightly for the 2005-06 season but with the previous season representing a record-breaking one, today's press release from the Football League was still able to boast that they were the second highest crowds in 46 years.
A total of 16,216,672 passes through the turnstiles were recorded this season, in comparison with the 2004-05 figure of 16,364,419. This is much improved though from the historical low of 7.5 million attained during the 1985-86 season.
Football League Chairman Lord Mawhinney has said of the released figures: "Once again, supporters have made an enormous commitment to their clubs and the game generally.On behalf of our clubs, I would like to offer my appreciation to all those that have attended matches this season. These figures reflect the quality of footballing entertainment being provided in The Football League, as well as the imaginative efforts clubs are making to attract new supporters."
Reflecting on the first season of The League's 'Fans of the Future' initiative, which aims to encourage the next generation of supporters to watch live football at their local League club, Lord Mawhinney said: "Encouraging more fans, particularly young fans, to live matches is a key priority of The Football League and in its first season 'Fans of the Future' has given more the 200,000 young supporters the chance to see League football at first hand. For many youngsters this will have been their first experience of watching live football.Giving them this opportunity will, I'm sure, have a positive impact on League crowds for many years to come."
The average attendance for League One matches was 7,576. Those ranged from the 20,257 average at Nottingham Forest to the 3,969 at Colchester United.
The Glovers saw their best crowd of the season for the New Years Eve visit of Bristol City with 9,178 attending that match. They were the division's 11th best supported club with an average of 6,511 spectators. Away from home, the Glovers also took part in the biggest League One attendance of the season - the 28,193 that watched the Easter Monday game at Nottingham Forest. The Glovers also were present at the biggest crowd of the season that didn't involve Forest - the 19,288 that saw the November Friday night match against Swansea City.
The highest League One crowds can be found here whilst the lowest can be found here.
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