State of the English Football Union

Season Ticket Holder Numbers

Premiership 476,776

Championship 293,662

League 1 109,679

League 2 60,177

Wayne Rooney
Wayne Rooney’s Manchester United scores for the country’s best supported club.

Season Ticket Holders by Club

  1. Manchester United 55,000
  2. Arsenal 45,000
  3. Newcastle 40,000
  4. Manchester City 40,000
  5. Everton 27,500
  6. Chelsea 25,000
  7. Liverpool 24,500
  8. Tottenham Hotspur 23,500
  9. Leicester City 23,000
  10. Derby County 21,857 (cost ranges from £319.00 to £645.00)
  11. Brighton & Hove Albion 21,245 (costs ranges from £465.00 to £715.00)
  12. Norwich City 20,813
  13. West Ham 20,000
  14. Southampton 20,000
  15. Bradford City 18,000
  16. Aston Villa 18,000
  17. Nottingham Forest 17,361
  18. West Bromwich Albion 17,000
  19. Crystal Palace FC 17,000
  20. Cardiff City 15,756
  21. Wolverhampton Wanderers 14,797
  22. Sheffield Wednesday 14,507
  23. Sheffield United 14,053
  24. Ipswich Town 13,607
  25. Leeds United 12,850 (costs ranges from £398.00 to £587.00)
  26. Middlesbrough 12,700
  27. Reading 12,552
  28. Watford 12,060
  29. Blackburn Rovers 11,438
  30. Portsmouth 11,175
  31. Fulham 11,034
  32. Bolton Wanderers 10,851
  33. Charlton Athletic 10,266
  34. Milton Keynes Dons 9,753
  35. Birmingham City 9,571 (costs ranges from £230.00 to £552.00)
  36. Huddersfield Town 9,036
  37. Bristol City 8,739
  38. Blackpool 8,147
  39. Wigan Athletic 8,072
  40. Barnsley 7,396
  41. AFC Bournemouth 6,975
  42. Rotherham United 6,175
  43. Millwall 6,173
  44. Luton Town 5,997
  45. Preston North End 5,886
  46. Brentford 5,819
  47. Coventry City 5,158
  48. Swindon Town 4,669
  49. Chesterfield 4,314
  50. Doncaster Rovers 4,165
  51. Peterborough United 4,151
  52. Plymouth Argyle 3,927
  53. Port Vale 3,624
  54. Notts County 3,506
  55. Leyton Orient 3,497 (£180.00 to £315.00)
  56. Hartlepool United 3,075
  57. Southend United 3,040
  58. Cambridge United 2,997
  59. Oxford United 2,930
  60. Oldham Athletic 2,883
  61. Gillingham 2,827
  62. Shrewsbury Town 2,772
  63. Yeovil Town 2,749
  64. AFC Wimbledon 2,616
  65. Tranmere Rovers 2,603
  66. Crewe Alexandra 2,515
  67. Walsall 2,369
  68. Northampton Town 2,310
  69. Wycombe Wanderers 2,197
  70. Scunthorpe United 2,025
  71. Bury 1,875
  72. Mansfield Town 1,840
  73. Fleetwood Town 1,759
  74. York City 1,756
  75. Carlisle United 1,595 (£305.00 to £400.00)
  76. Stevenage 1,472
  77. Rochdale 1,376
  78. Exeter City 1,315
  79. Colchester United 1,198
  80. Crawley Town 1,165
  81. Cheltenham Town 1,007
  82. Newport County 862
  83. Dagenham & Redbridge 853 (£199.00 to £400.00)
  84. Burton Albion 772 (£255.00 to £380.00)
  85. Accrington Stanley 644 (£200.00 to £250.00)
  86. Morecambe 547 (costs ranges from £219.00 to £419.00)

In the Football League total 2014/15 season ticket sales were the highest on record at 463,518 on total admissions of 16,432,244.

Interestingly Manchester United used to have 63,000 season ticket holders and claimed to have another 60,000 on a waiting list. The waiting list has disappeared and now they have 55,000 holders, despite no price rise in years.

Emirates Stadium
The Emirates Stadium has the most expensive season tickets in all of England.

Most Expensive Premiership Season Tickets 2015/2016

  1. Arsenal £2,013.00
  2. Tottenham Hotspur £1,895.00
  3. Chelsea £1,250.00
  4. West Ham United £955.00
  5. Manchester United £950.00
  6. Manchester City £900.00
  7. Liverpool £869.00
  8. Southampton £853.00
  9. Bournemouth £760.00
  10. Leicester City £730.00
  11. Everton £719.00
  12. Newcastle United £710.00
  13. Crystal Palace £680.00
  14. Watford £650.00
  15. Norwich City £646.00
  16. Aston Villa £615.00
  17. Stoke City £609.00
  18. Sunderland £525.00
  19. West Bromwich Albion £509.00
  20. Swansea City £489.00

 

In an average game week during the 2014/2015 season an average of 410,866 people attended a Championship game; 165,426 a League 1 game & 108,384 a League 2 game.

Total admissions in Championship in 2014/2015

  1. Derby County 651,718
  2. Norwich City 605,860
  3. Brighton & Hove Albion 589,937
  4. Leeds United 558,396
  5. Nottingham Forest 540,321
Derby County
Derby County enjoys some of the best supporters numbers outside of the Premiership.

The Premiership saw 13,746,753 total admissions with Manchester United seeing 1,431,362 through the turnstiles. In 1998/1999, the year of United’s Treble, total Premiership attendance was 11,623,113 while United brought in 1,048,580. This signifies a 36.5% increase in United’s pulling power – despite enduring one of their worst season in years – and an 18.3% uptick for the Premiership as a whole in the last 15 years. Interestingly, Arsenal now attracts 1,139,843 admissions per year which is more than United did in their Treble season.

If one looks further back – to the 1988/1989 season, of Hillsborough infamy – a mere 7,707,024 attended the 20 team League that season. This means that 2014/2015 – 26 years later – is up 78.4%.

Newcastle United outdid more fashionable Manchester City 956,823 to 861,939  in total admissions in 2014/2015 despite having a marginally smaller stadium.

Total Attendance by League in 2014/2015

Premiership 13,746,753

Championship 9,860,782

League 1 3,970,235

League 2 2,601,227

In terms of average attendances 2014/2015 managed 36,176 down 1.24% from 36,631 in 2013/2014.

1974/1975 27,436

1980/1981 24,669

1981/1982 22,586

1982/1983 20,158

1983/1984 18,851

1984/1985 21,055

1985/1986 19,757

1986/1987 19,963

1987/1988 19,270

1988/1989 20,552

1989/1990 20,775

1990/1991 22,749

1991/1992 21,680

1992/1993 21,132*

*Average top flight attendances actually dropped in the first season of the Premiership.

1993/1994 23,035 – Highest average attendance since 1980/1981.

1994/1995 24,249 – First season of back to back growth in average attendance since 1990/1991.

1995/1996 27,560 – in only its 4th season the Premiership is already up 27.1% in terms of average attendance at matches over the last season of the Old First Division.

1996/1997 28,469 – 4th consecutive year of growth.

1997/1998 29,213 – 5th consecutive year of growth.

1998/1999 30,587 – 6th consecutive year of growth.

1999/2000 30,730 – 7th consecutive year of growth.

2000/2001 32,903 – 8th consecutive year of growth.

2001/2002 34,451 – 9th consecutive year of growth.

2002/2003 35,464 – 10th consecutive year of growth.

2003/2004 34.991 – first year of negative growth since 1992/1993.

2004/2005 33,900 – first year of consecutive negative growth since 1992/1993.

2005/2006 33,885 – first year of three consecutive negative growth since 1983/1984.

2006/2007 34,365 – first year of positive growth since 2002/2003.

2007/2008 36,076

2008/2009 35,592

2009/2010 34,151

2010/2011 35,273

2011/2012 34,601

2012/2013 35,921

2013/2014 36,631

2014/2015 36,176

2015/2016 (season to date) 36,219

Most Attended Matches

Championship 2 May 2015 Middlesbrough v Brighton & Hove Albion 33,463

League 1 5 September 2014 Coventry City v Gillingham 27,306

League 2 26 December 2014 Portsmouth v AFC Wimbledon 17,558

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