2016/17 NLN Average Attendances

We compiled data from a number of different websites including football web pages and The Linnets to determine a list of average attendances for the 2016/2017 season.

Notable mentions should include AFC Fylde, who improved their attendance by 275% on last season and Salford City, who achieved 117% improvement on their 2015/16 attendance.

County can also be pleased with a 12% jump whilst the FC United hierarchy may be worred with a 21% drop in support last season.

  1. Stockport County – 3,477
  2. FC United of Manchester – 2,660
  3. FC Halifax Town – 2,156
  4. AFC Fylde – 1,961
  5. Kidderminster Harriers – 1,837
  6. Darlington 1883 – 1,739
  7. Chorley – 1,454
  8. Salford City – 1,430
  9. AFC Telford United – 1,182
  10. Altrincham – 1,149
  11. Boston United – 1,081
  12. Harrogate Town – 901
  13. Tamworth – 825
  14. Worcester City – 636
  15. Nuneaton Town – 626
  16. Gainsborough Trinity – 612
  17. Stalybridge – 569
  18. Alfreton Town – 546
  19. Gloucester City – 483
  20. Bradford Park Avenue – 453
  21. Brackley Town – 427
  22. Curzon Ashton – 405

In addition, the teams that were relegated/promoted to the league had the following average attendances:

  • York City – 2,558
  • North Ferriby United – 615
  • Southport – 1,140
  • Blyth Spartans – 648
  • Spennymoor Town – 623


Fylde confirm Lewis Montrose signing

AFC Fylde and Stockport County’s official channels both confirmed Lewis Montrose departure from Edgeley Park yesterday, and it was revealed that this was not the first time the Lancashire club had tried to sign County’s two-time player of the year.


In only February of this year, the Coasters approached County with a view to signing Montrose, but were rebuffed when a clause in his contract meant he could only leave for a club in the higher divisions.

With Fylde’s promotion, that has now happened and there was nothing stopping Dave Challinor from re-approaching the holding midfielder and activating the release clause in his contract (rumoured to be £15,000).

AFC’s chairman, David Haythornthwaite revealed that he was delighted the deal was now over the line.

“We are delighted to finally welcome Lewis to the club”, he told their official club website.

“We tried to get him in February last season as we were aware there was a buy-out clause in his contract. However, the clause was restrictive in that it only allowed a move to a club in a higher division than Stockport”.

Jim Gannon, meanwhile, shared the fans disappointment, but was upbeat about County’s chances of replacing the former Manchester City trainee.

“Lewis has been an outstanding member of the team, earning back-to-back Player of the Year awards… We are naturally disappointed to lose Lewis from our squad”, he told County’s official website yesterday.

“We are confident that we have an excellent replacement for his central midfield role in the team in Harry Winter. We were mindful of the potential loss of Lewis at some point due to injury or transfer, so we added Harry from FC United in early March”.

Gannon also revealed how hard the club had tried to remove the infamous clause from Montrose’s contract, and his words including a slight dig at the former management for allowing it to be present in the first place.

“We found it difficult to negotiate out of his contract a ‘release’ or ‘buyout’ clause that was granted by the previous manager”.

The 27-year-old has clear ambitions to play at a high level and despite his long-term signature earlier in the season, it is clear that the vast majority of players would not want to be held back if a full-time club came calling (especially when they have the financial backing that Fylde do).

Here at EH, we wish Lewis Montrose all the best for his time at Mill Farm.




AFC Fylde 0-0 County

County battled to earn an important point at Mill Farm as they ensured runaway league leaders AFC Fylde drew a blank in front of a club record midweek attendance. 


Mark Ross and Connor Hampson returned to the starting line-up as County adopted a back 5 in the hope of stopping the league top scorers on their own patch, but similar to the game at Edgeley Park in September, The Coasters quickly settled into a rhythm and dominated the opening stages of the game. Continue reading

Match Preview: AFC Fylde vs County

County are again in action away from home in the National League North. This time, against league leaders AFC Fylde at their new, 6000 capacity, Mill Farm stadium. 


Team news: 

Jim Gannon’s side will be stretched as they play their second game in four days against full-time Fylde, although the manager has no new injury concerns ahead of their trip to Lancashire. Continue reading

National League North: Weekend Preview

There are nine big matches taking place this weekend in the Vanarama National League North, with key games in both the race for promotion and the battle to avoid relegation.

downloadStarting at the top, the two form teams in the division play each other as AFC Fylde travel to Salford in what is a massive game, failure to win at Moor Lane would mean that Kidderminster could move to within three points of The Coasters if they win their two games in hand. Salford, meanwhile, would go second with a victory and surely, with 15 league games still to go, harbour their own thoughts of catching Dave Challinor’s men.


In another big match, Chorley look to consolidate their position in the top five as they host Darlington, whereas The Quakers will be looking to move back in to the play-offs after recently being replaced by Stockport County. In the other games of interest at the top, Tamworth and Halifax travel to Worcester and Altrincham respectively in games that neither team can afford to lose, especially if they want to keep pace with the leading five.

A win for County, however, could see them move into third position (albeit they’d have to beat Stalybridge at Edgeley Park on Saturday by at least 15 goals), and with other promotion chasing teams playing each other, a win for County is a must.


However with Bridge currently 11 points from safety at the moment, they will also view Saturday’s game as an incredibly important one, a win or draw for Celtic would see them unbeaten in four and would really give their side belief that they can beat the drop.

Elsewhere in the relegation zone, Bradford Park Avenue  face Curzon Ashton and will aim to move to within a point of 19th placed Alfreton, whereas bottom club Altrincham host Halifax as they look to move into double figures this season and secure just their second win of the entire league campaign.


In mid-table, Gloucester City could move into ninth position as they go head-to-head with AFC Telford at the New Bucks Head Stadium, The Tigers will be looking to build on their impressive win against Tamworth as they continue their surge for the play-offs.

In the final two games of the weekend, Gainsborough Trinity face Alfeton Town in a game which will see connotations at the bottom of the table, whilst 10th placed Harrogate Town take on Boston at York Street.

County Progress in FA Trophy

County beat a stubborn Marine side in the FA trophy at the weekend to overcome the Evostik club and secure a space in the second round of the competition, securing another home match against Fylde or Brackley. 


Marine came out of the traps quickly and went ahead in the 7th minute after Stopforth tripped his man following a lose ball in the box. Danny Mitchley stepped up and smashed the penalty past Hinchliffe and preceded to bizarrely goad the Cheadle End with the support of his teammates.

County fought back and came close with a Marsden shot on the turn was put round the post by Calvin Hare, they continued to gradually dominate play in the hunt for an equaliser and on the 42nd minute, a brilliant Lloyd delivery into the box was headed home by the fantastic Kayode Odejayi. 1-1.

Right on half time, County were given a sucker-punch as a ball through the defence saw Mitchley set in on goal. The Marine captain slotting past Hinchliffe despite a strong call for offside from the Cheadle End and Main Stand supporters. The lack of flag led to the referee consulting his linesman, but after a brief discussion the goal was allowed to stand.

HT: County 1-2 Marine

County came out in much the same vain as the first half, dictating play but failing to create many opportunities. The turning point came on Marine Midfielder Briezell made a rash challenge on Gary Stopforth, prompting a straight red card from the referee and ensuring Marine’s last thirty minutes were to be played with ten men.

Lloyd, Marsden, Minihan and Amis (who had been brought on alongside Jimmy Ball to add firepower to County) all had good chances to equalise but it wasn’t until a handball in the 85th minute, which provided County with a dangerous free-kick on the edge of the area. Danny Lloyd stepped up and slotted the ball into the bottom right of the goal, passed the slow to react Hare (the goalkeeper had already been booked for slow goal kicks prior to the equaliser, so perhaps failing to get down to Lloyd’s free-kick was to be expected.

Amid the celebrations, Gannon waved his players back to go on and get the equaliser and they didn’t disappoint. 1 minute after the restart, a winding run from Lloyd along the left hand side ended in the winger being tripped. Unlike three weeks previously, where Lloyd smashed the ball against the crossbar, he slotted home to seal the win for County and leave the Marine players wondering where they’d gone wrong.

FT: County 3-2 Marine

Fylde/Brackley at home await County in the next round. It will certainly feel as though justice was done after a less than sporting performance against the Hatters.

Team: Hinchliffe, Minihan, Duxbury, Montrose, Clarke, Smalley, Felix (Ball, 71), Stopforth, Odejayi (Amis, 71), Marsden (Meppen-Walters, 90), Lloyd.

Unused Subs: Ross, Ormson.

Booked: Montrose, Ball.

Attendance: 1,411 (163 away).