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


Preview: Boston United vs County

Boston host County on the east coast as the Pilgrims look to avenge their opening day defeat at Edgeley Park (See highlights below).


Since and including that day in August, United’s tough awakening to the 2015/16 season continued, and they found themselves struggling within the first month or two of the season. But steady progress has seen them move up and above County, sitting 5 points ahead of the Hatters, albeit having played a match more.

For County, this will provide a stern test and add validity to the idea that, after the victory versus Corby last weekend, they’ve turned a corner and are on the way up again after a disappointing November.


Founded: 1933

Nickname: The Pilgrims

Ground: York Street (6,643)

2014/2015 Average Attendance: 1149

Position Last Year: 3rd (Play Off Semi Finals)

Last Seasons Results: 3-2 (H), 1-1 (A)

View from the Jakemans Stand

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Match Preview: County vs Boston


The first game of the season is nearly upon us and in all the time that County have been in non-league football, I don’t think the expectation and the excitement has been quite as high as it has been. That excitement will most likely be reflected in the attendance at Edgeley Park, as it looks likely that the 3317 that witnessed the horrific 4-1 loss 2 seasons ago on the opening day of the season will be eclipsed.

As far as opponents go in this division, they don’t get too much tougher than Boston. Since manager Dennis Greene took over in 2013, the Pilgrims have been on a trajectory which has seen them improve their positioning in the division each year. The Lincolnshire outfit were actually only seconds away from reaching the play-off final last year; Only a last ditch wonder goal for Chorley denied their passage.

The game on Saturday will also see a return to Edgeley Park for Carl Piergianni, and on last season’s performances, one of the best defenders in the division and also Boston’s player of the year.

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Team News: 

It’s anybody’s guess as to which team Neil Young will put out this weekend, but if it’s anything like pre-season then you can expect Hurst to start in goal, with a back four which involves a combination of Ellison, O’Hanlon, Thorniley (on loan from Everton). Duxbury actually started the last pre-season game against GAP but it remains to be seen whether he’ll be replaced by Gareth Roberts, who wasn’t in the squad last Saturday. Up top, it’s likely that Odejayi, Baggie and Gonzales will also play some part, having been present in every friendly since signing for the Hatters.

When & Where: 

3pm, Saturday 8th August.

Edgeley Park. Of course.

Ticket details: 

Adults: £15, Concessions: £10, Ages 6-17: £5, Under 6: Free with a paying adult.


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