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

 

Rivals strengthen for next season

As news broke earlier this week of Gannon’s first summer signing of 2017, many of Stockport’s National League North rivals were also strengthening their squads as they look to secure one of two promotion spots next season.

Tamworth made their first signing on Thursday as they brought in former Yeovil, Solihull and Kidderminster forward, Darryl Knights.

20-goal striker George Thomson joined Harrogate from FC United of Manchester whilst Town have also brought in Goalkeeper James Belshaw and midfielder Josh Falkingham from league rivals Tamworth and Darlington as they look to show a real statement of intent this summer.

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Bradford Park Avenue have signed experienced attacker, Nicky Clee, with the winger calling time on his Altrincham career following 263 appearances.

Elsewhere, Seventh-placed Brackley Town have signed Solihull Moors defender, Connor Franklin, whilst Salford City made their second signing of the summer in the form of Liam Hogan, a former Stockport Town player who most recently played in the national league premier division with Gateshead.

League Table: County climb into play-offs

The league table makes good reading this week, an important point at FC Halifax Town followed by the stunning victory over Brackley on Tuesday night mean that County have leap-frogged Darlington into 5th place.

Table courtesy of flashscores.co.uk, check out their site here.

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flashscores.co.uk league table

Brackley 0-3 County

County overcame a strong Brackley side with a comprehensive 3-0 victory, goals from Meppen-Walters and Kaine Felix saw off our fellow promotion rivals at St James’ Park.

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It was a much changed County side that took to the pitch on a rainy Tuesday night in Northamptonshire, with Amis and Meppen-Walters and Ross coming into the fold as County adopted a four at the back tactic. The team-sheet raised a few eyebrows amongst fans but many were happy to be proven wrong in what was a blistering performance by The Hatters.

County started strong, with Amis heading just wide and Lloyd having a goal disallowed for a push. But the cheshire side didn’t have to wait long for their first goal. 24 minutes into the match, Fleetwood loanee Osborne swung the ball in from the corner and Meppen-Walters nodded in at the unguarded far post to secure his third goal of the season.

Ten minutes later, and County were in dreamland. Good work from Amis saw Osborne feed the ball the Meppen-Walters on the edge of the box, the reinstated midfielder curled the ball into the far corner of the net. Brackley ‘keeper Walker will have hoped to have dealt with the relatively tame shot, as he saw his side go 2-0 behind.

HT: Brackley 0-2 County

In a relatively balanced second half, Lloyd and Amis had chances to add to the scoreline, whilst Brackley forward Adam Walker smashed a free-kick against the post. The next goal was certainly going to be an important one and fortunately it went County’s way. Minihan dinked a cross in and the ball fell kindly for Kaine Felix, the York loanee scoring his second County goal in 12 appearances.

Amis could have added a fourth after being put through on goal late in the game, but a good save from Laurie Walker denied our number 9 a deserved goal. County will not mind, however, as they climbed to 5th place and into the play-offs for the first time in 2017.

FT: Brackley 0-3 County

Brackley Town: L.Walker, Moyo (Myles 53), Gudger, Byrne, Graham, Gough (Rankin 75), G.Walker, Armson, Ndlovu, Lowe (Diggin 63), A.Walker.

Subs not used: Bowen, Pitt.

Stockport County: Hinchliffe, Ross, Duxbury, Montrose, Clarke, Smalley, Minihan, Meppen-Walters, Amis, Osborne (Ball 82), Lloyd (Felix 69).

Subs not used: Brazel, Ormson, Marsden.

Goals: Meppen-Walters (24, 36), Felix (84)

Att: 368

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County Dumped Out of FA Trophy

County lost 2-0 to a strong Brackley side in the FA Trophy 2nd round replay, meaning that The Hatters’ wait to reach the third round of the competition continues for another year. 


Despite County ending the first 45 minutes relatively comfortably, to an extent where you could argue they were on top. The second half however, saw a County concede twice and struggle to respond. 

Goals from Armson (54) and Walker (67) put Brackley out of site and the weakened County side struggled to respond with anything of note, the game petering out to finish 2-0. 

Starting XI: Hinchliffe, Minihan, Duxbury, Montrose, Clarke, Smalley, Felix (Marsden, 72), Stopforth (Ross, 65), Amis, Meppen-Walters (Cartwright, 46), Lloyd. 

Unused Subs: Odejayi, Ormson. 

Attendance: 294

FA Trophy Replay: Brackley (A)

County take on Brackley Town again in the FA trophy 2nd round replay tonight. The Hatters head to St James’ Park with hopes of reaching the 3rd round of the competition for the first time. Gannon is likely to name a similar team to Saturday although the Gaffer will certainly have one eye on County’s massive game at the weekend against Darlington 1883, a game in which County can enter the play-offs again for the first time since September.

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The team that awaits County, should they win, are Wealdstone FC. The Stones play in the southern equivalent of the national league north. The tie will take place on February 4th and will be played at Wealdstone’s ground, Grosvenor Vale, a 3,600 capacity ground.

The prize money for a victory tonight is £6000, and if we go on to beat Wealdstone we’ll receive £7000.