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


Former Hatter Luca Havern joins Bradford

Former County defender Gianluca Havern, who scored a goal on his debut weeks before our promotion to league 1 in 2008, has joined Bradford PA after impressing for Telford in 2017.

The 28-year-old, who made 9 appearances in two separate spells for County, was captain and player of the year for AFC Telford last season.

The move rules out any lingering rumours that the former Hatter was due to return to the club this summer after an impressive spell for The Bucks.

Elsewhere in the National League North, Gus Mafuta joined Salford to become the Ammies 12th signing of the summer. Whilst Harrogate Town have strengthened with the addition of Alfreton Town defender, Terry Kennedy.

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.


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.

Bradford PA 0-2 County

County overcame a stubborn Bradford Park Avenue side on a sunny afternoon in West Yorkshire, with super-sub Josh Amis scoring his 5th goal of the season.


County started with John Marsden acting as a number 10 in behind Kayode Odejayi, a formula that paid dividends for The Hatters at the end of last season. Harry Brazel made his first start in midfield whilst Max Cartwright continued at the back following his recall from Ashton earlier this month. In net, Ben Hinchliffe was preferred to Ian Ormson despite a clean sheet for the County stalwart last on Monday.

County started brightly, in front of a crowd that was three quarters blue. But failed to create any clear-cut chances. Whilst at the other end, a fantastic Ben Hinchliffe save kept the scores level after Gavin Rothery shot from 7 yards out.

HT: BPA 0-0 County

With 45 minutes to save the season, The Hatters again began the second half brightly, Jimmy Ball’s header was tipped over the bar by Avenue ‘keeper Ed Hall before Lloyd fired wide. Meppen-Walters, Amis and Gonzales were all brought on with twenty minutes to go as County went in search of that elusive goal.

That goal did eventually come, when a goalmouth scramble ended with a Lewis Montrose shot cleared off the line, Josh Amis was on hand to pounce on the rebound to send 1000 County fans spilling onto the running track to celebrate with their team.

But the former Northwich striker was not quite finished there, a delicate ball between the BPA defenders gave Danny Lloyd the opportunity to chip Hall, which he duly did. To ensure County went home with a priceless three points.

FT: BPA 0-2 County

Team: Hinchliffe, Ross, Duxbury, Montrose, Clarke (Meppen-Walters, 53), Cartwright, Ball (Gonzales, 73), Brazel, Odejayi (Amis, 73), Marsden, Lloyd

Scorers: Amis (81), Lloyd (91)

Att: 1280







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 Get Revenge in the Cup

County 2-0 BPA – FA Trophy 4th Qualifying Round

County came out on top in their match against BPA (version 2). Goals from Sam Minihan and John Marsden were enough to see off an Avenue side that couldn’t replicate the result from a week ago. The Hatters also bagged an extra £4,000 in the process.

Team: Hinchliffe, Minihan, Cartwright, Montrose, Clarke, Smalley, Felix (Ross, 63), Stopforth, Odejayi (Ball, 68), Marsden, Lloyd (Duxbury, 68).

Unused Subs: Ormson, Meppen-Walters.


In the next round, County will face either Darlington or Marine following their replay at the Marine Travel Arena on Tuesday. The winners of the next round will be playing for £5,000.




The FA Trophy: What’s at stake?

Following our defeat to Woking in the FA Cup earlier this month, County’s ambitions to play at Wembley this season rest on their performances in the FA trophy. Starting with a home tie against Bradford PA.

‘But who really cares about the FA trophy?’ is the cry from many County fans. ‘It’s a non-league competition, if we take it seriously we’ve accepted non-league’. A fair argument. So what benefits would County have from taking this competition seriously?

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