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

 

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

FC Halifax Town 0-0 County

County came away with a hard-fought point at the weekend as they travelled to promotion rivals Halifax in a game that neither team could afford to lose. 

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County adopted their usual 4-3-2-1 formation but with one change, Jimmy Ball was recalled following his impressive cameo last week and as the teams kicked off, it was County who were the more dominant side in the first half, with Ball coming the closest to breaking the deadlock for Jim Gannon’s men, with a free-kick sailing just over. For Town, Adam Morgan hit the bar with a thunderous free-kick. But in a tense first half, the teams went in all square as the referee blew his whistle for the break.

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In the second half, County came close on a number of occasions with the unconvincing Sam Johnson nearly spilling the ball into the goal from a Danny Lloyd strike. But as the half wore on, Halifax began to press and The Hatters defensive capabilities were tested. Felix and Ross were brought on as County shifted their focus to that of a counter-attack.

Town had their chances as the final whistle approached, the closest of which involved a goal-line clearance from County defender Michael Clarke, who had to be quick after King rounded Hinchliffe. But the ball was cleared to safety and Gary Stopforth’s final appearance for County had ended in a well-battled goalless draw. County now looking ahead to an important game against Brackley on Tuesday.

Starting XI: Hinchliffe, Minihan, Clarke, Smalley, Montrose, Stopforth, Osborne, Duxbury, Odejayi, Ball, Lloyd.

Subs: Felix, Ross, Brazel

Unused: Ormson, Marsden.

Att: 2925 (992 away)

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