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

 

County 1-1 Gloucester City

A Danny Lloyd penalty wasn’t enough for County to claim victory as Gloucester earnt a point at Edgeley Park to ensure County missed out on the 16/17 play-off spots by one point.

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Goals: Lloyd – 56, Kotwica – 72.

Team: Hinchliffe, Ross (C.), Cartwright, Montrose, Clarke, Smalley (Meppen-Walters, 75), Duxbury, Brazel (Marsden, 77), Odejayi (Amis, 61), Ball, Lloyd.

Unused Subs: Minihan, Ormson.

Man of the Match: Lloyd.

Attendance: 5,783 (82 away).

Match Preview: County vs Gloucester – Groundhog Day for the Hatters

Stockport County face Gloucester City this Saturday in the final league game of the season, and after 41 games of the season already taken place, The Hatters need one final push for what is certainly a make or break match for Jim Gannon and his players. A win from County and a loss for either Chorley or Salford would guarantee a place for us in the play-offs for the first time since 2008!

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Our opponents Gloucester City have also had their fair share of success this season, and are currently 10th, the highest position the club has seen for some years, meaning that this will be no easy game. Just last week, The Tigers took a point from fellow play-off chasers, Chorley, in an entertaining 2-2 draw.

The reverse fixture in early December ended 1-0 to the Hatters but with the Tigers currently playing well and getting results, it doesn’t leave much room for error if County are to keep their season going beyond Saturday.

Earlier this week, I spoke to County winger Danny Lloyd, as he urged fans to get down to Edgeley Park on Saturday, “If any fan can think of a good reason not to come down on Saturday, then please message me”, he challenged.

“This is an opportunity for every single person who loves Stockport County Football Club to get behind the lads – Win lose or draw, and top off what has been the best season this club’s had for a long time.”

I also caught up with County Captain Mark Ross, who underlined the players’ commitment to the cause and stressed the importance of this weekend to everyone at the club.

“I just want everyone coming down on Saturday to know that the lads understand how much of a big deal it is to you and the club”, he told me earlier this week.

“We want you and the club to keep this season going in the best possible fashion by winning and winning well. That can only be helped by the amazing support we have had from the stands since the first game.”

Despite the odds stacked heavily against SCFC this weekend, the supporters still believe, so much so that earlier this week, Betway closed the market on promotion after Stockport fans flooded their website!

We also spoke with lifelong County fan, Callum Wilde, who believes that the big occasion will be an advantage for Stockport.

“I think the team will be fine, they have played in front of big and noisy crowds this season, so that won’t be a problem in my opinion. But we all know, Gloucester would love to come to Edgeley Park and spoil the day so we do need to be aware of it”.

Callum also commented on the success we’ve had this season already. “The players have been great. The performances away from home have been superb”.

“The connection between the players and fans this season has been fantastic too. Hopefully it continues on Saturday and helps us to the three points that gets us into the play-offs”.

The Hatters chances of finishing in the top 5 were boosted by the Football Association on Wednesday afternoon, who, after deliberation, rejected Darlington FC’s appeal to take part in the play-offs despite not having the required number of seats at Blackwell Meadows. This essentially means Stockport can finish 6th and still have a chance of promotion.

It was also apparent that as well as wanting to secure success for the fans, Lloyd and Ross were desperate to finish in the top six on a personal level, after both players moved to the club only last summer.

“It would justify my decision to come to County”, Danny told Chris earlier in the week, “I wanted to be involved in another season chasing the play-offs.”

For Ross, who joined from fellow promotion contenders Chorley last year, the feeling was exactly the same.

“Personally, getting into play-offs would mean a great deal to me. It would put us in a position to finish the job that I came here for. It was a really tough decision to move clubs (from Chorley) after all those years.”

It could be argued that regardless of the result on Saturday, it’s been an entertaining season, play-offs or not. Gannon and the players have connected with the club in a way that hasn’t been seen for a while.

Whether it was seeing a return to the FA Cup first round for the first time in years or watching Danny Lloyd bag nearly thirty goals for the season, there have certainly been some highlights, and when was the last time County fans could say that?

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Come on County!


Tickets: 

County are anticipating a crowd of in excess of 5,000 for tomorrow’s game, and are urging supporters to purchase tickets in advance. Details of how you can attend can be found here. 

Author: Chris Crook

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.

County 3-0 Gloucester

A fitting send-off for Karl Ledsham as Gannon’s County get their third home win in a row as their form continues to impress under Jimbo.

It didn’t always look so simple, however, but County, despite being under the cosh for the whole of the first half, came out fighting in the second period and goals from Brodie, Marsden and former Tigers player Anoruo saw County grab the division’s form team status.

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Score: County 3 (Brodie, 47; Marsden, 56; Anoruo, 87), Gloucester 0.

Team: Ormson, Morton, Roberts, Montrose, O’Hanlon, Connolly, Field (Garvin, 73), Odejayi, Brodie (Anoruo, 56), Marsden, Ledsham (Ellison, 90)

Unused Subs: D Smith, Menagh

Attendance: 2830

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Gannon Makes First Signing

Jim Gannon made his first signing during his 3rd spell as County boss on Wednesday. Former Wrexham striker Obi Anoruo has signed on a free transfer after his release from Gloucester City last week.

The Nigerian-born frontman is a proven goalscorer at conference north level, netting 17 goals in the division whilst at Vauxhall Motors, impressing enough to earn a move to Colwyn Bay the following season.

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His season in Wales was also fruitful, Anoruo scored 19 times for Colwyn and was named player of the season last year for the club, who were relegated to the Evo-Stik Premier league.

The two goals that he scored against Gloucester proved decisive for Obi as City took a chance and offered him a deal, and despite things not working out at Gloucester, County fans will be pleased to have a striker who has proven goalscoring experience at conference north level.

Whether things work out well for Anoruo remain to be seen, and when he makes his debut for the club he’ll become the 39th player to wear the shirt this season alone. A terrifying statistic. Perhaps it’ll be 39th time lucky?

Gloucester 0-0 County

Gannon’s first match resulted in a respectable draw against a side who’d won their last 4 matches, and would have overtaken the Hatters with a victory.

The game wasn’t a classic, Menagh and Odejayi both had chances to win the game late for County, but in the end a 0-0 seemed a fair result. The real highlight of the game, however, was the 330 strong Blue & White Army with some very nostalgic chants, not stopping all game (see video below).

Starting XI: Henderson, Morton, Roberts, Smalley, O’Hanlon, Holsgrove, Rule, Brewster, Marsden, Ledsham.

Subs: Odejayi, Menagh.

Att: 791