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.

Two points dropped but County undefeated in seven

A freak own goal in the dying seconds of our first league match of 2017 meant that County were denied a sixth straight win but the 1-1 draw does stretch County’s unbeaten run to 7 games in a time where every point matters. 


In a game short on chances, it was County that broke the deadlock after half time. The lead was deserved and the goal was coming, with County scoring only moments after Crook’s fantastic save from a Danny Lloyd strike, tipping the ball around the post. There was nothing that the Harrogate keeper could do, however, to stop Clarke nodding the ball home at the far post to make it 1-0.

For the remaining half hour, it was County that looked most likely to score again and they came close on number of occasions, but failed to further test Peter Crook in the Harrogate goal.

As County fans know from experience this season, one goal leads are never secure and so it proved again. Despite Harrogate failing to force Hinchliffe into a meaningful save in 90 minutes, a back pass from stopforth on the half way line squirmed its way under Hinchliffe’s foot and rolled into the empty net. Queue confusion all around the ground and delight for the 90 or so travelling Town fans.

The last 5 minutes of the game petered out, with County stunned and Harrogate content with 1-1, the teams had to share the spoils and County’s winning run came to an end on the first day of 2017.

Team: Hinchliffe, Minihan, Duxbury, Meppen-Walters (Ross, 46), Clarke, Smalley, Stopforth, Montrose, Odejayi (Amis, 69), Ball, Lloyd.

Unused Subs: Ormson, Marsden, Felix.

Attendance: 3,725 (81 away).