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.

Preview: County vs Kidderminster

The stage is set this Saturday at Edgeley Park as Stockport County take on high flyers- Kidderminster Harriers, after a flawless October for the Hatters and a recent 1-0 win over Chorley last Saturday, County look to make it five wins in five games.

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Kidderminster Harriers who formed in 1886, Nicknamed, The Reds, struggled last season and were consequently relegated from the National League finishing 23rd. This year, the tables have turned-quite literally, as the Harriers look to bounce back to the fifth tier of English football, they currently sit fifth in the National League North.

As well as their solid start in the league, Kidderminster have also had a superb cup run which has taken them to the first-round proper, facing Blackpool at Bloomfield Road after beating Weymouth 6-0 in the previous round.

The last time the two teams met was during that fateful day in 2013, with Stockport County  being beaten 4-0 at the Aggborough stadium to condemn them to the conference north. Three years on and just four points separate the two sides. However, if County want to extend their impressive run in October, they’ll have to be very much on form. Kidderminster have been strong on the road this season, only losing one of their last seven games on their travels.

Earlier this week, I spoke to lifelong Kidderminster Harriers fan, Mark French, I asked him some questions regarding Kidderminster Harriers and the game against Stockport County this coming Saturday, he said “I’m more than pleased with 5th place after 15 games played. The future’s bright these days at Kiddy with our young squad. I realistically expect at least a play-off place so anywhere in the top 5!”. On the match itself, Mark added “I’m expecting a very tough and competitive game at Edgeley Park, I’m not willing to risk a match prediction”. Mark’s greatest moment as a Kidderminster fan was winning the league and gaining promotion to the Football League In 2000.

What can we expect this Saturday? Guaranteed goals and a great game of Football as two top half table teams battle it out in attempt for a play-off place. Certainly, not one to miss! Let’s get behind the players and staff at County and keep that buzz at Edgeley Park similar to that which we’ve seen in recent weeks. Let’s here the roar of Jimmy Gannon’s blue and white army ring across the stadium as we take on Kidderminster Harriers.

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Match info: 

Venue: Edgeley Park.

Time: 3pm, Saturday 29th October.

Prices: £15 adults, £10 concessions, £5 kids.

Expect a reasonably large attendance so be sure to turn up early if you need to buy a ticket before the match, alternatively cash turnstiles are available next to the main stand.

Come on County!