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


Gonzales rejoins County

Sefton Gonzales has re-signed for Stockport County, following spells at a number of other National League North clubs this season.

The 25-year-old joined as one of Neil Young’s first signings in 2015, but after ten appearances and no goals, rejoined Clitheroe for the remainder of the season.

Since then, Gonzales has gone on to have spells at Chorley, Colne and Stalybridge, and Hatters fans will most recently remember his assist to pull Celtic level in the game at Edgeley Park two weeks ago.

It was that performance that proved the catalyst for his move back to Stockport, and Stockport manager Jim Gannon was quick to offer an insight into why Gonzales has signed.

“I was impressed enough in his recent showings for Stalybridge Celtic to feel he still has something to offer a higher-placed team,” he told County’s official website.

“I have said consistently that the type of player we are recruiting at County as we move forward are those proven but with potential and I feel that Sefton fits that bill. He’s a player that I’m really looking forward to working with and I trust that he will help give the team a lift as we go into the demanding few months towards the end of the season.”

Gannon has also compared Gonzales to former Hatters striker Liam Dickinson, and County fans will be hoping that the former Chorley striker can hit the same heights this season, as they look to push back into the play-offs.

Gonzales will go straight into the team for tomorrow’s game against FC United, alongside new defender Connor Hampson, who joined last week from Curzon Ashton.

Updated Player Statistics

Player statistics are updated following our 3-1 victory over Stalybridge Celtic at Edgeley Park.

Ormson makes first appearance of the season, Jimmy Ball becomes County’s second top scorer and Danny Lloyd moves on to 21 goals for the season.


Name Apps Goals
Adam Etches 0 0
Adam Thomas 4 1
Alex Jackson 0 0
Ben Hinchliffe 35 0
Chris Smalley 33 1
Courtney Meppen-Walters 25 4
Craig Carney 9 0
Danny Lloyd 36 21
Gary Stopforth (End of contract) 31 2
George West 1 0
Glenn Rule (Released) 4 0
Ian Ormson 1 0
Jimmy Ball 28 6
John Marsden 27 3
Jordan Downing 1 0
Jordan Peach 0 0
Josh Amis 29 3
Kayode Odejayi 28 3
Lewis Montrose 35 0
Liam O’Brien 0 0
Mark Ross 34 0
Max Cartwright 11 1
Michael Clarke 36 4
Ryan Ellison (Loaned Out) 0 0
Sam Minihan 36 3
Scott Duxbury 24 1
Scott Spencer (Released) 8 2
James Hooper 3 0
Dane Smith 0 0
Kaine Felix (Loan) 13 2
Elliot Osborne (Loan) 4 0
Harry Brazel 1 0

County overcome Stalybridge at Edgeley Park

County made hard work of it against Stalybridge Celtic at the weekend as they ran out eventual 3-1 winners over relegation threatened Celtic, with goals from Danny Lloyd and Jimmy Ball sealing the victory for Stockport.


It wasn’t all plain sailing for Jim Gannon’s men, though. Former Hatter Sefton Gonzales teed up Dunbar to equalise for Bridge just after halftime. Fortunately, Lloyd tucked away a penalty and Ball scored his sixth goal of the season ensuring the Hatters ran out 3-1 winners.

Take a look below at the reaction on Twitter from our victory:

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.