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

 

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.

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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.

County 2-1 Tamworth

County made hard work of their home fixture to Tamworth FC on Saturday, coming from behind to win by two goals to one, securing a massive three points for The Hatters. 

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Jim Gannon opted to go with the same XI that started against AFC Fylde midweek, an unusual decision for him and only the second time this season that our manager has picked the same squad for consecutive games.

County started slowly, and after two mammoth efforts away from home against the top two sides in the division, it was no real surprise and Tamworth went ahead on the half hour mark. A mistake from Clarke allowed Callum Powell to put a beauty of a cross into the back post, with Ross Dyer waiting to head home past goalkeeper Ben Hinchliffe.

It could have been two as well, with Andy Burns having another golden opportunity to score for The Lambs but instead putting his chance wide of the post, in front of the watching Cheadle End. Soon after, the half-time whistle went and County must have been glad of the break.

HT: County 0-1 Tamworth

No changes from County at half time, but within seconds of the restart, it was evident that County were going to go all guns blazing to secure the points. The first attack of the half saw more intent than the whole of the first 45 altogether. In the 50th minute, County nearly drew level from an unlikely source, Lewis Montrose striking the post after sustained pressure before an offside allowed The Lambs to breath again.

Gannon made a gamble and brought on attacking duo Kayode Odejayi and Kaine Felix. Both of which immediately began causing problems for Tamworth. The Nigerian striker using his presence to cause confusion in their defence and in the 72nd minute, Mark Ross lifted the ball home after an almighty goalmouth scramble. There were claims that Odejayi got the last touch but regardless, County were level.

Just eight minutes later, County were in front. A diagonal ball from Harry Winter saw some tenacious work from York loanee Felix, who managed to put in a peach of a ball to Danny Lloyd 8 yards out. The former Tamworth man took a couple of touches before firing past James Belshaw in the Cheadle end goal to send the 3400 County fans into raptures.

County saw the rest of the game out, despite serious efforts from the referee to make the game interesting with some bizarre decisions, not limited to the six minutes of injury time added on at the end of the game or penalising Odejayi at every opportunity. It did not matter, however, and County took home three massive points to move them into the play-offs on goals scored (who’d have thought it!) ahead of Chorley.

FT: County 2-1 Tamworth

Team: Hinchliffe, Ross (Capt.), Hampson, Montrose, Clarke, Smalley (Felix, 66), Minihan, Winter, Gonzales (Odejayi, 61), Ball, Lloyd (Duxbury, 87).

Unused Subs: Ormson, Meppen-Walters.

Attendance: 3,349

Match Preview: Stockport vs Tamworth

The Hatters take on another play-off rival this weekend, with Tamworth FC the visitors to Edgeley Park in what is another massive game for both sides. 

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Team news: 

Josh Amis missed the midweek match at AFC Fylde with an ankle strain but could make the squad for this weekend’s match, with Kayode Odejayi the most likely player to make way in response. John Marsden will not feature after recently signing on a one-month loan with AFC Telford, the striker has failed Continue reading