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.

The September Preview

3 home games and an away match make up County’s 2nd month of the season, and after 7 games in about 3 weeks it’ll be a bit of a pace change for the players, manager and supporters. EH takes a look at our month, and what we can hope to achieve:

Saturday 5th: Worcester City (H) 

On paper it looks like the easiest game of our season, Worcester sit in the relegation places at the moment with 4 points (win and a draw). But then again, everyone thought our match against Stalybridge was going to be the easiest and we all know how that turned out! It will need a focused performance from the players (and the ref!) for us to get the 3 points, as Worcester will be up for it.

This game will also likely be the last match that Hurst and Rule can play before their respective bans come into effect.

Saturday 12th: Brackley (H) 

This is a match that Ian Ormson will have pencilled in to his diary, as it’s very likely the first match he’ll be taking over from Danny Hurst as he serves his suspension (only 1 game, we think). Glenn Rule will also, most likely, be suspended.

Our opponents, Brackley, have 7 points (at the time of writing), with wins against Worcester and Harrogate. They currently lie 17th and are 7 points behind County. County will be hoping to continue their winning streak against Brackley, who were actually one of the only teams we managed to do the double over last season. Last season’s match at EP finished 2-1 to County.

Saturday 15th: Chorley (A)

Our only away game of the month sees County travel north and into Lancashire to face one of last season’s bogy teams, Chorley, who we failed to beat, draw or even score against last season.

Chorley are a team in transition, Garry Flitcroft left during the summer and was replaced by assistant Matt Jansen, and after a poor start to the season their form has picked up. The trip north only takes about 40 minutes by car so let’s hope for a big following to help support the players to yet another away win! Although as long as it’s not another 3-0 loss (in which County played very well), then at least there is an improvement.

Saturday 19th: Alfreton Town (H)

The month ends with another home game, against one of last season’s relegated conference premier teams. In terms of this season, Alfreton have not had the start that they may have wanted. 1 win and 4 draws sees the East Midlands outfit sitting in 16th place. Town have only lost 2 games this season, so it could be a tricky match for County, with teams generally raising their game when playing at EP.

Team news is obviously hard to predict at this point, but County will be hoping Joe Garvin and Bell-Baggie will be back in action, both of whom will most likely miss the previous games due to injuries.

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The best case scenario could see County end the month on 26 points. A total that would most likely see us sit in top spot or at least in second place. And whilst non of the games are to be taken for granted, they are all definitely winnable. Between the four teams we play, their average position is 16th.