Toon Help Figures Beat La Liga And Serie A

Last updated : 21 February 2018 By Footy Mad - Editor

The Sky Bet Championship became the third most attended league in Europe last season, mainly thanks to Newcastle's average gates of 52,000.

Image result for Newcastle UnitedFigures released by the EFL showed that over 18 million people made their way through turnstiles during the 2016/17 season with clubs recording their highest cumulative attendances since 1959.

Clubs across the three divisions have seen an 11% increase in match day attendances from last season with the largest crowds in almost 60 years attending games across the Sky Bet EFL.

The stats highlight that over 1.7million more fans attended matches across the EFL compared to the 2015/16 season.

Eleven clubs averaged over 20,000 attendees per match, doubling the number from the previous campaign.

Alongside that, over 20,000 fans were in attendance per Sky Bet Championship fixture on average, a rise of more than 14% compared to the previous season.

Discussing the rise, EFL Chief Executive Shaun Harvey said “The rise in attendances would only be possible if Clubs continued to offer excellent value for money and a match day experience that appeals to all, whether a home fan or following their team away.

“We can see from the detailed reports that attendances are growing across the board, helping to boost the EFL’s standing against our European counterparts. It is testament to the unique appeal of all 72 EFL Clubs, and the important role they play in communities nationwide, that the strength in depth of the football pyramid continues to prosper.

“It is also very satisfying to see that the number of away fans attending EFL matches is continuing to increase and I am confident EFL Clubs are developing welcoming and positive environments for all football supporters in this country.”

The Sky Bet Championship moved up a place to become the third best attended division in Europe, with Spain’s La Liga and Italy’s Serie A just some of the high profile leagues posting lower figures.