View Full Version : The Best Supported Town Team Outside The Premier League

11-01-2014, 07:49 AM
As per the thread title, we are the best supported team away from home in the football league. We took over from our neighbours a few weeks ago, and still have Bolton, Blackpool and Blackburn to come.

When we're taking 1,500 (plus on the day sales) to places like Yeovil the average should only increase.

Good stuff fellow Clarets.

The72 is a great website for current attendance stats by the way. Those tables, if you look closely at the bottom, also show average followings to your own ground. 990 average to the Turf (not inc Hudds) but almost twice that to Ewood. - view external link (the72.co.uk/away-attendances-for-days-of-21-dec-26-dec-29-dec/)

11-01-2014, 08:28 AM
I must be reading this all wrong, because I reckon that table say's we're 6th. and that Leeds have the best away following.

Don't get me wrong, averaging 1500 away is a bloody good do, but we're not the best supported outside the EPL.

11-01-2014, 08:31 AM
I assume it's the "town team" bit in the title as I thought the same when viewing the table.

11-01-2014, 08:38 AM
Ahh fair point I missed the "town team" bit.

Yes the top 5 are all cities and with the exception of Sheff Weds, all are single club city teams.

11-01-2014, 09:37 AM
Sorry guys, yes, as per the title and as I put in the opening line. The city clubs are always going to take more. We're 6th in the Championship but that's probably as high as we could likely hope to be.

As a town team that's fantastic.

11-01-2014, 10:01 AM
We are in fact top of all the leagues including the Premier if you discount all the teams that don't start with a 'B' and end with a 'y' with Barnsley coming a close 2nd.

11-01-2014, 10:06 AM
I'm not sure what Barnsley have to do with it as they get an average of 660 going away to watch them? I've probably missed something I know...

Edit: I'd also not looked at the Premier League followings, although I suspect we're likely to be top of the entire league with away followings if you don't include the city clubs. That would inc West Brom being around Birmingham. That's down to opinion though.

11-01-2014, 10:18 AM
My fault claretforever I didn't read the title of the thread properly

11-01-2014, 10:18 AM
Pleasing to know.

Also it shows that we averaged 100 fans less than Roves last season... Not bad considering they had all the new stadiums to visit...

11-01-2014, 11:44 AM
Just to clarify. West Bromwich is officially a town. The other Prem teams are all cities or city based clubs.
The question of "town" or "city" is not a good measure of support, since there are some very small cities and some large towns.
e.g. The town of Reading has a population of almost a quarter of a million, but there are about 30 cities with less than 100,000.
Locally towns such as Bolton, Blackpool, Stockport and Huddersfield have populations almost double that of Burnley.
The better measure would be the percentage of population attending games, (home and away). I don't have time to go through this club by club, but it wouldn't surprise me if we were top of both leagues.

11-01-2014, 11:55 AM
nil_desperandum, using that method would probably have mighty Leeds on the bottom of both home and away following stats.

11-01-2014, 12:12 PM
Cracking stuff, and still the best supported club in the country per capita for town size.

Also looking at that table, we have the third highest away following to a single game this season (the 4,857 to Wigan).

11-01-2014, 12:37 PM
I understand that, Nil, but didn't want to get all geeky about it as that argument goes on forever: 'what about the local conurbation and area from where you attract support' etc. although I do favour the town/borough population argument by the way.

We're a town, and the only teams above us for the purpose of this thread are cities. Nothing else to discuss really on that point. We're the best followed town outside the Prem :-)

11-01-2014, 02:14 PM
Sorry if supplying a little comparative info about relative population size makes me "a geek". (claretforever).
When I looked up some of these population figures I actually found them quite interesting and in some cases surprising. :)

11-01-2014, 02:32 PM
Oh nil, I'm as bad when I start on the stats. I meant I wasn't trying to get into a long debate on this thread, just throwing up a stat at the start.

11-01-2014, 05:21 PM
The best supported team per capita in our league is Yeovil (1/4.0) followed by Watford (1/5.7) Nottm Forrest (1/6.4) then Burnley (1/6.9).

The worst supported teams are Birmingham (1/36) followed by Doncaster (1/34.2) then Leeds (1/31.7)

Sheffield came in at 1/13 allowing for the 2 team split as with Birmingham and Nottingham.

The London clubs are harder to work out because of the vague boundaries etc.

11-01-2014, 06:45 PM
Are you only referring to home attendances Morph?
I would have been surprised to find Yeovil and Watford taking a higher percentage away.

11-01-2014, 06:50 PM
This thread started out just purely looking at away attendances. God only knows how it's turned into home attendances, population size etc???:/

11-01-2014, 10:22 PM
Still to play Blackpool, Bolton and t'Bar Stewards away as well. Not to mention the Yorkshire Burnley.

Good show Clarets.

11-01-2014, 10:30 PM
Great support today as well


11-01-2014, 10:32 PM
Don't put it in the link box Wade.

Just put it in your post as normal.


Edit - Oh you know. :D

11-01-2014, 10:38 PM
"Also it shows that we averaged 100 fans less than Roves last season... Not bad considering they had all the new stadiums to visit..."

...add to this the fact they were boycotting Ewood and going to away games instead because of the Venky's.

11-01-2014, 10:45 PM
Cheers Bin ... I managed to sort. Lol :D

11-01-2014, 10:59 PM
Great photo.

The Bedlington Terrier
12-01-2014, 11:07 AM
I have always preferred going to away matches. Burnley fans on the road are a joy to witness and what fun we usually have! Can't wait for next season - it's going to be awesome!

12-01-2014, 11:10 AM
Whether we're the best or not...I'm still going!