Mapping the Championship
This might just be my favourite week of the year. The mid nineties invention of staggering the Football League and Premier League kick offs offended tradition but does at least give us seven days in the limelight where Ipswich’s win at the Riverside and Scunny’s win at Reading assume massive significance belying the fact that there are still 41 fixtures to wade through.
So the latest wonderful concoction on the must-read site Bill’s Sports Maps is well timed. Extraordinarily useful, the website includes a treasure trove of sporting maps – many from football, ranging from the Ukrainian to Argentinian leagues, as well as a superb litany of North American charts – ever wanted to know about the Montreal Alouettes? Visit Bill’s site.
That most recent post is a 2010-11 Championship attendance map with average crowds and capacities, laid out in superbly crisp and clear fashion. The map itself shows the geographical make up of the second tier and the amount of clubs from the east side of the country is immediately apparent – perhaps unsurprising given Lancastrian domination over the Premier League. As for the attendances, we have already paid tribute to the fans of the best supported club in the division, Derby County, but as telling are the percentage growth (or degrowth figures) – Leicester’s City buoyancy over recent times has seen an 18% up in gates and Cardiff’s new ground has fuelled greater interest.