Middlesbrough and Derby County buck the ticketing trend

The excellent Leeds United blog The Scratching Shed (who you can follow on Twitter here, as long as you can cope with a bit of Elland Road-based bias) has put together the statistics you can find at the foot of this post on average attendances in the Championship and kindly couriered them down the M1 for a less specific audience.

They make for interesting reading, particularly given Leeds’s current position in the top six. Whether this will have any bearing on the ludicrous ticket prices that Ken Bates continues to charge fans of his club and all those visiting his little corner of West Yorkshire remains to be seen. Cardiff fans are being asked to part with £37 for the privilege of attending their game at Elland Road on Sunday, despite the game being televised live on Sky. Even the most loyal fan can be forgiven for opting for the armchair above the terraces when faced with that kind of pricing.

Derby County’s supporters continue to turn out in force and have been rewarded with an excellent start to the season, while Tony Mowbray’s first full season as manager of Middlesbrough is proving a hit with Boro fans for obvious reasons.

Clubs promoted or relegated to the Championship over the summer have not been included due to the effect of divisional change on attendances.

Average attendances

Average attendance fluctuations

Average attendances - percentages

Average attendance fluctuations as a percentage

The Seventy Two
The Seventy Two published an outstanding series of articles about the Football League between 2010-12 and was the brainchild of Leicester City fan, David Bevan. As well as collaborating with The Two Unfortunates on the Football League Blog Network and a mammoth 2011-12 season preview, the site featured a host of leading bloggers and David was rewarded with a nomination in the 2011 Football Supporters’ Federation awards. Latterly, he was joined as co-editor by Joe Harrison and TTU is happy to present this archive of the site’s output.

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