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Attendances At Levels 5 to 8


Following on from here and here, I did the following computation based on the information here (assuming every club plays once a week, or each round of matches is played in the same week):

  • Conference National – 1,748 (average attendance) x 12 (number of games) = 20,976
  • Conference South – 659 x 11 = 7,249
  • Conference North – 551 x 11 = 6,061
  • Northern Premier Premier – 459 x 11 = 5,049
  • Isthmian Premier – 418 x 11 = 4,598
  • Southern Premier – 305 x 11 = 3,355
  • Northern Premier One North – 241 x 10.5 = 2,531
  • Southern One Midlands – 236 x 11 = 2,596
  • Isthmian League One South – 180 x 11 = 1,980
  • Northern Premier One South – 178 x 10 = 1,780
  • Southern One South-West – 169 11 1,859
  • Isthmian League One North – 105 x 11 = 1,155

TOTAL: 59,189

Based on the above assumption, almost as many people attend non-league football at levels 5 to 8 as go to watch Arsenal at home in the league. Of football clubs in England, only Manchester United have a higher attendance.

If you take the above assumption further, any one club plays at home on average once every two league games, so on average, over two rounds of league games, almost 120,000 watch non-league football at levels 1 to 4, compared to 75,299 who watch Manchester United at home, or 60,032 who watch Arsenal at home. For every other club in the Premier League or Football League, the figure is below 45,000 (down to 1,000).

Even taking the whole of League Two, the figure is 4,105 x 12 x 2 = 98,520.

The approach may not be beyond reproach, but the comparison is interesting.

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