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Shocking Attendances Continue At Villa Park

Updated: Attendance Watch For Villa Games

Update on the Attendance watch this season:

Attendances so far this season and comparison with last seasons corresponding doo dah (technical football term)

PL: Blackburn Rovers home... 32 319 (Blackburn brought 250 tops).... v Blackburn last season at home (Sept): 34 309... our first home game last season was v West Ham with an attendance of 36 604 So down on both + puts pay to me wondering if some of this is holidays etc.

LC: 2nd round v Hereford 21 508... We joined in the 3rd round last season, that was v Blackburn Rovers and attendance was 18 753. So up but for balance, Hereford brought a big following, 3000-4000?

PL: Wolves ... attendance 30 776... Last season (played in March whilst flirting relegation), attendance 38 965. So down BUT it was a 3pm kick off and not on tv.

PL: Newcastle 34 248 last season 37 090 (played April on a Sunday, 4pm for Sky) ((This home game just played, I believe Newcastle had 1000 taken off them for problems at the Darlington game))

LC: Bolton 22 261 last season the second LC game was v Burnley at home 34 18 OUCH, that is some drop and a half.

PL: Wigan 30 744 Last season 36 293 (played May)

PL: WBA 34 152 Last season 37 015

PL: Norwich 35 290 not applicable last season, v Blackpool the then new boys 34 330

PL: Manchester United 40 053 Last season 40 073 so very little change from last season. Under MON`s last season: 42 788 (That was the season we finally beat them away from home and drew at Villa Park).

PL: Liverpool 37,460 last season 42,785

PL: Arsenal 35,818 last season 38,544

PL: Swansea 35,642 They came en masse... not in PL last season.

PL: Everton 31,853 last season 34,725

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First home game last season (West Ham) had 36 604 (this season 32 319 v Blackburn)
Next home last season (Everton) had 34 725 (this season 30 776 v Wolves... on tv)
Third home PL last season (Bolton) 34 655 (this 34 248 v Newcastle)

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According to soccernet.espn.go.com we are currently 9th in the attendance table.

2011/12 season average is...: 34 395
2010/11 season average was: 37,193
2009/10 season average was: 38,573
2008/09 season average was: 39,811
2007/08 season average was: 40,029
2006/07 season average was: 36,214 (DOL days)

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I`ve stopped doing the away fixture watch as we as good as sell out all our away allocations.

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The Journalist

Writer: J P Fear Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday January 15 2012

Time: 10:30AM

Your Comments

And they will continue to decline as this mug takes us down into the Tampax Unibond midlands division.
juddy
Yes the numbers are down - to be objective the review should be set against attendances at other PL grounds. A single set of figures is meaningless. Other factors are also involved, such as the economy. I bought 3 extra tickets for family and they were 34 a piece. Yes the value is important but the economic reality must be taken into account too.
Gordonsleftboot
Recession + manager people don't want in charge = this. On top of that Rococo shows most Villa, and with Internet feeds I'm guessing people are thinking the cash can be spent on other stuff while still getting to watch the game
Francobaresi13
agree Gordonsleftboot, don't have time to go through them all to work out but the last time someone did, was it Adam Aspinall at the Mercury? We were ... along with Stoke (if memory serves me right... big IF these days, my memory has gone) down further than all others. Wasn't it 12% or something shocking?
The Fear
Suprised there was anyone left at half time, it was dire. But the 2nd half we picked up and looked much better, still want Mcleish to do the decent thin g and ***** off!!!! UTV
erv2005
The club needs to genuinely start LISTENING to the fans - its customers - once more. The decisions being made show ZERO business or savvy and it is feeding into the whole negative miasma that is suffocating the club. McLeish's appointment (and I like the guy) was one of the most baffling decisions ever. The rumoured Macron deal, likewise, matches the managerial appointment: it all screams of MEDIOCRITY!! Surely the club can see this? Surely they understand this? I'm genuinely worried now about where we are heading under Randy. He seems to have managed the impossible - getting our gates to fall below the gates of the Doug Ellis/DOL era. The thinking and approach behind the scenes is small-time and just not good enough for Villa. The good Villa supporting public are voting with their feet and who can blame them?
donegalvillan
True donegalvillan. Think that's what Randy wants though. He knows that there will be diehards that will turn up regardless and realistically, the loss in revenue doesn't compare to the loss he was making in wages outgoing. So he's happy for us to be very mediocre as long as he doesn't lose too much. Not been this season, 3 away games and counting but people have to make a stand along with the fact that the football is barely watchable. I wouldn't consider watching us if I wasn't a fan.
Villan444
It is not just the vast swathes of empty seats that are a problem, it is the total apathy of every fan in the ground that is making the club seem like a disaster movie. I have produced an anti McLeish banner but refuse to display it from the top of the Holte whilst we are not losing. I do not want to create a worse negative atmosphere than already exists before the players kick a ball. However it will now be with me every home game and as soon as we are behind in the next home game I will be unfurling it. We can take this mediocrity no more. McLeish out. It would be brilliant if we turned up with our banners at the next game and kept them under wraps until we witness the rubbish that we are being served up game after game. We give our full support to the players but as soon we go behind we suddenly produce a wave on anti McLeish flags.
voiceoftheholte
Voice, I was prepared to back this man once appointed as their seemed no point in not giving him a chance especially once the decision had been made...But I have seriously had enough with the absolute dreadful football that is being served up, I mean every manager should be able to build his own team but seeing what he is doing with what we already have is nothing short of woeful and the apathy spreading through Villa park at the minute is frightening and upsetting...I am fed up with unsubstantiated eckscuses, such as transitional period with a squad lacking experience & the constant blame factor of everyone other than himself especially to easy targets such as Mark albrighton...The key for me is everyone outside the club noticing how dreadful and boring we are to watch who can not believe what is happening to us, whether that be pundits, media, fans etc etc...this can not be allowed to continue, we are awful and it is depressing....!
marcobavfc
The diehards will eventually stop going as everyone has a breaking point, but also how do we expect to encourage children, the very future of our club to want to support us...My lad told me he was not bothered about going anymore cause its so boring to watch and even though he knows we wont win every game why is it we dont score or have any shots on target....!
marcobavfc
Recession has got bugger all to do with it GLF. We have been in recession for 3 years and were getting regular attendances of 40K. I am currently watching Newcastle v QPRin front of 50K at St James park. It's McLeish and his anti-football, pure and simple. I have been a villa fan for over 50 years, an ST holder until he was appointed and I won't be stepping a foot inside VP until he's gone.
jonah
Exactly Jonah, rococo playing the games also has nothing to do with it either. There's always been an internet feed to watch the games on. Fans have seen enough and just don't want to watch us until Eck has gone and no amount of flukey wins or outstanding individual performances to drag us through will change that.
Villan444
We are in a transitional phase, we have been forced to cut back, we must lower our expectations from the MON days, at least for a while. We're reasonable, we get that. But the tactics, the style, the fear some of these kids look to be playing with is what makes it intolerable. Loads of kids look great and don't 'make it' but they are better than Eck is allowing them to be. It's painful
revolutionatlast
Transition my arse, Randy needs to sell up and take McLeish with him.
Green Villan
you are lucky to have got it in Voice, I'm told some had banners and they were taken off them!
Was surprised no one had anything to put up v Swansea, that really was yet another low point. Sad thing is Voice, it is fans like you and me that keep banging on about getting behind the team, support, attend etc now all of a sudden, I honestly don't blame the stay aways. A top top fan (goes to everything, lovely guy) said to be yesterday he now finds going to villa at home and I quote 'a f u ck ing chore' He's as die hard as they come.
The Fear
I won't even watch MOtd.
eltoro
So much for democracy then, JF (the taking away of banners). So this is the great new world to replace HDE?
the_lergy
I think it may help Fear if next year the team were sponsored by the Samaritans!!
eltoro
Just wait till next season with regards how many go to watch that rubbish. I am totally ashamed to call myself a villa fan. The football is shocking. Season ticket sales next year will be at a all time low. No investment. No attacking football. How many goals have we scored at home Shocking!
ShaneBlack
Fear - I had to sneak the banner in under my coat, but whilst we were still in the game yesterday I didn't think it would have helped our cause to create even more unrest on the terraces in the way that someones banner did against Wolves last season to unfurl it. But it will be there at the next home game and it will be out as soon as is apparent that the performance is the same rubbish we have been served to date.
voiceoftheholte
No great surprise that people don't want to buy our utterly ***** product. I can only talk about my personal experience. I took a little break after the Newcastle game and missed Bolton, Wigan, West Brom and Norwich. Then I missed it and went to Man Utd, Liverpool, Arsenal and Swansea and I just couldn't face going on Saturday after those truly dismal displays. I watched the whole game on Saturday and it hasn't exactly made me keen to get back down to VP for the QPR game.
Nimmo
Will never suggest people dont go to Villa Park but next season I will pay by the game may cost me more but at least the board will have one less season ticket in their forward sales maybe if enough do that the board will get the message.Advance season ticket sales dropping by 25% might get the message through.
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