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Attendance Watch - Crowds Dropping

Updated: Attendance Watch For Villa Games

Update on the Attendance watch this season:

And off we go again. We have this years attendance figures (under Lambert) last seasons (under he who shall not be named) and the season before (under Gerard Houllier) Just going to do PL (home) fixtures this time around:

PL: Everton 36,565 up on last season: 31 853 season before: 34 725

PL: Swansea 34,005 down on last season: 35 642 They came en masse... not in PL season before.

PL: WBA 34,489 just up on last season and this season it was televised... 34 152 season before: 37 015

PL: Norwich 33 184 down on last seasons: 35 290 Not applicable the season before.

PL: Manchester United 40 538, last season: 40 053 season before 40 073 so a bit up

PL: Arsenal 34 607 down from last season 35 818 season before 38 544

PL: Reading 28 692 not applicable last season.

PL: Stoke 30 110 last season, 30,100 season before 35,235

PL: Tottenham Hotspurs 36 374 last season 36 008 season before 39 411

PL: Wigan 33 374 last season 30 744 season before 36 293

PL: Southampton 32 500 not comparable to last season

PL: Newcastle 30 334 last season 34 248 season before 37 090

According to soccernet.espn.go.com we are currently 11th in the attendance table. Average attendance 33,771 which is now lower than last seasons low.

2011/12 season average was: 33,873 (Alex McLeish)
2010/11 season average was: 37,193 (Gerard Houllier)
2009/10 season average was: 38,573 (Martin O`Neill)
2008/09 season average was: 39,811 (Martin O`Neill)
2007/08 season average was: 40,029 (Martin O`Neill)
2006/07 season average was: 36,214 (David O`Leary)




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The Journalist

Writer: J P Fear Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday January 30 2013

Time: 10:34AM

Your Comments

**** support my lord - fickle fans who disappear because we concede a goal
AVNath
The overall average may be down, but from the 12 played at home,out of the 10 that are applicable, 6 of those were higher.
calavfc
hardly stats your club needs at a time when they havent any money
oxfordspur
I suppose it is also a question of whether you go to support your club or be entertained. At todays prices, it is far easier to justify non attendance
oxfordspur
Not sure they were leaving Nath probably needed a drink after the first half think we all needed a beer.
Merlin128777
It's an entertainment industry as OxfordSpur says. We are only getting entertained for small periods. Although it's more entertaining than last year, there's always a few parts where you want to cover/avert your eyes. It also winds fans up seeing basic mistakes which should not be happening at a club this big so often. Does Randy and Faulkner seriously think people will pay to be *****ed off?? There's always the die hards who will go regardless through habit, lack of any alternative, paid for ST already, want to add to 12th man but we haven't had 40'000 of them for a long time.
Villan444
the attendances have been good this season though considering the terrible results, people are still turning up week in week out and giving support but i think this is mostly bolstered by the season tickets sold pre season on the back of eck out and lambert in. i don't see those sales happening next season i suspect averages of mid 20 thous'
Naughtius Maximus
I just keep hearing Ian Holloway's words ringing in my ears - "Villa are a half-arsed club, that used to be famous".
gazvilla-since1975
And we all slated him for that Gaz. Perhaps hes not such a cock afterall. lol
GibboVilla
Merlin at least 5 or 6 people left by me in the lower holte after the 2nd goal and never returned. Hopefully the kind of 'fans' going down will get rid of. I'd much rather have 25k who supported the team than 40k where half can't wait to boo and complain.
AVNath
At least where I sit, it just goes to show how the people who stay to the end every single game and with the team through thick and incredibly thin are the ones who clapped the team off at the end and gave the manager a welcoming clap as he thanked the fans at the end. The people who are their week in week out till the 90th minute and beyond can clearly see how the problem runs far deeper than the man in charge of picking the team.
AVNath
Its hard to watch at times but cant see the point in turning up for 30 mis agree with you there Nath. Also agree with you about the problems running deep half the playing staff need to go and you can bet if we go down it will be the wrong ones who leave,and if Lerner continues in the same vein wont be replaced we will end up sending out the youth team.
Merlin128777
In any religion you get zealots ,who'll sit on a rock in all weathers wearing a hair shirt, like AVNath & proclaim how righteous they are & think it's their particular God's will ,that they suffer. But then you also get the rest (the vast majority) ,who have & will support the religion all their lives ,but feel they have a voice & a right to leave if they want to, or show their displeasure . I agree that all us ordainary folk can do is support our team & hope that support raises the team to new heights & ensures survival (some hope in this case) but I repect the rights of others & find the selfrighteousness of AVNath a tad irksome to say the least. I've also found in life that if you do & say nothing that the powers that be, will assume you're happy & also carry on in the same manner regardless
AstonBilla
It doesn't surprise me, lets we just almost have beens.....
Pride of Lions
what happened there?....... I was typing.. lets face it, we're just "almost" have beens
Pride of Lions
Attendance figures are a joke. The numbers include season ticket holders whether they turn up or not so for 32k against the saints it was really more like 27k etc. The ground is half empty for most games and getting emptier but the stats will level out.
AVbornandbred
AVNath I used to think like you and would stay until the final whistle regardless of score. Now I've had enough. If the team are trying I'll stay, but if they throw in the towel or Lambert does his usual piece of managerial brilliance and takes off our only decent performer I leave. I have noticed that my mood gets worse the longer I stay and watch the nails being hammered into my beloved team and that invariably ends up making me do /say things that I regret and so I remove myself from the cause. Staying to the end proves nothing it doesn't make you any better or worse of a supporter. A friend of my wife and his daughter (both season ticket holders) left early against Bradford, as they were leaving a muppet not far from them grumbled "sneaking out, real fans stay to the end" or something similar. The daughter knowing them to not be season ticket holders responded with pure class " yes mate, but unlike you we've been here every game so far and will be back again next week".
AVbornandbred
Agree with you Billa. No-one listens to the voicing of opinions or showing of displeasure though under this regime. Randy doesn't even turn up so it all falls on deaf ears... Even the gate receipts are minimal compared to TV monies. Think that only an empty stadium would make him take notice.
Villan444
Well said AstonBilla, the attitude that you aren't a real fan because you don't have a villa duvet cover and matching tattoo is tiresome.
juddy
I think I am going to have fish and chips tonight.
voiceoftheholte
Lovely. We had Chinese, it was poor.
juddy
Looks like we might by having French tomorrow - that is a second division French defensive midfielder - hmmmm if true not really the experience we need is it? Still it's at least an acknowledgement we're 'weak' [understatement of the year] in this area. There are rumours of one or two coming in tomorrow...
26.05.82
I'll be there next season, North Stand T Block Row P just as it has been for many seasons before. In fact I'll have a season ticket every year until my passing. It's in me you see, cut me and you'll see Claret and Blue blood. UTV no one will ever take my Villa from me. Lerner, Lambo, no one.
PiperUK
There's only so many continuous disappointments a person can take, in any form of life. Our home form has been woeful, it's not nice losing all the time. No wonder people are staying away, I for one don't blame them.
Francobaresi13
There has not only been a rather worrying drop in numbers attending our home games, optimism, enthuisiasm, faith, hope and belief are fast disappearing from the average Villans support agenda too. Lack of star names, shocking home form, grim performances, and constant struggle have taken their toll over the course of the past few seasons. Poor attendance against Newcastle, no doubt about it, but come this time next season if we are sitting mid-table in the Championship, which sadly looks a distinctly possible occurence with the current squad, I suspect gates around the 20,000 mark will be the norm. The days of even 30,000 attendance figures at Villa Park will look a long way off. Oh how far we've fallen. It's criminal.
glensider
I don't agree/understand 'fans' who walk out or don't attend just because of poor performances. If you're a fan you stick with them through bad times even though you may not agree with the way they are being managed. I had a season ticket up until 07/08 and the only reason I don't have now is because Blair and Brown messed up my pension and savings and it costs too much to travel up from the south coast each game. If I lived locally I'd be there for all games, you guys don't realise how lucky you are to be able to watch your team regularly. Get behind them! UTV.
villan48
Allowing for the current difficult financial climate we live in its no wonder crowds are down, even if pople used Football to escape from their everyday troubles it would be difficultto justify spending hard earned o needed money on the ***** Villa have served up over the last 3 seasons. It does not make people fickle it just means they spend the money elsewhere. I doubt Villa are the only club with falling gates.
col8
http://soccernet.espn.go.com/stats/attendance/_/league/eng.1/barclays-premier-league?cc=5739
col8
 

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