Yesterday’s attendance of 3,510 was the lowest league gate Gresty Road has seen in over a decade.
Whilst we hit 3,900 at times last season, yesterday’s attendance brings a new low. Not since before the new main stand have we failed to pull in over 3,600 for a league game when only 3,565 were in attendance for the 1-1 home draw against Peterbrough in March 1997.
The drop in gates doesn’t come as any surprise. Over the past four seasons we have lost over 2,000 from the average attendance. Various factors can be attributed to this, including the smaller away followings in League One compared to the Championship, but there is no getting away from the fact we’ve lost a good portion of paying fans.
In 04/05, our penultimate Championship season, we averaged 7,405. In 05/06 it fell to 6,731 before falling further after relegation to 5,461 and last season saw another 500 sliced off that.
This season, after three home games, we’ve averaged 4,075. With plenty of big followings & games to come yet there’s a good chance it could rise a bit, but as high as 4,900? It’s looking unlikely unless there is success on the pitch.
Success on the pitch is the biggest pull for many, but do ticket prices (£19 per adult) make a bigger impact or are stay away fans more after a change in the management of the club?
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