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Crowds In Cola Cola FL On The Up

Crowds at matches in the Coca-Cola Football League have broken the seventeen million mark for the first time in 50 years.

A total of 17.1m supporters attended the 1,656 league matches played during 2009/10, an increase of 4.4% on last season and the highest aggregate crowd figure since the 1959/60 campaign.

The Football League continues to enjoy sustained attendance growth with gates having more than doubled during the last 25 years. The average Football League crowd is now higher than 10,000.

The Coca-Cola Championship has retained its place as the fourth most watched league in Europe with a total audience of more than 9.9m fans. Crowds grew by 0.3% this season and averaged 17,949.

Only Germany's Bundesliga (13.1m), the Premier League (12.9m) and Spain's La Liga (11.0m) can boast more fans through the turnstiles, with The Football League's top division, once again, attracting more supporters than Italy's Serie A (9.1m) and France's Ligue 1 (7.6m).

Crowds for matches in Coca-Cola League 1 and Coca-Cola League 2 averaged 9,136 and 3,853 respectively, with crowds in the former increasing by a remarkable 21%.

These figures continue to outstrip those of comparable levels of the game in Europe's other major footballing nations. League 1 crowds are more than 75% greater than those in Germany and more than three times higher than those recorded in Italy and France. League 2, attendances are twice those of their German equivalents and almost five times those of Italian football.

Football League Chairman, Greg Clarke, said: 'Attracting more than seventeen million fans into their grounds is an outstanding achievement by Football League clubs, particularly in the current economic climate.

'Our clubs are focussed on attracting a new, family audience to football and those efforts are clearly working.

'I would like to thank everybody that has been to one of our matches this season for supporting their club and our competition.'

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Date:Friday May 21 2010

Time: 5:28PM

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With both Leeds and Norwich being promoted the attendances in League 1 are sure to drop. S Wednesday relegation and Nots countires promotion will help keep them up but Wednesdays fans can be fickle and it will be interesting to see how they fare especially with their expected financial backers pulling out. Newcastle's promotion to the PL will also put pressure on attendances in the CCC but Leeds and Norwich will be well supported. Interesting timesa ahead.
Big Club? my ar$e.Your crowds are pathetic.You are a one club city unlike Manchester,Liverpool,Birmingham.And all there teams p!$$ on your attendances.You have the most fickle fans in the country,up and down like Leslie Ash's knickers when Eric is in town!
BigBadBobbyC 9
BBB typical your either a southerner or someone with no brains, same people really. Our attendances will be up again next season. Would like to know what the mighty Brum attendances would be in Div 3
Tiny T
I only know of one team in Manchester, two in Birmingham and Liverpool so whats this ALL business?? - would their (ps thats how you spell it you halfwit) fans really turn out in numbers to see Yeovil, Gillingham, Wycombe etc - Go back to school learn to spell and leave the football to smarter people who can count
You can count eh? Well look at your average attendances over the last 10 years? Loyal supporters? I don't think so.You only just beat Norwich this season by a few hundred.And as it stands,you only filled 61% of your ground with your 24818 crowds this season.Never mind though,you lot keep deluding yourselves your a big club with great history.League winners 3 times,F.A. Cup once,League Cup once,Fairs Cup twice.Hardley a roll of honour for such a "massive" club is it????
BigBadBobbyC 9
Bobby...Tell me this what have your beloved Bradford got? your a spot on the A##e of Leeds and you need squeezed. Go back onto your own site and talk to yourself.
And how many times have Bradford won League, FA cup, League cup or Fairs cup?? - Bradford get similar crowds at the Alhambra Pantomime as they do at football ground - mebbe they just like Cinders

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