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EFL Attendances On The UP

Over 18m people made their way through EFL turnstiles during the 2016/17 season, with clubs recording their highest cumulative attendances since 1959.

EFL clubs have seen an impressive 11 per cent increase in matchday attendances from last season, with the largest crowds in almost 60 years attending games across the Sky Bet EFL.

A key factor in the increase were the record-breaking attendances during the 2016 festive period, with the EFL boasting a combined attendance of more than 500,000 for matches during this time.

Importantly, there has been a three per cent attendance increase when comparing the 67 Clubs that competed in the EFL both this season and last, proving that supporters’ appetite for live EFL football is as popular as ever.

City's attendances form part of that dramatic rise, having gone from 15,292 in 2015/16 to 19,256 in 2016/17.

Sky Bet Championship attendances surpassed the 11m mark, with average crowds of over 20,000 watching another season of thrilling football unfold.

The figures also back up this season’s independent research from Deloitte, who highlighted the EFL as the best attended sporting competition in the country in 2016, with around one in four of all admissions to a sporting event being for an EFL organised match.

This year’s cumulative figure of 18.1m is the 14th highest of all time for the EFL’s three divisions, with those higher all recorded in the post-war era between 1947 and 1959 – the highest ever being 23.5million in 1947/48. 

It’s not just in person that the numbers are increasing with the EFL and 72 clubs having a combined online following of over 26.5m across social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.