National League In 'Wonderful Shape' After Record Season

By Sam Elliott

The National League was last season watched by over two million spectators for the first time in the competition’s history.

In what was a landmark campaign, crowds peaked to an all-time high as supporters surged through the turnstiles.

The highest attendance in the National League was the 8,282 recorded by Wrexham for their match with title rivals Salford City in January.

Stockport County were the most well-watched club in the National League North, with 6,311 seeing their home game with Spennymoor Town.

Despite dropping a division, Torquay United’s crowds were in fact up 32 per cent in the National League South - a season-best of 5,351 witnessed their Bank Holiday game with Hungerford Town.

National League chairman Brian Barwick said: “The National League is in wonderful shape and I am thrilled to say we have surpassed the two million mark for attendances for the first time.

“The figure is considerably larger than ten years ago, and it’s incredibly encouraging to see some many people going through the turnstiles at our football clubs, the heartbeat of our communities.”

National League chief executive Michael Tattersall echoed those words.

“This season our three divisions have exceeded an aggregate of two million for the first time,” he said.

“That mean crowds have nearly doubled in size over the past decade. This is wonderful news.”

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