The National League Attendances Analysed

By Sam Elliott

It was a record breaking season for crowds across the National League - but who enjoyed the biggest surge at the turnstiles?

The stats made for great reading for the division’s newcomers last year.

All four of the promoted sides saw huge average attendance increases as supporters came out to get behind their clubs.

Salford City, the National League Promotion Final winners, had a rise of 66.3 per cent from the year before - even though that was a title winning season.

Harrogate too saw crowds really climb. Some 52.1 per cent more went to see their matches, while a whipping increases of 59.3 per cent was enjoyed by Havant & Waterlooville - despite their struggles.

Braintree also saw their gates go up with 44.8 per cent watched. Leyton Orient’s title charge was felt in their ticket office - crowds went up 25.6 per cent.

Success on the field was mirrored by a sharp rise in Solihull Moors’ attendances. They had just under 45 per cent more last season than who watched in 2017-18.

The biggest season-on-season increases:
Salford City: 66.3 per cent
Havant & Waterlooville: 59.3 per cent
Harrogate Town: 52.1 per cent
Solihull Moors: 44.9 per cent
Braintree Town: 44.8 per cent
Leyton Orient: 25.6 per cent

Highest three club attendances:
Wrexham v Salford City 8,283
Leyton Orient v Braintree 8,241
Chesterfield v Wrexham 5,662

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