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Bottom to top average attendance ratios

Post by Scottish » Mon Oct 21, 2013 2:13 pm

The number of games it would take on average for the worst supported side in any division in Scottish football to equal one match by the best supported side.. The figures exclude the Third Division 1923-26 & the C Division 1946-55.

You can see how the low initial figures begin to escalate in the 1930s as lower division clubs lose support during the Great Depression while the top clubs remain comparatively stable.

The post-war boom also shows an evening up but when the effects of that wears off coupled with the addition of five C Division sides in 1955 the figure starts to rise again. The 1960s sees the record differential broken five times in seven years as Division Two clubs lose support dramatically while the Old Firm either stay the same or increase. Celtic’s 1969 figure of 34,740 was their second highest to that point. Today it would herald a headline of “Parkhead In Crisis.”

There’s a drop after that with the exception of 1982-83 which was on account of abnormally low figures for East Stirling (even by their standards). Of course the huge increases start after Graeme Souness is appointed manager of Rangers and the growth of support thereafter. There are more records set but the really big leap is after Parkhead is rebuilt as a 60,000 seater ground and is filled to almost capacity. The 1999 figure (unlikely, in my view, to be beaten) would mean that for the worst supported club to accumulate as many fans as the best does in one match would take close to FIFTEEN SEASONS.

Incidentally, why do I think the 1999 figure won’t be beaten? Because the OF no longer operate at full capacity. For the same figure of 264.603 to have applied in 2012-13, the worst supported club would have had to have had an average attendance of just 177 spectators per game. In actual fact last season’s differential was the lowest for over a quarter of a century and while the ‘Rangers effect’ undoubtedly helped clubs in the bottom sphere, the drop in differential had nothing to do with this, as the worst supported club was Albion Rovers who were in the 2nd division. Only two bottom division sides had lower figures in 2011-12 than Rovers in 2012-13 (Stranraer did as well but they didn't play in the bottom flight) so it's fair to say that Rangers helped only Montrose & East Stirling climb away from the bottom. The ratio would have fallen in any case.

1922 15.958 Record High/Record Low
1923 13.029 Record Low
1924 12.438 Record Low
1925 14.780
1926 15.953
1927 14.211
1928 25.104 Record High
1929 21.801
1930 24.411
1931 28.630 Record High
1932 47.478 Record High
1933 35.845
1934 55.944 Record High
1935 50.455
1936 37.172
1937 45.615
1938 54.770
1939 47.165
1947 15.615
1948 18.526
1949 17.334
1950 23.318
1951 21.739
1952 17.853
1953 25.417
1954 15.489
1955 20.971
1956 30.095
1957 36.105
1958 30.400
1959 48.034
1960 30.231
1961 57.506 Record High
1962 76.582 Record High
1963 56.406
1964 70.480
1965 109.358 Record High
1966 91.120
1967 115.119 Record High
1968 150.123 Record High
1969 121.469
1970 105.436
1971 89.840
1972 70.244
1973 64.481
1974 56.277
1975 74.841
1976 94.037
1977 85.820
1978 66.230
1979 61.311
1980 72.332
1981 79.846
1982 82.611
1983 110.935
1984 89.415
1985 54.028
1986 76.541
1987 104.788
1988 143.910
1989 144.609
1990 132.538
1991 140.504
1992 131,362
1993 151.439 Record High
1994 148.442
1995 149.871
1996 189.242 Record High
1997 206.515 Record High
1998 217.432 Record High
1999 264.603 Record High
2000 198.114
2001 224.887
2002 237.194
2003 177.821
2004 210.489
2005 229.020
2006 228.768
2007 185.667
2008 187.069
2009 178.548
2010 176.818
2011 153.505
2012 158.579
2013 121.233 (lowest in past quarter of a century)

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Re: Bottom to top average attendance ratios

Post by wellindarlo » Fri Nov 01, 2013 4:14 pm

Just shown graphically highlighting some of the points you discussed.

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