Lincoln City Average Crowds 1884-2013
The Lincoln City average crowd statistics since the second world war make some interesting reading. Given the recent growth in our beautiful city (the fastest in Western Europe over the last decade) it illustrates the potential for any investors who fancy a football project that screams ‘success’. The population now stands at 93,000 (a rise of 9.3% since between 2001 & 2011) with an immediate catchment area of over 250,000, compared to the 66,000 the club enjoyed in Bill Anderson’s fabulous fifties side when the club pulled in 13-16,000. That such a City has a team ranked 108th in the country, draws its own conclusions.
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Estimates from 1884 to 1893 (when we helped found the second Division) saw crowds around 3500. Then in 1893 the 4,000 barrier was tested growing steadily to 6,000 by the late 1920′s. A low of just over 5,000 in 1930 saw a handsome 50% rise in average gate receipts the following season, as we came second in Division 3 North. The following season we went up as Champions to the second Division. The first season back set a new high-average of 9,758.
The 1940′s and 1950′s are seen as the traditional golden era for football attendances, with the Imps no exception. Over 13,000 trooped to see the promotion season of 1948 as we went on to average in the teens until 1960. The following season saw free-fall as we went from the second to the third to the fourth in successive seasons. The sixties were bleak but the seventies saw us bounce back from the 4,000′s to the sixes and sevens. It peaked at an average of 8,401 for GT’s record setting Imps of ’76.
The mid eighties saw the real lows as many Imps lost the faith after the Bradford fire and of course the Gilbert Blades affair, where lack of ambition cost us a return to those heady days of the second tier. Bar a couple of sub 3,000 seasons in the early 1990′s we veered between 3 and 4,000 until Keith Alexander built us to just shy of a 5,000 average. Schofield’s brand of beautiful football saw us set a modern high of 5,176 in his first season, but alas, as we know, the trend has been consistently downward since then.
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