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.

Thanks for reading Neil Gentleman-Hobbs

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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.

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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.

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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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Year       League Position Attendance
Season Ending Level National rank Average Rank V 92
2013 5 108 2182 n/a
2012 5 109 2347 n/a
2011 4 91 3.508 79
2010 4 88 3.670 78
2009 4 81 3.940 77
2008 4 83 4.078 81
2007 4 73 5.176 69
2006 4 75 4.739 75
2005 4 74 4.927 74
2004 4 75 4.910 74
2003 4 74 3.924 80
2002 4 90 3.223 86
2001 4 86 3.273 84
2000 4 83 3.405 79
1999 3 67 4.654 69
1998 4 71 3.968 72
1997 4 77 3.163 79
1996 4 86 2.870 80
1995 4 82 3.276 77
1994 4 88 3.179 80
1993 4 78 3.331 76
1992 4 80 2.822 80
1991 4 82 2.967 79
1990 4 78 4.071 66
1989 4 78 3.887 67
1988 5 93 3.572  n/a
1987 4 92 2.023 88
1986 3 65 2.617 77
1985 3 63 2.486 74
1984 3 58 3.148 74
1983 3 50 4.790 57
1982 3 48 4.222 69
1981 4 70 4.715 62
1980 4 75 3.713 78
1979 3 68 3.168 81
1978 3 60 4.878 67
1977 3 53 7.145 52
1976 4 69 8.401 43
1975 4 73 5.795 61
1974 4 80 3.930 74
1973 4 78 4.547 68
1972 4 73 7.603 58
1971 4 89 5.499 67
1970 4 76 6.070 67
1969 4 76 7.912 54
1968 4 81 6.692 65
1967 4 92 4.088 86
1966 4 90 3.845 87
1965 4 90 4.475 82
1964 4 79 5.650 77
1963 4 90 4.630 80
1962 3 66 5.868 74
1961 2 44 7.429 67
1960 2 35 10.734 54
1959 2 41 11.334 54
1958 2 42 10.147 61
1957 2 40 11.180 56
1956 2 30 13.215 48
1955 2 38 12.067 52
1954 2 38 14.712 48
1953 2 37 16.775 44
1952 3N 45 13.811 55
1951 3N 53 10.440 67
1950 3N 51 12.418 63
1949 2 44 15.890 53
1948 3N 45 13.187 61
1947 3N 67 7.614 73
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Posted on June 8, 2013, in Attendances, Statistics, Writers - Neil Gentleman-Hobbs and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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