The FL72 V Conference Crowd & Cash Comparison – Mind The Gap Or 3 up 3 down?
Barnet & FC Halifax; Torquay United, Bristol Rovers, Gateshead, Macclesfield Town, Forest Green Rovers and Eastleigh are currently pushing for a place in the Football League. But how big is the gulf between The Football league and The Conference? Is there justification for avoiding increasing the promotion places from two to three or even four? The comparison between the home attendances Sky Bet League 2 and the Vanarama Conference Premier suggests quite a few would easily bridge the gap on current crowds, before the away support factor is included.
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TV cash (£665,000 per club in League 2) and money men aside – the survival chances should logically be determined by the size of the playing budget. Promoted clubs can expect the away support to increase by around 400 per game, so, is it a question of mind the gap or a call to arms for the long overdue introduction of three up three down when it comes to promotion and relegation between the 72 and the Conference?
For the optimists and pragmatists on the debating team, is it time to replace those broken away end seats and plain sailing for the promoted? Is it a question of we are all right Jack, safe and sound at our natural level, the big fish in a parochial pond? Perhaps it might even be and doom and gloom for those going down and staying down because those two slots are a slim fit ifor those cautious comfy if not quite fat cats? Indeed is it in some clubs perceived wisdom or interest to stay in the Conference or is that the way to rack and ruin?
|League 2||Ave||Pos||Vanarama Conf||Ave|
|Portsmouth (9)||15379||1||Bristol Rovers||5639|
|Luton Town (18)||8162||2||Grimsby Town||3592|
|Plymouth Argyle (13)||7391||3||Wrexham||3477|
|Southend United (7)||5775||4||Lincoln City||3069|
|Oxford United (22)||5181||5||Chester||2274|
|Tranmere Rovers (15)||4875||6||Torquay United||2119|
|Shrewsbury Town (6)||4817||7||Aldershot Town||2084|
|Carlisle United (24)||4636||8||Kidderminster Harriers||1961|
|Northampton Town (5)||4319||9||FC Halifax Town||1732|
|Cambridge United (11)||3985||10||Forest Green Rovers||1645|
|AFC Wimbledon (12)||3681||11||Woking||1624|
|Exeter City (23)||3571||12||Barnet||1621|
|York City (16)||3371||13||AFC Telford Utd||1540|
|Wycombe Wanderers (3)||3179||14||Gateshead||1423|
|Hartlepool United (21)||3163||15||Eastleigh||1416|
|Bury (2)||3138||16||Macclesfield Town||1345|
|Mansfield Town (10)||2660||18||Dartford||1093|
|Burton (1)||2530||19||Dover Athletic||944|
|Cheltenham Town (8)||2430||20||Braintree Town||923|
|Dagenham & Redbridge (19)||1831||22||Nuneaton Town||833|
|Morecambe (4)||1815||23||Alfreton Town||612|
Posted on September 23, 2014, in Vanarama Premier News, Writers - Neil Gentleman-Hobbs and tagged Barnet & FC Halifax; Torquay United, Bristol Rovers, Forest Green Rovers and Eastleigh, Gateshead, Macclesfield Town. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.