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.

Thanks for reading Neil Gentleman-Hobbs

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
Newport (17) 2994 17 Altrincham 1213
Mansfield Town (10) 2660 18 Dartford 1093
Burton (1) 2530 19 Dover Athletic 944
Cheltenham Town (8) 2430 20 Braintree Town 923
Stevenage (14) 2236 21 Southport 923
Dagenham & Redbridge (19) 1831 22 Nuneaton Town 833
Morecambe (4) 1815 23 Alfreton Town 612
Accrington 1614 24 Welling United 549

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Posted on September 23, 2014, in Vanarama Premier News, Writers - Neil Gentleman-Hobbs and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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