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Conference Wrap: Promotion? Relegation? Humbug! Fear Not There’s always ADMIN!

Busy Bees Barnet, Torquay Utd, Gateshead FC & Woking FC win,  Bristol Rovers draw FC Halifax & Wrexham FC lose. Alas readers the Imps flag is at half mast again this evening for the Vanarama Conference aka the People’s Premiership can be a cruel mistress with just two up and four down.  Grab a beverage and some popcorn for they do say joy is as entertaining as pain and ours are the teams to follow through the odd bit of sunshine and bucket loads of rain.

Thanks as ever for reading Neil Gentleman-Hobbs

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Barnet move five points clear thanks to a Hoskins strike to settle things against Eastleigh who had held 9 man Bristol Rovers and the wrath of the gods on Tuesday.  Not content with scoring with his first touch in the 5-0 win over Altrincham Hoskins  hit the post with his first touch in this. The buzzing Bees were denied a penalty before you’ve guessed it Hoskins fired home a deflection to give the buzzing Bees a first half lead.  Eastleigh had a goal disallowed and the luck continued when FC Halifax crashed 0-3 at home to Altrincham and no goal machine Reeve did not even get on the score sheet. Clee 34′ Lawrie 77′ and ex-Imp Perry 81′ blew them away before a Boden consolation chime three minuted from time.

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The Gulls are back in business but had to come from behind in the division’s biggie. Goal machine Moult charged down the keepers clearance before finishing with aplomb. Cometh the hour cometh the man as Briscoe rounded off a superb cut and thust move by drilling home. Young then brought the house down late on with a contender for goal of the season. Bowman was unloading some wayward arrows all afternoon until Captain Young showed him the true meaning of power and panache. Having struck a post with a free-kick he hit a hallelujah haymaker that whistled all of twenty-five yards  to almost rip the net.  The third placed birds will be frying and flying tonight with the Steam beers gushing out of their ears.

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Woking high-fived Southport through the relegation trap door and into the bottom four. Cheers after losing to Nuneaton we Imps need to meat someone more demoralised than ourselves on Tuesday.  Rendell gave Woking the lead before Lewis made it two. Fitzpatrick seemed to get Southport back in it then Sole got another of his sensational free kicks to restore the two goal cushion. Port never give up and got a lifeline from a towering header from Luke Foster. Time for the Rendell show.. First he headed in a peach of a cross from Lewis as the end to end battle of brains versus brawn continued.  Payne had to be stopped by hook or by crook and, Foster duly did, allowing Rendell to complete his hat-trick with a clinical penalty. An outstanding advert for the people’s premiership this one.

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Cox put Braintree one up ten minutes before the break to stun Gateshead who had passed the parcel more cautiously than the version played in a 1970’s Northern Irish pub.  But when they click they  click as three in six minutes blew Braintree away thanks to Finnigan 69′ Turnbull 72′ and a superb Shaw strike on 75′.  Wrexham and Bristol Rovers both dropped out of the play-off places although it was a massive shock to  Rovers who in fairness had the game in the bag. Bristol Rovers 6000 plus punters and, Gas gaffer Clarke, thought Cunnington’s  first half strike had seen them play-off bound. Then the boys from the white cliffs finally chalked one up and gave the pirates a few sunken chests with a 90th minute Murphy volley that was very much against the tide. Not quite hanging homself from the Clifton Bridge quite yet Darrell Clarke told BBC Radio Bristol:

“It’s a very quiet changing rooms in there. Obviously the lads are very disappointed, as well as the staff, because we should not have chucked it away. We should be sat here with three points. “We have got to be more clinical at the top end, but then again there keeper has made good saves. They’ve put their bodies on the line and I’m sure they’ll be very happy with a point.

“We were very rarely in trouble; there was only a lapse in the first half when they hit the post but other than that I think we defended very well. “We just need to be more clinical at the top end. But I’m not going to be to critical of the boys. It’s another game where we are undefeated and it’s about all the negatives about today being put right for Tuesday night.”

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1476 Aldershot Town 2 0 Alfreton Town
. Hatton 33 , Gibbs 63 , . . .
1610 Barnet 1 0 Eastleigh
. S Hoskins 37 , . . .
6162 Bristol Rovers 1 1 Dover Athletic
. A Cunnington 35 , . . Murphy 90 ,
1997 Chester FC 1 1 Welling United
. Mahon 10 , . . Marsh 93 ,
1285 Dartford 1 1 Grimsby Town
. Bradbrook 61 , . . John-Lewis 84 pen ,
1727 FC Halifax Town 1 3 Altrincham
. S Boden 87 , . . Clee 34 , Lawrie 77 , Perry 81 ,
1244 Gateshead FC 3 1 Braintree Town
. .Finnigan 69 , Turnbull 72 ,Shaw 75 , . . Cox 34 ,
2117 Kidderminster Harriers 1 1 AFC Telford Utd
. Verma 45 , . . Todd 79 ,
1329 Macclesfield Town 2 2 Forest Green Rovers
. Lewis 52 , Fairhurst 73 , . . Frear 11 , Hughes 78 ,
928 Nuneaton Town 2 1 Lincoln City FC
. Fowler 30 , Dawson 67 , . . Miller 39 ,
730 Southport 2 5 Woking
. Fitzpatrick 55 , Foster 81 , . . Rendell 5 82 & 87 pen, Lewis 53 , Sole 66 ,
2350 Torquay United 2 1 Wrexham
. Briscoe 62 , Young 84 , . L Moult 30

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The Table  

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P W D L F A +/- Pts
1 Barnet 14 10 2 2 32 8 +24 32
2 FC Halifax Town 14 8 3 3 25 12 +13 27
3 Torquay United 14 8 3 3 25 12 +13 27
4 Woking 14 8 3 3 26 14 +12 27
5 Gateshead 14 7 5 2 25 18 +7 26
6 Bristol Rovers 14 7 4 3 17 13 +4 25
7 Wrexham 14 8 1 5 19 16 +3 25
8 Forest Green Rovers 14 6 5 3 19 14 +5 23
9 Kidderminster Harriers 14 6 4 4 17 11 +6 22
10 Macclesfield Town 14 5 6 3 16 12 +4 21
11 Grimsby Town 14 5 5 4 25 12 +13 20
12 Braintree Town 14 6 2 6 20 15 +5 20
13 Eastleigh 14 5 5 4 21 20 +1 20
14 Aldershot Town 14 5 4 5 15 15 0 19
15 Lincoln City 14 5 2 7 20 24 -4 17
16 Chester 14 5 2 7 15 24 -9 17
17 Welling United 14 3 6 5 17 21 -4 15
18 Dartford 14 3 5 6 15 21 -6 14
19 Dover Athletic 14 4 2 8 14 23 -9 14
20 Altrincham 14 4 2 8 16 30 -14 14
21 Southport 14 3 2 9 11 25 -14 11
22 Nuneaton Town 14 3 2 9 8 22 -14 11
23 Alfreton Town 14 3 1 10 11 30 -19 10
24 AFC Telford United 14 1 4 9 19 36 -17 7
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Vanarama Conference Wrap Results Reports Tears Fears & Jeers.

Wrexham FC,  FC Halifax & Woking FC win, Barnet, Bristol Rovers and Gateshead FC draw.  Torquay UTD lose both the points and a couple to red cards again. The Vanarama Conference aka the People’s Premiership wrap certainly has much to amuse the baying hordes from Tuesday 30th September.  Let us take a look at the  results, crowds scorers and the all-new link to all the reports of today’s games from the local folk who were there and care.

Thanks as ever for reading STMI

Braintree took a point battling point off Barnet after Weston’s cross for an early Akinde header had the Bees buzzing on twelve minutes. Stack could not quite keep out a Cox bullet-header just before the interval. Hamann brilliantly saved from Weston with Cox almost grabbing a second during an end to end affair in front of an impressive midweek 1167 crowd.

The FC Halifax  and Neil Aspin quest continues then? The second-placed Shaymen have now halved the Bee hive distance to two points after a 2-0 win at Alfreton. Smith did the roast and served up a cross for Ainge to lick his lips and head home in style after a dozen minutes. Then Boden made no mistake with a clinical finish to make the game safe.  Alfreton manager Nicky Law, bless him there should be a picture of him above the definition of optimist, felt:

“I thought we murdered them, played them to death with some good football and were far and away the better team.”

Neil Aspin diplomatically remained tight-lipped about his peers pearls of wisdom and the Port Vale link, with Micky Adams now a front runner for the job. Aspin does appear to want to finish the job here at the never grey Shay despite the obvious Valiant links. The incredible rise has been something of a personal crusade- that has seen The Shaymen remarkably return through the pyramid after some very dark days indeed.

Wrexham storm to third, Chester apart the Dragons are looking ominous after overcoming a resilient and talented Kidderminster Harriers, their squad still in tact after two of the owners honoured a commitment.  Not quite the picturesque game between the passing princes we expected but a great advert for the Conference showing a tougher side to the Dragons and Harriers. A super passing move found Moult who played in Durrell on 84 to fizz a daisy cutter home.

The Gulls were clipped again at Forest Green Rovers, now eighth after a 2-1 win. Acheampong gave Torquay the lead with a lovely lob on 22 minutes before Oshodi gave Parkin the opportunity to score from a very acute angle.  The Gulls saw the red mist again just before the half-time whistle when Courtney Richards got a second yellow.  The Gulls did get another half-time red as manager Hargreaves was sent to the stands for questioning a refereeing decision.  After losing two at Telford it was tough to take but the second-half was a valiant but uphill battle until Freer got free and found Norwood. He does not miss those and stroked home for the breakthrough 11 minutes from time.

Woking, aka The Cardinals, have found the divine inspiration they needed to get back to winning ways and thus rejoin the play-off posse. Bless my Sole Giuseppe got the winner right at the death with another fantastic free-kick after Nuneaton had parked the bus.  With Kevin Betsy back on the bench the Cards look good to stay fifth despite the battle of attrition coming up at Southport on Saturday

Garry Hill told BBC Surrey:

“It was a game we dominated for long periods and I was very pleased with the energy we played with and the tempo of the match. To score a goal so late and keep a clean sheet after the last 10 or 12 days we’ve been through, it was a big win for us.

Bristol Rovers game at Eastleigh is very much a case of last but not least with regard to the chasing pack as The Gas refused to give up their play-off place easily.  Backed by the travelling hordes Eastleigh got a seasonal high of 2600 plus and went ahead on thirty-three minutes through a Collins header after Rovers keeper  Mildenhall, saw red for bringing down McAllister outside the box. But Rovers battled and  earned a share of the spoils with a 35-yard wonder strike from Clarke. It was worth the gate money on its own and just as well too as Clarke then saw red late in the game.

The Results, Reports & Stats

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1871 AFC Telford Utd 1 2 Chester FC Report
STATS Grogan 19 . . Rooney 28  McConville 66 .
705 Alfreton Town 0 2 FC Halifax Town Report
STATS . . . Ainge 11 Boden 53 .
1817 Altrincham 1 0 Macclesfield Town Report
STATS Lawrie 90 . . . .
1167 Braintree Town 1 1 Barnet Report
STATS Cox 36 . . Akinde 12 .
797 Dover Athletic 3 0 Aldershot Town Report
STATS Sterling 22 Nanetti 54  Miller 69 .
2621 Eastleigh 1 1 Bristol Rovers Report
STATS Collins 33 . . Clarke 52 .
1365 Forest Green Rovers 2 1 Torquay United Report
STATS Parkin 34  Norwood 84 . Acheampong 22 .
3353 Grimsby Town 0 1 Southport Report
STATS . . . Richard Brodie 82 , .
2394 Lincoln City FC 1 1 Gateshead FC Report
STATS Anderson 55 . . Wright 63 .
1306 Welling United 2 2 Dartford Report
STATS J Fyfield 14 Beautyman 6 . . Bradbrook 36 , P Sweeney 9 , .
1313 Woking 1 0 Nuneaton Town Report
STATS Sole 91 . . . .
Attn: 3149 Wrexham 1 0 Kidderminster Harriers Report
STATS Durrell 84 . . . .

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The Table  

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P W D L F A +/- PTS
1 Barnet 13 9 2 2 31 8 +23 29
2 FC Halifax Town 13 8 3 2 24 9 +15 27
3 Wrexham 13 8 1 4 18 14 +4 25
4 Torquay United 13 7 3 3 23 11 +12 24
5 Woking 13 7 3 3 21 12 +9 24
6 Bristol Rovers 13 7 3 3 16 12 +4 24
7 Gateshead 13 6 5 2 22 17 +5 23
8 Forest Green Rovers 13 6 4 3 17 12 +5 22
9 Kidderminster Harriers 13 6 3 4 16 10 +6 21
10 Braintree Town 13 6 2 5 19 12 +7 20
11 Macclesfield Town 13 5 5 3 14 10 +4 20
12 Eastleigh 13 5 5 3 21 19 +2 20
13 Grimsby Town 13 5 4 4 24 11 +13 19
14 Lincoln City 13 5 2 6 19 22 -3 17
15 Aldershot Town 13 4 4 5 13 15 -2 16
16 Chester 13 5 1 7 14 23 -9 16
17 Welling United 13 3 5 5 16 20 -4 14
18 Dartford 13 3 4 6 14 20 -6 13
19 Dover Athletic 13 4 1 8 13 22 -9 13
20 Southport 13 3 2 8 9 20 -11 11
21 Altrincham 13 3 2 8 13 29 -16 11
22 Alfreton Town 13 3 1 9 11 28 -17 10
23 Nuneaton Town 13 2 2 9 6 21 -15 8
24 AFC Telford United 13 1 3 9 18 35 -17 6

Vanarama Conference Wrap – Results, Reports Heroes & Villains

Barnet FC,  Bristol Rovers & Wrexham FC win,  FC Halifax and Gateshead FC draw whilst Torquay UTD and Woking FC lose on a musical chairs day in the Vanarama Conference.  The Mighty Imps get back to winning ways to stunt the Silkmen’s progress.  Oh lordy lordy what a Day it has been in the people’s Premiership.  Let us take a look at the  results, crowds scorers and the all-new link to all the reports of today’s games from the local folk who were there and care.

Thanks as ever for reading STMI

Bolstered by a lad who scored 124 goals last season the Buzzy Bees stung FGR 2-1 with a late one.  The usually reliable Akinde missed a penalty before Yiadom spared his blushes as Barnet took a 13th minute lead.  FGR who had lost 3 points for an ineligible player seemed to have clawed one of them back when Sinclair pounced to stab home on 88. The entire travelling hive swarmed and N’Gala got the killer blow at the death.

Halifax drew 0-0 at Braintree to move up a place after the Gulls crash landed 3-4 at bottom club Telford with the lead changing hands four times in an incredible game (see our new fixtures layout and click report for the blow by blow – and have a bottle ready its a blast).   Bristol Rovers are really stepping on the gas with a 1-0 win at tough as old boots Southport.  Winger Gosling struck on 13 to send the Gas rising to fourth.

Gateshead have Danny Wright to thank once again as another invaluable strike got them a home point against Aldershot with just two minutes to go.  He tucked home an unplayable cross from wide-boy Rodman who is having the time of his life up on Tyneside.  Wrexham put the derby injustice behind them with a 3-0 slaying of Eastleigh. Durrell struck on 12′, York on 27′ and there will be no bashing of The Bishop in the valleys tonight as he came from the bench to knock one in on 71′.

But enough of the banter ’tis time for a blow by blow with reports warts and all………………..

1669 AFC Telford Utd 4 3 Torquay United
REPORTS Grogan 7 McDonald 45 Akrigg 66  Farrell 82 . . MacDonald 19  Bowman 31 Wakefield 71,
850 Altrincham 0 4 Welling United
REPORTS . . . Beautyman 13 Marsh 34 Gallagher 45+1  Bush 86
909 Braintree Town 0 0 FC Halifax Town
REPORTS . . . .
715 Dover Athletic 1 0 Alfreton Town
REPORTS . . . .
1424 Forest Green Rovers 1 2 Barnet
REPORTS Sinclair 88 , . . Yiadom 13 NGala 93 ,
1451 Gateshead FC 1 1 Aldershot Town
REPORTS Wright 88 . . NGuissan 39
3245 Grimsby Town 3 0 Chester FC
REPORTS Pearson 17 Hannah 49 Arnold 92 . . .
2265 Lincoln City FC 2 0 Macclesfield Town
REPORT Miller 9 Tomlinson 19 . . .
759 Nuneaton Town 1 2 Dartford
REPORTS Curran 35 . . Bradbrook 78 pen  Harris 80
1202 Southport 0 1 Bristol Rovers
REPORTS . . . Gosling 13
1524 Woking 2 3 Kidderminster Harriers
REPORTS Rendell 49  Marriott 88 . . Styche 21  Gash 26  Storer 29
2692 Wrexham 3 0 Eastleigh
REPORTS Durrell 12 York 27 Bishop 71 , . . .

 

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P W D L F A +/- PTS
1 Barnet 12 9 1 2 30 7 +23 28
2 FC Halifax Town 12 7 3 2 22 9 +13 24
3 Torquay United 12 7 3 2 22 9 +13 24
4 Bristol Rovers 12 7 2 3 15 11 +4 23
5 Gateshead 12 6 4 2 21 16 +5 22
6 Wrexham 12 7 1 4 17 14 +3 22
7 Woking 12 6 3 3 20 12 +8 21
8 Kidderminster Harriers 12 6 3 3 16 9 +7 21
9 Macclesfield Town 12 5 5 2 14 9 +5 20
10 Grimsby Town 12 5 4 3 24 10 +14 19
11 Braintree Town 12 6 1 5 18 11 +7 19
12 Forest Green Rovers 12 5 4 3 15 11 +4 19
13 Eastleigh 12 5 4 3 20 18 +2 19
14 Aldershot Town 12 4 4 4 13 12 +1 16
15 Lincoln City 12 5 1 6 18 21 -3 16
16 Welling United 12 3 4 5 14 18 -4 13
17 Chester 12 4 1 7 12 22 -10 13
18 Dartford 12 3 3 6 12 18 -6 12
19 Dover Athletic 12 3 1 8 10 22 -12 10
20 Alfreton Town 12 3 1 8 11 26 -15 10
21 Southport 12 2 2 8 8 20 -12 8
22 Nuneaton Town 12 2 2 8 6 20 -14 8
23 Altrincham 12 2 2 8 12 29 -17 8
24 AFC Telford United 12 1 3 8 17 33 -16 6

 

Vanarama Premier Home Support – Who Are The Conference Crowd Pullers?

Bristol Rovers, Wrexham FC, Grimsby Town, Lincoln City and Chester make up the Conference Premier home attendances top five with 20% of the season gone

Bristol Rovers still managed over 4800 fans on  a Champions league Tuesday, although the Dragons crowds are on the up. Grimsby’s die-heard support is fantastic  and pretty consistent for a club 13th in the Conference. The Mariners took 1800 to the Imps, the 5209 crowd upping Lincoln’s average to over 3,000 so far this season.

Thanks for reading Neil Gentleman-Hobbs

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Chester (16th) continue to amaze, with Aldershot’s crowds not that far off their final League Two days.  Ditto the Gulls who are tearing the League apart over the last few weeks.  In all fantastic support given the amount of mid-week games this time of year.  There are some very long journeys too, although it appears  that is just the way the fixtures come out of the hat.

Vanarama Conference logo.pngThere are just 6 teams averaging under a thousand now, although three of them are in the 900’s with one in the 800’s. Thirteen of the People’s premiership average 1500 or more.

Vanarama Conference logo.pngFootball Bingo have included the total turnstile clicks, average and highest  gate plus League position ( in brackets) – a test of loyalty in itself surely -for the purposes of the analysis.

Vanarama Conference logo.pngThey do say a picture paints a thousand words so here are one or two plus the table.

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 Pos Team  (League position) Pld Total Highest Average
1 Bristol Rovers (10) 5 27806 7019 5561
2 Wrexham (6) 5 17383 4068
3477
3 Grimsby Town (13) 5 17962 3785
3592
5 Lincoln City (14) 5 15344 5209
3069
4 Chester (16th) 5 11371 2514 2274
6 Aldershot Town (15) 5 10830 3567
2166
7 Torquay United (2) 5 10348 2177
2070
8 Kidderminster Harriers (8) 5 9674 2607
1935
9 Halifax Town (4) 5 8873 2369
1775
10 Barnet (1) 5 8312 2027
1662
11 Forest Green Rovers (12) 5 8226 3781
1645
12 Woking (3) 5 8121 2160
1624
13 AFC Telford (24) 5 7702 1655
1540
14 Dartford (17) 5 5556 1561 1111
15 Eastleigh (11) 5 7365 2108
1473
16 Gateshead FC (5) 5 7114 1782
1423
17 Macclesfield Town (9) 5 6619 1509
1324
18 Altrincham (19) 5 6064 1571
1213
19 Dover Athletic (22) 5 4718 1321
944
20 Braintree Town (7) 5 4616 1621
923
21 Southport (20) 5 4615 1082
923
22 Nuneaton Town (21) 5 4164 935
833
23 Alfreton Town (23) 5 3052 916
610
24 Welling United (18) 5 2756 634
551

Loyal Supporters – Vanarama North South & Non League 500 plus crowd pullers

Bristol Rovers, Stockport County and FC United of Manchester, Maidstone United, Dulwich Hamlet  or the 883 die-harder Weymouth Fans in The Calor Premier League, arguably have the credentials to be the loyalist fans in Football.  STMI and Football Bingo bring you the The Vanarama Conference North and South Home crowds plus the 59 clubs who are managing to average over 500 per home game in the Non-League and grass roots end of English football.  Hats off we applaud you and sincerely hope our Football Bingo and Football Buster  games are helping out!

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Vanarama Conference logo.pngThe Conference North and South Average home attendances up to and including 13th September show a substantial North/South divide. Stockport, Barrow, Boston and Chorley beat top South side Ebbsfleet into fifth and Bromley sixth.  As Champions of non-League Football and grass roots fundraising initiatives Football Bingo feel every fan deserves a pat on the back.

Vanarama Conference logo.pngWe will let you draw your own conclusions on the state of the non-League with first the  North & South Table and then the non-league clubs averaging over 500.

 

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Vanarama Conference logo.png North  and the Vanarama Conference logo.pngSouth average gates.

Club League Pos Ave Club League Pos Ave
Stockport County 5 2410 Ebbsfleet United FC 8 958
Barrow 2 1520 Bromley 2 860
Boston United 6 1147 Chelmsford City 19 653
Chorley 4 996 Wealdstone 21 644
Tamworth 20 760 Eastbourne Borough 7 558
Lowestoft Town 10 697 Havant & Waterlooville 4 541
Stalybridge Celtic 14 681 Gosport Borough 16 531
Hednesford Town 13 621 St Albans City 9 523
Guiseley 7 516 Sutton United 6 522
Worcester City 11 514 Hemel Hempstead T 14 512
Leamington 9 501 Bath City 20 481
Gloucester City 19 493 Maidenhead United 11 477
Harrogate Town 18 480 Basingstoke Town 5 465
Bradford Park Avenue 17 406 Bishops Stortford 17 438
North Ferriby United 8 378 Farnborough 15 392
Solihull Moors 16 369 Weston Super Mare 12 291
Gainsborough Trinity 15 367 Staines Town 18 282
AFC Fylde 1 363 Hayes & Yeading United 13 273
Hyde 22 324 Concord Rangers 10 258
Colwyn Bay 12 314 Boreham Wood 1 240
Oxford City 3 282 Whitehawk 3 210
Brackley Town 21 271

 

The top 59 supported non-league clubs

(massive thanks to the Linnets for some of the  Stats)

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Pos The Chosen Ones Ave  So far Ave 13-14 League Up or Down in %
1 Bristol Rovers 5736 6421 Vanarama Premier -10.67
2 Grimsby Town 3592 3568 Vanarama Premier 0.67
3 Wrexham 3477 2993 Vanarama Premier 16.17
4 Lincoln City 3069 2354 Vanarama Premier 30.37
5 Stockport County 2410 2571 Conference North -6.26
6 Aldershot Town 2406 1947 Vanarama Premier 23.57
7 Chester 2395 2366 Vanarama Premier 1.23
8 Kidderminster Harriers 2056 2035 Vanarama Premier 1.03
9 Torquay United 2051 2642 Vanarama Premier -22.37
10 FC United of Manchester 1881 1922 Evo-stik North Premier -2.13
11 FC Halifax Town 1752 1597 Vanarama Premier 9.71
12 Barnet 1744 1705 Vanarama Premier 2.29
13 Forest Green Rovers 1645 1195 Vanarama Premier 37.66
14 Woking 1624 1615 Vanarama Premier 0.56
15 Maidstone United 1577 1821 Ryman League Premier -13.4
16 AFC Telford Utd (P) 1540 1688 Vanarama Premier -8.77
17 Barrow 1520 736 Conference North 106.52
18 Gateshead 1423 886 Vanarama Premier 60.61
19 Macclesfield Town 1377 1512 Vanarama Premier -8.93
20 Eastleigh (P) 1314 680 Vanarama Premier 93.24
21 Altrincham (P) 1213 863 Vanarama Premier 40.56
22 Boston United 1147 1088 Conference North 5.42
23 Dartford 1113 1251 Vanarama Premier -11.03
24 Dulwich Hamlet 1110 667 Ryman League Premier 66.42
25 Spennymoor Town (P) 1035 430 Evo-stik North Div 1N 140.7
26 Darlington 1883 1029 1097 Evo-stik North Div 1N -6.2
27 Chorley (P) 996 949 Conference North 4.95
28 Ebbsfleet United FC 958 909 Conference South 5.39
29 Dover Athletic (P) 944 665 Vanarama Premier 41.95
30 Braintree Town 923 994 Vanarama Premier -7.14
31 Southport 923 1033 Vanarama Premier -10.65
32 Weymouth 883 523 Calor League Premier 68.83
33 Bromley 860 629 Conference South 36.72
34 Nuneaton Town 833 1209 Conference Premier -31.1
35 Guernsey 822 986 Ryman League Division 1 S -16.63
36 Tamworth (R) 760 978 Conference North -22.29
37 Lowestoft Town (P) 697 515 Conference North 35.34
38 Stalybridge Celtic 681 436 Conference North 56.19
39 Margate 675 325 Ryman League Premier 107.69
40 Chelmsford City 653 620 Conference South 5.32
41 Wealdstone (P) 644 680 Conference South -5.29
42 Alfreton Town 639 805 Vanarama Premier -20.62
43 Kettering Town 628 624 Calor League Central Div 0.64
44 Hednesford Town 621 622 Conference North -0.16
45 Tonbridge Angels (R) 574 422 Ryman League Premier 36.02
46 Welling United 563 811 Vanarama Premier -30.58
47 Eastbourne Borough 558 545 Conference South 2.39
48 Hereford United (R) 554 1758 Calor League Premier -68.49
49 Havant & Waterlooville 541 551 Conference South -1.81
50 Gosport Borough 531 444 Conference South 19.59
51 Stafford Rangers (R) 531 385 Evo-stik North Div 1S 37.92
52 St Albans City (P) 523 515 Conference South 1.55
53 Sutton United 522 644 Conference South -18.94
54 Guiseley 516 494 Conference North 4.45
55 Worcester City 514 519 Conference North -0.96
56 Hemel Hempstead T (P) 512 548 Conference South -6.57
57 Blyth Spartans 505 360 Evo-stik North Premier 40.28
58 Kings Lynn Town 502 607 Evo-stik North Premier -17.3
59 Leamington 501 624 Conference North -19.71

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.

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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