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Attendances On The Up. Part 1

Having reviewed the goalscoring, we now move onto attendances and last season saw a major increase within the Premier Division, of the 513,017 spectators who attended a Pitching In Isthmian League game, 212,883 (or 41.50%) of them attended games in the top Division.

 

Division

Aug Tot

Aug % 

Sep Tot

Sep '21 % 

Oct Tot

Oct '21 % 

Premier 

20,083

47.03

14,617

45.73

20,384

44.40

North 

7,816

18.31

7,579

23.71

9,011

19.63

South Central 

5,623

13.17

3,855

12.06

6,629

14.44

South East 

9,175

21.49

5,915

18.50

9,889

21.53

TOTAL

42,697

100.00

31,966

100.00

45,913

100.00

Division

Nov Tot

Nov % 

Dec Tot

Dec %

Jan Tot

Jan %

Premier 

19,441

37.45

17,961

37.61

36,334

41.21

North 

9,790

18.85

9,807

20.53

16,922

19.19

South Central 

10,054

19.37

7,792

16.31

11,439

12.97

South East 

12,630

24.33

12,205

25.55

23,488

26.63

TOTAL

51,915

100.00

47,765

100.00

88,183

100.00

Division

Feb Tot

Feb %

Mar Tot

Mar %

Apr Tot

Apr %

Premier 

21,737

42.45

29,327

43.21

32,999

39.43

North 

11,402

22.26

12,368

18.22

17,607

21.04

South Central 

7,581

14.80

10,685

15.75

11,511

13.75

South East 

10,494

20.49

15,485

22.82

21,577

25.78

TOTAL

51,214

100.00

67,865

100.00

83,694

100.00

Division

Total

Total %

       

Premier 

212,883

41.50

       

North 

102,689

20.01

       

South Central 

75,789

14.77

       

South East 

121,676

23.72

       

TOTAL

513,037

100.00

       

 

Moving on to the Premier Division, the top four sides are all from Sussex, whilst Invicta occupy fifth place, which shows how important it is to have established local derbies which, apart from Margate, is something we don’t really have. The comparison for the percentage difference is between the past season and the 2018/19 season as that was the last one completed.

 

It is worth noting that in the 2018/19 season, Horsham were in the South East Division and ground sharing at Lancing whilst their ground was under construction so that probably accounts for some of the incredible 421% increase. Other clubs that were in different Divisions in that season are Bowers & Pitsea who were in the North Division, Cheshunt who were in the South Central Division, Cray Wanderers who were also in the South East Division, and East Thurrock United who a step higher in the National League South Division.

 

Apart from ‘The Hornets’, the other three clubs to have made the major gains are Cheshunt, who have increased by 214%, Hornchurch, who are up 98.25% and Folkestone Invicta, up 55.00%. Apart from East Thurrock United, whose reduction may be expected as they were playing in a lower Division and spent most of the season unsuccessfully fighting relegation, only two clubs have seen a decrease and they are Margate, who’ve reduced by 3.20% and Corinthian-Casuals, down by 1.66%.

 

One other club that deserves a mention is Leatherhead, as despite being bottom of the table for twenty-nine weeks during the recent season and eventually being relegated as the Step Three side that finished third from bottom with the worst Points Per Game (PPG) average, they still averaged an impressive attendance of 419 and were 11th in the list, which wouldn’t be achieved by many clubs.     

Team

Matches

Agg 21/22

Avg 21/22

Avg 18/19

%age Diff

Worthing

21

28,003

1,333

908

+46.80%

Lewes

21

18,129

863

623

+38.52%

Bognor Regis Town

21

15,943

759

519

+46.24%

Horsham

21

15,927

758

180

+421.11%

Folkestone Invicta

21

14,972

713

460

+55.00%

Enfield Town

21

10,975

523

407

+28.50%

Margate

21

10,156

484

500

-3.20%

Hornchurch

21

9,537

454

229

+98.25%

Carshalton Athletic

21

9,277

442

389

+13.63%

Bishops Stortford

21

9,119

434

332

+30.72%

Leatherhead

21

8,797

419

374

+12.03%

Haringey Borough

21

8,081

385

381

+1.05%

Cheshunt

21

7,649

364

170

+214.11%

Kingstonian

21

6,581

313

301

+3.99%

Corinthian-Casuals

21

6,217

296

301

-1.66%

Cray Wanderers

21

5,636

268

215

+24.65%

Merstham

21

5,179

247

188

+31.38%

Potters Bar Town

21

5,039

240

215

+11.63%

Bowers & Pitsea

21

4,861

231

191

+20.94%

East Thurrock United

21

4,707

224

313

-28.43%

Brightlingsea Regent

21

4,284

204

179

+13.97%

Wingate & Finchley

21

3,814

182

151

+20.53%

 

As expected, within the Isthmian League the majority of the clubs with the highest averages are in the Premier Division, but Hastings United and Ramsgate from the South East Division, plus Guernsey and Basingstoke Town from the South Central Division, are part of the top ten as shown below.

 

Team

Matches

Agg 21/22

Avg 21/22

Avg 18/19

Division

Worthing

21

28,003

1,333

908

P

Hastings United

19

23,984

1,262

448

SE

Lewes

21

18,129

863

623

P

Bognor Regis Town

21

15,943

759

519

P

Horsham

21

15,927

758

180

P

Folkestone Invicta

21

14,972

713

460

P

Guernsey

18

12,556

698

635

SC

Ramsgate

19

12,693

668

210

SE

Bury Town

19

10,822

570

356

N

Basingstoke Town

18

9,606

534

413

SC

 

Returning to the Premier Division and the below table shows each clubs’ highest attendance of the season

Att

Home Team

 

Away Team

Date

2,347

Lewes

vs

Worthing

Sat 05-03-22

2,239

Bognor Regis Town

vs

Worthing

Tue 28-12-21

2,143

Worthing

vs

Horsham

Sat 01-01-22

1,846

Horsham

vs

Worthing

Mon 18-04-22

974

Folkestone Invicta

vs

Margate

Mon 18-04-22

966

Cheshunt

vs

Enfield Town

Mon 27-12-21

867

Margate

vs

Folkestone Invicta

Sat 01-01-22

796

Haringey Borough

vs

Enfield Town

Sat 15-01-22

782

Enfield Town

vs

Cray Wanderers

Fri 15-04-22

702

Hornchurch

vs

Brightlingsea Regent

Fri 15-04-22

652

Carshalton Athletic

vs

Worthing

Mon 03-01-22

621

Bishops Stortford

vs

Worthing

Tue 15-03-22

612

Leatherhead

vs

Kingstonian

Sat 01-01-22

562

Potters Bar Town

vs

Enfield Town

Mon 18-04-22

542

Corinthian-Casuals

vs

Kingstonian

Mon 30-08-21

463

Cray Wanderers

vs

East Thurrock United

Wed 20-04-22

457

Merstham

vs

Kingstonian

Sat 29-01-22

454

Kingstonian

vs

Leatherhead

Mon 18-04-22

423

Bowers & Pitsea

vs

Hornchurch

Mon 18-04-22

361

East Thurrock United

vs

Horsham

Sat 23-04-22

342

Brightlingsea Regent

vs

Hornchurch

Mon 18-04-22

304

Wingate & Finchley

vs

Haringey Borough

Mon 27-12-21

 

Once again, how does this compare with the top ten attendances of all clubs within the Isthmian League. Again, the Premier Division clubs have the majority with five, although the South East Division have an impressive four in the list, with Bury Town of the North Division completing the top ten. 

 

Att

Home Club

 

Away Club

Date

Division

3,082

Hastings United

vs

Haywards Heath T

Sat 02-04-22

SE

2,347

Lewes

vs

Worthing

Sat 05-03-22

P

2,239

Bognor Regis Town

vs

Worthing

Tue 28-12-21

P

2,143

Worthing

vs

Horsham

Sat 01-01-22

P

1,846

Horsham

vs

Worthing

Mon 18-04-22

P

1,625

Ramsgate

vs

Herne Bay

Sat 29-01-22

SE

1,314

Bury Town

vs

Stowmarket Town

Mon 27-12-21

N

1,139

Herne Bay

vs

Whitstable Town

Mon 27-12-21

SE

1,134

Ashford United

vs

Hastings United

Sat 29-01-22

SE

974

Folkestone Invicta

vs

Margate

Mon 18-04-22

P