Attendances: The Blackburn Attendance Myth

Per capita, Blackburn Rovers have always enjoyed staunch, passionate, popular and loyal support.


However, attendance figures have fluctuated depending upon a number of variables such as the economic climate, ticket prices and the success of the club. This has led to criticism in the media and amongst supporters of rival clubs about the loyalty and level of Rovers support. For example, Leicester City, a club who's supporters are popular with the English media, only averaged 20,000 when in the Premier League with a city population of 330,574 (2001 Census) more than three times Blackburn's population. 

As can be found by looking at statistics, what is often the case is that football clubs, representing cities, with two or three times the population, smaller stadium with smaller or only marginally higher attendance figures are lauded by the media while Blackburn Rovers, Rovers fans and Ewood Park is only seen in the most derisory of ways.

This kind of professional snootery, multiple standards, disproportionate criticism and over all schewed view of Blackburn Rovers and their support, often by middle-class journalists on triple figure salaries that do not pay to watch Premier League football, has led Rovers fans to believe that media football pundits enjoy a parasitical relationship with football and view Blackburn Rovers as one of the country's most unfashionable football clubs; explaining Rovers fans feelings that that the club has never really been forgiven for winning the Premier League.

 

The unique thing about Blackburn Rovers is that people expect them to have 30-40,000 every week. The reason for this is because Rovers are a huge club - in a small town; this is a unique footballing anomaly. How can such a big club come from such a small town? People just can't wrap their heads around it.

 

Rovers are too small to compete with Manchester United and Liverpool but too big to accept the mediocrity of bland clubs like Burnley, Preston North End, Bolton Wanderers, Wigan Athletic, Fulham, West Bromwich Albion, Charlton Athletic, Crystal Palace et al.

 

Not surprisingly, as Preston is a part of Church of England Diocese of Blackburn, Rovers of course have the strength to pull in some support from the Central Lancashire Preston area too, though this says more about what the good folk of Preston think about their own club than it does anything else, perhaps they see Preston North End as a vapid and soulless club and perhaps that is because in most people's eyes - it is.

 

Rovers also attract some support from the wider East Lancashire Burnley area too, after all, Burnley is part of the Blackburn post code but Burnley also have some support in the Blackburn area as well as support crossing the Pennines from West Yorkshire, though many football fans are often surprised to discover Burnley is actually in East Lancashire, hitherto believing that Burnley was just a small town in Yorkshire. 

 

Indeed, clubs like Burnley and Preston North End are the footballing equivilent of an archaic museum piece; they are interesting, they have their place in history but are otherwise irrelivent and obscure, mere footnotes in the history of the game.

 

Therefore when one looks at what Rovers have consistantly achieved from the earliest days of football right through to the modern era, it is astonishing; Blackburn Rovers are the only football club to be founder members of the Football League and Premier League and Champions of both. That is why the London media do not like Blackburn Rovers and why Burnley, Bolton Wanderers and Preston North End are so envious.

 

On an even more historical note, few people realise - because it is never acknowledged in the London biased southern scentric media - that Rovers' founder John Lewis spread the game to South America and that Blackburn Rovers, along with Aston Villa were pivotal in the setting up of the football League, the game turning professional and football becoming a mass working-class sport.

 

Indeed football historians accept that the most important event in the history of English football - and the game - was Blackburn Olympic winning the FA Cup and Blackburn Rovers winning it three years in a row, thus forever cementing the game as a working-class spectator sport, and Blackburn Rovers as the first giants of the English game. The rest, as they say, is history.

 

Yet Burnley fans have the temerity to say that Blackburn is not a proper footballing town, this is astonishing arrogance and the kind of studious stupidity that leaves one feeling any kind of objectivity when engaging with a Burnley troll is bound to be extravagantly anonymous, so why even bother?

 

I'd also like to know why Blackburn had a football club seven years before Burnley if Blackburn is not a "proper footballing town" and why Burnley started off as a Rugby Club called - would you believe it - Burnley Rovers - and who also played in Blue 'n' white halves

 

This Burnley comedy of errors was bettered by an even querkier Preston North End who adopted a more Key-Stone-Cops-approach; they started life as a cricket club, decided that they'd had enough of that and turned to Rugby before finally opting for Association Football! 

 

You couldn't make this stuff up but hey,  "Not a proper footballing town is Blackburn... never really has been."

 

A century on from Blackburn Rovers' glory days and sadly, the 1960s, 1970's and 1980's saw a decline in the clubs fortunes and this was reflected in the attendance figures, this happens at all football clubs and Blackburn Rovers are no exception.

 

The 1970's and 1980's were a thin period. Crowds became smaller and the possibility of promotion back to the First Division became more remote with each passing season. From the mid-nineteen seventies onwards the club was in financial difficulties, by the early 1980's the club was threatened with extinction. A thriving army of supporters’ clubs carried the club through these dark days, unsung and unacknowledged.

 

Blackburn is a town and only has a population of 105,085 so Rovers' attendances can account for nearly a quarter of the town's population. Even more astonishing when one considers that Blackburn has one of the countries largest Asian populations that still to this day are reluctant to attend football matches. Add to this the very young, the very old and most women - most of whom do not attend football and the two biggest football clubs in the world being just a mere 20 miles away in Manchester United and Liverpool and the small matter of the richest football club in the world in Manchester City and one of the greatest clubs in the country in Everton combined with the competitiion from the all be it much smaller clubs like Burnley, Preston North End, Blackpool, Bolton Wanderers, Wigan Athletic and Accrington Stanley and this puts Blackburn's population figure and Blackburn Rovers average attendance into even sharper contrast. 

 

NB

In 2012-2013 Blackburn Rovers also averaged a higher Away following than Burnley, Preston North End, Blackpool, Bolton Wanderers, Wigan Athletic and Accrington Stanley. 

 

As for Rovers' supporters being "fickle", under Graham Souness's management Rovers averaged approx. 26,000 when in the Premier League whilst under Mark Hughes, Rovers averaged approx. 22,000, as popular and fondly remembered as Souness is, Rovers arguabley played a better brand of football and were more successful under Hughes than Souness - yet averaged more support under Souness.

 

Mark Hughes

15 September 2004 - 4 June 2008

2007-2008  23.944  Premier League     Position   7  UEFA Qualification

2006-2007  21.675  Premier League     Position 10  UEFA Qualification/FA Cup Semi Final

2005-2006  21.015  Premier League     Position   6  League Cup Semi Final

2004-2005  22.315  Premier League     Position 15  FA Cup Semi Final

 

Graeme Souness

14 March 2000 - 6 September 2004

2003-2004  24.376  Premier League     Position 15  UEFA Qualification

2002-2003  26.225  Premier League     Position   6  UEFA Qualification/League Cup Semi Final 

2001-2002  25.976  Premier League     Position  10  League Cup Winners

 

2000-2001  20.740  Championship       Position    2 Promoted

 

 

 

Blackburn Rovers fans: Full Members Cup Final, 29/03/1987.

Sunday, 29th March 1987. 

Blackburn Rovers 1- 0 Charlton Athletic

(Hendry 85)

Wembley. Att: 43, 789.

 

Blackburn: O'Keefe, Price, Sulley, Barker, Keeley, Mail, Miller, Ainscow, Hendry, Garner, Sellars (Patterson 73). Unused sub: Branagan.

 

Charlton: Bolder, Humphrey, Reid, Peake, Thompson, Miller, Milne, Lee, Melrose, Walsh, Shipley. Unused subs: Gritt, Shirtliff.

 

Referee B. Stevens (Stonehouse, Glos)

 

Charlton fans whine that they were the better team, they should have been. Rovers were near the bottom of Division 2 and Charlton were a Division 1 team at the time. 

 

Charlton, playing their first Wembley final for 40 years: piss poor support and a bunch of whinging southerners that got showed what a proper football club is all about.

 

30,000 Rovers fans made the trip to Wembley for the Full Members Cup Final.

 

Rovers' following that afternoon was incredible. Rumour has it that after seeing such numbers, Jack Walker realised the true potential there still was at the club and started to think about what could happen if he put his money into it. If that is true then obviously it was a pivotal moment for the football club and English football and its self appointed elite who had their noses put out of joint by Blackburn Rovers in the 1990's and 2000's.

 

Why did the Full Members Cup Final capture the imagination of the Rovers fans as well as the people of Blackburn's imagination in such a spectacular fashion? Maybe it had something to do with the problems Rovers fans had in getting tickets for the 1960 FA Cup Final; that was a bitter chapter in the history of the club so perhaps some saw it as their chance to make up for a lost opportunity.

 

Charlton brought 12,000 across London and taunted Rovers fans from the safety of their coaches as we left Wembley, "Fack off ap norf" was the sporting, if barely intelligible gesture they greeted us with, to which we responded, "We fuckin' will do and we're taking the cup with us."

 

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Rovers players and fans enjoy their promotion from Division 3 in 1980 at Bury.
Rovers players and fans enjoy their promotion from Division 3 in 1980 at Bury.

On 29th April, 1980, Blackburn Rovers beat Bury 2-1 at Gigg Lane to win promotion from the old Division Three.

 

Rovers have not looked back in the intervening 30 years.

 

Simon Garner: "It was the first moment I believed Blackburn Rovers could be big again. It may not be as sexy as some of the times that followed but ask anyone who was there and they will tell you it was a defining point in the club’s history.”

 

“You just don’t get scenes like that any more. We must have had more than 10,000 fans at Gigg Lane. They put the 2,000 odd home fans in the away end and then we had the rest."

L-R: Tony Parkes, Howard Kendall and Andy Crawford for Rovers.
L-R: Tony Parkes, Howard Kendall and Andy Crawford for Rovers.

Striker Andy Crawford carved his name into club folklore by scoring both goals in the 2-1 win at Gigg Lane that secured Rovers’ promotion into the Second Division.

 

The 1979/80 season didn’t start as planned either but, with Garner eventually winning a regular place in the side, a dramatic climb up the table started as Rovers embarked on a record-breaking sequence of eight successive wins and by the time they visited Gigg Lane, promotion was inevitable.

 

(Courtesy of the Lancashire Telegraph).

2000's:

1)Blackburn: 24.019

2)Bolton: 23.335

3)Burnley: 14.189

4)Preston: 13.936

5)Blackpool: 6.748

 

1990's:

1)Blackburn: 20.337

2)Bolton: 13.752

3)Burnley: 10.553

4)Preston: 8.509

5)Blackpool: 4.940

 

1980's:

1)Blackburn: 9.003

2)Bolton: 6.336

3)Burnley: 5.940

4)Preston: 5.826

5)Blackpool: 4.276

 

1970's:

1)Bolton: 16.416

2)Burnley 14.414

3)Blackpool: 10.803

4)Preston: 10.658

5)Blackburn: 10.038

 

1960's:

1)Burnley: 20.206

2)Blackpool: 17.251

3)Blackburn: 15.380

4)Bolton: 14.756

5)Preston: 14.629

 

1950's:

1)Bolton: 29.249

2)Preston: 26.947

3)Burnley: 25.549

4)Blackburn: 25.090

5)Blackpool: 23.868

 

It is worth noting that in the 1950's, Bolton Wanderers spent ten seasons in Divsion 1; Blackburn Rovers spent eight seasons in Division 2 and just two seasons in Division 1. The Bolton cunurbation population is more than twice the size of Blackburn's. Blackpool are the least supported team in the 1950's despite spending the entire decade in Division 1, appeaering in two FA Cup Finals, winning one FA Cup Final and having one of the English games greatest legends playing for them, Stanley Mathews.

 

Burnley spent the enire 1960's in Division 1 and won the the Championship in 1960; Blackburn Rovers spent four seasons in Division 2 and six season in Division 1. Again, the Burnley conurbation population is bigger than Blackburn's.

 

In the 1970's, Bolton spent two seasons in Division 3, eight seasons in Division 2 and two seasons in Division 1; Blackburn Rovers spent five seasons in Division 3 and five seasons in Division 2. 

 

I always thought that Burnley were the smallest town club in Lancashire but that dubious honour is shared by the othet two Lancashire rivals Preston North End and Blackpool (Bolton Wanderers being derby orphans but you never know, if they ask Wigan Athletic nicely they might might want to hate them enough); Preston supporters have the temerity to call Rovers supporters "Plastics" too, even more impudent when one considers that in the 1980's, Preston North End had a widely despised plastic pitch installed.

Blackburn Rovers League History:

Level 1: 72 years

Level 2: 39 years

Level 3:   5 years

Level 4:   0 years

 

Burnley League History:

Level 1: 53 years

Level 2: 45 years

Level 3: 11 years

Level 4:   7 years

 

Bolton Wanderers League History:

Level 1:   73 years

Level 2:   31 years

Level 3:   11 years

Level 4:     1 years

 

Preston North End League History:

Level 1:  46 years

Level 2:  42 years

Level 3:  23 years

Level 4:    5 years

 

Blackpool League History:

Level 1: 28 years

Level 2: 50 years

Level 3: 22 years

Level 4:   7 years

 

 

Blackburn connurbation population including Darwen, Belmont and Guide: 148,000 approx. 

 

Blackburn Rovers average Attendances:

2013-2014: 14.962 (Level 2)

2012-2013: 14.997 (Level 2)

2011-2012: 22.551 (Level 1)

2010-2011: 25.000 (Level 1)

 

2000’s average: 24.019

2010-2011: 25.428 (Level 1)

2009-2010: 23.479 (Level 1)

2008-2009: 23.479 (Level 1)

2007-2008: 23.944 (Level 1)

2006-2007: 21.675 (Level 1)

2005-2006: 21.015 (Level 1)

2004-2005: 22.315 (Level 1)

2003-2004: 24.376 (Level 1)

2002-2003: 26.225 (Level 1)
2001-2002: 25.976 (Level 1)
2000-2001: 20.740 (Level 2)

 

1990's average: 20.337

1999-2000: 19.253 (Level 2)

1998-1999: 25.764 (Level 1)

1997-1998: 25.253 (Level 1)

1996-1997: 24.947 (Level 1)

1995-1996: 27.552 (Level 1)

1994-1995: 25.653 (Level 1)

1993-1994: 17.319 (Level 1)

1992-1993: 16.247 (Level 1)

1991-1992: 13.250 (Level 2)

1990-1991:   8.100 (Level 2)

 

1980's average: 9.003

1989-1990:   9.607 (Level 2)

1988-1989:   8.864 (Level 2)

1987-1988:   9.503 (Level 2)

1986-1987:   6.773 (Level 2)

1985-1986:   5.826 (Level 2)

1984-1985:   9.648 (Level 2)

1983-1984:   7.623 (Level 2)

1982-1983:   7.353 (Level 2)

1981-1982:   8.655 (Level 2)

1980-1981: 11.688 (Level 2)

 

1970's average: 10.038

1979-1980: 10.311 (Level 3)

1978-1979:   8.640 (Level 2)

1977-1978: 12.227 (Level 2)

1976-1977: 10.130 (Level 2)

1975-1976: 10.489 (Level 2)

1974-1975: 12.651 (Level 3)

1973-1974:   7.432 (Level 3)

1972-1973:   9.214 (Level 3)

1971-1972:   8.256 (Level 3)

1970-1971:   8.330 (Level 2)

 

1960's average: 15.380

1969-1970: 12.523 (Level 2)

1968-1969: 10.617 (Level 2)

1967-1968: 13.531 (Level 2)

1966-1967: 14.721 (Level 2)

1965-1966: 13.513 (Level 1)

1964-1965: 16.110 (Level 1)

1963-1964: 21.543 (Level 1)

1962-1963; 16.001 (Level 1)

1961-1962: 15.906 (Level 1)

1960-1961: 19.343 (Level 1)

 

1950's average: 25.090

1959-1960: 27.299 (Level 1)

1958-1959: 30.544 (Level 1)

1957-1958: 22.708 (Level 2)

1956-1957: 23.091 (Level 2)

1955-1956: 23.001 (Level 2)

1954-1955: 26.928 (Level 2)

1953-1954: 26.123 (Level 2)

1953-1953: 23.157 (Level 2)

1951-1952: 23.228 (Level 2)

1950-1951: 24.830 (Level 2)

The Burnley conurbation consists of Read, Simonstone, Paddiham, Brierfield, Briercliffe, Worsthorne, Nelson and Colne; population approximately: 155,000 approx.

 

2010's saverage:

2013-2014: 13.719 (Level 2)

2012-2013: 12.928 (Level 2)

2011-2012: 14.048 (Level 2)

2010-2011: 14.931 (Level 2)

 

2000's average: 14.189  

2009-2010: 20.654 (Level 1)

2008-2009: 13.082 (Level 2)

2007-2008: 12.365 (Level 2)

2006-2007: 11.956 (Level 2)

2005-2006: 12.462 (Level 2)

2004-2005: 12.466 (Level 2)

2003-2004: 12.541 (Level 2)

2002-2003: 13.977 (Level 2)

2001-2002: 15.948 (Level 2)

2000-2001: 16.442 (Level 2)

 

1990's average: 10.553 

1999-2000: 12.937 (Level 2)

1998-1999:  10.605 (Level 3)

1997-1998:  10.481 (Level 3)

1996-1997:  10.053 (Level 3)

1995-1996:    9.064 (Level 3)

1994-1995:  12.135 (Level 2)

1993-1994:  11.317 (Level 3)

1992-1993:  10.537 (Level 3)

1991-1992:  10.519 (Level 3)

1990-1991:    7.882 (Level 4)

 

1980's average: 5.940

1989-1990:    6.222 (Level 4)

1988-1989:    7.062 (Level 4)

1987-1988:    6.282 (Level 4)

1986-1987:    3.342 (Level 4)

1985-1986:    3.204 (Level 4)

1984-1985:    4.177 (Level 3)

1983-1984:    6.625 (Level 3)

1982-1983:    9.086 (Level 2)

1981-1982:    6.936 (Level 3)

1980-1981:    6.469 (Level 3)

 

1970's average: 14.414

1979-1980:      8.118 (Level 2)

1978-1979:    10.748 (Level 2)

1977-1978:    11.581 (Level 2)    

1976-1977:    12.173 (Level 2)    

1975-1976:    18.120 (Level 1) 

1974-1975:    19.641 (Level 1)  

1973-1974:    20.634 (Level 1) 

1972-1973:    14.083 (Level 2)

1971-1972:    12.893 (Level 2)

1970-1971:    16.156 (Level 1)

 

1960's average: 20.206 

1969-1970:    16.452 (Level 1)

1968-1969:    16.073 (Level 1)

1967-1968:    17.435 (Level 1)

1966-1967:    20.508 (Level 1)

1965-1966:    19.968 (Level 1)

1964-1965:    15.739 (Level 1)

1963-1964:    19.755 (Level 1)

1962-1963:    25.180 (Level 1)

1961-1962:    27.125 (Level 1)

1960-1961:    23.827 (Level 1)

 

1950's average: 25.549

1959-1960:    26.978 (Level 1)

1958-1959:    23.733 (Level 1)

1957-1958:    22.251 (Level 1)

1956-1957:    22.493 (Level 1)

1955-1956:    23.397 (Level 1)

1954-1955:    25.094 (Level 1)

1953-1954:    28.151 (Level 1)

1953-1953:    28.480 (Level 1)

1951-1952:    26.624 (Level 1)

1950-1951:    28.296 (Level 1)

Bolton connurbation population including Farnworth, Egerton, Bromley Cross, Harwood, Breightmet and Lostock: 277.300 approx.

 

Bolton Wanderers Average Attendances:

 

2010's average:  

2013-2014: 16.141 (Level 2)

2012-2013: 18.034 (Level 2)

2011-2012: 23.670 (Level 1)

2010-2011: 22.870 (Level 1)

  

2000's average: 23.335   

2009-2010: 21.881 (Level 1)

2008-2009: 22.486 (Level 1)

2007-2008: 20.901 (Level 1)

2006-2007: 23.606 (Level 1)

2005-2006: 25.455 (Level 1)

2004-2005: 26.006 (Level 1)

2003-2004: 26.795 (Level 1)

2002-2003: 25.017 (Level 1)

2001-2002: 25.097 (Level 1)

2000-2001: 16.106 (Level 2)

 

1990's average: 13.752 

1999-2000: 14.384 (Level 2)

1998-1999: 18.240 (Level 2)

1997-1998: 24.352 (Level 1)

1996-1997: 15.826 (Level 2)

1995-1996: 18.822 (Level 1)

1994-1995: 13.029 (Level 2)

1993-1994: 10.498 (Level 2)

1992-1993:   9.062 (Level 3)

1991-1992:   6.030 (Level 3)

1990-1991:   7.277 (Level 3)

 

1980's average: 6.336

1989-1990:   7.286 (Level 3)

1988-1989:   5.528 (Level 3)

1987-1988:   5.018 (Level 4)

1986-1987:   4.851 (Level 3)

1985-1986:   4.847 (Level 3)

1984-1985:   4.951 (Level 3)

1983-1984:   5.892 (Level 3)

1982-1983:   7.552 (Level 2)

1981-1982:   7.597 (Level 2)

1980-1981:   9.847 (Level 2)

 

1970's average: 16.416 

1979-1980: 16.353 (Level 1)

1978-1979: 23.200 (Level 1)

1977-1978: 22.877 (Level 2)

1976-1977: 21.795 (Level 2)

1975-1976: 19.390 (Level 2)

1974-1975: 13.800 (Level 2)

1973-1974: 15.942 (Level 2)

1972-1973: 13.928 (Level 3)

1971-1972:   8.173 (Level 3)

1970-1971:   8.706 (Level 2)

 

1960's average: 14.756

1969-1970: 10.041 (Level 2)

1968-1969: 10.536 (Level 2)

1967-1968: 11.487 (Level 2)

1966-1967: 13.235 (Level 2)

1965-1966: 12.005 (Level 2)

1963-1965: 14.650 (Level 2)

1963-1964: 17.018 (Level 1)

1962-1963: 19.406 (Level 1)

1961-1962: 17.519 (Level 1)

1960-1961: 21.670 (Level 1)

 

1950's average: 29.249

1959-1960: 25.998 (Level 1)

1958-1959: 27.659 (Level 1)

1957-1958: 22.029 (Level 1)

1956-1957: 25.219 (Level 1)

1955-1956: 27.964 (Level 1)

1954-1955: 28.370 (Level 1)

1953-1954: 34.216 (Level 1)

1952-1953: 32.066 (Level 1)

1951-1952: 35.832 (Level 1)

1950-1951: 33.142 (Level 1)

Preston connurbation population including Ashton, Ribbleton, Fulwood, Ingol, Cottom, Lea Town (also slightly to the north but part of the City of Preston Council:  Grimsargh, Haighton Green, Broughton, Woodplumpton, Catforth, Barton, Inglewhite and Whitechapel): 184,836  approx.

 

Preston North End Average attendances:

 

2010's average: 

2013-2014: 10.234 (Level 3)

2012-2013: 9.263   (Level 3)

2011-2012: 11.820 (Level 3)

2010-2011: 11.768 (Level 2)

 

2000's average: 13.936

2009-2010: 12.935 (Level 2)

2008-2009: 13.426 (Level 2)

2007-2008: 12.647 (Level 2)

2006-2007: 14.430 (Level 2)

2005-2006: 14.619 (Level 2)

2004-2005: 13.889 (Level 2)

2003-2004: 14.150 (Level 2)

2002-2003: 13.853 (Level 2)

2001-2002: 14.887 (Level 2)

2000-2001: 14.530 (Level 2)

 

1990's average: 8.509 

1999-2000: 12.819 (Level 3)

1998-1999: 11.926 (Level 3)

1997-1998:   9.460 (Level 3)

1996-1997:   9.411 (Level 3)

1995-1996: 10.012 (Level 4)

1994-1995:   8.469 (Level 4)

1993-1994:   7.377 (Level 4)

1992-1993:   5.689 (Level 3)

1991-1992:   4.722 (Level 3)

1990-1991:   5.214 (Level 3)

 

1980's average: 5.826

1989-1990:    6.313 (Level 3)

1988-1989:    7.737 (Level 3)

1987-1988:    6.195 (Level 3)

1986-1987:    8.080 (Level 4)

1985-1986:    3.502 (Level 3)

1984-1985:    3.793 (Level 3)

1983-1984:    4.571 (Level 3)

1982-1983:    4.941 (Level 3)

1981-1982:    5.497 (Level 3)

1980-1981:    7.631 (Level 2)

 

1970's average: 10.658 

1979-1980:     9.751 (Level 2)

1978-1979:   12.117 (Level 2)

1977-1978:     8.799 (Level 3)

1976-1977:     7.987 (Level 3)

1975-1976:     7.069 (Level 3)

1974-1975:     9.568 (Level 3)

1973-1974:    12.174 (Level 2)

1972-1973:    10.199 (Level 2)

1971-1972:    15.136 (Level 2)

1970-1971:    13.787 (Level 3)

 

1960's average: 14.619

1969-1970:    13.548 (Level 2)

1968-1969:    13.215 (Level 2)

1967-1968:    15.051 (Level 2)

1966-1967:    14.350 (Level 2)

1965-1966:    14.023 (Level 2)

1964-1965:    15.622 (Level 2)

1963-1964:    18.821 (Level 2)

1962-1963:    11.694 (Level 2)

1961-1962:    13.067 (Level 2)

1960-1961:    16.804 (Level 2)

 

1950's average: 26.947

1959-1960:    24.552 (Level 1)

1958-1959:    22.435 (Level 1)

1957-1958:    25.012 (Level 1)

1956-1957:    23.522 (Level 1)

1955-1956:    24.657 (Level 1)

1954-1955:    26.625 (Level 1)

1953-1954:    27.888 (Level 1)

1952-1953:    30.586 (Level 1)

1951-1952:    32.936 (Level 1)

1950-1951:    31.259 (Level 2)

Blackpool population: 142.100

 

Blackpool average attendances:

 

2010's average: 14.152

2013-2014: 14.217 (Level 2)

2012-2013: 13.917 (Level 2)

2011-2012: 12.764 (Level 2)

2010-2011: 15.775 (Level 1)

 

2000's average: 6.748

2009-:2010 8.611 (Level 2)

2008-2009: 7.843 (Level 2)

2007-2008: 8.861 (Level 2)

2006-2007: 6.877 (Level 3)

2005-2006: 5.820 (Level 3)

2004-2005: 6.032 (Level 3)

2003-2004: 6.326 (Level 3)

2002-2003: 6.991 (Level 3)

2001-2002: 5.669 (Level 3)

2000-2001: 4.457 (Level 4)

 

1990's average: 4.940

1999-2000: 4.841 (Level 3)

1998-1999: 5.116 (Level 3)

1997-1998: 5.220 (Level 3)

1996-1997: 4.987 (Level 3)

1995-1996: 5.818 (Level 3)

1994-1995: 4.771 (Level 3)

1993-1994: 4.757 (Level 3)

1992-1993: 5.501 (Level 3)

1991-1992: 4.333 (Level 4)

1990-1991: 4.059 (Level 4)

 

1980's average: 4.276

1989-1990: 4.075 (Level 3)

1988-1989: 4.277 (Level 3)

1987-1988: 4.078 (Level 3)

1986-1987: 3.866 (Level 3)

1985-1986: 4.536 (Level 3)

1984-1985: 4.907 (Level 4)

1983-1984: 3.936 (Level 4)

1982-1983: 3.002 (Level 4)

1981-1982: 4.224 (Level 4)

1980-1981: 5.863 (Level 3)

 

1970's average: 10.803

1979-1980:   5.818 (Level 3)

1978-1979:   5.647 (Level 3)

1977-1978: 10.118 (Level 2)

1976-1977: 13.171 (Level 2)

1975-1976:   8.307 (Level 2)

1974-1975: 10.112 (Level 2)

1973-1974: 10.120 (Level 2)

1972-1973: 10.782 (Level 2)

1971-1972: 13.483 (Level 2)

1970-1971: 20.472 (Level 1)

 

1960's average: 17.251

1969-1970: 15.695 (Level 2)

1968-1969: 15.123 (Level 2)

1967-1968: 17.178 (Level 2)

1966-1967: 17.283 (Level 1)

1965-1966: 16.185 (Level 1)

1964-1965: 18.641 (Level 1)

1963-1964: 16.540 (Level 1)

1962-1963: 18.536 (Level 1)

1961-1962: 18.618 (Level 1)

1960-1961: 18.715 (Level 1)

 

1950's average: 23.868

1959-1960:21.783  (Level 1)

1958-1959: 20.860 (Level 1)

1957-1958: 21.406 (Level 1)

1956-1957: 21.961 (Level 1)

1955-1956: 26.016 (Level 1)

1954-1955: 23.959 (Level 1)

1953-1954: 25.416 (Level 1)

1952-1953: 25.835 (Level 1)

1951-1952: 25.854 (Level 1)

1950-1951: 25.595 (Level 1)