Thanks to our friends at EFL Stats, we can bring you the top five average away attendances in the 2017/18 Sky Bet Championship season (not including play-offs). This is always something fans up and down the country don’t necessarily desperately want to know, but are always interested to hear about!
Only three clubs ended with figures below 1,000, and unsurprisingly this came from teams in the bottom half of the Championship table. Hull City and Reading are two of those, with little Burton Albion officially the lowest. This won’t come as too much of a surprise.
Notable mentions go to a few clubs who just missed out on the top five spots. A total of ten Sky Bet Championship clubs had figures over the 1,500 mark, which is good going! Relegated Sunderland were one of those, as well as mid-table Nottingham Forest. Derby County, who lost in the play-off semi-finals is another, along with Birmingham City, who survived on the final day, plus Sheffield United in their first season back at this level, and broke the 2,000 mark as well.
Let us start out countdown from five to one……
Tony Pulis’ side lost in the play-off semi-finals to Aston Villa over two legs, so were unable to instantly win back a spot in the Premier League. Their fans backed them all the way, especially on the road, with an average of 2,190 following them.
4) Sheffield Wednesday
It was a frustrating campaign for the Owls. Carlos Carvalhal set out to achieve a third successive play-off appearance, but results were soon on the decline, and he departed. Jos Luhukay came in to try and steady the ship. Their loyal fanbase always stuck by their side home and away, with travelling numbers averaging 2,470.
They were by far the best team in the division and Wolves fans were treated to some real quality over the 46 games (well, 45, forgetting Sunderland away!). Unsurprisingly fans turned up in their droves to try and cheer them over the line, which they were successful in doing so. They’ll get to grace stadiums such as Old Trafford, the Emirates Stadium and Anfield next season. This time around, they averaged a healthy 2,730 on the road, which is brilliant!
2) Aston Villa
In over a week, a rather large number of Aston Villa fans will descend onto Wembley for the richest game in football; the Championship play-off final. This is real reward for those fans that have stuck by the club in their two seasons at this level, especially them on the road. An average of 2,780 followed them up and down the country in backing Steve Bruce’s side to the showpiece final.
1) Leeds United
It won’t come as any real surprise to see the mighty support of Leeds United topping this particular category. They regularly pack out away ends, if they are Premier League, Championship, League One or even cup competitions. That was again the case, despite a largely frustrating campaign for the Elland Road side. They edged Villa by a good 200 or so, by taking an average of 2,970 with them away from home.