Chelsea the best supported club


May 5, 1920
The total number of spectators at last season’s games connected with the two divisions of the Football League was nearly 17,000,000, and tables are given below showing the number each attracted at home and away. The numbers given in parentheses show the positions in which the clubs finished. The average for each First Division match is nearly 24,000, and the total for the principal three competitions in England were: –

First League 10,951,000
Second League 5,946,000
Association Cup 2,034,000
18,931,000

It will be seen that the London clubs have enjoyed excellent support. Chelsea at home have attracted  about 120,000 more than Newcastle, the second club in the list, but they are fifth in the list as visitors to other grounds. Sunderland were the most attractive club as visitors, with West Bromwich second and Newcastle third. A strong testimony to the value of reputation is contained in the fact that only six teams attracted more spectators in away games than Blackburn, although the Rovers had anything but a good season. Liverpool and Everton were equal away from home, and many Manchester people will be surprised to learn that more spectators have gone to Old Trafford than to the Hyde-road ground. The United had an additional gate, because one game had to be replayed, but even without that they would have had an advantage over the City club.
In the Second Division London teams occupy four of the top seven places, and Tottenham Hotspur are easily first with a total beaten by only two premier division clubs. Birmingham are a good second, but Huddersfield, who beat them in the struggle for promotion, are sixteenth in the “home” list and third as visitors. Coventry City had a very good support, especially when their poor paying results are considered, but the two Lincolnshire clubs, who have to seek re-election, did not average more than 6,000 spectators for each match at home. The tables are as follows.

First Division Home Away
Chelsea (3) 945000 540000
Newcastle (8) 826000 605000
The Arsenal (10) 726000 478000
Liverpool (4) 582000 507000
Aston Villa (9) 576000 581000
West Bromwich (1) 571000 615000
Manchester United (12) 571000 494000
Everton (16) 552000 507000
Manchester City (7) 536000 486000
Sheffield United (14) 504000 463000
Sunderland (5) 499000 635000
Bolton (6) 480000 516000
Middlesbrough (13) 454000 458000
Burnley (2) 434000 449000
Blackburn (20) 419000 510000
Sheffield Wednesday (2) 401000 428000
Preston (19) 335000 416000
Bradford City (15) 354000 484000
Notts County (21) 317000 422000
Bradford (11) 294000 436000
Derby (18) 287000 469000
Oldham (17) 268000 442000
Second Division Home Away
Tottenham (1) 729000 400000
Birmingham (3) 457000 297000
West Ham (7) 418000 249000
Coventry (20) 346000 239000
South Shields 344000 256000
Fulham (6) 312000 251000
Clapton (15) 282000 266000
Bristol City (8) 281000 249000
Leicester (14) 279000 252000
Wolverhampton (19) 277000 240000
Stoke (10) 259000 309000
Port Vale (13) 227000 279000
Bury (5) 206000 265000
Hull (11) 202000 267000
Rotherham (17) 197000 247000
Huddersfield (2) 196000 304000
Nottingham Forest (18) 190000 245000
Barnsley (12) 189000 291000
Blackpool (4) 170000 281000
Stockport (16) 162000 258000
Lincoln (21) 152000 242000
Grimsby (22) 128000 259000

(Derby Daily Telegraph: May 5, 1920)

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