A breakdown of League Of Ireland Attendances

Sun, Jun 16 2013

Credit: Andy McDonnell

159 of the 310 games in the Airtricity League Of Ireland have completed as we enter into the mid-season break. Over the course of three and a half months, across 20 venues, the total attendance reached 187,934.

 

Before we begin breaking down the figures we need to add a disclaimer. Not all League Of Ireland clubs provide official attendances so, in some cases, we have had to estimate as best we could. The following information is calculated from 159 fixtures, of which 33 games attendances were estimated. Should we acquire exact figures, we will amend this article accordingly. 

 

Highest and Lowest Total Attendances

 Shamrock Rovers top the charts for highest attendance over the course of the first half of the season with 28,011. However Shamrock Rovers are only second to Bray Wanderers on estimates, with 7 of their 9 home attendances requiring our reporters counting skills. In contrast, Sligo Rovers, in second with 22,812 come from all official tallies.  

 

At the bottom of the heap is Salthill Devon with a total of 1,047 attending their first 7 games of the season. Wexford Youths fare only slightly better with 1,579.

 

Team

Total

Shamrock Rovers

28,011

Sligo Rovers

22,812

Cork City

18,566

Limerick FC

17,932

Dundalk

15,825

Bohemians

13,534

St. Patrick's Ath

12,859

Derry City

12,533

Shelbourne

8,646

Drogheda United

6,468

Bray Wanderers

6,200

Finn Harps

4,334

Cobh Ramblers

3,660

U.C.D

3,643

Athlone Town

3,063

Waterford United

2,978

Longford Town

2,452

Mervue United

1,792

Wexford Youths

1,579

Salthill Devon

1,047

 

Highest and Lowest Single Match Attendances

Sligo Rovers 3-0 victory over Derry City in Gameweek 12 (May 6th) ranked the highest attended game of the 2013 season so far with 4,256 supporters turning up for what was at the time a top of the table encounter.

 

The lowest recorded attendance is shared. Salthill Devon and Mervue United home games against Longford Town and Waterford United respectively notched up 100 patrons.

 

By Division

 

Premier Division

The average attendance in the Premier Division this season is 1,774. Shamrock Rovers mainly guesstimated average of 3,112 per week topping the charts with Sligo Rovers 2,535 in second. Drogheda United, Bray Wanderers and UCD are the only teams in the division with an average attendance under 1,000. They come in at 809, 689 and 455 respectively.

 

Premier Division Average Attendances

Team

Average

Shamrock Rovers

3,112

Sligo Rovers

2,535

Cork City

2,063

Limerick FC

2,242

Dundalk

1,758

Bohemians

1,504

St. Patrick's Ath

1,429

Derry City

1,567

Shelbourne

1,081

Drogheda United

809

Bray Wanderers

689

U.C.D

455

 

First Division

Much like the actual First Division it is a close affair regarding average attendances. Finn Harps lead the pack with 619, with Cobh Ramblers in second with 523. Wexford and Salthill at the least watched sides with 263 and 150 respectively.

 

First Division Average Attendances

Team

Average

Finn Harps

619

Cobh Ramblers

523

Athlone Town

438

Waterford United

425

Longford Town

350

Mervue United

256

Wexford Youths

226

Salthill Devon

150

 

Random Stats

The top average attendance of Shamrock Rovers in the Premier Division per game is higher than the total season attendances of six of the eight First Division sides.

 

The highest attended game per club in the Premier Division is quite interesting when broken down. Excluding Shamrock Rovers own highest home attendance, they are the opposition in 5 of the 11 other clubs top attendances. Not only that but every Dublin based club (Bohemians, Shelbourne, St. Pats and UCD) highest attendance came when they faced the Hoops.

 

No such patterns in the First Division but derby games do attract the bigger attendances, with Waterford and Wexford's top attendance coming when facing each other and likewise with Longford and Athlone. 

 

The total overall attendance for Premier Division was167,029  The First Division was 20,905.

 

*** Amended after Dr. Barry Reilly pointed out a mistake in our Average Attendances for Premier and First Division