Seagulls top Football League attendance charts

Brighton and Hove Albion topped the Football League attendance charts for the 2013/14 season, with an average crowd of 27,110.

Despite losing in the play-off semi-finals for two consecutive seasons, Brighton fans are increasing in number, with an average rise of almost 1000 fans per Championship game from the close of the 2012/13 season.

Despite not claiming the highest one-off attendance, with Leeds United fitting 33,432 people into Elland Road for a game against Brighton, and Derby and Leicester also reaching the 30,000 mark, the Seagulls high of 29,093 and low of 27,283 meant that their average was over 2000 fans higher than second-placed Leeds..

Of the total 623,522 fans to watch a game at the American Express Community Stadium last season, 23,175 were season ticket holders - a statistic which made Chief Executive Paul Barber praise the quality of the Seagulls' support.

Speaking to the official club website, Barber spoke of the outstanding faith shown in the team by the fans who flock to the south coast every game day.

"The support here is incredible," he said.

"We are expecting that the Amex will once again be the place to watch football next season, as Sami Hyypia prepares his team for the challenge of the Championship.

"It promises to be another exciting season, with one of the most mouthwatering fixture lists for some years, with Norwich City, Fulham and Cardiff City coming down, and old adversaries Wolves and Brentford on the rise.

"Our season-ticket package remains the best way to guarantee a seat for all the big matches and gives fans the pick of the best available seats."

Relegated Yeovil Town and Doncaster Rovers recorded the lowest average attendances, with 6616 and 9040 fans respectively, whilst Bournemouth also failed to average over 10,000. Yeovil also recorded the lowest one-off attendance, with just 4463 fans travelling to Huish Park for a Tuesday night match with Millwall in February.

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