What better to do on a Thursday night than work out the average attendances for all the clubs in the Wessex League premier divison? I’ve based it on the figures from the official Wessex League site which aren’t totally up-to-date – and for some reason don’t include any data for Romsey Town, but they give an idea of how the clubs are doing in relation to each other
Four clubs have broken the 100 barrier with Winchester City and Sholing FC neck-and-neck, averaging 169 and 168 respectively. Below them sit the Isle of Wight’s premier club – and current league leaders – Newport (IOW) on 134 and the fourth and final member of the club are AFC Porchester on 109.
Propping up the table are poor old Horndean who average just 29 spectators per game, sad for a club in a nice location (great views over to Portsdown Hill) with a almost brand new clubhouse and some nice matchday food.
Second from bottom Follands Sports provide further confirmation of the suspicion that works teams are never much good at attracting spectators, averaging 38. This also underlines how well Sholing (formerly VTFC) have managed the transition from works team to community club.
Incidentally Sholing were involved in the game with the largest single attendance with 306 people seeing them on their visit to Winchester City. The two lowest single attendances were recorded by Totton and Eling who could only attract 14 to Millers Park for their game against Horndean (Probably not given much of a boost by the travelling support) and 17 for their clash with Newport (IOW)