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Football club attendances: Are fans getting the full picture?

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Interesting BBC article on the discrepancy between the declared attendance figures at games and the actual numbers there (something we of course do as well). To pick 2 of the largest differences

West Ham's biggest difference in figures was 17,523 fans for the home game against West Brom on Tuesday, 2 January 2018. The official attendance was 56,888 but the council said it was 39,365.

Manchester City's largest discrepancy was 15,277 for the visit of Southampton on Wednesday, 29 November 2017 (53,407 compared with 38,130).

Comments

  • Good point made by killerandflash, no. 32 in the comments section.
  • Of course not. When you see an official attendance for a Charlton home game always minus it by 3 thousand to get a true reflection of the actual numbers inside the ground
  • The article only mentions Premier League clubs, so I wonder if this goes on elsewhere?
  • Good point made by killerandflash, no. 32 in the comments section.

    I've always thought it ludicrous that non attending comps get included in the attendances, seeing that they neither pay or a ticket or attend.
  • edited September 12

    Good point made by killerandflash, no. 32 in the comments section.

    I've always thought it ludicrous that non attending comps get included in the attendances, seeing that they neither pay or a ticket or attend.
    It is now that the club knows whether they attend and can easily discount them. Prior to the automated system it was impractical to exclude them from the number of tickets issued.
  • Good point made by killerandflash, no. 32 in the comments section.

    I've always thought it ludicrous that non attending comps get included in the attendances, seeing that they neither pay or a ticket or attend.
    It is now that the club knows whether they attend and can easily discount them. Prior to the automated system it was impractical to exclude them from the number of tickets issued.
    There's no incentive for clubs to do so though

    By having an average of say 10000 rather then 8500, it looks (misleadingly) better for sponsors, and indeed for player recruitment etc as it makes the club look "bigger"
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