How Bristol City’s attendance compared to Middlesbrough, Sunderland, Sheffield United and others
Ashton Gate saw a bumper crowd last Saturday but how did Bristol City’s attendance compare with the rest of the Championship?
Almost every Championship club now has staged a home match following the first two rounds of fixtures.
Only two clubs have yet to play at home. Coventry City haven’t hosted a home match now after their clash with Rotherham United was postponed, owing to their pitch being deemed ‘unsafe’ and ‘unplayable’.
West Bromwich Albion are on television again as they host Watford at The Hawthorns as one of the teams who will have a majority of their games broadcasted.
High attendances have been seen throughout English football’s second tier with fans flocking to grounds to support their team.
A crowd of 24,543 took in Bristol City’s 3-2 defeat to Sunderland at Ashton Gate with a strong travelling contingent from the Black Cats, who were playing their first away game at this level in four years.
Sold out a day before the match the crowd was confirmed to be City’s largest opening home crowd for 44 years and was just a few shy of when they took on Wolverhampton Wanderers in 1977.
It eclipsed the crowd of 23,553 when Leeds United came into town, whilst the crowd of 26,088 against Manchester United is still the one to beat after the development of the ground.
Opening home game crowds usually start off well and can either continue to grow or dwindle as the new season feel begins to wear off.
Here we take a look at the 22 clubs that have played at home and how attendances stack up after both sides played both home and away.