The National League is almost perceived as 'League Three' for the competitiveness of English football's fifth tier. It is a division that houses many clubs that have fallen out of the Football League and have failed to get back there. Scunthorpe United and Oldham Athletic dropped out and have so far struggled to adapt, with a second successive relegation a real possibility.
It has two promotion spots, with first-place winning the title and automatic promotion, whilst the rest battle it out in a complicated play-off system. Many ties are played over one leg and it can sometimes throw up a surprise where second-place can lose out on promotion to seventh.
Talks have been ongoing over the potential of another promotion spot opening up which would see the second-placed team automatically promoted, as well as the team in 22nd in League Two being relegated. Wrexham - owned by Deadpool actor Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney - defeated Coventry City in the FA Cup this season, highlighting that on their day, teams outside the EFL can mix it with the big boys.
Wrexham, are one of the most supported clubs outside of the Football League, and some of their average home attendances are higher than those in League One and in League Two. League One has some big clubs such as Derby County, Sheffield Wednesday, Portsmouth and Ipswich Town. Bradford City meanwhile are the biggest club in League Two and are managed by former Chelsea and Manchester United striker Mark Hughes.
Looking at the home attendances of each club both League One and League Two, we have sorted a 24-team league based on crowds. What do you make of the division? Attendance figures are based from Football Web Pages. If you’re interested in League One, then you can see every club’s average away attendance organised in to a 24-team league table.