Opening weekends provides all time high crowds

Last updated : 16 August 2005 By Smallsy
The start of the Coca Cola League has produced crowd figures not seen since the 1960's have yet again been proof that the rebranding of the League Football competition has been a resounding success.

Just over 400,000 people attendended the 75 matches played in the Coca Cola Championships, League 1 and League Two with average attendances of around 11,223 an increase of more than 6% on their first season.

Unsuprisingly in League One, Forest attracted a crowd of 24,024 the highest so far for their game against Huddersfield, another noticable success was at Swansea where their new stadium has been filled to capacity of 17,000 for both their matches.

Griffin Park, Vale Park and Saltergate the grounds Brentford have featured at also had average attendances of around 8,000 a success in Andy Williamson, League Operations Directors eyes,

"Crowds at Football League matches have enjoyed a sustained period of growth after tha last twenty years and it is encoruaging to see this continuation in 2005/06"