Millwall 49th in list of average tickets sold to capacity

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MILLWALL were in 49th place in a list detailing which English football grounds were filled closest to capacity last season.

There was an average of 10,902 tickets sold for league games at The Den, or 54.11 percent of its 20,146 capacity.

Chelsea topped the list, with Stamford Bridge at an average capacity of 99.8 percent on their way to winning the title.

Swansea, Arsenal, Manchester United and West Ham completed the top five, according to figures compiled by Sky Sports.

The study analysed the percentage of tickets sold against capacity across the 2014/115 season and included season ticket sales whether seats were actually occupied or not during home games.

Carlisle United were bottom of the pile of 92 league clubs with an average of just 4,376 tickets sold (24.04 percent) for home games at 18,202-capacity Brunton Park.

Norwich City, on their way to winning promotion from the Championship last season, and League One champions Bristol City were the only non-Premier League clubs in the top 20.

Those two Premier League sides outside the top 20 were Burnley in 25th and Aston Villa in 30th.

The Lions’ Sky Bet League One rivals Sheffield United (43rd) and Bradford City (53rd) recorded the highest total attendances in the division last season with an average of 19,850 paying into Bramall Lane and 13,353 filing through the turnstiles at Valley Parade.

Millwall’s next pre-season opponents AFC Wimbledon were in 28th place as they sold on average 4,073 tickets for games at Kingsmeadow which has a capacity of 4,850.

John Kelly

(@jkelly1882)

33 thoughts on “Millwall 49th in list of average tickets sold to capacity

  • July 17, 2015 at 15:06
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    All the time we stay in this s,.t division, we are gonna struggle to get bigger gates. Although a winning team in this div should attract bigger attendance than a losing team in the championship.

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    • July 17, 2015 at 18:40
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      cant really be bothered anymore....I have said it enough times the Yank is taking us out the league....I will take on any size bet anyone wants.....if we leave the third division while Berylson is here, we are gonna go down not up

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      • July 17, 2015 at 19:29
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        @tonytowneronthewing:

        Here we go, excuses excuses. I have heard them all now! Don't go anymore because of the chairman hahahaha ie you never go apart from palace at home.

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        • July 18, 2015 at 14:41
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          was you in Hungary mate....or shrewsbury the last time we played them..I was. Like I said before singing while the ship goes down aint the best way to show love for the club

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    • July 17, 2015 at 23:42
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      @wallchef: true.....

      Striker... John Akinde

      I said it weeks ago.... Let's see who signs him

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  • July 17, 2015 at 15:09
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    Pretty sure Norwich didn't win the Championship last season, but maybe that wasn't them winning at Wembley in May.

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  • July 17, 2015 at 15:35
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    When was the last game we had 20146 tickets made available? We only make half the away stand available, block off the last few rows towards the away end and the front few rows around the pitch are always blocked off so our 20146 capacity is probably closer to 17000.

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  • July 17, 2015 at 15:37
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    Ok so if you have less seats and fill them your percentage goes up, well then if we only on average fill 10500 then mark a stand down for refurbishment thus dropping your capacity and projecting us up next years table simples. Any news on a striker?

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  • July 17, 2015 at 16:05
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    Still waiting news on another striker, or has that now fizzled out?

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  • July 17, 2015 at 16:14
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    Pointless piece of news really. The only thing that is concerning is the 10k average crowd, one of the lowest in Championship last year. What wonder striker is gonna want to come to play in front of those massive gates? I really doubt there will be an addition of a striker this year, so we will have to get on with what we have, and I don't think its all down to lack of investment, a lot will be down to the player and what he perceives as the opportunity at the Den.

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    • July 17, 2015 at 16:34
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      @beedoscores: You've just proved that the story is far from pointless. The ground being half full most of the time is one of the major reasons why we can't afford that proven goalscorer we all crave. We are already subject to transfer embargo in January, and the FFP rules are stricter in League 1 than in the Championship. FFP makes it harder to speculate to accumulate, as many people are demanding. If we spend big to bring more in through the turnstiles, we're in trouble if they don't come or if attendances tail off during the season. No wonder the club are cautious.

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      • July 17, 2015 at 16:44
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        @stanley: My point about it being pointless was the % against capacity, bearing in mind the restrictions imposed on the club. The rest, I agree with you.

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        • July 17, 2015 at 17:57
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          @beedoscores: I think the idea that restrictions account for a lot of the % is off the mark, tbh. Our highest home crowd in the Championship years was 18,013 vs Charlton in 2012/13. The restrictions put our real capacity at about that level (possibly a bit lower for Leeds/Cardiff, due to the North Lower being shut). That Charlton crowd is still 89% of the total number of seats. There is still quite a bit of space going begging, despite the limits imposed by Old Bill.

          Second half of my 1st comment wasn't really aimed at you specifically - you've been one of the voices of reason on here this pre-season, regarding signings and the youth. Would love another striker, but not going to expect too much this season. A big rebuilding job has only just begun.

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    • July 17, 2015 at 22:52
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      @beedoscores: Your missing the point, we went into last season on the back of two terrible years just staying up on the last day. What then ensued last season makes me wonder how the hell we ever managed to attract crowds over 10,000. Awful appointments, terrible management of the club and a team not fit to wear the shirt. With a decent Chairman, board, manager and team we'd be getting better crowds and be properly competing at Championship level. As Kevin Costner's famous line is often quoted on here - build it and they will come.

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  • July 17, 2015 at 17:12
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    Even against teams like weeds there was turmoil as they blocked ostandhat near away end and then fans try to occupy seats that are nowhere where they supposed to be yet wonder why people standing on the stairs. Well we have no chance of filling the ground this season, dont think fleetwood gonna bring 4000 down

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  • July 17, 2015 at 17:27
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    Pointless saying the club has a 20,000+ And giving away fans one whole stand its not really effective and never has been... fine if we were in the Prem because most if not all teams there would fill the away stand and taking out the front rows as well, whats the point? Might as well pull the stands down and remodel them. Bottom tier looks too squat anyway. That's where the most noise gets generated onto the pitch so make it bigger or just one big tier for full effect. Think Millwall vs. Arsenal 1995 was the one and only time we had the full complete capacity as was designed and Millwall vs Oldham 01 where the club put away fans in a smaller section of the Kitch stand and gave home fans the whole away stand was a good move 18000+ on that day.

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  • July 17, 2015 at 22:31
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    Pointless story! Millwall are a club in transition - the problem is if any of the youngsters start performing then they will be sold and we are back to square one! We sell cheaply and buy cheaply this has been the same story for the past 30 years. Many of the supporters are turning away and after seeing what's on offer at Bromley on Tuesday who can blame them.

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  • July 17, 2015 at 23:04
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    That's f****** s***! Should be at least 48th millwall are s****, @mattbacon wrote this

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  • July 17, 2015 at 23:37
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    Only one way to fix it. Get down the den! Stop being plastics you bunch of moaning mugs!!!

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    • July 18, 2015 at 10:03
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      @DanmillwallB: Wish I could but being a pensioner living in Accrington can only go to a few games so if I am plastic so be it,supported Millwall since 1958 seen many highs and lows you are entitled to your opinion

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  • July 18, 2015 at 00:43
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    The news coming out of the den is so boring. They feel the need 2 talk about capacity loooooool..

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  • July 18, 2015 at 08:52
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    Is this the beginning of the '20,000 den is unsustainable' theory,and it would be best if we sold it to some nice property developers? Or am I being even more cynical than usual?

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  • July 18, 2015 at 10:32
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    I think the capacity is a lot less than 20,146.

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    • July 18, 2015 at 12:09
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      @Steve: mate that is the official capacity....but millwall.by closing down huge sections of the ground or telling fans that certain blocks are sold out..when they are clearly not..take block28 its s/t holders only..then they start screaming about low gates

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  • July 18, 2015 at 11:05
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    It's match day all other news is cancelled

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  • July 18, 2015 at 12:07
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    COYL lets get a win 2day let get are momentum going 4 the new season MILLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL NOLU, WDC

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  • July 18, 2015 at 12:20
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    Yeah yeah all very interesting but we have needed a quality (within our budget ) striker and have done for more than two seasons its laughable that we are still talking about it , if we want to attract more of the so called fickle supporters back to the Den then we have to show more ambition in the transfer market . I honestly believed when we offloaded so many players from our squad Bomber would have some funds available but yet again nothing I very much appreciate what JB has done for our club but im starting to question his judgement and even worse his ambition .

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  • July 18, 2015 at 13:49
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    To attract bigger gates you have to be in the championship,doing well or the prem but then do you get true support or glory hunters.

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  • July 18, 2015 at 19:56
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    The capacity is way less than 20,146 as there isn't s front row in any of the stands anymore

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