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  • Premier League Attendance Up 4.7% From '06-07

    Manchester United (ManU) led the English Premier League (EPL) in attendance once again, averaging 75,691 fans per game at Old Trafford, down slightly from last season's average of 75,826. Among teams who played in the EPL last season, Blackburn saw the biggest gain, up 12.4% in average attendance. Sunderland, who spent the '06-07 season in the Coca-Cola Championship League, was up 27.8% from '05-06, when they played in the EPL. Bolton saw the biggest decline, down 11.5%, as they finished 16th in the 20-team league. Reading, Derby County and Birmingham face relegation from the EPL, while West Brom, Stoke City and Hull City will be promoted for the '08-09 season. The following lists attendance for the EPL season, with comparisons to '06-07 and '05-06 (THE DAILY).

    CLUB
    GMS
    TOTAL
    AVG.
    % CAP.
    '06-07
    1-YR
    % +/-
    '05-06
    2-YR
    % +/-
    ManU
    19
    1,438,129
    75,691
    99.4%
    75,826
    -0.2%
    68,675
    10.2%
    Arsenal
    19
    1,141,330
    60,070
    99.5%
    60,045
    0.0%
    38,184
    ^
    Newcastle
    19
    975,099
    51,321
    98.0%
    50,686
    1.3%
    52,032
    -1.4%
    Liverpool
    19
    827,108
    43,532
    96.1%
    43,561
    -0.1%
    44,236
    -1.6%
    Sunderland*
    19
    823,536
    43,344
    88.5%
    --
    --
    33,904
    27.8%
    Manchester City
    19
    800,394
    42,126
    88.3%
    39,997
    5.3%
    42,856
    -1.7%
    Chelsea
    19
    786,543
    41,397
    98.4%
    41,542
    -0.3%
    41,902
    -1.2%
    Aston Villa
    19
    767,068
    40,372
    94.7%
    36,214
    11.5%
    34,112
    18.4%
    Tottenham
    19
    683,373
    35,967
    99.3%
    35,739
    0.6%
    36,074
    -0.3%
    Everton
    19
    664,715
    34,985
    87.0%
    36,738
    -4.8%
    36,860
    -5.1%
    West Ham
    19
    657,419
    34,601
    98.0%
    34,719
    -0.3%
    33,743
    2.5%
    Derby County*
    19
    616,208
    32,432
    96.7%
    --
    --
    --
    --
    Middlesbrough
    19
    507,452
    26,708
    76.2%
    27,729
    -3.7%
    28,463
    -6.2%
    Birmingham*
    19
    497,439
    26,181
    87.2%
    --
    --
    27,392
    -4.4%
    Blackburn
    19
    454,404
    23,916
    76.8%
    21,275
    12.4%
    21,015
    13.8%
    Fulham
    19
    451,706
    23,774
    96.9%
    22,279
    6.7%
    20,654
    15.1%
    Reading
    19
    447,108
    23,532
    97.4%
    23,829
    -1.2%
    --
    --
    Bolton
    19
    397,119
    20,901
    74.4%
    23,606
    -11.5%
    25,265
    -17.3%
    Portsmouth
    19
    378,366
    19,914
    97.9%
    19,878
    0.2%
    19,840
    0.4%
    Wigan
    19
    361,874
    19,046
    75.8%
    18,158
    4.9%
    20,610
    -7.6%
    TOTALS
    380
    13,676,390
    35,991
    91.3%
    34,379
    4.7%
    33,975
    5.9%

    NOTES: '06-07 EPL attendance average includes figures for clubs Watford, Charlton and Sheffield United, which were relegated following the season. '05-06 EPL attendance includes figures for clubs West Brom, Birmingham and Sunderland, which were relegated following the season. ^ = Opened new venue for '06-07 season with larger capacity. * = Promoted from Coca-Cola Championship League for '07-08.

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