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EPL Attendance Slightly Off From '07-08; Newcastle United Off 5%

The EPL averaged 35,594 fans per match during the '08-09 season, down 1.1% from 35,991 fans a year ago. Newcastle United, which was relegated at the end of the season and have been put up for sale by Owner Mike Ashley, finished third in the league in average attendance, but saw a 5% decline from last season. Sunderland saw the league's sharpest drop, off 7.3% from a year ago. Middlesbrough, which also was relegated for '09-10, saw a 6.4% jump at the gate, while Bolton led all teams with a 7.6% increase. For the '09-10 season, the English Football League Championship clubs Wolverhampton (24,153), Birmingham City (19,081) and Burnley (13,082) will be promoted to the EPL. The chart below lists attendance for all EPL clubs for the '08-09 season, with comparisons to last season (THE DAILY).

'08-09 ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE ATTENDANCE
CLUB
GMS
TOTAL
AVG.
% CAP.
PREV.
% +/-
Manchester United
19
1,430,776
75,304
98.9%
75,691
-0.5%
Arsenal
19
1,140,760
60,040
99.5%
60,070
0.0%
Newcastle United
19
926,250
48,750
93.1%
51,321
-5.0%
Liverpool
19
828,609
43,611
96.3%
43,532
0.2%
Manchester City
19
815,100
42,900
89.9%
42,126
1.8%
Chelsea
19
788,196
41,484
98.6%
41,397
0.2%
Sunderland
19
763,192
40,168
82.0%
43,344
-7.3%
Aston Villa
19
756,428
39,812
93.4%
40,372
-1.4%
Tottenham
19
682,651
35,929
99.2%
35,967
-0.1%
Everton
19
677,673
35,667
88.7%
34,985
1.9%
West Ham
19
640,300
33,700
95.5%
34,601
-2.6%
Middlesbrough
19
540,151
28,429
81.1%
26,708
6.4%
Stoke City*
19
512,126
26,954
95.0%
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West Bromwich*
19
490,732
25,828
92.6%
--
--
Hull City*
19
471,504
24,816
97.6%
--
--
Fulham
19
462,460
24,340
99.2%
23,774
2.4%
Blackburn
19
446,101
23,479
75.4%
23,916
-1.8%
Bolton
19
427,234
22,486
80.0%
20,901
7.6%
Portsmouth
19
376,770
19,830
97.5%
19,914
-0.4%
Wigan
19
348,650
18,350
73.0%
19,046
-3.7%
EPL TOTALS
380
13,525,663
35,594
91.3%
35,991
-1.1%


NOTES: '07-08 EPL attendance average includes figures for Derby County, Birmingham and Reading, all of whom were relegated following the season. * = Promoted from Championship for '08-09.

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