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January 13, 2014

England (and Wales), 5th division: Football Conference National – 2013-14 Location-map, with 2013-14 home kit badges & with 2-and-a-half-seasons of attendance data./ Plus, illustrations for 1st and 2nd place clubs, as of 15 January 2014: Luton Town and Cambridge United.

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England (and Wales), 5th division: Football Conference National – 2013-14 Location-map, with 2013-14 home kit badges & with 2-and-a-half-seasons of attendance data



Conference National – Fixtures, results, tables (soccerway.com).

At the top of the map page are facsimiles of 2013-14 Conference clubs’ home jersey badges. Below that is a location-map. The map page also includes an attendance data chart which shows each clubs’ 2011-12 and 2012-13 average attendance figures (from home league matches), as well as current average attendance figures (inclusive to 12 January 2014), and the numerical change since then (approximately two-and-a-half seasons ago). [Each club currently has played from 24 to 29 matches, and each club has currently played from 11 to 15 home matches.]

Below are the clubs in the 2013-14 Conference that have shown the largest attendance increases, and the worst attendance drop-offs, since 2011-12.
Largest numerical increase in average home crowds since 2011-12 (inclusive to 12 Jan. 2014)…
Increase of +708 per game – Cambridge United (who are averaging 3,512 per game currently/ in 2nd place/ relegated 9 seasons ago [2004-05]).
Increase of +598 per game – Luton Town (who are averaging 6,709 per game currently/ in 1st place/ relegated 5 seasons ago [2008-09]).
Increase of +400 per game - Nuneaton Town (who are averaging 1,179 per game currently/ in 9th place/ promoted 2 seasons ago [2011-12]).
Increase of +204 per game – Grimsby Town (who are averaging 3,512 per game currently/ in 5th place/ relegated 4 seasons ago [2009-10]).
Increase of +202 per game – Salisbury City (who are averaging 935 per game currently/ in 10th place/ promoted 1 season ago [2012-13]).
Increase of +190 per game – Lincoln City (who are averaging 2,537 per game currently/ in 18th place/ relegated 3 seasons ago [2010-11]).
Increase of +164 per game – Welling United (who are averaging 840 per game currently/ in 14th place/ promoted 1 season ago [2012-13]).
Increase of +160 per game – Braintree Town (who are averaging 1,061 per game currently/ in 11th place/ promoted 3 seasons ago [2010-11]).

Worst numerical drop-off in average home crowds since 2011-12 (inclusive to 12 Jan. 2014)…
Decrease of -888 per game – Hereford United (who are averaging 1,665 per game currently/ in 16th place/ relegated 2 seasons ago [2011-12]).
Decrease of -886 per game – Aldershot Town (who are averaging 1,978 per game currently/ in 20th place/ relegated 1 season ago [2011-12]).
Decrease of -510 per game – Wrexham (who are averaging 1,665 per game currently/ in 13th place/ relegated 4 seasons ago [2011-12]).
Decrease of -507 per game – Chester (who are averaging 2,280 per game currently/ in 22nd place/ promoted 1 season ago [2012-13]).

    2013-14 Luton Town. First place in the Conference as of 15 January, 2014.

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Photo and Image credits above –
13/14 Luton Town home jersey badge, photo from jdsports.co.uk/product/fila-luton-town-2013/14-home-shirt.
Kenilworth Road, satellite image from bing.com/maps/Bird’s Eye View.
Kits, from ‘Luton Town F.C.‘ (en.wikipedia.org).
Kenilworth Road, photo uploaded by biscuitman88 at footballgroundmap.com/photo/4462/kenilworth-road/luton-town.
John Still, photo from luton-dunstable.co.uk/Sport/Luton-Town-FC.
Luke Guttridge, photo from lutontoday.co.uk/sport/luton-town.
Andre Gray, photo from sport.bt.com/sportfootball/football/englishfootball/conference.
Paul Benson, photo from bedfordshire-news.co.uk/Sport/Luton-Town-FC/Football-Tamworth-v-Luton-Town-in-pictures.

    2013-14 Cambridge United. Second place in the Conference as of 15 January, 2014.

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Abbey Stadium, photo by Bill Blake at panoramio.com.
Richard Money, photo from cambridge-united.co.uk via bbc.co.uk/sport/football.
Adam Cunnington, photo from dutchamberarmy.com/needham-market-fc-0-v-cambridge-united-1/.
Kwesi Appiah, photo by Keith Heppell at cambridge-news.co.uk [slideshow].
Luke Berry, photo by Pete Norton/Getty Images Europe via zimbio.com
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Thanks to kevinstaylor at flicker.com {flickr.com/kevinstalor’s photostream}, for 13/14 Dartford home jersey badge [125th Anniversary year for Dartford FC, shirt here] at http://www.flickr.com/photos/36154472@N06/9328679966/in/photostream/.

Thanks to JD Sports site for photo of 13/14 Luton Town home jersey badge, jdsports.co.uk/product/fila-luton-town-2013/14-home-shirt.

Thanks to the Gateshead FC official site and Jeff Bowren there, for match reports which included GTFC home attendances. Gateshead played at 7 different venues in 2012-13, due to pitch problems at their normal venue, Gateshead International Stadium. From February to May (and comprising their last 11 home matches) Gateshead were basically homeless and played at Hartlepool; at York; at Blyth, Northumberland; at Boston, Lincolnshire; at Carlisle, Cumbria; and at Middlesbrough. Gateshead played 6 of those home matches at Victoria Park in Hartlepool, while they played one home match at each of those other 6 locations.

Thanks to Soccerway.com, for attendance data, http://int.soccerway.com/national/england/conference-national/20122013/regular-season/r18216/.

Thanks to the Football League official site for previous seasons’ attendance data, http://www.football-league.co.uk/page/DivisionalAttendance/0,,10794~201226,00.html.

Thanks to the Northern League for Chester FC 2011-12 attendance, http://www.evostikleague.co.uk/archive-737/.

Thanks to the contributors at en.wikipedia.org, ‘2013–14 Football Conference‘.

2 Comments »

  1. Great Post!

    I read somewhere that Luton Town FC was trying to build a new stadium to move out of their land locked current stadium. What a mistake that would be!!! I love their home field!

    Comment by Dale — January 15, 2014 @ 8:29 pm

  2. Thanks, Dale. I had not heard of that, but you are correct, see this, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Luton_Town_F.C.#Stadiums. I agree with you, they should really try to see if there is any way to redevelop/expand there at Kenilworth Road (maybe even buying out the homes on the Oak Stand side – see these photos, http://extremegroundhopping.blogspot.com/2010/03/luton-town.html).

    The club has real potential, because continuing to draw 6K in the 5th division is testimony to how die-hard and faithful their fan base is. If Luton does finally get promoted out of the Conference this season (and I think they will), I can see them doing the same next season. And by that time they will probably be drawing 8 K. Luton averaged 9,137 per game in 2005-06 when they were in the 2nd Division (after being promoted) and finished 10th. I can see them returning to that crowd size if they continue to progress, so their 10.2 K current stadium size is too small for sure.

    Comment by admin — January 15, 2014 @ 9:35 pm

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