September 9, 2019

The 6th division in England: 2019-20 [Non-League] National League North & National League South (2 separate 22-team leagues, at the same level) – map, with 18/19-attendances-&-finishes chart./+Brief profiles of the two leagues’ leaders as of 9 Sept. 2019: King’s Lynn Town FC, and Wealdstone FC.

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The 6th division in England: 2019-20 National League North & National League South (2 separate 22-team leagues, at the same level) – map, with 18/19-attendances-&-finishes chart

By Bill Turianski on 9 September 2019;

    6th division England:
    2019-20 National League North & National League South
    (2 separate 22-team leagues, at the same level)

The 6th level in English football is where the regionalised leagues begin. Above is the 5th division, the National League, which is the highest level of non-League football and the only non-League level that is nationalised. The 6th level has two leagues: the National League North and the National League South. Below that is the 7th level, which used to be comprised of 3 leagues, but since 2018-19 there are now 4 leagues in the 7th level. (The new league in the 7th level was the the result of splitting the Southern League into two leagues: the Southern League – Central and the Southern League – South.)

A brief history of the 5th and 6th tiers in England…
1979-80: 5th level of English football instituted with the Alliance Premier League: the 5th level and the highest level of non-League football in England (and Wales).
1986-87: Promotion/Relegation established between the 5th level and the 4th Division of the Football League.
2004-05: The 6th level of football instituted, with the creation of 2 regional leagues below the 5th level: the Conference North & the Conference South (22 teams in each league).
2015-16: names of the three leagues changed to…5th level: National League / 6th level: National League North & National League South.

A brief re-cap of the 2018-19 6th level…
Promoted, automatically, to the 5th division (the National League)…
-2018-19 National League North: Stockport County (who won the NL-N by 1 point over Chorley).
-2018-19 National League South: Torquay United (who won the NL-S by 10 points over Woking).

Promoted, via the play-offs, to the 5th division (the National League)…
-2018-19 National League North: Chorley (beating Spennymoor Town, in the final, 1-1/aet/4-3 on penalties).
-2018-19 National League South: Woking (beating Welling Utd, in the final, 1-0).

Clubs promoted to the 6th level…
-Clubs promoted to National League North:
Promoted from Northern Premier League Premier Division: Farsley Celtic.
Promoted from Southern League Premier Division Central: Kettering Town, King’s Lynn Town.

-Clubs promoted to National League South:
Promoted from Isthmian League Premier Division: Dorking Wanderers, Tonbridge Angels.
Promoted from Southern League Premier Division South: Weymouth.

Clubs relegated out of the 5th division into the 6th level…
Braintree Town, Gateshead, Havant & Waterlooville, Maidstone United.

Clubs relegated out of the 6th level into the 7th level…
-2018-19 National League North: Ashton Utd, FC United of Manchester, Nuneaton Borough.
-2018-19 National League South: Truro City, East Thurrock Utd, Weston super-Mare.

    The 6th division’s two 1st-place teams, as of 9 September 2019 (with 9-or-10 games played)…

-2019-20 National League North… Link for league table…[2019-20 National League North].
1st place: the just-promoted King’s Lynn Town.
King’s Lynn Town are from King’s Lynn, Norfolk (population 44,000), on Norfolk’s north coast, within the marshy lowland estuary called the Wash. The town of King’s Lynn is situated, by road, about 32 miles (52 km) west of Norwich. King’s Lynn Town wear Pale-Blue-jerseys-with-Yellow pants, and have the nickname of the Linnets. The club plays at the Walks Stadium, as did their predecessor-club. The club was established in 2010, as the Phoenix-club of King’s Lynn FC (1879-2009).

For their debut season 10 year ago, King’s Lynn Town were placed in the 9th level, in the United Counties League; they then won 2 promotions in 3 seasons…They won promotion to the 8th level in their second season (2011-12). And then they won promotion to the Northern Premier the following season of 2011-12. But then King’s Lynn Town languished for 7 seasons in the 7th tier. Midway through that spell, the club was transferred to the Southern League (in 2015-16). When the 7th level expanded from 3 to 4 leagues in 2017-18, King’s Lynn Town were placed in the Southern Premier-Central. The club finally won promotion to the 6th tier as a super-play-offs winner in 2019, beating Stratford Town and Alvechurch, en route to a 3-2 victory over Warrrington Town in the 7th-level’s super play-off final. So now King’s Lynn Town have made it to the 6th division, which was the highest point that the original club had achieved (back in 2008-09). The new club, who drew 712 per game last season, are now averaging 1.1 K per game, which is just about exactly the same as what the old club was drawing, right before they imploded eleven years ago. {Attendance figures for non-League from over 10 years ago are hard to find, but my first map on this subject, from way back in October 2008, shows that the late lamented King’s Lynn FC were the 24th-best-drawing non-League club as of October 2008…click on the following to see that map…}
Photo and Image credits above – Aerial shot [satellite image], screenshot from Main Stand, photo by Owen Pavey at

2019-20 National League South… Link for league table…[2019-20 National League South].
1st place: Wealdstone.
Wealdstone FC are from Ruislip, which is in NW Greater London (and was formerly situated in Middlesex). Wealdstone wear Royal-Blue-with-White, and have two nicknames: the Stones, and the Royals. Wealdstone were a founding member of the the 5th division in 1979-80 [as part of the first season of the Alliance Premier League, which was the precursor to the Conference National and then the National League]. The clubs’ greatest moment came in 1984-85, when Wealdstone not only won the Alliance Premier, but also won the FA Trophy: thus becoming the first club to ever win the non-League Double (see photos and caption below). The only problem was that Wealdstone were a couple years ahead of their time, because at that point, there was no automatic promotion – yet – between the 5th division and the Football League. That was instituted a mere two years later, in 1986-87. So Wealdstone, failing to grab the attention of the old-boys-club which kept vast amounts of worthy, title-winning non-League clubs out of the Football League for decades, remained in non-League football. (In the 29 seasons from when the Football League Fourth Division was formed, in 1958-59, to 1985-86 [which was the last season in the Football League with no automatic relegation out of the League], only three clubs got voted out of the Football League.)

And then, three years later, Wealdstone got relegated out of the 5th division, in 1987-88. Then it got worse: financial problems, in 1991, saw them lose their Lower Mead ground. Wealdstone were homeless for 17 years, first renting at Watford’s Vicarage Road, then in 1993 Wealdstone were renting at Yeading FC’s ground. Then in 1995 Wealdstone were renting at Edgeware FC’s ground. Then in 2005, Wealdstone were renting at Northwood FC’s ground. Finally, in 2008-09, Wealdstone acquired Ruislip Sports and Social club, and moved into Ruislip Manor’s Grosvenor Vale ground. Five seasons later, in 2013-14, Wealdstone won the Isthmian Premier, by 11 points over Kingstonian. Since being in the 6th tier (Conference South/National League-South), that is to say, since 2014-15, Wealdstone have finished in 12th, then in 11th, then in 8th, then in 13th, and last season, in 7th. Last season Wealdstone drew 882 per game; this season they are drawing 901 per game as of early September 2019. And if they keep up their solid form, Wealdstone will certainly be drawing well over one thousand per game, come April 2020.
Photo and Image credits above – Photo from the 11th of May 1985: 1984-85 Alliance Premier champions Wealdstone celebrating their 1985 FA Trophy win over Boston United (2-1), earning them them first ever non-League Double (5th division title & cup-win): photo unattributed at Photo of enamel pin of Wealdstone’s historic non-League Double of 1985: from Aerial shot of Grosvenor Vale: screenshot of satellite image from Interior shot of Grosvenor Vale: photo by Ryan at
Thanks to all at the links below…
-Thanks to the contributors at National League (English football) (
-Thanks to Nilfanion at Wikipedia…Blank map of UK historic counties, by Nilfanion (using UK Ordnance Survey data), at File:United Kingdom police areas map.svg ( Blank relief map of Greater London, by Nilfanion (using UK Ordnance Survey data), at File:Greater London UK relief location map.jpg. Blank relief map of Greater Manchester, by Nilfanion (using Ordnance Survey data), at File:Greater Manchester UK relief location map.jpg (

Photos/Images of kit badges…
[Curzon Ashton 17/18 jersey badge],[@curzonashton].
[Chester 17/18 jersey badge],
[Spennymoor 14/15 jersey badge],
[Dulwich Hamlet],
[Eastbourne (script on badge)],

-Thanks to the Non-League Matters site for non-League attendance figures,

August 22, 2019

England (including Wales) – map of all football clubs drawing above 1 K per game (2018-19 attendance figures): 133 clubs, including 41 non-League clubs.

England (including Wales) – map of all football clubs drawing above 1 K per game: 133 clubs, including 41 non-League clubs (2018-19)

By Bill Turianski on 22 August 2019;

-Article on defining the largest cities in the UK.. Where are the largest cities in Britain? (
-List of metropolitan areas in the United Kingdom (
-Metropolitan and non-metropolitan counties of England (
Attendance figures… (Average attendances last season from the 1st division through 4th division.) (Average attendances last season of all non-League clubs, ie from 5th division down.)

The map…
(Note: in bold-17-to-36-point-type, on the map, are listed the 9 largest cities within England {all English cities with more than .6 million inhabitants/see first link above}…Greater London, Manchester, Birmingham, Leeds, Liverpool, Newcastle, Nottingham, Sheffield, Bristol. Also, in 12-to-15-point-type, on the map, are listed the 83 Metropolitan and non-metropolitan counties of England. Also, in 14-point-all-cap-bold-type, are listed prominent British regional names such as: the East Midlands, the West Midlands, East Anglia, the West Country, and the Lake District; as well as North Wales and South Wales.)

The expanded list on the right side of the map shows 7 things…
A) Attendance Rank.
B) 2019 Divisional status (aka level), with promotion or relegation (if applicable) listed.
C) Home domestic league Average Attendance from 2018-19.
D) Seasons that the Club has played in the 1st division (there have been 121 seasons of English 1st division seasons [counting 2019-20]).
E) English titles won (with last title noted).
F) FA Cup titles won (with last Cup-win noted).
G) League Cup titles won (with last cup-win noted).

The map shows all clubs in the English football system which drew above 1,000 per game in 2018-19 (home domestic league matches).
Also, there is an inset-map for all the clubs from Greater London-plus-the-immediate surrounding area [GREATER LONDON (17 Clubs from Greater London + 3 from surrounding areas of the Home Counties).] At the foot of the map-page are shown the crests of the top-50-drawing English-and-Welsh clubs, arranged L-R with their crests sized, to reflect their drawing-power. (The top 50 drawing clubs in the English league system in 2018-19 ended up being all the clubs which drew above 9.8 K per game.)

There were 8 clubs which drew above 40 thousand per game…
-Manchester United (who finished in 6th place in the 2018-19 Premier League, drawing 74.4 K per game).

-Arsenal (who finished in 5th place in the 2018-19 Premier League, drawing 59.9 K per game).

-West Ham United (who finished in 10th place in the 2018-19 Premier League, drawing 58.3 K per game).

-Tottenham Hotspur (who finished in 4th place in the 2018-19 Premier League, drawing 54.2 K per game).

-Liverpool (who finished in 2nd place in the 2018-19 Premier League, drawing 52.9 K per game).

-Manchester City (who finished in 1st place in the 2018-19 Premier League, drawing 54.1 K per game).

-Newcastle United (who finished in 13th place in the 2018-19 Premier League, drawing 51.1 K per game).

-Chelsea (who finished in 3rd place in the 2018-19 Premier League, drawing 40.3 K per game).

And, in 2018-19, there were 32 clubs in the English league system which drew above 20.0 K per game. The 20-thousand-drawing clubs includes the 8 highest-drawing clubs listed above, plus the 24 clubs listed below…
-Everton (1), 38.7 K.
-Aston Villa (2-up-to-1), 36.0 K.
-Leeds United AFC (2), 34.0 K.
-Sunderland AFC (3), 32.1 K.
-Leicester City (1), 31.8 K.
-Cardiff City (1-down-to-2), 31.4 K.
-Wolverhampton Wanderers (1), 31.0 K.
-Brighton & Hove Albion (1), 30.4 K.
-Southampton (1), 30.1 K.
-Nottingham Forest (2), 28.1 K.
-Derby County (2), 26.8 K.
-Sheffield United (2-up-to-1), 26.1 K.
-Norwich City (2-up-to-1), 26.1 K.
-Crystal Palace (1), 25.4 K.
-Stoke City (2), 25.2 K.
-Sheffield Wednesday (2), 24.4 K.
-Fulham (1-down-to-2), 24.3 K.
-West Bromwich Albion (2), 24.1 K.
-Middlesbrough (2), 23.2 K.
-Huddersfield Town AFC (1-down-to-2), 23.2 K.
-Birmingham City (2), 22.4 K.
-Bristol City (2), 21.0 K.
-Burnley (1), 20.5 K.
-Watford (1), 20.0 K.

The list goes to 1,000 per game (133 clubs), but I also included, on the list and on the map, all clubs which drew in the 900s…of which there were only 3 clubs: Chelmsford City (6), Bomsgrove Sporting (8-up-to-7), Worthing (7). So that made it 136 teams on the map. Here are all the clubs which just missed out being on the map: that is, all the clubs which drew in the 800s…7 clubs: Wealdstone (6), St Albans City (6), Gateshead (5-down-to-6), Kettering Town (7-up-to-6), Spennymoor Town (6), Blyth Spartans (6), Nuneaton Borough (6-down-to-7).

Here is the breakdown, by division (aka level), of…All the clubs in the English football pyramid which drew over 1 K per game in 2018-19 (133 clubs).
1 – Premier League: all 20 clubs.

2 – EFL Championship: all 24 clubs.

3 – EFL League One: all 24 clubs.

4 – EFL League Two: all 24 clubs.

5 – [non-League] National League: 21 of the 24 clubs…The exceptions being Gateshead (who were demoted for financial irregularities, drawing 0.8 K per game), Boreham Wood (who remained in the 5th division drawing 0.7 K per game [an all-time-club record]), and Braintree Town (who were relegated straight back to the 6th division, drawing 0.6 K per game), .

6 – [non-League] 2 regional leagues, National leagues North & South: 18 of the 44 clubs in the 6th level drew above 1.0 K per game (12 in NL-N, 6 in NL-S).
Those eighteen 6th-level clubs which (impressively) drew over 1.0 K were…
-Stockport County (who were promoted to the 5th division, drawing 3.9 K per game).
-Torquay United (who were promoted to the 5th division, drawing 2.5 K per game).
-York City (who drew 2.5 K per game).
-Hereford (who drew 2.3 K per game).
-FC United of Manchester (who were relegated to the 7th level, drawing 1.9 K per game).
-Woking (who were promoted to the 5th division, drawing 1.8 K per game).
-Dulwich Hamlet (who drew 1.8 K per game).
-Chester (who drew 1.8 K per game).
-Kidderminster Harriers (who drew 1.6 K per game).
-Chorley (who were promoted to the 5th division, drawing 1.4 K per game).
-Darlington (who drew 1.3 K per game).
-AFC Telford United (who drew 1.3 K per game).
-Altrincham (who drew 1.2 K per game).
-Dartford (who drew 1.1 K per game).
-Boston United (who drew 1.0 K per game).
-Bath City (who drew 1.0 K per game).
-Billericay Town (who drew 1.0 K per game).
-Southport (who drew 1.0 K per game).

7 – [non-League] 4 regional leagues, Northern Premier/Southern Central/Southern South/Isthmian: 3 of the 88 clubs…
The three 7th-level clubs which (very impressively) drew above 1 K per game were:
-South Shields (who finished in 2nd place in the Northern Premier (losing out in the play-offs), and drawing 1.5 K per game).
-Scarborough (who finished in 8th place in the Northern Premier, drawing 1.5 K per game).
-Weymouth (who finished in 1st place in the Southern League Premier-South [winning promotion to the National League-South], and drawing 1.0 K per game).

Here is the current/2019-20 breakdown of the top 50-drawing clubs from last season (ie, all the clubs in the English football pyramid which drew over 9.8 K per game in 2018-19)…
-All 20 clubs in the [current] 2019-20 Premier League.
-23 of the 24 clubs in the [current] 2019-20 EFL Championship, the exception being the just-promoted Luton Town (note: Luton Town are currently drawing above 9.8 K now, and will probably be in the top-50-drawing clubs for the 19/20 season: they are playing to very close to full-capacity (98%-capacity) at their 10.2 K-capacity Kenilworth Road ground).
-4 of the 24 clubs in the [current] 2019-20 EFL League One…Portsmouth, the just-relegated Ipswich Town, the just-relegated Bolton Wanderers, and the just-relegated Rotherham United.
-One of the 24 clubs in the [current] 2019-20 EFL League Two…the just-relegated Bradford City.
Thanks to all at the links below…
-Nilfanion, at File:English metropolitan and non-metropolitan counties 2010.svg (
Attendance… (1st division through 4th division). (all non-League from 5th division down).

August 6, 2019

Germany: 2019-20 map showing Club Membership sizes (top 3 levels: Bundesliga, 2-Bundesliga, 3-Liga/56 teams) (figures from January 2019).

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Germany: map showing club membership sizes (top 3 levels/56 teams) (figures from January 2019)

By Bill Turianski on 6 August 2019;

-World site (for Club Membership totals, which can be found at each club’s Profile page there)…
-2019–20 Bundesliga (
-Official site of Bundesliga (English)…
-English-speaking Bundesliga blog…
-Summary – 2019-20 Bundesliga: fixtures, tables, results, stats, etc…

The map…
The total amount of dues-paying members of each of the 2019-20 German 1st, 2nd and 3rd division clubs are shown by the circles – large or small – which are centered on each club’s location. The larger the circle, the larger the club membership size. I simply doubled the club-membership-amount and used that figure for the square-pixel-size of the club’s circle. I had to stop at ~12-sq-pixels, though, or the 6-sq-pixel location-dots for each of the small clubs would have obscured their club-membership-circles. However, all 56 clubs on the map have their club crest shown in about the same size…approximately 50-by-50 pixel-size (ie, disc-shaped crests are 52-square-pixels; while the more block-shape crests are a few pixels less, and attenuated crests like ‘Gladbach’s and Werder’s are a few pixels more). It got a little tight in the densely-populated and fussball-centric Rhine-Ruhr region of western Germany, but I was just able to fit in all the clubs, from the top 3 divisions, there.

But when it came to the planet-Jupiter-like size of Bayern Munich’s club-membership circle, as well as the planet-Neptune-like size of both Schalke’s and Dortmund’s club-membership circles, I had to accommodate for that. So, the rather big circles for the 3 German mega-clubs with the largest number of members are placed partially outside the map, so as to not obscure aspects within the map.

The membership totals for each club are listed in the chart at the far right, along with 2019-20 divisional levels, with any promotions or relegations noted. (Note: Germany uses Roman numerals for divisions [Levels]… I=Bundesliga, II=2.Bundesliga, III=3.Liga.) Also listed in the chart are three more things…2018-19 home league average attendances, Seasons played in the 1st division (counting 2019-20, there will have been 57 seasons of Bundesliga), and German titles (with last title noted). All 2019-20 Bundesliga clubs, as well as all the clubs with more than 10,000 dues-paying members (27 clubs), are shown on the map via a thin horizontal band which notes their membership-size.

The 50+1 rule in German football.
Excerpt from…‘The 50+1 rule (German: 50+1-Regel) is an informal term used to refer to a clause in the regulations of the Deutsche Fußball-Liga. The clause states that, in order to obtain a license to compete in the Bundesliga, a club must hold a majority of its own voting rights. The rule is designed to ensure that the club’s members retain overall control, protecting clubs from the influence of external investors.’ {End of excerpt.}
Exceptions have been made for ex-company-teams with more than 20 years of financial support…Bayer Leverkusen (funded by Bayer [pharmeceuticals]), and VfL Wolsburg (funded by Volkswagen [motor vehicles]), as well as Hoffenheim (funded by SAP [a computer firm run by longtime Hoffenheim supporter Dietmar Hopp]). Nevertheless, there is now the whole charade of RB Leipzg, which does have (a few) club members, but that membership is exclusive. The average fan cannot join Rasenballsport (Lawnballsport) Leipzig, as a club member. RB Leipzig, which is owned by Red Bull [energy drink purveyors], have been a Bundesliga club for 4 seasons now, and are good enough to qualify for the Champions League, and are popular enough to draw over 38-K-per-game. Yet RB Leipzig have less than 1,000 club-members. That is because club-membership in RB Leipzig is open only to select corporate cronies, for a vast sum. Thus making a mockery of the 50+1 rule.

Football club membership in Germany usually entails benefits like discounts and first dibs on tickets, discounts on merchandise, and a free subscription to the club newsletter (or magazine), and usually (but not in every case) it gives a club-member voting rights, and plus sometimes even more free stuff {see 2 sentences below}. And in some cases (like with the biggest clubs), you can’t buy tickets without being a member, like with Bayern Munich and also, I think, with Dortmund (it’s confusing). Yearly dues are usually in the €25 to €60 range for adults.

I looked at all the big clubs’ websites for info on all this, and I decided to use the example of Borussia Mönchengladbach, because this Rhine-Ruhr-based club near the Dutch border had the most straightforward online pitch, and they offer plenty of “stuff”… [Become a club member (aka FohlenClub)/English translation]…
Membership in Borussia Mönchengladbach gets you: A selection from 3 gifts: Fan scarf with slogan; or a 10-Euro-donation to Borussia foundation; or a knit cap with slogan. Right of first refusal on day tickets. Discounted season tickets. 10%-off at FoalShop. Invitation to exclusive member events. 8 issues of the club-magazine, which is called FoalenEcho – The Magazine. Discount for Fanproject (community outreach) membership. Participation in the annual General Meeting (with voting rights). Free admission to the Borussia Mönchengladbach Women’s team, and to the Youth-teams. Member card. Price: Under-18s: €40, Adults: €60 (which is $67 USD)…

Sounds like a decent deal to me, and it seems that more than 85 thousand Mönchengladbach fans would agree.

German clubs with the largest Membership sizes, and clubs with the highest ratio of Members-versus-Crowd-size…
As mentioned further above, the 3 German clubs with the largest amount of dues-paying members are: Bavarian giants Bayern Munich (290,000 club-members), and two clubs 16 miles (22 km) apart in the Rhine-Ruhr: FC Schalke 09 (155,400 club-members), and Borussia Dortmund (155,000 club-members).

The fourth, and only other German club with more than 100-K in club-membership, is FC Köln of Cologne. FC Köln, who were just promoted back to the Bundesliga, have 102,000 members. After that, there are 4 other German clubs with over 50-K in club-membership…Hamburg (who are still stuck in the 2nd division) have 85.5 K club-members; the aforementioned Borussia Mönchengladbach, have 85.1 K club-members; the just-relegated VfB Stuttgart have 65.5 K club-members; and Eintracht Frankfurt have 59 K club-members.

Some medium-large clubs that are Bundesliga mainstays, have slightly less actual dues-paying members than their average attendance (70 to 90% ratio). Like Werder Bremen (36.5-K-in-membership / 40.2 K avg attendance: 90% ratio), and Hertha Berlin (36-K-in-membership / 49.2 K avg attendance: 73% ratio), and Wolfsburg (20.1-K-in-membership / 24.4 K avg attendance: 82% ratio). And note that two of these three (Wolsburg and Werder), the ones with ratios close to 100%, have won German titles in the last 15 years.

Some German clubs, though not exactly Bundesliga mainstays, draw above-or-near-to 40 K per game, yet have only have dues-paying membership in the 20-to-25-K-range (ie, nearer to a ~50% ratio). Falling into this category are: current-Bundesliga side Fortuna Düsseldorf, as well as the just-relegated sides Hannover 96, and FC Nürnberg.

As of mid-2019, within the top 3 levels of German football, there are 9 clubs that have more dues-paying members than their 2018-19 average attendance (ie, a +100% ratio). This category comprises the top 7 highest-drawing clubs in Germany last season, plus Bayer Leverkusen (the 19th highest-drawing German club), plus the currently-3rd-division side 1860 Munich (who are the 27th highest-drawing German club).
The list below includes A) Club-membership Rank; B) Club-membership total / 2018-19 Avg Attendance; C) Percent-capacity; D) Level.
1) Bayern Munich: 290 K club-members / 75 K avg attendance (100%-capacity) [1st div].
2) Schalke: 155.4 K club-members / 60.9 K avg attendance (98%-capacity) [1st div].
3) Dortmund: 155 K club-members / 80.8 K avg attendance (99%-capacity) [1st div].
4) FC Köln: 102 K club-members / 49.5 K avg attendance (99%-capacity) [2nd div in 18/19; promoted to 1st div for 19/20].
5) Hamburg: 85.5 K club-members / 48.8 K avg attendance (86%-capacity) [2nd div].
6) Mönchengladbach: 85.1 K club-members / 49.6 K avg attendance (92%-capacity) [1st div].
7) Stuttgart: 65.5 K club-members / 55.5 K avg attendance (90%-capacity) [1st div in 18/19; relegated to 2nd div for 19/20].
8) Eintracht Frankfurt: 59 K club-members / 49.7 K avg attendance (95%-capacity) [1st div].
11) Bayer Leverkusen: 28.3 K members / 27.9 K avg attendance (93%-capacity) [1st div].
15) 1860 Munich: 22.4 K club-members / 14.9 K avg attendance (70%-capacity) [3rd div].

And finally…One club that is not a large club by any means, yet are rather well-supported in terms of club-membership-size-versus-average-crowd-size, bears mentioning. That is the newly-promoted FC Union Berlin, a club that hails from the former East Germany. FC Union Berlin play at a 22-K-capacity stadium in the eastern part of Berlin, which is called Stadion An der Alten Försterei (Stadium at the old forester’s house). In 2013, this stadium was re-built and expanded with the labor of, and funds from, the club’s supporters. FC Union will play in the Bundesliga for the first time in 2019-20. FC Union have 20,000 dues paying members, and they averaged 21,200 per game last season in 2-Bundesliga, when they finished in 3rd place, and then won the Relegation Play-offs over VfB Stuttgart, 2-2 aggregate and on the away goals rule. It was the first time the 2nd-division team won the Bundesliga Relegation Play-off in 7 years.
Thanks to all at the following links…
-Blank map of Germany, by NordNordWest at File:Germany location map.svg.
-World site (for Club Membership totals, which can be found in each club’s Profile page there)…
-E-F-S site,
-2019–20 Bundesliga (
-2019-20 2. Bundesliga (
-2019-20 3. Liga (

July 19, 2019

2019 Copa Libertadores: map of Final Stages (16 teams).

Filed under: Copa Libertadores — admin @ 1:26 pm
2019 Copa Libertadores: map of Final Stages (16 teams)

By Bill Turianski on 19 July 2019;

-2019 Copa Libertadores/Final Stages (
-Summary – CONMEBOL Libertadores – Final Stages [2019] (

Following the Group Stage of March-through-May, the Copa Libertadores Final Stages begin on the 23rd of July, with the field whittled down from 32 to 16. Not surprisingly, the lion’s share of those teams still alive are from the two South American fútbol powers of Brazil (6 teams) and Argentina (4 teams). The Brazilian sides to advance are (in order of seeding): Palmeiras (#1 seed), Cruzeiro (#2 seed), Internacional (#3 seed), Flamengo (#7 seed), Grêmio (#12 seed), and Athletico Paranaense (#14 seed). The Argentinian sides to advance are: Boca Juniors (#6 seed), the Cup-Holder, River Plate (#10 seed), San Lorenzo (#13 seed), and Godoy Cruz (#15 seed).

What is surprising is that three of the remaining 16 teams still alive in the tournament are from Paraguay…all of whom won their groups to advance: Cerro Porteño (#4 seed), Libertad (#5 seed), and three-time Libertadores champions Olimpia (#8 seed). Also somewhat surprising is the advancement of two teams from Ecuador: LDU Quito (#11 seed), and Emelec (#16 seed). But, actually it should not be that much of a shock to see two Ecuadorian clubs survive the Libertadors group stage, seeing as how only 3 seasons ago [2016], a small and unheralded club from Ecuador, Independiente del Valle of Greater Quito, managed to make it all the way to the Finals (losing to Atlético Nacional of Colombia 2-1 aggregate).

To round out the final 16, there is one more side…Club Nacional [of Uruguay] (#9 seed). So, there are no Colombian teams or Chilean teams in the final 16 of the Libertadotes this year, which is surprising.

Thanks to all at the links below…
-Globe-map of South America by Luan at File:South America (orthographic projection).svg ([South America]).
-Blank map of South America by Anbans 585 at File:CONMEBOL laea location map without rivers.svg ([2018 Copa Libertadores]).
-2019 Copa Libertadores (
-Copa Libertadores 1960-2017 Club Histories (
-Libertadores titles list {}.

Thanks to James Nalton at World Football for tweets & re-tweets {WFi}.

July 3, 2019

Spain: football clubs of Madrid – map of all clubs in the top 3 divisions of Spanish football that are located in the Community of Madrid (11 clubs plus 3 B-teams, including 4 La Liga clubs).

Filed under: Spain — admin @ 10:28 am

Madrid clubs (11 clubs plus 3 B-teams)

By Bill Turianski on 3 July 2019;
-2019-20 La Liga (
-2019–20 Segunda División (
-Segunda División B de España 2019-20 (
-How the challenge of building a club’s identity in Madrid’s satellite towns could alter Spanish football forever (from March 2019, by Mark Sochon at

The map shows all clubs from the Community of Madrid that are currently [2019-20] playing in the top 3 levels of Spanish football. (There are 17 autonomous communities of Spain, one of which is the Community of Madrid {see this, Autonomous communities of Spain (}.) A small chart to the right of the map includes each club’s, or B-team’s, 2018-19 home league average attendances, as well as Seasons-in-the-1st-division. (Note: ‘n/a’ on the chart means ‘not applicable’ – and it refers to the fact that in Spain, although B-teams [reserve teams] are allowed to play in the Spanish league system, the B-teams are only allowed to win promotion to the 2nd division, and are banned from winning promotion to La Liga, and are not allowed to be in the same or higher level as the parent-club.)

There are 11 clubs from Madrid/Greater Madrid that are currently in the top 3 levels. Plus there are also 3 B-teams in the 3rd tier…Real Madrid Castilla [B], Atlético Madrid B, and the just-promoted Getafe B. So that makes it 14 teams in total from Madrid/Greater Madrid that are playing in the top 3 levels.

There are 4 Madrid/Greater Madrid-based clubs playing in La Liga (the 1st division), although last season [2018-19], the Spanish top flight had a record 5 clubs from Madrid/Greater Madrid. But that changed with the relegation of Rayo Vallecano, in May 2019.

The mini-profiles below include: Colours, 2018-19 avg. attendance (and change from 2017-18), Venue/location, Seasons-in-1st-Div, Titles-or-best-finish…
The 4 Madrid/Greater Madrid-based clubs in La Liga
-Real Madrid. Colours: All-White with random trim colours. Crowds: 60.5 K per game (down -8.5%). Venue: Estadio Santiago Bernabéu (cap: 81.0 K), in the pricey Chamartín district that is located just north of Madrid city centre. Real Madrid are a founding member of La Liga and have never been relegated (89 seasons counting 2019-20). Real Madrid have won a record 33 Spanish titles (last in 2017), and a record 13 UEFA Champions League titles (last in 2018).
-Atlético Madrid. Colours: Red-&-White vertical-stripes with Blue pants. Crowds: 56.0 K (up +1.1%). Venue: Estadio Metropolitano (cap: 67.8 K), located in the eastern part of Madrid, in the Rosas neighbourhood in the San Blas-Canillejas district. Previously (up to August 2017), Atlético Madrid played at Vicente Calderón Stadium, which was located in southern Madrid (its location is shown on the map). The club has played in 83 of the 89 seasons of La Liga. Atlético Madrid have won 10 Spanish titles (last in 2014), which is 3rd-most.
-Getafe CF. Colours: Light-Royal-Blue. Crowds: 10.8 K (up +5.4%). Venue: Coliseum Alfonso Pérez (cap: 17.3 K), located just south of the City of Madrid (right on the border), in the city of Getafe, which is a suburb of Madrid. Getafe have many former Atletico Madrid supporters. They have had success in Europe (beating Tottenham en route to the 2008-09 UEFA Cup Quartefinals). Getafe will be playing their 15th season of La Liga in 2019-20. Their best finish was last season, where they finished in 5th, just missing out on the UEFA Champions League.
-CD Leganés. Colours: Blue-&-White vertical-stripes and White pants. Crowds: 9.9 K (up +4.0%). Venue: Buturque (cap: 12.4 K), located in the city of Leganés, which is just south of the City of Madrid, and just west of Getafe. Leganés will be playing in only their 4th season of La Liga in 2019-20. Their best finish was last season, in 13th place.

The 3 Madrid/Greater Madrid-based clubs in the 2nd level (Segunda División)
-Rayo Vallecano (who were just relegated from La Liga). Colours: White-with-Red-diagonal-sash. Crowds: 11.8 K (up +25.5%). Venue: Campo de Fútbol de Vallecas (cap: 14.8 K), located just east of Madrid city centre, in the working-class neighborhood of Vallecas (in the Madrid district of Puente de Vallecas). Rayo Vallecano have played in 18 seasons of La Liga, but were relegated straight back to the 2nd division in May 2019. Rayo’s best finish was 8th place in La Liga, in 2012-13.
-AD Alcorcón. Colours: Yellow with Dark Blue trim. Crowds: 2.1 K (down -1.5%). Venue: Estadio Municipal de Santo Domingo, located in the city of Alcorcón, south-west of Madrid. Counting 2019-20, Alcorcón have played 10 straight seasons of 2nd-division football; their best-ever finish was 4th place in the 2011–12 Segunda División.
-CF Fuenlabrada (who were just promoted from the 3rd tier). Colours: all-Royal-Blue. Crowds: 1.4 K (down -7.0%). Venue: Estadio Fernando Torres (cap: 7.5 K), located in the city of Fuenlabrada, which is south-west of central Madrid. Fuenlabrada are making their 2nd division debut in 2019-20.

The 4 Madrid/Greater Madrid-based clubs, plus the 3 B-teams [making 7 teams in total), in the 3rd level (the 80-team Segunda B)...
-CF Rayo Majadahonda (who were just relegated from the 2nd division). Colours: White jerseys with Red trim and Blue pants. Crowds: 3.3 K (up +2.8 K-per-game). Venue: The club plays in a 3.5-K-capacity stadium at the training ground and academy of Atlético Madrid (see below), located 16 km (10 mi) north-west of central Madrid, in the city of Majadahonda. Rayo Majadahonda were promoted to the 2nd division for the first time ever in 2017-18, but they went straight back down to the 3rd tier in May 2019. In the interim, though, the club more than sextupled their average attendance, going from 0.5 K to 3.3 K.
-Real Madrid Castilla (B-team). Crowds: 1.0 K (up +0.1 K per game). Venue: Alfredo di Stéfano Stadium, in Valdebebas, Madrid, located a couple kilometers north-east of the Bernebeu. Real Madrid Castilla have played 33 seasons of 2nd division football, but have been stuck in the 3rd tier since 2014; their best-ever finish was in 1983-84, when they finished in 1st place in the 2nd division, and Real Madrid Castilla would have been promoted to La Liga had they not been a B-team.
-San Sebastián de los Reyes [aka Sanse; aka SS Reyes]. Colours: All White with Red trim. Crowds: 0.7 K (~no change from 17/18). Venue: Estadio Municipal Nuevo Matapiñonera (cap: 2.0 K), which features artificial turf and is located in the town of San Sebastián de los Reyes, 20 km (10 mi) north-east of central Madrid. SS Reyes’ best finish was as a 6th place finisher in Group 1 of the Segunda B [3rd tier]: this happened 3 times (1994-95, 1999-2000, 2006-07).
-Atlético Madrid B. Crowds: 0.5 K (down -0.06 K). Venue: the Atlético Madrid B-team plays at Estadio Cerro del Espino (cap: 3.5 K), at the training ground and academy of Atlético Madrid, located 16 km (10 mi) north-west of central Madrid, in the city of Majadahonda. Atlético Madrid B have been playing in the 3rd tier consecutively since 2000-01; they have played 11 seasons of 2nd division football: their best finish was in 2nd place in the 2nd division in 1998-99, so, like Real Madrid Castilla in 1984, Atlético Madrid B would have won promotion to La Liga in 1999 had they not been a reserve team.
-CF Internacional (aka Inter de Madrid). Colours: Red-&-Black horizontal-stripes with Black pants. Crowds: 0.4 K (change v. 17/18 unavailable because 4th division attendances are not reported in Spain). Venue: the tiny Polideportivo Municipal (cap: 1.0 K), located in the town of Boadilla del Monte, which is just west of central Madrid. Inter de Madrid won promotion to the 3rd tier for the first time ever two seasons ago [2017-18], so their best finish was last season: 14th place in the 3rd tier in the 20-team Group 1 of the 80-team Segunda B.
-Las Rozas CF (who were just promoted from the 4th tier). Colours: Blue jerseys and White pants. Crowds: attendance unavailable because 4th division attendances are not reported in Spain. Venue: Dehesa de Navalcarbón (cap: 3.0 K), located in the town of Las Rozas, which is 18 km (11 mi) north-west of central Madrid. Las Rozas won promotion back to the 3rd tier in 2018-19; their best finish was in Group 1 of the Segunda B (the 80-team 3rd tier) in 2004-05.
-Getafe B (who were just promoted from the 4th tier). Crowds: attendance unavailable because 4th division attendances are not reported in Spain. Venue: Getafe B play at the club’s training ground, Ciudad Deportiva Getafe CF, which is adjacent to the senior team’s stadium, in the northern part of the city of Getafe (which borders the southern edge of the City of Madrid). Getafe B won promotion back to the 3rd tier in 2018-19, after 3 seasons in the 4th tier; their best finish was in 2010-11, at 7th place in Group 1 of the Segunda B (the 80-team 3rd tier).
Thanks to all at the following links…
-Globe-map of Spain by TUBS at File:Spain on the globe (Europe centered).svg (
-Map of Spain showing the Community of Madrid, by TUBS at File:Comunidad de Madrid in Spain (plus Canarias).svg (
-Blank map of the Community of Madrid by Miguillen at File:Spain Madrid location map.svg(
-Attendance figures from

June 15, 2019

Canadian Premier League (aka Can PL): 2019 location map (first season/7 teams).

Filed under: Can PL,Canada — admin @ 2:57 pm

Canadian Premier League (aka Can PL): 2019 location map (first season/7 teams)

By Bill Turianski on 15 June 2019;
-Can PL official site (
-Canadian Premier League (
-Fixtures, results, tables, etc…

The map…The map shows the locations and home jersey-badges of the 7 Can PL teams, as well as the 4 other pro Canadian soccer teams (3 teams from MLS, and one team from the USL-Championship). At the top of the map page, photos from each of the 7 Can PL teams’ venues are shown.

Canadian Premier League (aka Can PL): a member of CONCACAF; est. 2019.
The Canadian Premier League (aka Can PL) is being referred to as a startup league. And it is starting small, with just 7 modestly-budgeted teams, to avoid a quick and costly crash-and-burn. There are plans for expansion for the second season (in 2020; see possible expansion plans further below). There will be no expensive signings of over-the-hill marquee players (like in MLS), and for the most part, the venues are small and sensible. True, there are two large, plus-20-K-capacity Canadian Football League venues (for the Hamilton and Winnipeg teams), but otherwise, the Can PL stadiums are all under 7-K-capacity…for now. The plan is for the venues to increase their capacities, as the teams’ fan bases enlarge.

The league has been created to give Canadian soccer fans a league of their own, and to give Canadian soccer players more opportunities, and to give the Canadian national team more competitive players. It is that simple. Seven roster spots per team are allocated to non-Canadian players. There are two 14-game mini-tournaments (Spring and Autumn), with the winner of each tournament facing off in the Final, in late October.

The 7 charter members of the Can PL are…(going from western-most to eastern-most teams):
Pacific FC (Victoria, BC),
Cavalry FC (Calgary, AB),
FC Edmonton (Edmonton, AB),
Valour FC (Winnipeg, MB),
Forge FC (Hamilton, ON),
York 9 FC (northern Toronto [York region], ON),
HFX Wanderers (Halifax, NS).

Canadian Premier League expansion for 2020 and beyond might include teams from the following regions…
-New Brunswick (probably Moncton)
-Saskatchewan (Saskatoon, or maybe Regina)
-Quebec (Quebec City, or maybe Sherbrooke in southern Quebec)
-Mississauga, ON (a suburb southwest of Toronto)
-Ottawa, ON, in the form of the pro team the Ottawa Fury FC (est. 2014, and currently playing in the USL-Championship [USA-2nd "level"].

There are some signs that of solid fan interest. The HFX Wanderers of Halifax, Nova Scotia, are playing to 95-percent-capacity, averaging 5,944 per game (after 3 home games). HFX played to a sold-out crowd of 6,200 in their first home match, then drew 5,387 in their second home match (which was on a weeknight), then had a standing-room-only crowd of 6,244 in their third home game.
-Meanwhile, the first-ever Can PL game [Forge FC 1-1 York FC, on April 27 2019], at Tim Hortons Field in Hamilton, ON had an attendance of 17.6 K. Since then, Forge FC have averaged a very decent 6.2 K in their next 4 home games (5.8 K v Pacific FC [Wed. May 8], 5.9 K v Cavalry FC [Sun. May 12], 6.0 K v FC Edmonton [Wed. May 29], 7.1 K v Valour FC [Sat. June 15]).
-Valour FC of Winnipeg had 9.6 K in their home opener, but drew just 4.7 K in their 3rd home game (albeit on a weeknight)

But there are also a few worrying signs….
-York 9 FC played to full capacity in their home opener, but then drew 30% less in their second home game. York 9 FC play at York University in the York region of northern Toronto, at a small 4.2-K-capacity stadium that features a fan-unfriendly running track. For their second home game on the 15th of June, York 9 FC only drew 2.9 K. York 9 are one of two Can PL teams that must compete for fans with a local Major Soccer League team (the other being Pacfic FC, of Vancouver Island). And York 9 FC’s ticket prices are pretty high, and are not really a good value compared to Toronto FC ticket prices: they start at $49 (Canadian). {See this from…York 9 ticket prices now start at $49 (minus supporters section) after the bleacher side closure. That’s simply too high for non supporters section seating. Seriously concerning}.

-Besides HFX Wanderers and York 9 FC, the only other team that is drawing above 70-percent-capacity is FC Edmonton, who are averaging 3.7 K in their 5.1-K-capacity venue. (FC Edmonton has been existence since 2011, and had played 8 seasons in NASL (II), and were on hiatus last year [2018], after NASL (II) went bust.)

-Calgary’s Cavalry FC had traffic problems in their opener that resulted in hundreds of fans never even making it into the stadium (see this, Cavalry soccer club scrambles to improve fans’ access to Spruce Meadows). And then Cavalry FC only had 2.0 K attendance in their second home game.

But on the field [as of 15 June], Calgary’s Cavalry FC are in 1st place, at 6-0. Hamilton’s Forge FC, who scored two late goals to beat Valour FC on June 15th, are in 2nd place.

Photo credits on map page…
Forge FC home jersey crest, photo from West Hills Stadium (Victoria, BC), photo by Canadian Premier League at Spruce Meadows (Calgary), photo from CPL Argentina at[@CPLArgentina]. Clarke Stadium (Edmonton), photo from IG Field (aka Investors Group Field) (Winnipeg), photo from Tim Hortons Field (Hamilton, ON), photo from York Lions Stadium (Toronto), screenshot from video at[CanPL Central]. Wanderers Grounds (Halifax, NS),[@hfxwanderersfc].

-Blank map of North America by Lokal_profil at File:BlankMap-USA-states-Canada-provinces, HI closer.svg.
-Can PL attendances from

May 29, 2019

1926 Major League Baseball: map with crests & uniforms, final standings and stats leaders; champions: St. Louis Cardinals.

Filed under: Baseball,Baseball-1926 MLB season,Retro maps — admin @ 8:27 pm

1926 Major League Baseball: map with crests & uniforms, final standings and stats leaders; champions: St. Louis Cardinals

By Bill Turianski on 29 May 2019;

Sources:, 1926 AL season; 1926 NL season.
-Baseball Hall of Fame’s Dressed to the Nines (uniforms illustrated by Marc Okkonen),[Dressed to The Nines database].
-US cities’ populations (1920 figures),
-Attendances. Source:

-An article on the St. Louis Cardinals circa 1926 to 1934…1926-34: The St. Louis Cardinals Were as Dominant as the Great Yankees Teams (by Harold Friend at
-An article on Rogers Hornsby, who has the 2nd-best all-time Batting Average in MLB history (at .358, which is second only to Ty Cobb’s .367 BAvg)…Rogers Hornsby (by C. Paul Rogers III at {Excerpts: ‘Any conversation about the greatest hitter in baseball history must include Rogers Hornsby…’ …‘Although the assessment seems rather harsh given the competition, Bill James has characterized Hornsby as perhaps the biggest “horse’s ass” in baseball history, ahead of even Ty Cobb’.}
-An article on Grover Cleveland Alexander…Alexander provides ultimate relief for Cardinals in 1926 World Series (by Craig Muder at

-Here is a link to my map-and-post of 1925 MLB: 1925 Major League Baseball: Map with logos & uniforms. Including final standings, top players, and attendance + 1925 World Series winners: Pittsburgh Pirates. That post (from April 2019) also contains descriptions of the map template used there (and here), as well as a city-by-city look at Major League attendance from the 1920s.

From 1903 to 1952 (50 seasons), there were no franchise-shifts in Major League Baseball. The 16 MLB teams from this 50-year period played in only 9 American cities…New York City (3 teams), Chicago (2 teams), Philadelphia (2 teams), Detroit, Cleveland, St. Louis (2 teams), Boston (2 teams), Pittsburgh, Washington, and Cincinnati.

Below: a chart of 1920s USA city populations, with 1926 MLB teams noted…

In 1926, led by player/manager Rogers Hornsby, the St. Louis Cardinals defeated the New York Yankees in 7 games, to win their first World Series title. The Cardinals have won the second-most World Series titles, 11 (their last being in 2011). Those eleven World Series titles won by St. Louis are second only to the 27 titles won by the New York Yankees.

1926 MLB stats leaders…
ERA: Lefty Grove (Philadelphia Athletics).
Wins: George Uhle (Cleveland Indians).
BAvg: Heinie Manush (Detroit Tigers).
HR: Babe Ruth (New York Yankees).
RBI: Babe Ruth (New York Yankees).
OPS: Babe Ruth (New York Yankees).
WAR: Babe Ruth.(New York Yankees)
WAR for pitchers: George Uhle (Cleveland Indians).
Photo and Image credits on the map page…
1926 WS champions St Louis Cardinals (banner)…
Shoulder-patch crest, from 1926 STL cap, from 1926 STL WS ring, from 1926 WS [Sportsman's Park] program, from
Rogers Hornsby [photo circa 1926], unattributed at Rogers Hornsby [1961 Golden Press card] from Les Bell [photo from 1926], Bob O’Farrell [photo circa 1926], unattributed at Ray Blades [photo circa 1930], photo by Sporting News and Rogers Photo Archive via Jim Bottomley [photo circa 1925], unattributed at Bill Sherdel [photo from 1929], photo by Sporting News and Rogers Photo Archive via

1926 MLB stats leaders…
Lefty Grove (PHA) [photo from 1925], photo by Charles M Conlon via George Uhle (CLE) [photo from 1926], photo by George Rinhart/Corbis via George Uhle (CLE) [photo from 1927], photo by Sporting News and Rogers Photo Archive via Heinie Manush (DET) [photo circa 1924], unattributed at Babe Ruth (NYY) [photo circa 1925], unattributed at Babe Ruth (NYY) [colorized photo circa 1926], unattributed/colorized by Jecinici via

-Colorized photo of Philadelphia Athletics 1925-27 elephant-logo jersey, photo unattributed and colorized by Natalia Valiukevich/ via

Thanks to all at the links below,
-University of Texas at Austin online archive (Perry-Castañeda Library Map Collection),, 1925 AL season; 1925 NL season.
-Major League Baseball (
-Baseball Hall of Fame’s Dressed to the Nines (uniforms illustrated by Marc Okkonen),
-US cities’ populations (1920 figures),

May 15, 2019

2019 CHL Memorial Cup tournament (in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada from May 17 to May 26) – the 4 teams: the Halifax Mooseheads, the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies, the Guelph Storm, the Prince Albert Raiders.

By Bill Turianski on 16 May 2019;


    2019 CHL Memorial Cup tournament (in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada from May 17 to 26). The 4 teams: the Halifax Mooseheads, the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies, the Guelph Storm, the Prince Albert Raiders.

Halifax Mooseheads (host team) (Halifax, Nova Scotia).
(It is the 25th anniversary of the Halifax Mooseheads (est. 1994-95). It is also the 50th anniversary of the QMJHL (est. 1969-70).) 2019 CHL Memorial Cup. May 17-26, 2019 at the Scotiabank Centre in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Halifax, Nova Scotia, with a metro-area population of around 403,000, is the 13th-largest city in Canada, and is the largest city in the Maritime provinces. In 2018-19, the Halifax Mooseheads drew 3rd-best in the CHL, at 8,149 per game in the 10.5-K-capacity Scotiabank Centre.

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Photo and Image credits above -
2018-19 Mooseheads jersey, from Halifax, NS, aerial photo from Scotiabank Centre, exterior shot, photo by Tony Webster at Scotiabank Centre, front entrance, photo by Greg Johnston at Samuel Asselin, photo from Antoine Morand, photo from Jared McIsaac, photo unattributed at Alexis Gravel, photo from

Rouyn-Noranda Huskies (Rouyn-Noranda, Quebec).
Rouyn-Noranda is located 632 km (393 mi) NW of Montreal (by road). Rouyn-Noranda became populated after copper was discovered there in 1917. For forty years (1926-66), the area was completely governed by the Noranda mining company. Eight mines and the copper smelter are still in operation. The Horne smelter in Noranda is the largest smelter of precious metals in the world. Rouyn-Noranda sits among a string of mining towns (the Abitibi gold belt) in northeast Ontario/northwest Quebec that includes Timmins, ON, Kirkland Lake, ON, and Val d’Or, QC.

In 1996, the QMJHL team from Sainte-Hyacinthe (50 km/30 mi E of Montreal) moved to Rouyn-Noranda. The franchise moved up north to Rouyn-Noranda because it knew it would find solid support there, as well as a built-in local rivalry with the nearby QMJHL team the Val d’Or Foreurs (who are located 105 km (65 mi) E of Rouyn-Noranda). Rouyn-Noranda play in a tiny arena, Aréna Iamgold (aka Aréna Dave-Keon), which has just 2,150 seats, but they fill it up to standing-room-only on a regular basis.

The Rouyn-Noranda Huskies were the #1-ranked team in the QMJHL going into the playoffs. And the Huskies beat Halifax 4 games to 2 to win the 2019 President’s Cup (QMJHL title). Rouyn-Noranda have now won 2 QMJHL titles in 4 years.

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Photo and Image credits above -
Rouyn-Noranda Huskies jersey (3rd/alt), photo from Aerial shot of Rouyn-Noranda, photo by Point du Jour Avaiation, here via Shot of Rouyn-Noranda, photo by Mathieu Dupuis at Shot of Northern Lights above Rouyn-Noranda, photo by Charles Schiele Photography at Shot of exterior of Iamgold Arena, photo by Benjamin Mougin at Shot of interior of Aréna Iamgold, photo by François Fortin at . Huskies jersey, photo from Peter Abbandonato, photo from Raphael Harvey-Pinard, photo from Noah Dobson, photo unattributed at Joël Teasdale, photo from Huskies celebrate winning the QMJHL title (2019 Presidents Cup), photo from[@Huskies_Rn].

Guelph Storm (Guelph, Ontario).
The Guelph Storm sit amidst the most concentrated area of major junior teams in Canada, with the Kitchener Rangers only about 28 km (17 mi) to the west of Guelph, and with the Mississauga Steelheads and the Hamilton Bulldogs both within 55 km (34 mi) of Guelph. The original OHL franchise from Guelph, ON was the Guelph Platers (7 seasons in OHL, from 1982-89, winning 1 OHL title in 1986). In 1989 the Guelph Platers moved to Owen Sound, ON, as the Owen Sound Platers (2000: name changed to Owen Sound Attack).

In 1991, two years after losing their OHL team, the city of Guelph was able to lure another OHL franchise, and the Guelph Storm were established in 1991-92. The franchise the city of Guelph lured began as the storied Toronto Marlboros (1904-1989), who won 5 Memorial Cup titles (1955, 1956, 1964, 1967, 1973). The Toronto Marlboros (1904-89) were a minor league affiliate of the Toronto Maple Leafs for 40 years (to 1967); and were in the OHA/OHL (from 1937-89). The Marlboros franchise had moved to Hamilton, ON in 1989, as the Dukes of Hamilton, but that did not work out. Two years later in 1991, the franchise moved to Guelph, filling the void left there by the Platers’ move.

The Guelph Storm won an OHL title in their 6th season (1997). In 2000, in their 9th season, the Guelph Storm moved into the new Sleeman Centre, built on the site of a former Eatons department store, in a shopping mall, in downtown Guelph. The Sleeman Centre has a seated capacity of 4.8 K, and has a nice set-up that boasts steeply raked seating and a concourse above the seating bowl that allows a view of the ice (and ample standing-room space). The Guelph Storm usually draw around 4 K per game; in 2018-19, en route to a 2nd-place finish, Guelph drew 4,146 per game (which was a solid 91.5 percent-capacity).

In the 2019 OHL playoffs, the Guelph Storm were comeback-kings. In the 1st round, Guelph swept the Kitchener Rangers. Then in the next three rounds Guelph came back from multiple-game deficits. In the 2nd round, Guelph came back from 3 games down, to upset the London Knights. Then in the 3rd round/Western final, Guelph fell behind the Saginaw Spirit 3-1, before winning three straight. And then in the OHL Championship Series, Guelph lost the first two against the Ottawa 67′s, but then won four straight, to win the OHL title (2019 J. Ross Robertson Cup). Guelph Storm have now won 4 OHL titles (1997, 2004, 2014, 2019). Four OHL titles in 28 seasons is a pretty decent run.

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Photo and Image credits above – Guelph Storm jersey front, paste-up including illustrations from Basilica of Our Lady Immaculate church, photo from Exterior shot of Sleeman Centre, photo by Tabercil at File:Sleeman Centre in Guelph ON 3.jpg ( Nate Schnarr, photo by Terry Wilson/OHL Images via Nick Suzuki, photo by Tony Saxon/Guelph Today at Isaac Ratcliffe, photo by Terry Wilson/OHL Images via Dmitri Samorukov, photo by Tony Saxon/Guelph Today at Storm players including Suzuki, Ratcliffe, Samorukov, celebrate, photo from[@Sportsnet].

Prince Albert Raiders (Prince Albert, Saskatchewan).
Prince Albert, SK is known as the “Gateway to the North”…it is the last major centre along the route to the resources of northern Saskatchewan. Prince Albert (with a metro-area population of 42,600), has supplanted Moose Jaw as the 3rd-largest city in Saskatchewan. The Prince Albert Raiders play at the 2.5-K-capacity Art Hauser Centre. Prince Albert fills their small arena the best of all the 60 teams in the 3 leagues of the CHL, at 101.35 percent-capacity in 2018-19.

The Raiders were established in 1971 as a junior hockey team, in the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League. The Raiders junior team won 4 titles in 6 seasons (from 1977 to 1982). This was good enough to get the attention of the WHL. And so in 1982, the city of Prince Albert was granted an expansion franchise in the WHL. Three years later, the Prince Albert Raiders were WHL champions, and then the Raiders won the 1985 Memorial Cup (beating Shawingun 6-1 in the final).

The 2018-19 Prince Albert Raiders were the #1-ranked team going into the WHL playoffs. They came through in the end, but almost stumbled in the Championship series, losing a 3-games-to-1 lead to the Vancouver Giants. In the 7th game, up in Prince Albert, it went to overtime, with the winning goal scored 18 minutes into OT, by Dante Hannoun {see screenshots below}. So the Prince Albert Raiders won their first WHL title in 34 years.

Click on image below for full screen view.
Photo and Image credits above – Raiders jersey illustration from Prince Albert, Saskatchewan skyline and the North Saskatchewan River, photos uploaded by Rhino at[thread: Prince Albert Saskatchewan. Exterior shot of Art Hauser Centre unattributed at Dante Hannoun scoring & celebration, 1st screenshot from; 2nd screenshot from[@TheWHL] via…. Dante Hannoun, photo from Brett Leason, photo by Marissa Baecker/Getty Images via Noah Gregor, photo unattributed at Ian Scott, photo by Lucas Chudleigh/Apollo Multimedia via

Thanks to the contributors at 2019 Memorial Cup (
Thanks to QMJHL, OHL, WHL.

May 4, 2019

CHL (Canadian Hockey League): 2019 location-map of the 60 teams (18 QMJHL teams, 20 OHL teams, 22 WHL teams); with 2018-19 attendances.

CHL (Canadian Hockey League): 2019 location-map of the 60 teams (18 QMJHL teams, 20 OHL teams, 22 WHL teams); with 2018-19 attendances

By Bill Turianski on 4 May 2019;

Links… (Fr).

Canadian Hockey League (CHL): the umbrella-organization for the 3 leagues of Major Junior Hockey in Canada. 60 teams. Est. 1975. For players aged 16-20. The 3 leagues are: the Western Hockey League (WHL), the Ontario Hockey League (OHL), and the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL/ LMJHQ in French).

The winners of the 3 leagues each season contest the Memorial Cup Tournament (est. 1919), which is played in the month of May. The Memorial Cup is a 4-team round-robin competition, which comprises the WHL champion, the OHL champion, the QMJHL champion, plus the host team. This year, the host team is the Halifax Mooseheads, of the QMJHL. (The Halifax Mooseheads are celebrating their 25th season; and the QMJHL is celebrating its 50th anniversary.) The reigning champions are the Acadie-Bathurst Titan, a QMJHL team from the small New Brunswick town of Bathurst [which has a metro-area population of only around 30,000]. Acadie-Bathurst Titan beat the Regina Pats 3-0, in Regina, Saskatchewan, to win the 2018 Memorial Cup.

Currently [4 May 2019], the 3 leagues’ playoff Finals are being played (each in a best of 7 series)…
WHL…the Vancouver Giants v Prince Albert [Saskatchewan] Raiders.
OHL…the Ottawa 67s v the Guelph [Ontario] Storm.
QMJHL…the Rouyn-Noranda [Quebec] Huskies v the Halifax Mooseheads.
(Note: since Halifax is host-team, both these QMJHL teams have already qualified for the tournament.)

Next post will be on May 15th or 16th…illustrations for each of the 4 teams that end up qualifying for the 2019 CHL Memorial Cup Tournament {like I did with this post from 2018}.
Thanks to all at the following links -
-Blank map of North America by Lokal_profil at File:BlankMap-USA-states-Canada-provinces, HI closer.svg.
-Canadian Hockey League (
Attendance figures…[2018-19 QMJHL attendance].[2018-19 OHL attendance].[2018-19 WHL attendance].

April 24, 2019

Japan: NPB (Nippon Professional Baseball), 2019 – location map, with profile-boxes of the 12 teams, and NPB titles list (1950-2018)./+ illustration for 2018 Japan Series: Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks win 2nd straight title.

Filed under: Japan,Japan: Baseball — admin @ 8:59 am

Japan: NPB (Nippon Professional Baseball), 2019 – location map, with profile-boxes of the 12 teams, and NPB titles list (1950-2018)

By Bill Turianski on 30 April 2019;
-Nippon Professional Baseball (
-Official website…

    2018 NPB: Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks win 2nd-straight title
    (And the Hawks have won 5 of the last 8 Japan Series titles).

Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks have won the Japan Series title in 2011, 2014, 2015, 2017, and 2018. The Hawks are from Fukuoka, the 4th-largest city in Japan {5.5 million metro-pop.}. Fukuoka is the largest city on the island of Kyushu, which is the southern-most of the 4 major islands that make up Japan. In 2018, the Hawks celebrated their 80th anniversary as an NPB franchise. The franchise had began in Japan’s second-city, Osaka, in 1938. From 1947 to 1988, they were the green-clad Nankai Hawks. In 1989, the franchise moved from Osaka, to Kyushu Island, becoming the Fukuoka Daiei Hawks. In 2005, with a change in corporate ownership, the team changed its name to the Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks. In 2019, the franchise celebrates its 30th season on Kyushu Island (see map at the foot of the illustration below).
Photo and Image credits above -
Yuki Yanagita (OF), Yanagita hits Sayonara Home Run (10th inning of game 5), photo by KYODO via Hawks Sh! logo, from Yuito Mori (Relief Pitcher), photo from Rick Van den Hurk, photo by Kyodo via Kai throwing out a runner in Game 1, photo by KYODO via Takuya Kai aacknowledges applause after his 5th caught-stealing putout, screenshot from an NPB video via Celebration at mound after last out (Mori and Kai), photo from Ceremonial tossing of manager (Kimiyasu Kodo), photo unattributed at Blank map of Japan from [dead link]. Fukuoka skyline with Japan Rail line in foreground, photo by Getty Images via

Thanks to all at the following links…
-Blank map of Japan, by Maximilian Dörrbecker (Chumwa) at File:Japan location map.svg (
-Globe-map of Japan, by Connormah at File:Japan (orthographic projection).svg (
-Map of Japan’s regions, by Ken Nashi at
-Map of Tokyo (Kantō MMA) metro-area, by Kzaral at File:Tokyo-Kanto definitions, Kanto MMA.png.
-Baystars B-star 2019 cap logo from photo at
-Seibu Lions mascot/photo from
-Chiba Lotte Marines new mascot (Mystery Fish), from
-Saitama Seibu Lions mascot, image from
-Thanks to this site for attendance figures, 2018 Season Attendance Figures of NPB (Japan Professional Baseball) (
-Thanks to Type Speed, for requesting this map (via twitter), and for helping me find alternate logos and mascot illustrations. ([@0TypeSpeed0].)
-Thanks to the guy who runs the twitter feed for the Reddit/NPB page, for finding mistakes, on my map, here (

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