May 27, 2010

2010 FIFA World Cup: map, with the 32 teams’ home jerseys, and the 32 teams’ World Cup titles and appearances list.

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From World Cup ‘The Final Pre-World Cup Rankings’.
Thanks to the contributors to the pages at, National team appearances in the FIFA World Cup.
Thanks to World Soccer, for some of the jersey photos. Thanks to EuroSport at, for some of the jersey photos. Thanks to World Cup, for some of the jersey photos. Thanks to, for some of the jersey photos. Thanks to My Football, for the photo of the Germany jersey. Thanks to, for the photo of the Nigeria jersey. Thanks to UK, for the photo of the Netherlands jersey.

May 22, 2010

England, Non-League Football: the 50 highest drawing clubs in the 2009-10 season (all clubs averaging over 500 per game).

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On the map, club crests are sized to reflect each club’s average attendance from home league matches in the 2009-10 season. At the far left on the map page is the list of all the clubs in English Non-League football that drew over 500 per game. The club’s level is then listed, with any promotion or relegation this season noted; then the average attendance this season, then the percent increase or decrease versus the club’s 2008-09 average attendance.
Below is a list I put together from data I found on Mike Avery’s Non-League Football Page. The list here shows the highest numerical increase in average attendance for Non-League clubs [the list on lists all clubs, League and Non-League, combined].
Note: in the column named ’2009-10 Level with Promotions/Relegations’, an up or down arrow preceding the Level number denotes league movement for that club after the 2008-09 season; and an up arrow after the Level number denotes a promotion for that club after the 2009-10 season.
It is worth noting that only one club on this list did not have any league movement in the past two seasons, York City. Also, unlike most situations where a club is relegated and then sees an attendance drop the following season, Luton Town and Mansfield Town saw attendance increases. Mansfield’s higher average attendance was pushed up by their pay-what-you-want promotion in February {see this}, which drew 7,261 to Field Mill in Mansfield, Nottinghamshire.


The cut-off on this map was 500 per game home attendance in league matches, and this meant there ended up being 50 clubs on this map. The map I made in October, 2009 had a cut-off at 600, but I lowered the bar by 100 because I couldn’t resist cramming a few more clubs into this end-of-season attendance map. The extra clubs happened to include 3 clubs from South London, so to the map page I added the Greater London map you see at the top of this post. Bromley and Welling United are both in the Conference South, which is a 6th Level league. Sutton United are a 7th Level club, and play in the Isthmian League Premier Division.

Other clubs which made it onto this map, and not onto my 3 other previous Non-League attendance maps are…Eastleigh (of the Conference-South), who are from Hampshire, just north of Southampton; Dorchester Town (also of the Conference South), who are from Dorset; and Hayes and Yeading United, who are from Hayes, Hillingdon, West London, about 3 km. (2 miles) north of Heathrow Airport. Hayes and Yeading won promotion to the Conference (aka Blue Square Premier League) in 2008-09, and drew 334 per game. This season in the Conference the club drew 664 per game, an 84% increase. Hayes and Yeading survived the drop by 3 points, finishing in 17th place.
Hayes & Yeading were the Conference club which had the highest percentage increase in average attendance (+84%)…

English Football Attendances, Average Attendances 2009-10 by % Change (

The Conference club with the highest numerical increase in average attendance was Oxford United, whose turnstile count went up 1,125 per game, to 6,004 per game. Oxford won the Conference play-off, and will play in League Two in 2010-11, thus returning to the League after a 4 season absence. Leading scorer for Oxford was James Constable, who scored 28 league goals (Conference top scorers, here {ESPN Soccernet}), and scored 3 times in 3 matches in the club’s successful playoff campaign.
The 6th Level club with the highest average attendance percentage increase and the highest numerical increase was the Welsh club Newport County AFC, who won automatic promotion to the Conference by winning the Conference South, and drew over 900 more per game than in 2008-09. The Exiles drew 1,840 per game, a 116% increase from 08/09, to their not-exactly fan-friendly, running track-scarred municipal stadium, the Newport Stadium. Newport County is a club with a pretty long League history (61 seasons, including two seasons in the 2nd Level), and are finally having a resurgence. They will make their debut in the Conference, as they were relegated multiple levels when they were relegated out of the old Fourth Division in 1988.
The 7th Level club with the highest percent increase was Aveley FC, an Isthmian League Premier Division club located in Aveley, Essex, near the Dartford Crossing. Aveley did not make this map (and in fact, their ground only has a 1,100-capacity). The Millers drew 212 per game, a 47% increase from the 144 per game they drew in 08/09, when they won promotion the Isthmian League-D1 North. Aveley page at .

The 7th Level club with the highest numerical increase in average attendance was Boston United, of Lincolshire. Boston United won promotion this season to the Conference North, drawing 224 more per game than in 08/09. Boston United drew 1,343 per game this season, and it looks like the Pilgrims are finally starting to recover from the the financial mess/grounds problem that resulted in a protracted time in administration and which plunged them from League Two (the 4th Level) to the Unibond Premier League (in the 8th Level) in the space of 2 years. York Street, home of Boston United, below…
The 8th Level club with the highest numerical increase in average attendance was the phoenix-club FC Halifax Town, of Halifax, West Yorkshire. The Shaymen saw their gates go up 286 per game to 1,452 per game, which is a figure that dwarfs other clubs at this level. Sure enough Halifax won promotion and are on the path back to regaining the position of their predecessor club, Halifax Town AFC, who had League and Conference history, but were forced to dissolve due to tax debts in 2008. The photo below shows the Shay, FC Halifax’s home. The stadium is owned by the Calderdale Metopolitan Council. Calderdale is a metropolitan borough in West Yorkshire, and is made up of 6 former local government districts within the towns of (from east to west) Brighouse, Elland, Halifax, Sowerby Bridge, Hebden Bridge, and Todmorden. Todmorden is right up against the Pennine Chain, and this is pretty much where Yorkshire ends. At the other, western, side of the Pennine Chain (which is a low-rising mountain chain which is often called the backbone of England), is Lancashire.

Seen below is the new East Stand, from a satellite photo taken while that stand was still under construction [the view is towards the south]. The East Stand was opened in March, 2010. You can pretty much see how ambitious FC Halifax Town are, by the size of the stand. The stadium now has a capacity of just over 10,000, and that is a Football League-sized ground for sure.

The 8th Level club with the second-highest numerical increase at the turnstiles was Bury Town, of Bury St. Edmunds, in Suffolk. Bury Town saw their gates increase 172 per game, from 273 to 445 per game, as they won the Southern Football League Division One Midlands. Bury Town’s Ram Meadow @ Extreme Groundhopping site.

The 8th Level club with the third-highest numerical increase in average attendance was Lowestoft Town, of Lowestoft, Suffolk. The Trawler Boys won the Isthmian League Division One North by 15 points and drew 733 per game to their Crown Meadow ground, a 30% increase and 170 more per game higher than in 2008-09. And in 2007-08, Lowestoft Town were drawing just 310 per game, so the club’s fan base has more than doubled in two years.


Thanks to, Hayes & Yeading United FC, Church Road ground (Bird’s Eye view). Thanks to Stephen Harris at, Stephen Harris @

Thanks to Sam Mason at,Oxford United FC – Kassam Stadium. Thanks to Jim 2000 at, Photos by jim 2000 @ Thanks to Oxford United FC- OxKits, Thanks to Oxford United official site/ Gallery, Thanks to The Amber Terrace at, The Amber Terrace’s photostream @

Thanks to the Pride of Anglia – Ipswich Town Football Club, Pride of Anglia (Ipswich Town).

Thanks to Extreme Groundhopping, Exreme Groundhopping – Crown Meadow, Lowestoft Town FC.

Thanks to Mike Avery for his excellent site.

May 17, 2010

League Two, 2009-10 season. The 3 promoted clubs and the 4 play-off clubs.


League Two Play-Off fixtures and results, England – League Two (

Notts County FC, empowered by the support shown by their re-awakened fan base, took the title. Lee Hughes scored 33 goals for the Magpies, and the club overcame a mid-season lull to finish strong and on top. Notts County had their highest average attendance in 16 years. The club drew 7,353 per game this season, a 65 percent increase from 08/09, when they drew 4,446 per game and finished in 19th place. This is a club that had finished in 21st place twice, 19th place twice and in 13th place in the last 5 seasons. Their new, mysterious foreign ownership had promised to invest heavily at the start of this season, and several top calibre players (for the fouth division, anyway), including goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel, joined the squad (with celebrity executive Sven-Göran Erikson on board as well). But the Qatar-based owners pulled out in February, and Notts County were almost wound up. Sven is gone now too, and the club’s financial worries are still not over, but the bottom line is this…all the early season hype and media glare got the fans back into Meadow Lane, and now that the club has won promotion, the crowds should continue to swell. But the thing is, Notts County has never come close to filling their 19,500-seat ground on a regular basis.

The last, single, season Notts County were in the the top flight was in the last season of the old First Division (in 1991-92, under manager Neil Warnock). That season the Magpies drew 11,133 per game and were relegated. It was during that season, in January 1992, that the club made plans to rebuild three sides of Meadow Lane to make it the near-20,000 seat stadium it is today. But relegation and poor play in the following seasons saw average gates diminish as re-building and expansion continued. The average gate had dwindled to the 8,000-range for the next two seasons in the second tier, and by 1994-95, in the same season that the final re-building phase was completed, Notts County were relegated to the third tier (into the old Division Two). With their big new ground the Magpies then went through a 14 season period where they drew above 6,000 just once, drawing 6,154 per game in 2002-03.

Notts County’s second-most-recent top flight spell had been three seasons in the First Division in the 1980s, with the club drawing 11,613; 10,265; and 9,463 per game from 1981 to 1984. So why did a club, which had never pulled in more than 11,000 per game in the modern era, build a stadium that has an almost 20,000 capacity? My guess is jealousy of their (very) nearby rivals, Nottingham Forest. The two clubs have grounds the closest together of any clubs in England, separated by only 275 meters (300 yards) [you can see that in the photo on the far right in the Notts County section on the map]. When Nottingham Forest were in their heyday, in the late 1970s and early 1980s, and winning trophies as recently as the 1989 and 1990 League Cup (and making a 1991 FA Cup finals appearance), it must have irritated the board at Notts County to see Nottingham Forest so big and (relatively) successful.
So when Notts County got that taste of the promised land (ie, first division football), in 1991-92, they re-built Meadow Lane too big for their fan base, believing they could increase their support as they consolidated their position in the top flight. The exact opposite happened. They were relegated that season and have never had an average attendance of higher than 10,000 per game since. I’m not saying Notts County are akin to a club like Darlington FC, in building an empty white elephant of a stadium that will never be filled on a regular basis, but over a decade of playing to 25% capacity or less cannot have been good for Notts County or their supporters.
Second place and automatic promotion goes to AFC Bournemouth. The Cherries also saw an increase at the turnstiles, though more modest…Bournemouth drew 5,720 per game (up 16% from 08.09). Brett Pitman scored 28 goals for Bournemouth this season. Two years on from their finanancial meltown and administration, Bournemouth are a club on the rise. It could be argued that this is a club that definitely belongs in the third tier and perhaps ever the second tier, if one were to go by city population, because Bournemouth is in the top 30 largest cities in England, List of towns and cities in England by population [].
Third place and automatic promotion goes to the longest-running non-promoted club in the League, Rochdale AFC. 36 seasons in the fourth division, and finally a promotion. Well done to irrepressible manager Keith Hill, their goal-scoring tandem of Chris O’Grady (22 goals) and Chris Dagnall (20 goals), and the league’s stand-out defender, the young and promising Rochdale-born Craig Dawson, who has eschewed signing with a bigger club for next season, opting instead to continue contributing to the success of his hometown club.
The League Two 2009-120 Play-Off features one down-on-their-luck-but-finding-revitalization club, Rotherham United; and three small clubs that five years ago were not even in the League…Morecambe, Aldershot Town, and Dagenham & Redbridge.
In the first legs… Rotherham snatched a late goal at Aldershot, when former Rochdale striker Adam LeFondre stole a back pass and netted. Second leg is Wednesday, 19th May in at The don Valley Stadium in Sheffield, South Yorkshire.
Meanwhile, in East London, Dagenham demolished Morecambe 6-0, with a double-brace from Joshua Scott and a brace from Paul Benson (who had scored 18 goals this season). Second leg is up in Lancashire at Morecambe’s Christie Patk on Thursday, 20th May.
League Two fixtures, here, (
Morecambe will say goodbye to Christie Road, as they are set to move into their new stadium in August. From FC, “Morecambe’s new 12 million-pound stadium to be called ‘Globe Arena’ [16 Feb., 2010]., Globe Arena, Morecambe FC. There is a new Morecambe logo as well, New Morecambe crest- what do you think? (
Thanks to BBC/Nottingham, Aerial photographs of Nottingham. Thanks to, Meadow Lane [Birds-Eye view]. Thanks to Jazza5 and Berndt Jatzwauk at, Meadow Lane.

Thanks to, Soccer Guide, League 2. Thanks to AFC, Dean Court.

Thanks to Shanandphil at, shanandphil’s photostream @; Rochdale FC [exterior]. Thanks to mikeserieys at, Rochdale Promotion 17/4/2010 (Set)/ My favorite picture of the day [part of mikeserieys' photostream @].

Thanks to campdavemorecambe at, Christie Park, Morecambe FC; campdavemorecambe’s photostream @ Thanks to The, Rotherham (DVS) [Don Valley Stadium]. Thanks to, Rotherham United.

Thanks to Aldershot, Alderhot Divisional Football Association. Thanks to, [scroll 2/3 down page] ‘The Recreation Ground: They don’t make ‘em like this anymore’ [part of 03/09/08 entry on Andy Mitten's blog].

Thanks to Gouldy99 at, Gouldy99′s photostream @ Thanks to, League 2 Stadiums. Thanks to Away, Away ground- UK Football Ground Guide.
Thanks to E-F-S site, for attendance figures, Attendance Figures, European Football
Thanks to Aerofilms Football Grounds- Then and Now, from Ian Allen Publishing, Aerofilms Football Grounds from the Air: Then and Now (Paperback) [].

May 12, 2010

League One, 2009-10 season. The 2 promoted clubs and the 4 play-off clubs.


It was a nail biting final match day last Saturday in League One. Charlton, then Millwall had the edge up to finish in the crucial second spot, and automatic promotion. Then 10-man Leeds scored twice on Bristol Rovers in the space of 5 minutes, with goals from Jonathan Howson in the 59th minute, and from Jermaine Beckford in the 63rd minute. Leeds United returns to the League Championship along with table-topper Norwich City.
Both promoted clubs had pretty good results at the turnstiles (for big clubs being stuck in the third division, that is), with Leeds drawing 24,818 per game (up 3% from 08/09), and Norwich averaging 24,617 per game (up 1% from 08/09).
The four playoff clubs all were in the top 8 of average attendance in League One. The just-relegated Charlton Athletic saw a sharp drop in attendance, to 17,407 per game (-17% from 08/09). Huddersfield Town has continued with it’s cut-rate season tickets promotion, and drew 14,381 per game (+8% from 08/09). Millwall overcame the disappointment of losing in the Play-Off final to Scunthorpe United in 2008-09. This season Millwall had decent gates, as the Lions remained competitive and exciting all season, drawing 10,835 per game (+21% from 08/09). Swindon Town also saw an increase, though more modest, as the Robins went from being a relegation-threatened side (in 2008-09) to a promotion challenger. Swindon drew 8,389 per game (+12%).

Other high-drawing clubs in League One in 2009-10 that did not win promotion, or make the playoff, were Southampton, who drew 20,982 per game (an 18% increase from 08/09), and MK Dons, who drew 10,290 per game (a 2% decrease from 08/09).
The four clubs battling for the third promotion spot are Millwall, Charlton Athletic, Swindon Town, and Huddersfield Town. Play-Off fixtures here, League 1 Play-Offs Confirmed (Football League site).
Friday, 14 May, at The County Ground in Wiltshire, it’s Swindon Town v. Charlton Athletic; with the return leg on Monday, 17 May, at The Valley in Charlton, Greewnwich, South East London.
Saturday, 15 May, at the Galpharm Stadium in West Yorkshire, it’s Huddersfield Town v. Millwall; with the return leg on Tuesday, 18 May at the New Den in Bermondsey, Lewisham, South East London.
Thanks to Mike Avery’s Non-League Football site, Football League One Attendance Grids and Charts 2009-2010.
Thanks to The Pinkun’, a Norwich-based weekly newspaper and website, The Pink’un newspaper. Thanks to Mskau at, Carrow Road “Come on you Yellows”. Thanks to Away, League One Grounds, at

Thanks to Raddersndakman at, Elland Road [2007]. Thanks to Gunnar Larsson at, Elland Road, Leeds [exterior]. Thanks to Leeds, / Stadium tours. Thanks to susstudio_x at, Elland Road exterior, part 1.

Thanks to daejin at, The New Den [aerial shot]. Thanks to Les Bailey at, Millwall Stand.

Thanks to, The Valley, Charlton, London: Bird’s Eye view. Thanks to shields_t at, The Valley [exterior]. Thanks to John Mills at, Pictures of New Charlton and the surrounding area.

Thanks to Matthew Ashton at The Guardian, “Huddersfield’s community stadium dream sours in ownership wrangle [6 May, 2009]“. Thanks to Sky, Huddersfield Town.

May 7, 2010

Brazil, Campeonato Série A: 2010 season, with average attendances from 2009.

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At the upper right on the map page is a list of 2009 atendances of all the clubs in Brazil’s 2010 Campeonato Série A season.
Reigning champions are Flamengo, the giant club from Rio de Janeiro, who had last won the title in 1992. The final match of the season at the Maracana drew 80,000, to see a 2-1 win over Gremio. São Paulo had an uncharacteristic stumble in the run-up, losing away to both Goiás and Botofogo in the weeks leading up to the finish. That massive gate pushed Flamengo to the top of the average attendance list once more.
Of the four promoted clubs from Série B, only one has both a large following and significant titles, and that is Rio’s Vasco da Gama, who have regularly drawn in the mid to high 20,000s. Vasco have won 4 Campeonato Série A titles (last in 2000), and the club won the 1998 Copa Libertadores title. Vasco da Gama bounce straight back to the Brazilian top flight after one season in the second tier.

The other promoted club with silverware is Guarani, from Campinas, São Paulo state, which is 83 kilometers (49 miles) north of the city of São Paulo. Guarani are named after the indigenous tribes that came from what is now Paraguay and southern Brazil. Guarani won the Brazilian title in 1978. They averaged around 6,800 last year in the second tier, and historically have averaged around 8,500 per game when in the first division [for attendance figures, see this... {historical attendances in Brazil}.]

The other two promoted clubs have won no national titles, and in fact have both never qualified for the Copa Libertadores…Atlético Goianiense, from Goiânia; and Ceará, from the impoverished north, in the city of Fortaleza, which is the fifth-largest city in Brazil, with a population of around 2.5 million {2009 figure}. Ceará drew very well in their promotion campaign, averaging around 21,000 per game. Atlético Goianiense drew just 4,700 per game last year, and are the second-biggest club in a city that does not tend to show support for it’s football clubs, with the relatively in-form Goiás (8th place in 2008, 9th place in 2009) only drawing about 10,200 per game over the last two seasons. Goiânia is the 13-largest city in Brazil, with a population of around 2.2 million {2008}, so the combined average gate of the two biggest clubs, about 16,000, is pretty low.
All 5 Brazilian clubs who qualified for the 2010 Copa Libertadores remained alive in the competition through to the Round of 16.
In the Round of 16, Cruzeiro, Flamengo, Internacional, and São Paulo have advanced to the Quarterfinals.
Fixtures and results, here… Copa Libertadores fixtures and results (ESPN Soccernet).
Thanks to Albion Road (Football Clubs guide), for info help Football Club guide, Brazil.

Thanks to Babylon- translation @ a click,

Thanks to Bolana, for attendance figures 2009 Campeonato Série A attendance figures [under 'Média De Público'], and 2009 Campeonato Série B attendance figures [under 'Média De Público Por Clube'].

Thanks to the contributors to the pages at Campeonato Brasileiro Série A.

Thanks to Jon Cotteril, at TV Globo and at his blog, for pointing me in the direction of Brazilian Serie A and B attendance figures. Also thanks to Jon for linking up to this map on his recent post, Pitaco Gringo’s guide to the 2010 Campeonato Brasileiro.
“Pitaco do Gringo” (Gringo’s Opinion).

TV Globo, TV Globe Esportes.

May 2, 2010

League Championship, 2009-10 season. The 2 promoted clubs and the 4 play-off clubs.


Play-Off dates… Play-Off dates announced (The Football League site).
League Championship Play-Off fixtures, Championship Play-Offs Confirmed.
On the right of the map are the 2 clubs automatically promoted to the Premier League for the 2010-11 season…Newcastle United, and West Bromwich Albion, both of whom bounce straight back to the top flight. Shown in each club’s profile box are major domestic titles and League history; 2009-10 average attendance; 2009-10 kits; and 4 photos of the club’s ground. Ditto for the 4 Play-Off clubs (on the left of the map). The four play-off clubs will vie for the third promotion spot…with two legged match-ups of Nottingham Forest versus Blackpool; and Cardiff City versus Leicester City. The first legs are Saturday 8th May (Blackpool hosting Forest) and Sunday, 9th May 9 (Leicester hosting Cardiff). Second legs are Tuesday the 11th (at City Ground) and Wednesday the 12th (at the brand new Cardiff City Stadium). The winners will advance to the Play-off final at Wembley Stadium on Saturday, 22nd May.
Attendance figures of the 6 clubs are shown at the upper right on the map page. Here are attendance figures for the whole League Championship this season, Attendance table, League Championship (
Thanks to Toon Toon Blog, Toon Toon Blog. Thanks to j lord at, j loord’s photosream @ Thanks to Down at thr Mac- the Huddersfield Town fansite, DATM. Thanks to poity_uk at, poiy_uk’s photostream

Thanks to, The Hawthorns (Bird’s Eye view. Thanks to Jameboy at, The West Stand and Smethwick End (exterior) by Jameboy. Thanks to Mattd1991 at, The Hawthorns, by Mattd1991. Thanks to LFC, Liverpool Supporters Club Malta.

Thanks to NffcChris at, City Ground by NffcChris. Thanks to, Ciderspace-the independant Yeovil Town FC website. Thanks to BBC/Nottingham, Aerial photographs of Nottingham.

Thanks to Colorcoat-online, Cardiff City Stadium, project summary/gallery. Thanks to Cardiff, Cardiff Blues and Cardiff City FC sign stadium contract. Thanks to Cardiff City, Cardiff City Stadium. Thanks to Phil Tucker at, Phil Tucker’s photostream @

Thanks to The Stadium, Walkers Stadium. Thanks to Remarkable, [Football] Grounds [visited]. Thanks to, The Walkers Stadium.

Thanks to leftarmoccasional via Zim Flyer at, Bloomfield Road Redevelopment/14.000+/Phase Two thread [featuring photos by leftarmoccasional]. Thanks to Blackpool Today, Blackpool Today, South Stand progress/Gallery.

Thanks to Historical Football Kits, for the kit illustrations, Historical football Kits.

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