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2017 Home Attendances

Postby mike » Sat Feb 25, 2017 7:49 pm

I'll do up the usual list of home games later in the week, but just to kick this off again. It was a great start last night with a crowd of 4,746 attending. This was obviously helped by the 570 away support, but it has already beaten last years highest league crowd of 4,637 v Bohs, that sun evening match when we won the league.

Reminder for last year, there were 16 home league games, total attendances amounted to 43,824, giving an average of 2,739.
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Re: 2017 Home Attendances

Postby mike » Tue Mar 07, 2017 9:10 pm

2017 Home League attendances. There are a few changes this season with better colour plus I`m listing last season comparison match in brackets (where relevant) Avg in Green and the usual running total displayed in the last figure.

Interesting to note only one 'mid week' game so far (Derry in May), but this will change when Europe starts. Hopefully we can continue recent seasons trends and hit as many matches as possible with 3k and over. Rovers, Drogs and Bohs all visiting twice compared to only once from Rovers and Bohs last season (and none from Drogs) should help.

Fri 24/02 - Shamrock Rovers (2,490).............................4,746 - 4,746 - 4,746
Fri 10/03 - Limerick FC (n/a).....................................3,286.. 4,016....8,032
Sat 18/03 - St Patricks Ath (2,041]...............................2,675...3,569..10,707
Fri 31/03 - Drogheda United (n/a)...............................3,015...3,403...13,722
Fri 14/04 - Bray Wanderers (1,940) .............................3,031..3,351.....16,753
Fri 21/04 - Bohemian FC (4,637) .................................2,848...3,267...19,601
Fri 12/05 - Sligo Rovers (2,339 + 2,683).........................2,600*...3,171..22,201
Tue 23/05 - Derry City (2,105 + 2,561)..........................2,369..3,071... 24,570
Fri 02/06 - Cork City (3,528 + 4,135)............................ 3,643...3,135....28,213
Fri 23/06 - Finn Harps (3,216 + 2,053)..........................2,037....3,025...30,250
Mon 26/06 - Galway - (2,170 + 3,635)...........................1,850**.2,918....32,100
Sun 23/07 5PM - Shamrock Rovers (2,490) -...................2,847.....2,912..34,947
Fri 04/08 - Limerick FC (n/a) - ...................................2,083....2,848....37,030
Fri 01/09 - St Patricks Ath (2,041)...............................
Fri 22/09 - Drogheda United (n/a) ...........................
Fri 13/10 - Bray Wanderers (2,041) ............................
Fri 20/10 - Bohemian FC (4,637)................................

* Sligo game on 12/05 is a best estimate, club fig 'approx 3k' didn't appear correct, no official fig given, this one is from the argus report.

** Galway game on 26/06, no official figure given, estimated at 1,850
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Re: 2017 Home Attendances

Postby mike » Sat Mar 11, 2017 12:23 am

There may have been an expected drop last night but around 500 less away fans and playing a promoted side are two relevant factors, I still think 3,286 is decent all things considered.

The bar should really be 3k, so we'll see how we fare next Sat night, to be fair and given the Bank Holiday we should be targeting closer to 4k for the Pats match.

Edit, I didn't take into account the Ire v Eng rugby, match finished around same time as ours kicked off, bad evening would have seen too many floating fans been too comfortable to head up to oriel, prob wouldn't have had time either.
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Re: 2017 Home Attendances

Postby colymull » Sat Mar 11, 2017 8:28 am

mike wrote:There may have been an expected drop last night but around 500 less away fans and playing a promoted side are two relevant factors, I still think 3,286 is decent all things considered.

The bar should really be 3k, so we'll see how we fare next Sat night, to be fair and given the Bank Holiday we should be targeting closer to 4k for the Pats match.


Was a decent turnout but when you factor in the away fans, it's roughly 1000 less than was at the Rovers match. Did 1000 people stay at home to watch the rugby? I always wonder why these extra people don't come back every week.
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Re: 2017 Home Attendances

Postby Mick Mac » Sat Mar 11, 2017 9:19 am

colymull wrote:
mike wrote:There may have been an expected drop last night but around 500 less away fans and playing a promoted side are two relevant factors, I still think 3,286 is decent all things considered.

The bar should really be 3k, so we'll see how we fare next Sat night, to be fair and given the Bank Holiday we should be targeting closer to 4k for the Pats match.


Was a decent turnout but when you factor in the away fans, it's roughly 1000 less than was at the Rovers match. Did 1000 people stay at home to watch the rugby? I always wonder why these extra people don't come back every week.


Was a few of the town teams playing MDL games last night
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Re: 2017 Home Attendances

Postby oldfogey » Sat Mar 11, 2017 9:49 am

colymull wrote:
mike wrote:There may have been an expected drop last night but around 500 less away fans and playing a promoted side are two relevant factors, I still think 3,286 is decent all things considered.

The bar should really be 3k, so we'll see how we fare next Sat night, to be fair and given the Bank Holiday we should be targeting closer to 4k for the Pats match.


Was a decent turnout but when you factor in the away fans, it's roughly 1000 less than was at the Rovers match. Did 1000 people stay at home to watch the rugby? I always wonder why these extra people don't come back every week.


The shed looked just as full as two weeks ago. I think much of the shortfall was in the stand, town terrace, and behind the goal. I wouldn't normally question the club's numbers but it didn't feel like 4700 against Rovers.

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Re: 2017 Home Attendances

Postby Smokie » Sat Mar 11, 2017 5:30 pm

There was a winter league cup final last night too that took a few off the numbers

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Re: 2017 Home Attendances

Postby mike » Sat Mar 11, 2017 8:23 pm

I think when you see the town side of the stand packed to the rafters and behind the town goal not far off, that's an indication the crowd is well over 4k. Last night the stand was not full, close mind, and both those areas I mentioned were well down on the Rovers game, the shed side looked the same though as the Rovers match.

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Re: 2017 Home Attendances

Postby mike » Tue Mar 21, 2017 9:53 pm

Figures updated after the Pats game, another significant drop but compared to last seasons game it is 600 up.

Plenty of factors for the drop compared to Limerick, changed to a Sat night, Rugby on, and a wet evening, we still should be getting min of 3k though. This should be back on track for the Drogs game, its on EIR Sport, but I don't think that will have an impact on the crowd.

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Re: 2017 Home Attendances

Postby grayzer » Thu Mar 23, 2017 10:05 am

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Re: 2017 Home Attendances

Postby mike » Thu Mar 23, 2017 1:48 pm

Good article, thx for posting.

I`m convinced we are losing out on at least 500 more min per game due to the facilities, any bad night with rain and hundreds will be put off going. Hopefully plans will be announced later in the year for redevelopment. Its also a money spinner too, better facilities can mean more outlets to sell merchandise, food and drink etc. Increased away support also.

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Re: 2017 Home Attendances

Postby Mick Mac » Thu Mar 23, 2017 3:06 pm

mike wrote:Good article, thx for posting.

I`m convinced we are losing out on at least 500 more min per game due to the facilities, any bad night with rain and hundreds will be put off going. Hopefully plans will be announced later in the year for redevelopment. Its also a money spinner too, better facilities can mean more outlets to sell merchandise, food and drink etc. Increased away support also.


I dont agree with the increased away support (although the away end needs major work) You think any teams away crowds in Oriel will increase?
One of our biggest away followings is in Bray and one of our worst is Tallaght! Tallaght has all the facilites you could ask and Bray's away end is only a bit better than ours because you can see the full pitch.
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Re: 2017 Home Attendances

Postby mike » Fri Mar 24, 2017 1:21 pm

I actually like both grounds you mention, for vastly different reasons. Bray as you say has a full view of the pitch, but obviously limited in other areas, Tallaght served us very well in Europe and is a very comfortable ground with good views from all seats. Maybe on wet days the design of the roof means you have to sit at the back, bit overall its a fine stadium.

Hopefully when we can add cover and increase the basic requirement, we will then have a better chance to attract bigger crowds more consistently.

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Re: 2017 Home Attendances

Postby mike » Sat Apr 01, 2017 4:54 pm

Figures updated after last nights attendance of 3,015. That was one of the smallest Drogs away support in some time, reading earlier that a lot of their ultras go to away matches and that prevents a lot of their regular fans going, whatever the reason it was just over 100.

Good to see 3 of our 4 home crowds so far exceed 3k.

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Re: 2017 Home Attendances

Postby dell » Sat Apr 01, 2017 8:15 pm

Drogs fans were telling us that their ultras were forcebly removed from United Park a few weeks ago after a game by Na Gardaí, something to do with wanting to stay n chanting [email protected] the FAI with the cameras there for a live game i think. They have since boycotted home games and are now travelling in greater numbers. That has meant that other fan that dont want to be associated with their antics have stopped going to away games unless they can keep well away which isnt possible in Oriel. My folks saw them being dropped off their coach on the Ardee Road and stones being thrown at the garage. The garage owner locked up until they were well gone with shutters pulled to stop windows being broken so I can see why they wouldnt want to be associated with. They also walked up the middle of the Ardee Rd stopping traffic as far as the gate in to the station over the bridge.


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