The 10 Year Challenge has taken over social media to start the new year, so the Daily Football Show thought to jump on the bandwagon by looking at the A-League’s attendances compared to a decade ago.
Of the 10 teams currently competing in the competition, eight clubs were involved in the A-League during the 2008-09 season.
When the numbers are compared it is concerning to see that just two clubs have grown their average attendance as compared to a decade ago.
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In 2009, the Reds came close to securing an A-League championship as they fell to Melbourne Victory 1-0 in the Grand Final. Their run to the final saw the crowd flock to Hindmarsh Stadium (now Coopers Stadium) but as the Reds have dropped away in recent years the fans have been less enticed to attend matches.
Despite their struggles this campaign, the Roar are averaging one of the better attendances across the competition. Although, with their active support gone that figure could dramatically drop prior to the end of the season.
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A decade ago, the Mariners were considered to be one of the better teams in the competition and their attendances go to show that. But now, they are struggling and attendances have began to show that with a crowd of just 4,103 watching the club earn their first win of the season against Melbourne City.
Victory have seen a drop in figures, but they shouldn’t be too concerned as they still hold the greatest average attendance across the competition. It must be noted that the navy blues did play more games at the bigger Docklands Stadium a decade ago. While they held nine of the top 10 attendances in the 2008-09 season.
The Hunter-based club have very similar numbers to that of 10 years ago, although they have seen a drop in numbers compared to last season. Throughout the last campaign they averaged 12,560 fans, but that figure has dropped with their levels of performance not matching last season’s Grand Final run.
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The Glory are one of just two clubs who have seen their attendance rise in comparison to a decade ago and you would have to think their brilliant start to the season is the reason behind that. Tony Popovic’s side are well and truly continuing to rise in the west.
Last season’s minor premiers have seen their average attendance rise by over 3,500 in comparison to the 2008/09 season. Although a decade ago, the Sky Blues weren’t as successful as they finished the season outside the finals positions.
Despite their stunning turnaround this season, the Phoenix haven’t managed to get the fans through the gates thus far this campaign. If they do continue this form to the end of the season, perhaps bigger figures will begin to occur next campaign.