National League enjoys 16 per cent rise in home attendances after the coronavirus causes ALL other matches in England’s top four leagues to be postponed
- Notts County enjoyed the biggest rise from all of the home sides on Saturday
- Six National League games went ahead despite the coronavirus pandemic
- Dover Athletic saw their crowd grow the least in comparison to last time out
- Eastleigh boss Ben Strevens was furious with the decision for game to go ahead
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National League football matches saw a 15.5 per cent rise in home attendances on Saturday.
It came after the Premier League and the English Football League suspended fixtures in all of the country’s top four leagues due to the coronavirus pandemic.
However, six games in the fifth-highest league of the system in England went ahead, and all of Saturday’s hosts enjoyed bigger crowds than their previous home fixtures in the past week.
National League football matches saw a 16 per cent rise in home attendances on Saturday
The big winners were Notts County, with an attendance of 4,942 seeing them beat Eastleigh
The total attendance figure for Saturday’s six hosts – Dover Athletic, Notts County, Sutton United, Fylde, Maidenhead United and Halifax Town – in their previous home fixtures was 11,910.
However, in the latest round of the National League, that figure climbed to 13,766 to represent a significant increase.
The biggest winners were Notts County, with 655 more people in attendance today for their 4-0 win over Eastleigh at Meadow Lane than their 3-1 victory over Aldershot Town on Tuesday.
That is an increase of 655 people from those who saw them beat Aldershot Town on Tuesday
Dover Athletic however were the club whose attendance grew the least on Saturday, after they welcomed 1,214 supporters to their 1-1 draw against Chesterfield.
That was an increase of just 34 fans from their 1-0 defeat at the Crabble Stadium to Yeovil Town last weekend, which was watched by 1,180 spectators.
However, despite the attendance increases, Eastleigh boss Ben Strevens was furious with the decision for their game in Nottingham to go ahead.
Dover Athletic however welcomed just 34 more fans than last time out to the Crabble Stadium
Dover Athletic v Yeovil – 1,180
Notts County v Aldershot – 4,287
Sutton United v Torquay – 1,842
Fylde v Solihull Moors – 1,310
Maidenhead v Boreham Wood – 1,296
Halifax Town v Woking – 1,995
Dover Athletic v Chesterfield – 1,214
Notts County v Eastleigh – 4,942
Sutton United v Hartlepool – 2,126
Fylde v Aldershot Town – 1,668
Maidenhead v Stockport – 1,662
Halifax Town v Ebbsfleet United – 2,154
‘The reason National League games went ahead and the EFL games didn’t go ahead and the Premier League games didn’t go ahead is because whoever sits on the board of the National League cared about money,’ he said. ‘Simple as that.
‘For the well-being of the spectators and it’s not only players because they’re young, fit athletes. It’s nothing to do with that.
‘It’s the supporters who come here – and it’s not only the supporters, we’ve got a kitman who is an old boy.
‘I looked around today and there’s stewards that are older. They’re the ones that are most at risk from this virus.
‘There’s no way whatsoever these games should have been played.
‘If the EFL are not playing them and if the Premier League are not playing them, then the National League shouldn’t be playing them.’
Six matches however were called off in the National League as well, including Boreham Wood’s match against Torquay United given the former’s links to Arsenal, as well as Barnet’s trip to Yeovil.
Eastleigh manager Ben Strevens accused the National League of ‘greed’ for playing matches
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