English football has always been one of the most consistently well supported leagues in the world, which is reflected in the attendance figures.
Before modern safety standards were introduced, football clubs managed to fit incredibly large crowds into their grounds. Prior to the 1950’s we saw some of the largest attendances ever recorded, with fans hungry to catch a glimpse of their favourite player and cheer on their team to victory. It was also a simpler time with less things to do on the weekend, so when big games were played, people really turned out!
Whilst the introduction of seating and removal of standing areas has impacted the number of people who can safely be allowed into the stadium – not to mention almost every game being shown on TV also impacting modern figures – we are still seeing some incredible attendances due in part to the continued expansion of the country’s football infrastructure.
Here we list the 10 English teams who have recorded the highest home attendances in the history of the English game. Is your team one of them?
10. Sheffield Wednesday – Hillsborough Stadium (72,841)
Sheffield Wednesday occupy 10th spot on this list of the English teams with the highest record attendance. Their FA Cup fifth round tie against Manchester City drew in 72,841 fans at Sheffield’s Hillsborough Stadium. The match ended 2-2.
9. Arsenal – Wembley Stadium (73,707)
Arsenal’s record attendance came in 1998 when their side took on French team RC Lens in the group stage of the Champions League. The match was played at Wembley stadium in front of 73,707 adoring fans hoping for a glimpse of their favourite player. This match ended 0-1 to FC Lens.
8. Charlton Athletic – The Valley (75,031)
On 12th February 1938, Charlton Athletic took on Aston Villa at The Valley in front of a huge crowd of 75,031 people. The FA Cup fifth round match ended 1-1.