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Scottish Football is on the way up. The attention surrounding the recent appointment of Steven Gerrard will bring more media coverage to the Scottish Game and add "bums on seats" in games home and away. Down our way we have our own "special one" in Jack Ross leading Saints back into the top league with a swagger last seen during Alex Ferguson's time. Great time to be a Saint Mirren supporter. Testing times ahead but to be embraced rather than feared. 

Some Stats

Scottish football supporters are the most dedicated in Europe according to a report published today by The Association of European Professional Football Leagues (EPFL). 

The second edition of the Fan Attendance Report compares attendance figures across major domestic championships run by the EPFL from 2010/11 to 2016/17.

The findings show that the SPFL ranks first in terms of average attendance expressed as a percentage of a country’s population, with 0.21% of Scots attending games compared to Norway and Switzerland (both 0.14%), the English Premier League (0.07%) and the Bundesliga in Germany (0.05%).

The Ladbrokes Premiership was also the 10th-best attended division in Europe over that seven-year period, with an average crowd of 11,436.That places it higher than the average top-tier attendances of Switzerland, Portugal, Turkey, Belgium, Poland, Ukraine, Sweden, Denmark, Austria and Greece, countries all with larger populations than Scotland. 

SPFL Chief Executive Neil Doncaster said: “Football remains Scotland’s national sport and it is hugely encouraging to see this report confirm that SPFL fans are the most devoted in Europe. It is further sign that our game is in good health and we hope that trend will continue in the years ahead.”

Read more at https://spfl.co.uk/news/article/spfl-fans-are-european-table-toppers/#4HwduZP785E680CP.99

 

 

2018/2019 Attendance Figures as at 29 April 2018

These are the average attendances of the teams.

 

Pos

Team

Total

High

Low

Average

Change

1

Aberdeen

264,167

20,528

13,531

15,539

+22.9%

2

Celtic

982,392

59,259

53,883

57,787

+5.8%

3

Dundee

101,049

9,193

4,863

5,944

−7.6%

4

Hamilton Academical

56,440

5,406

1,272

3,135

+23.9%

5

Heart of Midlothian

293,370

32,852

15,357

18,335

+12.3%

6

Hibernian

324,776

20,193

15,459

18,043

+17.2%

7

Kilmarnock

96,151

11,490

3,337

5,341

+7.6%

8

Motherwell

100,746

9,974

3,196

5,597

+24.8%

9

Partick Thistle

76,761

8,264

2,452

4,515

+5.4%

10

Rangers

884,595

50,215

47,272

49,144

+0.5%

11

Ross County

82,284

6,590

3,021

4,571

+11.4%

12

St Johnstone

69,092

6,887

2,037

3,838

−12.6%

 

League total

3,331,773

59,259

1,272

15,865

+13.6%

Updated to games played on 29 April 2018

2016/2017 Attendances Over the Season

These are the average attendances of the teams.

Pos

Team

Total

High

Low

Average

Change

1

Celtic

1,037,864

58,967

37,404

54,624

+21.8%

2

Rangers

928,974

50,126

46,563

48,893

+7.9%

3

Heart of Midlothian

310,192

16,803

15,470

16,325

−0.6%

4

Aberdeen

240,176

19,332

8,195

12,640

−3.5%

5

Dundee

122,200

9,702

4,708

6,431

+5.0%

6

Kilmarnock

94,310

11,800

3,056

4,963

+24.3%

7

Motherwell

85,229

8,535

3,131

4,485

−8.7%

8

St Johnstone

83,451

7,979

2,549

4,392

+13.2%

9

Partick Thistle

85,648

7,951

2,257

4,282

+12.7%

10

Ross County

73,861

6,590

2,511

4,103

+1.7%

11

Inverness Caledonian Thistle

74,968

7,012

2,473

3,945

+5.1%

12

Hamilton Academical

48,082

5,292

1,548

2,530

−16.4%

 

League total

3,184,955

58,967

1,548

13,969

+44.8%

  Make of these what you will or choose to ignore - your choice.

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1 hour ago, St.Ricky said:

Warning - Statistics Ahead

Scottish Football is on the way up. The attention surrounding the recent appointment of Steven Gerrard will bring more media coverage to the Scottish Game and add "bums on seats" in games home and away. Down our way we have our own "special one" in Jack Ross leading Saints back into the top league with a swagger last seen during Alex Ferguson's time. Great time to be a Saint Mirren supporter. Testing times ahead but to be embraced rather than feared. 

Some Stats

Scottish football supporters are the most dedicated in Europe according to a report published today by The Association of European Professional Football Leagues (EPFL). 

The second edition of the Fan Attendance Report compares attendance figures across major domestic championships run by the EPFL from 2010/11 to 2016/17.

The findings show that the SPFL ranks first in terms of average attendance expressed as a percentage of a country’s population, with 0.21% of Scots attending games compared to Norway and Switzerland (both 0.14%), the English Premier League (0.07%) and the Bundesliga in Germany (0.05%).

The Ladbrokes Premiership was also the 10th-best attended division in Europe over that seven-year period, with an average crowd of 11,436.That places it higher than the average top-tier attendances of Switzerland, Portugal, Turkey, Belgium, Poland, Ukraine, Sweden, Denmark, Austria and Greece, countries all with larger populations than Scotland. 

SPFL Chief Executive Neil Doncaster said: “Football remains Scotland’s national sport and it is hugely encouraging to see this report confirm that SPFL fans are the most devoted in Europe. It is further sign that our game is in good health and we hope that trend will continue in the years ahead.”

Read more at https://spfl.co.uk/news/article/spfl-fans-are-european-table-toppers/#4HwduZP785E680CP.99

 

 

2018/2019 Attendance Figures as at 29 April 2018

These are the average attendances of the teams.

 

Pos

Team

Total

High

Low

Average

Change

1

Aberdeen

264,167

20,528

13,531

15,539

+22.9%

2

Celtic

982,392

59,259

53,883

57,787

+5.8%

3

Dundee

101,049

9,193

4,863

5,944

−7.6%

4

Hamilton Academical

56,440

5,406

1,272

3,135

+23.9%

5

Heart of Midlothian

293,370

32,852

15,357

18,335

+12.3%

6

Hibernian

324,776

20,193

15,459

18,043

+17.2%

7

Kilmarnock

96,151

11,490

3,337

5,341

+7.6%

8

Motherwell

100,746

9,974

3,196

5,597

+24.8%

9

Partick Thistle

76,761

8,264

2,452

4,515

+5.4%

10

Rangers

884,595

50,215

47,272

49,144

+0.5%

11

Ross County

82,284

6,590

3,021

4,571

+11.4%

12

St Johnstone

69,092

6,887

2,037

3,838

−12.6%

 

League total

3,331,773

59,259

1,272

15,865

+13.6%

Updated to games played on 29 April 2018

2016/2017 Attendances Over the Season

These are the average attendances of the teams.

Pos

Team

Total

High

Low

Average

Change

1

Celtic

1,037,864

58,967

37,404

54,624

+21.8%

2

Rangers

928,974

50,126

46,563

48,893

+7.9%

3

Heart of Midlothian

310,192

16,803

15,470

16,325

−0.6%

4

Aberdeen

240,176

19,332

8,195

12,640

−3.5%

5

Dundee

122,200

9,702

4,708

6,431

+5.0%

6

Kilmarnock

94,310

11,800

3,056

4,963

+24.3%

7

Motherwell

85,229

8,535

3,131

4,485

−8.7%

8

St Johnstone

83,451

7,979

2,549

4,392

+13.2%

9

Partick Thistle

85,648

7,951

2,257

4,282

+12.7%

10

Ross County

73,861

6,590

2,511

4,103

+1.7%

11

Inverness Caledonian Thistle

74,968

7,012

2,473

3,945

+5.1%

12

Hamilton Academical

48,082

5,292

1,548

2,530

−16.4%

 

League total

3,184,955

58,967

1,548

13,969

+44.8%

  Make of these what you will or choose to ignore - your choice.

2018/2019 Attendance Figures as at 29 April 2018 ???????

ok, I'll bite.

2018/19 attendance figures ? That'll be the season that begins in a couple of months then ?

FFS.

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Two teams promoted from the Championship and Saints as Champions. What's not to like? Looking forward to 2018/2019. Also a great Championship line up for next season with United, Thistle, ICT, Ross County, Falkirk and Dunfermline in there with Morton, Ayr and Alloa. And QOS. 

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Two teams promoted from the Championship and Saints as Champions. What's not to like? Looking forward to 2018/2019. Also a great Championship line up for next season with United, Thistle, ICT, Ross County, Falkirk and Dunfermline in there with Morton, Ayr and Alloa.
What's happened to QotS? :)

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Two teams promoted from the Championship and Saints as Champions. What's not to like? Looking forward to 2018/2019. Also a great Championship line up for next season with United, Thistle, ICT, Ross County, Falkirk and Dunfermline in there with Morton, Ayr and Alloa.
Anyone, apart from (probably) Alloa, could be in the top 4.

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On 5/5/2018 at 4:01 PM, St.Ricky said:

Warning - Statistics Ahead

Scottish Football is on the way up. The attention surrounding the recent appointment of Steven Gerrard will bring more media coverage to the Scottish Game and add "bums on seats" in games home and away. Down our way we have our own "special one" in Jack Ross leading Saints back into the top league with a swagger last seen during Alex Ferguson's time. Great time to be a Saint Mirren supporter. Testing times ahead but to be embraced rather than feared. 

Some Stats

Scottish football supporters are the most dedicated in Europe according to a report published today by The Association of European Professional Football Leagues (EPFL). 

The second edition of the Fan Attendance Report compares attendance figures across major domestic championships run by the EPFL from 2010/11 to 2016/17.

The findings show that the SPFL ranks first in terms of average attendance expressed as a percentage of a country’s population, with 0.21% of Scots attending games compared to Norway and Switzerland (both 0.14%), the English Premier League (0.07%) and the Bundesliga in Germany (0.05%).

The Ladbrokes Premiership was also the 10th-best attended division in Europe over that seven-year period, with an average crowd of 11,436.That places it higher than the average top-tier attendances of Switzerland, Portugal, Turkey, Belgium, Poland, Ukraine, Sweden, Denmark, Austria and Greece, countries all with larger populations than Scotland. 

SPFL Chief Executive Neil Doncaster said: “Football remains Scotland’s national sport and it is hugely encouraging to see this report confirm that SPFL fans are the most devoted in Europe. It is further sign that our game is in good health and we hope that trend will continue in the years ahead.”

Read more at https://spfl.co.uk/news/article/spfl-fans-are-european-table-toppers/#4HwduZP785E680CP.99

 

 

2018/2019 Attendance Figures as at 29 April 2018

These are the average attendances of the teams.

 

Pos

Team

Total

High

Low

Average

Change

1

Aberdeen

264,167

20,528

13,531

15,539

+22.9%

2

Celtic

982,392

59,259

53,883

57,787

+5.8%

3

Dundee

101,049

9,193

4,863

5,944

−7.6%

4

Hamilton Academical

56,440

5,406

1,272

3,135

+23.9%

5

Heart of Midlothian

293,370

32,852

15,357

18,335

+12.3%

6

Hibernian

324,776

20,193

15,459

18,043

+17.2%

7

Kilmarnock

96,151

11,490

3,337

5,341

+7.6%

8

Motherwell

100,746

9,974

3,196

5,597

+24.8%

9

Partick Thistle

76,761

8,264

2,452

4,515

+5.4%

10

Rangers

884,595

50,215

47,272

49,144

+0.5%

11

Ross County

82,284

6,590

3,021

4,571

+11.4%

12

St Johnstone

69,092

6,887

2,037

3,838

−12.6%

 

League total

3,331,773

59,259

1,272

15,865

+13.6%

Updated to games played on 29 April 2018

2016/2017 Attendances Over the Season

These are the average attendances of the teams.

Pos

Team

Total

High

Low

Average

Change

1

Celtic

1,037,864

58,967

37,404

54,624

+21.8%

2

Rangers

928,974

50,126

46,563

48,893

+7.9%

3

Heart of Midlothian

310,192

16,803

15,470

16,325

−0.6%

4

Aberdeen

240,176

19,332

8,195

12,640

−3.5%

5

Dundee

122,200

9,702

4,708

6,431

+5.0%

6

Kilmarnock

94,310

11,800

3,056

4,963

+24.3%

7

Motherwell

85,229

8,535

3,131

4,485

−8.7%

8

St Johnstone

83,451

7,979

2,549

4,392

+13.2%

9

Partick Thistle

85,648

7,951

2,257

4,282

+12.7%

10

Ross County

73,861

6,590

2,511

4,103

+1.7%

11

Inverness Caledonian Thistle

74,968

7,012

2,473

3,945

+5.1%

12

Hamilton Academical

48,082

5,292

1,548

2,530

−16.4%

 

League total

3,184,955

58,967

1,548

13,969

+44.8%

  Make of these what you will or choose to ignore - your choice.

Season ticket sales up at every club in the premiership. The Steven Gerrard, Alan Stubbs, Brenda Rodgers and Steve Clarke Merseyside effect. Hibs and Hearts have extended their stadiums. New stadiums on the cards at Aberdeen and Dundee. Increased TV and prize money. You read it on Black and White Forum first.

What kind of increase in crowds ,if any, do you see in season 2018/2019?

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Two great articles about Scottish Football Being on the Way Up

First... Scotland and Football Fascinates

https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/45037847

 

Second... Scotland now 3rd Best League in Europe

https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/scotland/45138169

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We are currently at the wrong end of it but this season's Premiership looks like being something special.  Hearts are 5 clear in front on 16 points.  Three teams (Including Livingston) on 11. Second to 8th covered by a 3 point spread. Ninth to 11 that covered by a 2 point spread.  Bottom club 4 behind.  Tough isn't the word for it.  Brutal might be the word.  Game after game is throwing up surprises.  Rangers ahead of Celtic for one.  Livvy shock troops the other. 

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9 hours ago, St.Ricky said:

We are currently at the wrong end of it but this season's Premiership looks like being something special.  Hearts are 5 clear in front on 16 points.  Three teams (Including Livingston) on 11. Second to 8th covered by a 3 point spread. Ninth to 11 that covered by a 2 point spread.  Bottom club 4 behind.  Tough isn't the word for it.  Brutal might be the word.  Game after game is throwing up surprises.  Rangers ahead of Celtic for one.  Livvy shock troops the other. 

I am pretty sure Livi finished 3rd the first time they were promoted to the SPL.

Agree that something special is happening right now but St Johnstone showing today that the OF are capable of thumping everyone on their day. Still expect the OF to romp the league but hoping someone else can finally challenge.

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23 minutes ago, oaksoft said:

I am pretty sure Livi finished 3rd the first time they were promoted to the SPL.

Agree that something special is happening right now but St Johnstone showing today that the OF are capable of thumping everyone on their day. Still expect the OF to romp the league but hoping someone else can finally challenge.

Hearts, Hibs and Aberdeen look like they might run the OF close in the Premiership with a possible shift in power between the big two within the mix. 

League cup ties coming up mid-week. Celtic will be keen to retain the first part of what could lead to the first part of their Treble,  Treble bid. 

St Johnstone will be see the match as the shortest route to Silverware. Did they play a full team against Rangers or rest a few players?

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3 hours ago, oaksoft said:

I am pretty sure Livi finished 3rd the first time they were promoted to the SPL.

Agree that something special is happening right now but St Johnstone showing today that the OF are capable of thumping everyone on their day. Still expect the OF to romp the league but hoping someone else can finally challenge.

I've said since the start of the season I think this season is an opportunity for someone else to win the league apart from Celtic.

Rangers, Hearts, Hibs (or Hobs if you're PRicky) and Aberdeen could possibly threaten Celtics domination.

This is as much down to Celtic not strengthening than the rest getting better but certainly makes a more interesting league.

 

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On 9/24/2018 at 6:36 AM, faraway saint said:

I've said since the start of the season I think this season is an opportunity for someone else to win the league apart from Celtic.

Rangers, Hearts, Hibs (or Hobs if you're PRicky) and Aberdeen could possibly threaten Celtics domination.

This is as much down to Celtic not strengthening than the rest getting better but certainly makes a more interesting league.

 

A very interesting League. 

At the top choose from Aberdeen,  Celtic, Hearts, Hibs or Rangers. 

To make 6th Spot... Kilmarnock. 

To fight things out in the bottom six: Dundee,  Hamilton,  Livingston,  Motherwell,  St Johnston or St Mirren. 

Crowds continue to rise for league games.  Every game is a big game. 

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55 minutes ago, munoz said:

On the plus for those who watch their fitbaw on the box ...... no Chris Sutton (hopefully)

On the plus, plus side the BBC are going to screen twenty live championship matches from the new year, so we've got that going mibbaes for next season?

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14 hours ago, eastlandssaint said:

More money. More coverage. Good time to be in the Premiership in Scotland if there ever was one. Come on Saints. Cement your place in the division.

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