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How Plymouth Argyle’s average attendance this season compares to recent seasons

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League One side Plymouth Argyle face a nervous final day of the season as they look to secure their place in the play-offs – but face a considerable challenge in their quest to do so.

Their season threatened to be derailed by ex-manager Ryan Lowe’s departure to Preston North End in December but the Pilgrims have continued to mount a promotion push, something they hope won’t be in vain going into the final weekend of 2021/22.

Considering how close Steven Schumacher’s side, Sunderland, Wycombe Wanderers and Sheffield Wednesday are though, there will be little margin for error for the former against MK Dons who have been exceptional under Liam Manning this season.

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Arguably, they have the most difficult fixture of all sides, although they do have the home support in their favour against Manning’s men and this could make all the difference in this tightly-contested race.

Speaking of the fans, we have compared the third-tier side’s average attendances from this season to other recent campaigns. Have their attendances shot up amid their most successful season for well over a decade? Or has the Covid-19 pandemic and fears surrounding that stifled the Pilgrims’ numbers?

We take a deeper look at the figures below.

As expected, attendances have increased considerably from the 2019/20 campaign when they were plying their trade in the fourth tier of English football, rising from 10,270 to 13,016 and this will be heartening for the club’s board who may have been worried about those who are vulnerable potentially not attending because of Covid-19 circulation.

The pandemic may be continuing – but the Pilgrims have already attracted 100,000 more visitors than they were able to during 2019/20 with one more home game still to play this term before a potential play-off campaign.

If they did manage to secure their place in the top six, you would certainly expect that 13,016 average to increase further and it may do so this weekend as well considering the magnitude of this upcoming match.

This century, their highest attendances typically came when they were plying their trade in the Championship, recording an average of 16,419 spectators during the 2004/05 campaign and you would certainly back the club to be able to reach that high if they returned to the second tier.

Meanwhile, they were only able to record four figures in terms of the mean number of people who came to watch Plymouth during six of their seven seasons in League Two since the turn of the millennium, though the fact the five-figure anomaly came during their last season in the fourth tier shows the increasing support in recent years.

That will have only gone on to boost the club financially and under the stewardship of current boss Schumacher who has continued to get a tune out of his players following the departure of Lowe, their promising attendance numbers are likely to be sustained regardless of whether they are in the second or third tier.

The latter also played his part in bringing fans back and he should be commended for that – but the third-tier side will be looking forward to the future and if they can sustain their current progress – more and more people will be persuaded to return to Home Park.

All attendance figures courtesy of transfermarkt.co.uk


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