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June 7, 2016
From 1,000 to 14,000 Season Tickets.
That is the expected range of FULL Season Tickets sales for the coming season in the EFL Division One.
There is considerable interest in the number of BRFC Season Tickets sold this season.
It is already clear that the number sold to Bristol Rovers supporters may be a record.
How does the total of Season Tickets likely to be sold compare with the rest of the 2016/17 EFL Division One?
Based on the most up-to-date published data the TOP SIX in terms of FULL Season Ticket sales may be:-
1. Sheffield United. – Sold 14,053 in 14/15 and their average over the last 6 years is over 13,000.
2. Bolton Wanderers. – Usually sell slightly above 11,000 season tickets.
3. Charlton Athletic have sold approximately 10,000 season tickets in the last 6 seasons.
4. Bradford City have averaged 8,000 full season tickets in recent seasons.
(If Flexi-card holders and FREE Under 11 tickets are added the total is 18,000 overall.)
5. Milton Keynes Dons had 9,753 season ticket holders in 2014/15 but previously averaged 5,250.
6. Millwall usually average around 7,000 season ticket holders.
(** SEE Coventry City below. **)
So this is the TOP SIX sides who may have the biggest budgets in the division next season.
Based on the most up-to-date published data the BOTTOM FOUR in terms of FULL Season Tickets sold may be:-
24. Rochdale. They typically sell between 1,100 and 1,400 season tickets.
23. Fleetwood Town. Sold nearly 2,000 tickets for the last two seasons but that is untypical.
22. Bury. They sell about 2,000 tickets in a typical season.
21. Scunthorpe United. Sold 3,418 season tickets in 2010/11 and 1,843 in 2014/15.
In the mid-table group we find Bristol Rovers along with Chesterfield, Coventry City, Oxford United, Peterborough United, Port Vale and Swindon Town.
** Coventry City have had a tumultuous time of late and may well end up in the TOP SIX.
Five years ago they had roughly 10,000 season ticket holders each year.
Three years ago they had less than 1,000 season ticket holders.
It is difficult to predict how off-the-field events will impact on season ticket sales. **
Season Ticket Holder numbers are greatly influenced by promotion and relegation.
So the historical data is not necessarily an accurate guide to the likely numbers in the 2016/17 season.