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Non-league crowds in the United Kingdom have reached extraordinary new heights since the Covid-19 pandemic forced football matches behind closed doors.
This football attendance boom has been clear at the highest levels of the game, such as the Premier League, but also right down the football pyramid.
Is that still true in the 2023/24 season? We take a look below. And, crucially, which club is drawing the biggest non-league crowds this year?
The biggest non-league crowds: Chesterfield
With an average of nearly 7,500 supporters per home game in the National League, Chesterfield are leading the way for non-league crowds so far in the 2023/24 season.
The Spireites have a 10,504-capacity home (opened in 2010) which they come close to filling almost every week. In fact, on 11 November, with a slightly reduced capacity, they had a 9,667-strong sell-out crowd for their 4-2 win against second-placed Barnet. Chesterfield lead the division and also have a fantastic away following as they look to climb back into the Football League.
Chesterfield today played in front of a 𝘀𝗼𝗹𝗱-𝗼𝘂𝘁 crowd of 9,667 🏟️
— Vanarama (@Vanarama) November 11, 2023
Biggest National League crowds
Biggest National League North crowds
Biggest National League South crowds
Other big English non-league crowds
There are two particularly notable clubs with big non-league crowds who do not appear in the above lists. Bury FC have drawn a 4,115-strong crowd for one of their games this season, with an average of 3,275. Macclesfield, meanwhile, have hit heights of narly 3,500 and are averaging more than 3,000, too.
These two sides, of course, are both major clubs who had to drop down the divisions after serious financial trouble. Macclesfield FC were reformed out of the old Macclesfield Town, while Bury FC came out of a merger between the extinct Bury club and the phoenix club Bury AFC.
Biggest non-league crowds this weekend
11 November Top #NonLeague Crowds
— Non League Crowds (@NonLeagueCrowd) November 12, 2023