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Which Championship team has the biggest away following?

There are less than three games left to play before the England Championship League 2023/24 season ends. Teams have had their ups and downs and now is the time to look at the level of support that each side had on the road.

Most teams have now played 45 games, so the big question at this point is which England Championship side has had the best away following in the last eight months? Stats that answer this question as available online and on data tracking platforms, so we did the homework to simplify everything for you in this post.

Notably, Championship away support has been impressive this season, especially during the busy festive period.

This level of support was on show in the FA Cup, when over 9,000 Bristol City fans travelled to the London Stadium to see their team draw 1-1 with Premier League side, West Ham.

With the clock ticking fast toward the end of the season, we can now look at away attendance figures in the Championship this season, so we can see which Championship team has the biggest away following.

Thanks to the data collected by ‘The 72’ on X and on their website, we can make a list of the average away followings in the 2023/24 Championship so far.

Bristol City have the 14th biggest away following in the Championship.
Over 9,000 Bristol City fans watched their team draw 1-1 with West Ham in the FA Cup / Photo by Icon Sport

Championship average away attendance table:

  1. Sunderland – 2,969
  2. Leeds United – 2,948
  3. Sheffield Wednesday – 2,529
  4. Leicester City – 2,524
  5. Ipswich Town – 2,422
  6. Coventry City – 2,292
  7. Plymouth Argyle – 2,242
  8. Birmingham City – 2,159
  9. Southampton – 2,089
  10. Middlesbrough – 1,952
  11. West Brom – 1,756
  12. Stoke City – 1,732
  13. Preston North End – 1,724
  14. Bristol City – 1,717.
  15. Norwich City – 1,515
  16. QPR – 1,385
  17. Blackburn Rovers – 1,292
  18. Hull City – 1,225
  19. Cardiff City – 1,162
  20. Watford – 1,147
  21. Huddersfield Town – 1,105
  22. Millwall – 1,079
  23. Rotherham United – 1,032
  24. Swansea City – 1,005

The main talking points

Ex-Premier League sides had impressive away support

It seems ex-Premier League teams had their loyal fanbase stick to them in England's second-most popular football league. Leeds, Sunderland and Leicester had an impressive average support on the road. Other teams that make up the top 5 of the best averages for travelling fans are Coventry and Cardiff. The question is, did the massive away support for the said teams translate to some impressive points turnover?

With two games to spare, we would say each team in the Championship has technically one away game to play. With that, is good to say the available stats on away performance suffice the argument that the Foxes have had the best away run all season, thanks to the massive support of travelling fans. Leicester had an average of 2,524 travelling fans mid-season, which helped the Foxes lose only 6 times on the road with one away game to spare.

Ipswich who look to capitalize on Leed's misdemeanours against QPR in the third-last game of the season have also had a great away fanbase all season. Ipswich boast the second-best run on the road and the fact that they had an average of 2,422 travelling fans before the festive season explains the huge success on the road where they suffered only 5 defeats from 22 trips.

Coming in third place is Sheffield Wednesday, another ex-Premier League side that has banked on the massive support of travelling fans to rake in as many points as possible in the Championship. But did the impressive away fanbase turn into positive results? Sheffield Wednesday have been ranked 21 out of 24 on the road. They have so far won only 6 games on the road, drawing 1 and losing 15 with just one away match left to play against Sunderland.

Huddersfield have had the worst average support on the road

For Huddersfield, exiting the Championship to the third tier after a dismal performance in the 2023/24 is reflective of the underwhelming support they have had this season, especially on the road. The average away attendance by Huddersfield away fans in the 2023/24 Championship is 21,781. However, the percentage average concerning the number of travelling fans for every team puts Huddersfield quite high on the log. They have had the eight-best percentage average, with Rotherham raking up the highest percentage of 187.4% in away support.

Bristol City had the lowest number of travelling fans in 2023/24 at 9221 while Cardiff City. Ipswich recorded the highest number of travelling fans of 44, 409.

Championship away fans seen by social media

  • Watch 7,551 Leeds United supporters celebrate their two goals away at Blackburn Rovers.

  • Plymouth fans travelled far and wide to follow their team across the busy Christmas period.
  • West Brom fans celebrate a Brandon Thomas-Asante goal in a 1-1 draw against Leeds United.

  • Last, but not least. Although it is not a Championship match, it would be harsh to not include the celebrations by over 9,000 Bristol City fans after their equaliser against West Ham in the FA Cup.

 

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