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Which League One team has the biggest away following?

At the halfway point of the season, it's interesting to take a look at which League One team has the biggest away following. Fans have made the journey up and down the country to watch their sides in action, and a look at the stats shows there is a big discrepancy between the teams in English football's third tier.

Which League One team has the biggest away following?

On X, “The 72” recently released data relating to League One away followings this season. Below, we run through the data and reveal which team's fans average more away fans than any other in League One and which team's supporters fail to turn up in numbers on the road.

24) Fleetwood Town – 201

23) Burton Albion – 264

22) Cheltenham Town – 293

21) Shrewsbury Town – 460

20) Wycombe Wanderers – 516

19) Stevenage – 527

18) Exeter City – 535

17) Northampton Town – 692

16) Lincoln City – 709

15) Peterborough United – 748

14) Cambridge United – 832

13) Port Vale – 837

12) Leyton Orient – 859

11) Barnsley  – 1071

10) Charlton Athletic – 1079

9) Carlisle United – 1115

8) Bristol Rovers – 1135

7) Oxford United – 1173

6) Blackpool  – 1176

5) Reading – 1278

4) Wigan – 1325

3) Bolton  – 1528

2) Portsmouth – 1554

1) Derby County – 2265

Ex Premier League sides dominate League One Biggest Attendance List

The top three average away attendances have all been posted by ex-Premier League sides with Derby County taking by far the largest crowd on the road with 2265. Their highest away attendance this season was an impressive 3896, although their geographical position in the middle of the country sees them travel 22% less miles to their away fixtures than the average League One club.

A look at Portsmouth and Bolton shows these sides both normally travel with over 1500 away fans. Pompey supporters actually rack up more miles than other clubs, travelling around 24% further than the average League One team. That makes their big numbers even more impressive, considering their position on England's South coast.

Carlisle the standout club

Newly promoted from the League Two playoffs last season, Carlisle fans have traveled to away matches en masse this season. Not only do the Cumbrian outfit sit ninth in the table with an average of 1115 traveling fans over 11 away games this season, but their position on the border with Scotland means they go 62% further than the average League One side to reach their destination. Not only that, but they take a whopping 14.6% of their home crowd with them on the road, with only Bristol Rovers averaging more.

Miserable showings for bottom trio

“You must've come in a taxi” might be the chant aimed at away fans of Fleetwood Town, Burton Albion and Cheltenham Town. Those three sides all take less than 300 fans on average, a figure worse than 17 of 24 sides in League two. Of course it doesn't help that all of those sides are positioned near the bottom of the table this season, but so are Carlisle who definitely aren't using poor form as a reason not to travel in large numbers.

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Chloe Digby

An experienced freelance football writer, editor and podcaster, Chloe has worked for Forbes, the Guardian, the BBC, Mundial Magazine, FourFourTwo Magazine the iPaper, OneFootball, Tortoise Media and many more. Chloe has been a regular at Stockport County since 1995 and also follows Fiorentina. She is an expert on fan culture, having traveled all over England and Italy watching football.

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