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Which League Two team has the biggest away following?

Life at the bottom of the EFL pyramid is rarely fun for supporters with the threat of relegation to the National League more prominent than the hope of promotion to League One for the vast majority of clubs. In many ways, the fans in English football's fourth tier are the most loyal of all but which League Two team has the biggest away following?

On X, “The 72” recently released data relating to League Two 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 Two and which team's supporters fail to turn up in numbers on the road.

Which League Two team has the biggest away following?
Do Wrexham have the biggest away following in League Two? – Photo by Icon sport

Which League Two team has the biggest away following? Average away attendance ranked

24) Crawley Town – 150

23) Harrogate Town – 169

22) Forest Green Rovers – 187

21) Salford City – 205

20) Accrington Stanley – 245

19) Sutton United – 279

18) Colchester United – 286

17) Barrow – 311

16) Morecambe – 354

15) Newport County – 385

14) MK Dons – 417

13) Crewe Alexandra – 483

12) AFC Wimbledon – 579

11) Tranmere Rovers – 636

10) Doncaster Rovers – 648

9) Gillingham – 692

8) Walsall – 702

7) Swindon Town – 814

6) Stockport County – 1056

5) Grimsby Town – 1090

4) Bradford City – 1163

3) Mansfield Town – 1179

2) Notts County – 1291

1) Wrexham – 1651

Key talking points

Wrexham lead the way

Wrexham have the largest away following in League Two with more than 1500 fans travelling to watch Wrexham away from home each week on average. Some cynical football fans may point out that this number is significantly larger than the number of fans who used to travel to watch Wrexham before the club were thrust into the spotlight when Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney became owners in 2020.

Mansfield have the highest number for a single game

Although Wrexham boast the largest average away following in League Two, Mansfield hold the record for the most away fans at a single game. The club took 3880 away fans to Meadow Lane to see their team face Notts County in the middle of October and every single one of them will be delighted they made the trip as Mansfield ran out as 4-1 winners. Two weeks later, Wrexham took 1000 fewer fans to Meadow Lane so this record should be safe for the rest of the season.

Meadow Lane
Meadow Lane has played hosts to the biggest away ends this season – Photo by Icon Sport

Crawley fans need to step up

Crawley supporters clearly aren't fond of travelling to watch their team in action with an average of just 150 away fans per match. Poor form on the pitch can't really be blamed for these low turnouts as Crawley are enjoying a decent enough season and are in the race for the playoffs. If they continue to stay in the hunt, then the club will need their fans to travel better towards the business end of the season to give the team a boost on the road.

The Class of '92 effect is no more

One standout statistic from the data is that Salford City have the fourth-lowest average away following in League Two. Just a few years ago, Salford were enjoying a spike in attendances thanks to the involvement of Gary Neville, Ryan Giggs, Nicky Butt, Phil Neville and Paul Scholes in the club. However, that impact is seemingly dwindling with just 56 fans travelling to watch Salford face Sutton United in October.

Barrow fans endure the longest trips

On average, Barrow fans have the furthest to travel in League Two. Per match, Barrow supporters are required to travel a total of 188 miles to see their team in action which is why we can perhaps forgive the fact they have the single-lowest away following for a match in League Two this season – 49. Based near Preston in Lancashire, trips down south are longer for Barrow than any other club and their closest rivals geographically in League Two are Salford (32 miles away).

Andy Delaney

Andy is a freelance sports writer with ten years of experience covering major sporting events across Europe. He has also been a season ticket holder at Old Trafford since 2008 and has visited over 40 football stadiums in the United Kingdom and abroad following the Reds.

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