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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 attendance 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).

Did the away following in League Two translate to success on the road?

Now, after answering which League Two team has the biggest away following, the next question is did the massive following on the road translate to positive outcomes?

Wrexham which had the biggest following on away matches actually did well, coming fourth on the away log. The season is over in League Two and after 23 trips, Wrexham bagged 34 points on the road in the 2023/24 League Two season. They scored 27 goals on the road and leaked as many goals from 10 wins, 4 draws and 4 defeats. Wrexham's biggest away win was against Crewe after a 0-3 victory, a team they beat twice on the road, including a similar outcome in the FA clash.

Other teams whose away support translated to positive outcomes include Stockport, Mansfield and Bradford. The three teams dominated the top three in away performance, with Wrexham enjoying the largest away following coming fourth.

Stockport were the best away team in the just concluded 2023/24 League Two season. Most of Stockport's away support did not fall below a thousand fans at any given time and with just 5 defeats on the road, it is worth noting that they dominated teams on the road, in a big way. Stockport gathered 42 points from 23 trips in the 2023/24 season, winning 12 games and bagging 6 draws away from home. A massive 2-5 victory at Notts County affirmed Stockport's away excellence in the 2023/24 League Two season.

And looking at the stats by ‘The 72′, a social page tracking fans' support in the EFL leagues, Mansfield's had the second-best away following in the 2023/24 League Two season.  Mansfield were also ranked the second-best away team in the just concluded season, so no doubt they did their best on the road, bagging 11 wins, 7 draws and suffering 5 defeats.  Even more noteworthy is that Mansfield scored an impressive 47 goals, leaking 25 away from home where they bagged a total of 40 points in 23 trips, thanks to massive fan support on the road.

The final stats on away following do not give Bradform a good ranking but being the third-best team in away performance is worth some accolades. Bradford collected 34 points on the road from 23 trips of 10 wins, 4 draws and 9 defeats. They scored a total of 31 goals away from home and conceded 31.

Crawley's poor away following did not reflect in their performance

While Crawley had a poor following on the road in the 2023/24 League Two season, they had an impressive performance away from home. Notably, Crawley were the fifth-best away team in the just concluded League Two season. They bagged a total of 34 points away from home, scored 36 and conceded 37. Moreover, Crawley recorded 10 wins, 4 draws and 9 defeats on the road. It means with a little more support next season, should they pull through in the promotion playoffs or not, Crawley have the best chance of being among the top teams in League One or League Two.

Okello Steve

Okello Steve is a seasoned Sports and travel writer with over 10 years of experience in the journalistic enterprise. Steve honed his writing skills from a tender age and went on to study communication at the University and chose to pursue a writing career as an independent journalist crafting engaging content for the web on sports, casino gaming and travel.

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