Gameweek 15 in the Barclay’s Premier League featured some shocking results and some not so shocking. Shocker #1 was not that St James’ park was the most full venue on the week, but rather that the crowd witnessed Chelsea’s first loss of the season to the magpies, crowning a turn-around that at the beginning many thought would be Allen Pardew’s doom. The not so shocking result was that Aston Villa’s Villa Park was the least full by at least 25% of capacity compared to every other stadium.
At 33,987, Week 15 had the fourth lowest average attendance of the year so far showing an 8.58% drop from Week 14 and a 6.46% drop from this time last season. Consequently, season attendance also dropped 0.38% to 35,881 from the previous week and, like the weekly average attendance, is also down compared to last years 38,953 season average by 1.67%.
Average home venue capacity, 36,235 for the week, was down 7.38% from the week prior and despite this, stadiums showed a slightly greater fill rate with the average stadium this week being 94.17% full. The growth from the previous week is still the second lowest rate of growth seen all season at 0.30% but positive nonetheless.
Which brings us to the least shocking aspect of Week 15. Aston Villa, who have had attendance issues all season, have easily the worst showing of the week, and with it, the second worst showing of the season, of any club. Being second worst is no consolation because Villa Park have the bottom six worst attendances as a proportion of capacity all season. This shouldn’t take away from QPR’s Loftus Road faithful, or Spurs’ White Hart Lane contingent or the Geordies who witnessed Chelsea’s first loss in St James’ Park. All three top venues for the week were so close to sellouts but none could quite push the envelope.
Villa remain the only club to fill home games on average to less than 85% of capacity and with Week 16 approaching, Aston Villa will not have an opportunity to break from the bottom of the attendance table as they head to West Brom’s Hawthorns stadium.
Here’s how every other club is doing.