Sunderland have recorded the highest attendance outside of the Premier League this season as EFL figures rose to a 60-year high.
Over 18.3million people attended league matches in the Championship, League One and League Two this term.
That’s an average of 11,000 fans per game, according to figures released by the EFL.
It’s the highest total since the 1958/59 season, which saw attendances reach 18.8m, while EFL clubs recorded a 1.6 per cent increase compared to the 2017/18 campaign.
During Sunderland’s home clash against Portsmouth last month, a total of 41,129 were present, while 46,039 attended the Black Cats’ Boxing Day clash against Bradford at the Stadium of Light.
Meanwhile, There was a record attendance of 85,021 watched the Checkatrade Trophy final between Jack Ross’ side and Pompey at Wembley.
EFL Chief Executive, Shaun Harvey, said: “It is a significant achievement by all 72 EFL Clubs to continue the trend of increasing attendances across the EFL and achieve a 60-year high. It is clear from this analysis that EFL Clubs are finding new, innovative ways to attract new supporters while also improving the matchday experience for those fans who regularly attend week in, week out.
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“The rise in matchday attendance is set against a backdrop of increasing viewing options for all football fans.
“iFollow is providing an alternative option for those supporters who can’t attend games, but the product EFL Clubs have been turning out on the pitch has brought supporters back through the turnstiles.”